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Wilderness Adventure on Vancouver Island

Program Number: 17675RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/17/2011 - 7/21/2011;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia
Price starting at: $880.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Set out on into the wild on an unforgettable adventure in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park. British Columbia's oldest provincial park encompasses 544,000 acres of spectacular landscape in the center of Vancouver Island, ranging from mountain peaks to lakes, rivers and alpine meadows. Observe wildlife, paddle a canoe and venture to remote and pristine waterfalls as you learn survival techniques, layered clothing systems, orienteering skills and wilderness etiquette. Enjoy natural history discussions with experts, discover local flora and fauna on walks and canoe trips, and explore the Elk River Delta by boat, observing a host of wild species in this diverse ecosystem and enjoying a traditional salmon barbecue on the banks of the river.




Highlights

Set out on into the wild on an unforgettable adventure in beautiful Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia’s oldest provincial park encompassing 544,000 acres of spectacular landscape in the center of Vancouver Island. Enjoy natural history discussions with experts, walks, canoe trips, a traditional salmon barbecue and more.

Highlights
• Paddle a canoe to remote and pristine waterfalls.
• Learn survival techniques and wilderness etiquette.
• Explore the Elk River Delta by boat to observe a host of wild species.




Strathcona Provincial Park

Established in 1911, British Columbia's oldest provincial park encompasses 544,000 acres in the center of Vancouver Island, spanning nearly its entire width. The spectacular landscape is characterized by mountain peaks, lakes, rivers and alpine meadows.



Accommodations
Timber-framed chalet; rooms free of televisions, telephones, internet. Facilities include waterfront, sauna. Healthy, nutritious meals served in casual Whale Room dining room; gluten-free, dairy-free, heart-smart and vegan diets are offered as well as the ability to cater to specific food allergies.
Meals and Lodgings
   Strathcona Park Lodge
  Campbell River, BC 4 nights
 Strathcona Park Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Adjacent to Strathcona Provincial Park, on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada, Strathcona Park Lodge is a wilderness resort offering customized holiday adventures for adults of all ages, summer camps for youth (WYLD), wilderness leadership training (COLT), outdoor weddings, outdoor education for schools, health and fitness workshops, and more… . And yes! You can just come and stay and relax in any of our chalet rooms or cottages and enjoy our fine dining.
  Contact info: PO Box 2160
Campbell River, BC V9W 5C5 Canada
phone: 250-286-3122
web: www.strathcona.bc.ca
  Facility amenities: There are washers and dryers available for guest use and we have a small gift store that carries toiletries and snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $120 + tax For people wishing to relax when coming from a distance - extra nights approximately $120 CDN + GST per person.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $120 + tax For people wishing to relax when coming from a distance - extra nights approximately $120 CDN + GST per person.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to Campbell River, BC, Canada - check-in after 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Strathcona Park Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Campbell River, BC, Canada after breakfast. You will be staying at Strathcona Park Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info. A signed waiver is required from participants.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Tetanus shot within the last ten years.
  Parking availability:
Available parking adjacent to all accommodation.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Campbell River, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Campbell River, BC
  Nearest highway: Hwy 28
  Nearest airport:  Campbell River
  From End of Program
  Location: Campbell River, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Campbell River Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Campbell River Airporter Shuttle
phone: 250-286-3000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $80
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

40 kms/25 miles

   

Shuttle will pick up/drop off at Campbell River bus station. Contact Greyhound Canada: 1-800-661-8747; www.greyhound.ca/home for bus schedules and rates from Vancouver (and other locations) to Campbell River.

 

Campbell River Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Campbell River Airporter Shuttle
phone: 250-286-3000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $80
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 - 60 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

40 kms/25 miles

   

Shuttle will pick up at Campbell River airport and transfer to Strathcona Park Lodge. Call ahead for times and current rates. Flights are available from Vancouver to Campbell River through Pacific Coastal airlines: 1-800-663-2872; www.pacific-coastal.com OR Central Mountain Air: 1-888-865-8585; www.flycma.com/index.html. Float plane flights available between Vancouver and Campbell River with Vancouver Island Air: 1-877-331-2433; viair@island.net

 
Driving Directions
  By Ferry BC Ferries operates daily, year-round ferry service between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Contact: 1-888-BCFERRY or www.bcferries.com MV Coho sails daily, all year round, between Port Angeles and Victoria. Contact: Black Ball Transport Inc. Tel: (250) 386-2202 in Victoria, Tel: (360) 457-4491 in Port Angeles, www.cohoferry.com
  By Plane Service from Vancouver to Campbell River through Pacific Coastal: 1-800-663-2872 www.pacific-coastal.com
  Vancouver by car When coming from Vancouver, take BC Ferries from Tsawassen (south of Vancouver) or Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) to Nanaimo. Follow Highway 19 north to Campbell River, then take Highway 28 west towards Gold River. Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre is located just after the 40 km marker (about a 40 minute drive).


Required innoculations:

Yes: Tetanus shot within the last ten years.

Equipment Requirements: The Lodge provides all safety and group gear for all activities
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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