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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

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41040 Gold River Highway, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5C5 Canada
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#4 of 16 Speciality lodging in Campbell River
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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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Larry D wrote a review Oct. 2020
Victoria, Canada111 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
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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, Canada343 contributions159 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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Maureen M wrote a review Sep. 2019
Prince George, Canada22 contributions5 helpful votes
We went to a wedding at this centre. It was pretty cool. We got to zip line, climb ropes, paddle boarded. People were so friendly and went out of their way to get you what you needed. We really enjoyed this Lodge.We were here late August 2018.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Elizabeth M wrote a review Aug. 2019
Victoria, Canada1 contribution3 helpful votes
If you want to save money by renting a room instead of a cabin don't even bother coming. Our room was above the restaurant kitchen which was very noisy from 6am onwards. There was horrid unrecognizable stench I'm our room. The room is so tiny There wasn't even room for a chair or even a waste basket in it. It had 3 bunkbeds in the tiny room. And we had asked for a room for 2 people. The only way for other guests to get to there rooms on the floor above was to walk up a squeaky old wooden staircase that runs through the closet of our room. And the closet had no doors on it. And if that's not bad enough you also get the traffic noise as this room faces the highway. There is nothing peaceful or relaxing about room 44. Some of the food was terrible and some was good. You can only eat at limited set times. The flat price for dinner is $18. And our room was $119.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Christine C, General Manager at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Responded Aug. 17, 2019
It doesn't sound like our place was the right fit for you. Your room was chosen for you, the photographer, by the group organizers as the more desirable rooms were provided to their guests. Room 44 works great for outdoor education groups. With 3 bunkbeds 6 people can sleep for $20 per person and come and enjoy all that the park and our beautiful location has to offer. Dinner is actually $28 per person, served buffet style with local ingredients typically featuring half a dozen hot entrees, a couple of salads, teas and dessert. There are so many places that have all the bells and whistles, but few are authentic, off the grid and nature based with committed and friendly staff.
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US$154 - US$435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.