You’ll find an outdoor adventure experience at this wilderness resort...
For over thirty years, this wilderness resort has been offering a variety of outdoor adventure programs surrounded by the property’s natural beauty. Adjacent to Strathcona Park, this wilderness getaway is a short and picturesque forty -five kms west of Vancouver Island’s city of Campbell River. From alpine to water activities, guided instructors are available, June through September, to lead singles, couples, families and groups through an unforgettable adventure experience. Although Strathcona Park Lodge caters to school groups from the fall to spring, there are one and two bedroom housekeeping cottages available to accommodate a quiet weekend away and that’s what we were looking for during our October visit. We wanted to have a family getaway, with our two boys, at a time when hiking was still an option and the ‘Indian Summer’ weather might still permit some outdoor fun.
Our self-contained, two bedroom cottage privately nestled amongst evergreens and shrouded by snow-capped peaks, overlooked the pristine shores of Upper Campbell Lake. Eiderdown patchwork quilts warmed each bed and blended with checkered curtains to create a country feel in our rustic, but cozy, abode. While reading and playing games in the living room, we felt soothed by the penetrating warmth from the wood burning stove.
All of the cottages are unique in design and space. Some have loft-sleeping areas, others are two stories, and all access the waterfront. Other accommodations include chalet rooms and apartment-style complexes to help meet the need of varying groups and budgets.
Although we enjoyed the convenience of our cottage kitchen, there were reasonably priced hearty buffet-style meals served in the ‘Whale Room’. Depending on your arrangement, meals may be included with your package or enjoyed a la carte to suite your need.
Our day started off with trying out the lower ropes course. Designed for instructional purposes, this course is the preliminary stage to the main one up the hill and was fun to try out. Cables stretch between trees, ropes dangle from limbs, climbing walls stand erect, and all are designed to test endurance and balance based on a team effort approach.
One indoor climbing wall and three outdoor rock faces are also available for those who want to tackle this ever-growing sport. Orienteering, basketball, and volleyball are a few of the other summer land activities, and all are accompanied by qualified instruction.
We were especially interested in experiencing one of the many hikes Strathcona Park has to offer. Rays of sunlight reflected off the maples in their autumn splendor of colour and magnificent waterfalls were highlights on the short Lupin Trail. Hiking is one of the main attractions during the peak months at The Lodge and guided overnight backpacking is another land adventure that guests can enjoy.
Land activities are only part of the fun in store at this adventure getaway. On board an 18-foot canoe, the four of us paddled to islands and explored a nearby marine park. In addition to a fleet of canoes, ocean and white water kayaking, sailing, and motor boating are other summer water options where instructional guides will teach or lead guests in the pursuit of adventure enjoyment.
From our cottage deck we reflected on the day’s activities and enjoyed the tranquil surrounding. For us, this October getaway was just what we were looking for. A little R&R in a spectacular setting, a taste of some outdoor adventure, and enjoying some family togetherness time. As for our two boys they are looking forward to returning next summer, when they can test their outdoor skills while either taking part in one of the adventure weeks or choosing one of the wilderness alpine to ocean excursions.
If You Go
Strathcona Park Lodge
Campbell River, BC V9W5C5
Web site: www.strathcona.bc.ca
Vancouver and other lower mainland travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay terminals to Duke Point or Departure Bay. General Information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779)
For our State-side Neighbors: Either the Victoria Clipper, The Princess Marguerite, or the Washington State Ferries will meet your needs
Take Island Highway #19- north to Campbell River
Take Highway #28 West - 45kms - towards Gold River
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