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No matter your age we all have fun here at #strathconaparklodge.

No matter your age we all have fun here at #strathconaparklodge.

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TERESA STRUKOFF 1982

Terresa hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Terresa hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Teresa lived at the Lodge off and on over a period of eighteen years beginning in 1983. Her first visit was to a folk weekend in 1982. She came with her friend and former Simon Fraser roommate Danusia Kanachowski. She came back to the Lodge and helped to look after 70 mine refitters who were working at Westmin mine. There was a lot of extra house work to do. Teresa remembers how hard it was to keep track of who was staying in which room when, and more than once walked in on a sleeping fellow! Read more

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Hiking in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park. #explorebc

Hiking in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park. #explorebc

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Youth Potential: an interview with Jim Boulding 1982

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Jim demonstrating the use of a pitch stick.

“The great potential of this country is our young people. There is a real need to have trained staff in these fields to staff other programs. We don’t mind that they go elsewhere. There’s enough here (in Canada) for everyone. Tourism programs can provide needed rural employment and development without being environmentally destructive. I think tourism is the most important business we have here in Canada. If we can show the government that a certain stand of trees can produce more money from tourism rather than cutting them down for logging, then we provide more rural jobs and in- come.”

Strathcona operates over 50 programs annually from the 16-week wilderness leadership training schools, through Read more

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Looking to host an art show, indoor wedding venue, first aid course or more look no further than our newly renovated Upper Barn.

Looking to host an art show, indoor wedding venue, first aid course or more look no further than our newly renovated Upper Barn.

Snow to Surf: Another successful year!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Strathcona Park Lodge staff and alumni placed amazing this year.

Team: ‘Strathcona Park Lodge’ = 4th in open mens and overall
Team: ‘Camp Fire Choir” = 3rd in opens mixed 34th overall
Team: ‘Mucky Much and the Shizams’ = 4th in opens mixed and 36th overall
Team: ‘Stathcona Domination’ = 1st in juniors and 30th overall
Team: ‘Etes-Vous Pretes?’ = 3rd grandmasters woman and 60th overall

For full Snow to Surf results click here.

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LODGE AS SEEN BY A CANADIAN ‘TRAVEL’ ARTICLE 1982

Strathcona Lodge is Canadian in outlook

What you see is what you get. Jim Boulding in the city is the Jim Boulding you’ll meet in the wilds of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Granted, there may be a necktie in the city, but somehow you know it’s just a piece of cloth worn like some trifling accoutrement in deference to social custom he’s long ceased believing in. Jim be- lieves in people, their potential and ability to be positive. Nothing bores him more than negativism.

The layout of the Lodge.

The layout of the Lodge.

“After 23 years in the tourism business, I know what tough times are. I know what it’s like to live with near-failure, and I also know that there’s always a way out if you’re willing to work at it,” says Jim who, with wife Myrna, owns and operates Strathcona Park Lodge as an outdoor education centre, world-renowned wilderness training centre and family resort.

The Bouldings may be out in the boonies, but they have a definite concept of Canada, tourism and its international potential.
“We have scenery that is unsurpassable,” says Jim bluntly of the 160-acre property on central Vancouver Island. “Mountains, lakes, forests, history, Read more

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Want to practise your climbing skills before hopping on the rock?  We have built a climbing wall on the outside of our barn.  Come challenge yourself!

Want to practise your climbing skills before hopping on the rock? We have built a climbing wall on the outside of our barn. Come challenge yourself!08

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KRISTIN FINKBINER 1982

Kristin (centre), pictured with Nancy on right

Kristin (centre), pictured with Nancy on right

My first visit to Strathcona Park Lodge was in August 1982, when I was 16. My cousin Brad Mielke was working at the Lodge as a chef for the summer. I returned as a volunteer in 1989 when I was 23. I stayed from Aug 1989 through January 1990. My job was in the kitchen doing meal prep and dishes, and also in the dining room, serving food. My only remuneration was room and board. Read more

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Hiking to Karst Creek in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Hiking to Karst Creek in Strathcona Provincial Park.