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TOURISM BEGINNINGS 1961

I tell people that we stumbled into the tourist business. The local people referred to us as ‘just a couple of kids’. We had never really been tourists so knew very little about the business.

Mr. Bradbury with toddler Liz

Mr. Bradbury with toddler Liz

In 1961 Jim was commuting to town to teach and I was pregnant with Jamie. We had a British American oil can, (which was emptied periodically), with a toilet seat on top, in a small shed just outside the back door. I had a young man staying at the Lodge to help me with the place. It was easy to find American fishermen and explorers in B.C. in those days. They were usually in the most isolated spots, like where we were located. Believe it or not, a middle-aged man known as Senator Hollister stopped by and asked if he could stay with us. He did not mind our rustic outhouse. It turned out that he was probably one of the richest guests that we ever had. Apparently he owned 13 miles of California sea-coast. He was also our first tourist. How could we say no? We needed the money. I believe that Jim took him fishing. Read more

Update from another Campbell River paper February 1976

It has just recently been decided at a board meeting, that the 22 students from Carihi will be able to go to the UNESCO conference, after all. The conference is being planned by Powell River and is sponsored by the Attorney-Generals’ office for $13,000.00.

Myrna and Jim at Rendezvous Canada

Myrna and Jim at Rendezvous Canada

Except for a very few who had courageous teachers, a generation of young people in Campbell River were denied the opportunity to take part in school programs at the Lodge. For the Lodge this proved to be of long term benefit as we soon were filling the place with private and public school children from many of the top schools in B.C. Around 4000 to 7000 students come to the Lodge each year, often the same schools returning year after year .

I have also had an uneasy relationship with the Chamber of Commerce in Campbell River. I am sure that I have belonged to this Chamber longer than anyone one else in Campbell River; my father took me meetings starting in about 1960. I always pay my fee but feel that most members do not consider me to be part of their organization. On one occasion the president asked during a meeting for volunteers to be on their environmental commit- tee. At the end of the meeting I was the only one who stepped up to offer my services. The president looked horrified and stated “Oh no, we don’t want you. W e want someone from logging or mining. ” Read more

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STRATHCONA EXPANDS – 1980

The Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre here has expanded its program for 1980, bringing to forty the number of wilderness adventure trips and skills programs it offers. Also, the Centre has begun aggressive marketing in the industry with the addition of IT numbers to all programs except for the four-month apprenticeship plan.

Cooperating carriers are Canadian Pacific Air, Air Canada and Pacific Western Airlines.

CraigSeale,who donated weeks of his time in order to complete the Seale House—named after him

“Book with you local travel agent,” is also a new slogan appearing on the brochure. This year’s 8 1⁄2 by 11 inch folder features more black-and-white photographs of participants on the trips as well as a four-color shell. A paragraph at the beginning of the brochure shows the trips that will be operated throughout 1980 at a glance, with ‘when’, ‘how much’, and ‘how long’ statistics.

In addition to canoeing, kayaking and sailing adventures are programs which include such activities as rock climbing, wilderness survival techniques, first aid and rescue, fishing methods, outdoor art workshop, family adventure, and log and timber construction. The Centre emphasizes that its programs are not only for the “fun of it”, but moreover, for the education to be gained. University credit is offered for the majority of the programs. Each trip is designated with one star (easy), two stars (moderate) or three stars (strenuous). To determine whether clients qualify for a particular trip, agents should ask if they are able to jog for one kilometer (*), for five kilometers (**), or for 10 kilometers (***). Read more

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CANADIAN URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

By Judy Wright, 1975

A student with one of Judy’s puppets.

Judy first came to the Lodge with Laurie Wood. A former teacher and skilled craftsperson, she made the puppets featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) film “Living on the Edge”. She met her husband Jeff Kingston at the Lodge. Judy raised her two children on an island homestead off Cortes. Judy is a marvelous cook. She has returned a couple of times to help us out in the kitchen over the years.

1975 was a lean year at the Lodge and the winter saw a young, unpaid staff who worked for food, room, postage stamps and the occasional ride to town. Life was good but on long winter evenings we gathered around the library stove and dreamed of funding to relieve the financial pressures of the moment. By the light of oil lamps, our long discussions gave birth to the idea of the Rural Resource Village as a way to support our idyllic lifestyle and also to introduce the world to a better way of life. The concept was refined and developed by the writing of a grant proposal to the ‘Canadian Urban Demonstration Program’. Although the grant was not awarded, we were a close runner up. The idea of a Rural Resource Village stuck, the proposal became the long term development plan for the Lodge, and today it is an interesting record of Lodge history. Following is a summary of the ideas presented in the grant proposal by a group of early environmentalists and idealistic educators. Read more

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CANOEING STORIES

“Vancouver’s coves and bays yield secrets to canoeists” – 1981

Paddling out to sea, we guided our canoes up and over the rising ocean swells. Behind us, Vancouver Island’s rocky, storm-blown west coast receded in an early morning mist. Ahead lay three surf-beaten isles, where terns and gulls hovered in a constant, diving search for fish and where we, too, planned to catch our breakfast. Beyond these rocky points stretched the vastness of the Pacific, its endlessly rolling waves sweeping all the way to the Orient. For three days we had been exploring by canoe the inlets and fiords of Vancouver Island’s Kyuquot Sound, hidden away at the north western end of the Island, Kyuquot can only be reached by boat or by driving across several hundred miles of hazardous logging roads.  The secluded coves and inlets of the sound were originally the home of the Nootka Indians. Intrepid hunters, they faced the ocean waters in great dugout cedar canoes, travelling long distances to hunt seals, otters and killer whales.

Open ocean canoeing.

Now, in a week-long trip arranged through Strathcona Lodge (located on the Island), we followed their hunting and trading routes in modern fibreglass and aluminum canoes.
Our party of eleven tour members and two guides had first met at Strathcona for a day course in basic canoeing techniques. Paddling across a lake, we practiced forward and backward strokes, the draw and pry strokes, and the ‘J’ stroke for steering, and learned how to prevent disasters with canoe-to-canoe rescues.

 

A mixed group of engineers, business managers, home-makers, teachers and students, few of us had ever canoed before. But the lure of seeing Vancouver Island’s remote west coast in the traditional style of the Indians had appealed to all of us and we worked on our paddling skills until arms and shoulders ached.  That night we met in Strathcona’s Lodge, where our guides, Cliff Redman and Sheila Taylor, unrolled a large chart of the Island’s west coast. On paper, the coast- line was a series of black squiggles and pointed loops dipping sharply in and out of the blue sea.  Read more

Transformational Panel

Strathcona Park Lodge would like to thank Sanford Williams of the Mowachaht Band for his amazing transformational panel.

Sanford Williams standing next to his transformatioal panel.