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How many sea kayakers do you see?

How many sea kayakers do you see?

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ISOBEL SPRINGETT 1965

The Springett Family arrived from England and got a job managing the Lodge. Joan and Walter had two boys and two girls, one of whom was Isobel Springett, who was eight at the time. She is now a well-known photographer. Isobel liked this area so much that she now lives in the Comox Valley.

Isobel Springett enjoying a big snowfall

Isobel Springett enjoying a big snowfall

One night we were awakened by my brother shouting “there’s a cougar in the basement!” We all scrambled into our clothes and headed to the back of the Lodge. The basement was really a storage area located on the lower level at the rear of the building. My father and one of my brothers crept very slowly towards the open door, a 2 x 4 and gun in hand not quite sure what they were going to find. As they got closer they could see something large looming in the doorway. “Maybe it’s a bear” my brother whispered. By now they could hear the uninvited guest rummaging through the gas cans and firewood stored there. Suddenly something large and quite round appeared to be coming slowly towards them. As it advanced my brother suddenly realized what they were looking at. “It’s one of the bloody horses!” he exclaimed in a very annoyed voice. Apparently someone had left the door open and Gypsy, a big pinto, had decided to investigate even though there was not really enough room for a horse in the human-sized doorway. By now Gypsy had decided to head back in and had planted himself firmly in the doorway. My father and brother tried coaxing him with words promising treats and pats. Of course being a horse this went in one ear and out the other. By now they were getting quite annoyed. It was three in the morning and the Lodge would be waking up in a couple of hours. My dad picked up a stick and started swatting him on the ‘arse’ as he called that part of the anatomy. Read more

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The fall colours jump out with all the blue and green colours that populates the Pacific North West.

The fall colours jump out with all the blue and green colours that populates the Pacific North West.

Education is Power

Dave Cuddy is one of our instructors who has started a non-profit called “Education is Power.”  His goal is to put people through high school or university in Africa.  100% of the proceeds he fundraises goes directly to the people(s) in Africa to assist them in getting through school.

Last night we held a fundraiser and movie premier where we raised over $700.  To get a perspective on how far $700 will go in Africa it cost $140 for one year of high school or $1,700 for a year of University for one student.  Read more about Education is Power below.

“Education is Power” mission is:

Through education, we are dedicated to develop the potential in underprivileged East Africans who are committed to the sustainable development and natural conservation of Africa.

We achieve this through providing education opportunities to East Africans at East African secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Support "Education is Power" by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

Support “Education is Power” by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

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The view from Room 71 of the Haig Brown building.

The view from Room 71 of the Haig Brown building.

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Adventure 1 games at the beach a lot of fun!  What's your favorite group game to play?

Adventure 1 games at the beach a lot of fun! What’s your favorite group game to play?

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EARLY GUESTS 1960

“It was 1960 when I came up here to rent a boat and put out our motor to fish. We were from Seattle and were guests of Dr. Simpkins. How things have changed since then. (Jim has gone.) I was planning to give him a bad time as we two used to go at each other with barbs. He was a large, great guy who we all loved and respected from 1960 through 1972. Sorry I missed his beautiful bride.”  John McQuaker

Dr. Simpkins and Myrna

Dr. Simpkins and Myrna

Dr. Simpkins came to the Lodge to rent boats many times over the early years. I ran into him at an exercise class in Campbell River in the late 1980s. I remembered his distinctive voice. He was 93 by then. He was a dentist and lived in Seattle. All those years he had owned a small waterfront house south of Campbell River where he would stay to fish the Campbell River area. I went salmon fishing with him one day. On another occasion, he cooked dinner for all the female staff at the exercise Read more

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Fall is a great time of the year to head out to Nootka Sound and enjoy the wild life viewing.

Fall is a great time of the year to head out to Nootka Sound and enjoy the wild life viewing.

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BRUCE BAIKIE early 1960s

 Dan Matthews and Bruce Baikie

Dan Matthews and Bruce Baikie

My brother Bruce was in grade twelve in the same school where Jim and I first came to teach in Campbell River. In 1958 and 1959 Bruce had worked with B.C. Hydro doing survey work and remembers the crew stayed near the Lodge, but had yet to work for his brother-in-law Jim. One of Bruce’s first encounters with the Lodge was with Jim’s boat, the Fair Isle, an attractive 24 ft. oak and mahogany Turner- built boat with an inboard Ford industrial engine. Bruce arrived at the Lodge with his friend Barry Ross and some girls to go for a boat ride only to find the boat underwater after a heavy snowfall. It was tied to the Lodge boat dock and was able to be re-floated. Another time Bruce was heading out on a fishing trip on Muchalat Inlet with two dentists, Roger Mielke and his brother. Read more

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