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Flash Back Fridays

WOMEN PADDLE TO NAT’L TITLES

By Tom Unger, the Campbell River Courier, Friday, July 29, 1983
Two members of the staff at Strathcona Park Lodge won gold medals in the women’s events at the Canadian White-water Kayaking Championships held July 13- 17 in Alberta.
Anne Boulding of Campbell River beat out about 11 other women to take the slalom event. Sheila Taylor of Alberta, also on the lodge’s staff, won the gold in the downriver event. Taylor topped two others, including Boulding who placed second.
Taylor was also third in the slalom event. “The competition in the downriver event wasn’t as keen as last year,” said Taylor.

Anne Boulding

Annie Boulding


The slalom course was much different. It was only over about 700 metres on the Bow River but included 30 gates which the athletes had to pass through in specified directions.
Boulding ran the course in 232 seconds. She touched three poles so her time was increased to 247. But most of the other competitors drew more penalties than she did and she finished 100 seconds ahead of the second place winner. Read more

Picture This! (SPL)

We have a plethora of boats to choose from including sea kayaks, white water boats, canoes and voyageurs canoes for you too choose from.  In this photo you can see kids and their grandparents enjoying a game of kayaking soccer on one of three swim bays at SPL.

We have a plethora of boats to choose from including sea kayaks, white water boats, canoes and voyageurs canoes for you. In this photo you can see kids and their grandparents enjoying a game of kayaking soccer on one of three swim bays at SPL.

Picture This! (WYLD)

Ahhh the wonders of White Water Kayaking!  All lined up to learn the infamous spray skirt pull.    Its a lot of fun for the instructors to see students progress so much in one week of kayaking.  Anybody signed up for kayaking for this summer kayaking camp or for your school trip to Strath?

Ahhh the wonders of White Water Kayaking! All lined up to learn the infamous spray skirt pull. Its a lot of fun for the instructors to see students progress so much in one week of kayaking. Anybody signed up for this summer kayaking camp or for your school trip to Strath?

Flash Back Fridays

STRATHCONA WILDERNESS TESTS METTLE – They call it the Whale Rock 1981

No one knows why for certain, but it does resemble a huge humpback lurking just below the waterline in the lower reaches of Campbell River.

It’s a major obstacle for white-water runners, along by Rosie’s Hole and just below the BC Hydro dam and the trick turn required to pull into Stick Eddy further downstream.

A group of kayakers demonstrating a river rescue—teamwork

A group of kayakers demonstrating a river rescue—teamwork

Paddlers can play it safe with the Whale and keep well to the right, or they can play the odds and barrel through with the main current on the left and lean hard into the next turn. Not everyone makes it. But today the Whale claims no new victims; the dozen young paddlers from St. Michaels University School manage to avoid its bulk without taking a swim.

The kayakers are one of five groups from the Victoria school testing their mettle in the wilderness areas of central Vancouver Island as part of St. Michaels’ an- nual grade eleven out trip at Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre. Another group is learning the basics of white-water canoeing on the Campbell, two oth- ers are touring Nootka Sound and Friendly Cove on the west coast by canoe and on foot, while a fifth troop attempts the summit of Mt. Albert Edward, the third highest peak on Vancouver Island.