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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

41040 Gold River Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5C5 Canada
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Living on the edge since 1959, Strathcona Park Lodge pioneered self propelled and off the grid wilderness experiences on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. From the lake side cabins, chalets and rooms experience wilderness inspired summer holidays, guided trips and group gatherings. Home base for WYLD youth summer camps, the COLT leadership training program and outdoor education programming, SPL is a leader in experiential education and wilderness vacations. The setting The Boulding family chose well when they picked the site for Strathcona Park Lodge. From almost every room on the property you can get an amazing view of glacier carved valleys, big pristine lakes and rocky/snowcapped peaks. There are several hikes, viewpoints, protected bays and beaches, climbing bluffs, old growth trees, high ropes courses and zip lines -- and that's just on the property. Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.'s oldest protected area, is just down the road. Within 30 minutes go whitewater paddling, mountain biking, more rock climbing, or lace up for interpretive walks, hikes and mountaineering routes. A little further is world class sea kayaking and whale watching on both sides of Vancouver Island. Summer vacations Perfectly poised between the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park and a sprawling lake chain the Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the heart of Vancouver Island. Hike, paddle, climb or just sit back and relax on the beach. Stay in lake-side cabins, mountain view chalets or hotel style rooms overlooking it all. Refuel on delicious and healthy food. Disconnect from the wired world and return recharged. Group Gatherings The Lodge loves groups. Big or small, 200 to 10, we have the capacity, facilities and experience to make any gathering unforgettable. Every year we host multiple weddings, family reunions and other large groups on our picturesque and family friendly setting. With a dedicated staff we take care of every detail. Outdoor education/school programs In the spring and fall schools visit Strathcona to learn outside of the classroom. Removed from their everyday, challenged mentally and physically and exposed to new experiences, our specially trained leaders help students gain confidence, leadership, teamwork and camaraderie - skills that can't be learnt from a desk. These are experiences students remember forever. WYLD summer camps A summer camp like no other, Wilderness Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Expeditions are 8 to 12 day expeditions for adventurous teens, 12 to 17 years old. Based out of the Lodge's lakeside location, the camps explore the hiking trails, lakes, inlets, beaches, islands and mountains of Vancouver Island by foot, sea kayak and canoe. COLT Leadership Semester We believe COLT is the best outdoor leadership program in Canada. Founded in 1977 by Canada's oldest outdoor education centre, COLT is a learn-by-doing program with the best job opportunities, instructors and learning environment. And for the price no other program comes close to offering as much. Participants graduate with hard skills, like sea kayaking, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater paddling, but even more soft skills, like leadership, group dynamics, teamwork, confidence and determination.
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41040 Gold River Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5C5 Canada
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Marek R wrote a review Sep. 2021
Port Alberni, Canada52 contributions30 helpful votes
spent 3 nights in room 72. Most pleasant with exquisite view of lake and forests. Very clean room and comfortable beds. Service excellent. Staff friendly and informative. Dusty log beam above beds and dusty heater in bathroom. Recommend hotel install EV charging station. Internet only available in lounge and rather poor. Buffet style meals nutritious but over priced. Speeding traffic related to nearby mine - noisy and made one feel unsafe walking along hotel grounds bordering highway, and also as a motorist exploring the magnificence of Strathcona Provincial Park.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Christine Clarke, General Manager at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Responded Sep. 23, 2021
Dear Marek - Thank you for your feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Isn't the view magnificent?! While we're off the grid we do have an EV charging station that is solar powered. Next time please check with the office and we can get you hooked up. There is a 60 km zone for about a kilometre for the road next to our hotel and have hiking trails on our 160 acre property, some that parallel the highway. There isn't much of a shoulder so it's good to take the trails instead of the road when going for a walk. Unfortunately the mine (45 km south of us) does generate some traffic. All the best, Christine
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Jenifer H wrote a review May 2021
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I travel for work in remote areas on the Island and needed a good rest while working. Not only did they give me an early check in to a cottage on the lake,it was incredibly peaceful being off grid , but coupled with luxury cottage items, beautiful cosy bedding and stocked kitchen utensils. I appreciate the cottage was immaculate and I was over the moon to see perfectly seasoned cast iron. My kinda spot!! Hopefully I will be lucky enough to return again this season. Many thanks for a peaceful stay. Garden Gal, Jen Hetrick
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled
Larry D wrote a review Oct. 2020
Victoria, Canada112 contributions75 helpful votes
We needed a break from the Covid stuff, as all our trips have been cancelled. We decided to book into Strathcona Park Lodge, on recommendation of an in-law. They have had to close the hotel part, but the cabins are all open. We swam in the lake in October [ a first for me] , we kayaked, and we hiked and walked. Kelly at the front desk told us about the Three in Three challenge. If you do three of their challenges in three consecutive days, you get a T-shirt. We thought what the heck, and went for it. When we had done them we went to get our T-shirts, and were told we also get 10% off our bill. There is lots to do on their property as well as in the park. They are hurting with the pandemic, but are doing their best. You do not get your room made up, but they go out of their way to help in any way possible. If you want a very relaxing break go up and stay. The cabins have every thing you need except your food and drinks.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: They have cabins for different size groups. All have wood stoves. enjoy
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coast_to_coast_250 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Victoria, Canada354 contributions181 helpful votes
We stayed in cottage #2. It was perfect for two people. It was clean and comfortable. The kitchen area is small, but well equipped with pots, pans and dishes. It was fine for simple meals. Make note that the fridge is not full size and there is no microwave. The shower is small, but adequate and there was plenty of hot water. The view of the lake is pretty and the options for seating are indoors on the leather couch, the chairs on the deck or the chairs by the personal fire pit. We did not need to use the wood stove, but plenty of wood was provided. The front desk staff were pleasant from the time of booking through checkout. There is no wifi in the cottage, but we were able to sit on the deck outside the reception area and get a fair signal. Not ideal, but adequate for checking email. We did not take part in the nightly offerings, but they sounded interesting. We felt that all safe protocols were in place and adhered to. Research your trails ahead of time as the info centre in the park was only open on weekends. Just a suggestion, it would be nice if the website provided more information as to what was furnished in unit: type of coffee maker, etc. More photos of the units might be helpful for some. We found the unit to be tastefully decorated and bright.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Sweetad wrote a review Sep. 2019
Oakville, Canada21 contributions10 helpful votes
We had an amazing experience at this property. We rented 2 large cabins for a family reunion (16 people). Our lakefront/mountain view from cabin 15 was amazing! We were close to the beach, beach volleyball courts and firepit. The facilities were well-maintained and clean. We cooked our own meals ... one recommendation from us would be that they provide BBQ's. It was odd to have to cook burgers and sausages on a stove. Also, I would recommend putting info in the rooms with regards to services available, check out times etc. We did ask and were granted a late check out. We enjoyed our stay so much that we extended it by one day. They gave us a great room rate as the place was very quiet (late August 2019). We only ate one meal in the restaurant. It was a delicious buffet which included many vegan options. We asked beforehand if they would be serving salmon, and the staff went out of their way to ensure we all got salmon. We would definitely go back!!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: Cabin 15 rocks...faces the lake and mountains!
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Response from Christine C, General Manager at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Responded Oct. 30, 2019
Thank you for gathering your family and staying with us. We think it's a wonderful place for celebratory gatherings, and we're glad you think so too. There is an info binder in every accommodation. I wonder if it was tucked under a side table and overlooked. We have been hesitant to add BBQs as all of our buildings are made of wood and we are our own fire department. We've had a few close calls with guests putting BBQs on decks. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Which popular attractions are close to Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Nearby attractions include Strathcona Provincial Park (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.