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STRATHCONA PROVINCIAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA


Wilderness Adventure on Vancouver Island

Program #: 17675RJ
Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Water Sports

Prices for this date starting at: $880 per person

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4 nights
5 days

Date Selected:


7/17/2011



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Equipment Requirements: The Lodge provides all safety and group gear for all activities


Itinerary for 7/17/2011 - 7/21/2011:


Day 1: Registration/Slideshow/Introduction

(Sunday, July 17)



Arrive To:

 

Welcome to Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, where we are committed to helping people of all ages appreciate the wilderness and learn more about themselves and others. Participants arrive and register. Then time to unpack, unwind, and relax after your journey! You may also informally meet your fellow participants in your chalet building.



Dinner:

 

Dinner in Whale Room Dining Room at 5:30 p.m. Meals at Strathcona are hearty and nutritious and reflect our commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Dinners consist of poultry, meat or fish dishes, vegetarian options, vegetables, salads, fresh breads and dessert. Our chefs also cater to vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary needs.



Evening:

 

You will meet with your guides for the program, as well as formally meet your fellow participants. You will tour the property (trails and gravel roads, gentle slopes and uneven terrain) and have an introduction to our philosophies, core values and environmental practices such as generating our own power, water treatment, recycling and composting. There will be a presentation on the history of Strathcona and the area. After that we will have a campfire and make cedar bark cordage.



Accommodations:

 

Strathcona Park Lodge


Meals Included:

 

Dinner




Day 2: Hiking & Canoeing/Flora & Fauna

(Monday, July 18)



Breakfast:

 

Breakfasts feature freshly baked muffins, fresh fruit, hot cereals, granola, and eggs, pancakes or french toast.



Morning:

 

Morning hike to Lookout and Bog with an exploration of the local flora and fauna and viewscape. Walks are on primarily level trail or boardwalk with shore segment of steep trail (hand lines provided where required). Bog excursion: 1.9 mile/3km return forested trail, level slope, 400m narrow wooden boardwalk to access the bog, some uneven terrain. We will collect leaves in the bog to make Labrador tea. Lookout excursion: 1 km return narrow forested trail, 100m elevation gain, short segment of steep trail.



Lunch:

 

Lunch in the Whale Room Dining Room. Lunch consists of home-made soups, casseroles, ethnic dishes, sandwiches, and a choice of salads and fresh fruit.



Afternoon:

 

Afternoon canoeing in Boat Bay. Receive instruction and refine canoe skills and paddling strokes in tandem canoes in our protected Paddling Bay. Instruction includes the forward, back, sweep, draw, pry and "j" strokes with optional short paddle outside the bay to practice skills. After the canoeing session guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake and a relaxing outdoor sauna.



Dinner:

 

Dinners consist of poultry, meat or fish dishes, vegetarian options, vegetables, salads, fresh breads and dessert.



Evening:

 

Campfire and making bannock (traditional flat bread) and Labrador tea (from leaves collected from morning hike to the bog).



Accommodations:

 

Strathcona Park Lodge


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 3: Elk River Delta/Salmon BBQ

(Tuesday, July 19)



Breakfast:

 

Breakfast at Lodge



Morning:

 

Day trip to Elk River Delta, Upper Campbell Lake. We will travel to the delta in a Whaleboat (motorized) or voyageur canoes (self-propelled) for a day of primitive skills, survival techniques and wildlife exploration. Topics include shelter building; flint and steel fire building; identification, collecting and eating edible plants; and bark and twig weaving. Boat or paddle 3.8 miles/6kms across the lake from our property into the delta, approximately 30 minutes boating time or 2 - 2.5 hours paddling time.



Lunch:

 

Bag lunch.



Afternoon:

 

Continuation of Elk River trip. Learn about no trace ethics and animal track identification. If traveling by voyageur canoes expect approximately a 4 mile/6 km paddle.



Dinner:

 

Traditional salmon BBQ dinner (salmon cooked First Nations style, vegetables cooked rock box style) on the banks of the Elk River. Return to the lodge before dark in our Whaleboat or experience an evening paddle back in the dusk in the voyageur canoes.



Accommodations:

 

Strathcona Park Lodge


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 4: Hiking Upper & Lower Myra Falls/Old Growth Forest

(Wednesday, July 20)



Breakfast:

 

Breakfast at Lodge



Morning:

 

Day trip to the south end of Buttle Lake, hike to Upper Myra and Lower Myra Falls (3.8 miles/6 kms return, easy trail hiking). Explore local fauna then travel by van to Lower Myra Falls (400 meter walk to falls, some steep gravel paths, uneven terrain) hike to two viewpoints to observe the falls.



Lunch:

 

Enjoy an out-trip lunch on the rocks of the three-tiered falls.



Afternoon:

 

Explore the local flora, hike through old growth forest with an option to visit Lupin Falls on return to lodge.



Dinner:

 

Dinner at Lodge



Evening:

 

Campfire, sharing and storytelling.



Accommodations:

 

Strathcona Park Lodge


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 5: Independent Departures

(Thursday, July 21)



Breakfast:

 

Breakfast in Whale Room Dining Room at 7:30 a.m.



Morning:

 

Independent departures after breakfast - check out time is 11 a.m.



Meals Included:

 

Breakfast



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