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British Columbia

Outdoor Discovery on Vancouver Island With Your Grandchild

Kayak, canoe, zipline, rock climb and camp your way through the wooded forests of Vancouver Island with your grandchild, learning all kinds of new skills along the way.
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Program No. 2677RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
1,179 / CHILD
British Columbia

Outdoor Discovery on Vancouver Island With Your Grandchild

Kayak, canoe, zipline, rock climb and camp your way through the wooded forests of Vancouver Island with your grandchild, learning all kinds of new skills along the way.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,649 / ADULT
1,179 / CHILD
Program No. 2677 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 9 - 14
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Jun 20 – Jun 26, 2021
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Jul 24 – Jul 30, 2021
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Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2021
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At a Glance

Bring your junior explorers on an active adventure in the mossy forests of Vancouver Island. Together you’ll learn new skills as you play kayak soccer, navigate with a compass and head out on an overnight canoe trip. Climb a rock bluff, rappel from a cliff, swing like Tarzan on a zip line and learn about teamwork on a log and cable ropes course suspended high above the ground. Swim on the sandy beach, tell campfire stories and learn all about the plants and animals of Vancouver Island on a nature walk with an expert. This fresh air adventure will bring you closer together — and closer to nature!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn survival techniques, camping basics, outdoor cooking, orienteering and wilderness etiquette throughout the week, including during a camping trip (optional) to Swan Bay.
  • Climb a rock bluff, rappel from a cliff, swing from a zip line and navigate a ropes course under expert supervision and with a harness.
  • Explore a sphagnum bog, home of the carnivorous sundew plant, and spend time on the water kayaking and canoeing.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-14.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
by Bill Richardson
Lake Woebegone goes British Columbian in this humorous slip of a novel about an unconventional Vancouver B&B, which features twin bookworm brothers, a talking parrot and a motley crew of hotel guests.
Vancouver Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.
The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean
by Terry Glavin, Carl Safina (Introduction)
A wide-ranging conservation history of British Columbia and the North Pacific Ocean. Glavin lives in the Gulf Islands, where he writes frequently about fisheries and environmental issues facing the region.
The Raven Steals the Light
by Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)
A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
by Margaret Craven
In this brief novel, a young vicar comes to live with the Kwakiutl Indians of the town of Kingcome in the Pacific Northwest. Written for teens but worthwhile for adults.
Moon Vancouver and Victoria, Including Whistler and Vancouver Island
by Andrew Hempstead
A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest
by Sarah Swanson
A practical, "blissfully unscientific" guide to the feathered friends of the Pacific Northwest. The 85 birds common to Oregon and Washington are profiled with color photographs and explanatory text that tells readers where to see and how to find each animal. Ideal for a long weekend birding trip!
Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
In the first of Paulsen's wilderness adventure novels, 13-year-old Brian must fend for himself after his plane crashes in the Canadian woods.
British Columbia Seashore Life
by Pocket Naturalist
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of common marine plants, echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, nearshore fish, birds and mammals of British Columbia.
Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest
by Katharine Berry Judson
Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, alongside noted geographical features of the territory.
The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia
by Jean Barman
A fascinating history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview of the cultural and social influences that have shaped the region.
There's an Owl in the Shower
by Jean Craighead George
In this novel for ages 8-12, Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator Jean Craighead George tells the story of how one unusual spotted owl makes his way into the home -- and hearts -- of a family of loggers in the Pacific Northwest.
Great Bear Wild
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Introduction), Ian McAllister
A colorful photographic journey through the Great Bear Rainforest that follows the coast from Vancouver Island to southern Alaska; McAllister captures the spectacular landscapes and wildlife, including wolves, whales and bears.
Vancouver Island Map
by ITMB
A colorful paper travel map of the island, at a scale of 1:250,000.
Grass Beyond the Mountains, Discovering the Last Great Cattle Frontier on the North American Continent
by Richard Hobson
Hobson's classic memoir of his cross-country trek and pioneering days as a rancher in British Columbia's undiscovered remote north.
Following the Last Wild Wolves
by Ian McAllister
McAllister shares his experiences and inferences from studying two undisturbed wolf packs after 20 years of observing them while living on the coast of British Columbia. Check out McAllister's collection of photographs as well (CND288).
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest
by Peter Alden
A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest.
The Island Within
by Richard Nelson
A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.
Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikaelsen
This young adult novel follows Cole, an abused and abusive teen, who chooses banishment to an Alaskan island over incarceration. But for Cole to reform, it takes an encounter with the white Spirit Bear of First Nation legends.
Vancouver Birds: An Introduction to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
This pocket-sized reference for the bird enthusiast includes illustrations of over 120 species and a map of local birdwatching hotspots.
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Campbell River, BC
D

Activity note: Check-in 3:00 p.m

Dinner: 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. There will be a presentation on the history of Strathcona as well as learn about the area. After that you will go on an introductory tour of Strathcona Lodge. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Outdoor Adventures, Canoeing, Swimming
Campbell River, BC
B,L,D

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles per day on uneven and steep terrain. The lodge is on a hill and trails and paths are gravel and dirt. All equipment provided for canoeing.

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

Morning: Morning activities for grandchildren and grandparents to promote group development, trust, problem solving initiatives and challenges, and of course fun! We also introduce our Challenge by Choice philosophy.

Lunch: Lunch consists of home-made soups, casseroles, ethnic dishes, sandwiches, and a choice of salads and fresh fruit.

Afternoon: Canoeing focusing on skills development and fun, all the while learning the canoe, paddle strokes, and comfort in the water.

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

Evening: Free time for swimming on the sandy beach and a group campfire at dusk.

DAY
3
High Ropes, Zipline, Kayaking, Orienteering
Campbell River, BC
B,L,D

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles per day on uneven and steep terrain. The lodge is on a hill and trails and paths are gravel and dirt. All equipment provided for kayaking.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge

Morning: The high ropes and zipline are powerful and challenging activities, built from logs, cables and ropes suspended above ground up to a height of forty feet. Participants are secured at all times with harnesses and wear helmets. Good communication and support is central in these activities. This activity is greatly enjoyed by all ages; meet your challenges head on and push yourselves to new limits.

Lunch: Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon: Kayak Soccer - a unique way to get comfortable in the boats while having fun! Play soccer like never before!

Dinner: Dinner at Lodge

Evening: Master map and compass skills and learn about map reading while navigating our Orienteering course.

DAY
4
Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Trip Prep
Campbell River, BC
B,L,D

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles per day on uneven and steep terrain. The lodge is on a hill and trails and paths are gravel and dirt. All equipment provided for kayaking.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge

Morning: Learn the basics of kayaking including forward, reverse, and sweep strokes, all the while having fun and maybe some more games!

Lunch: Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon: Participants will learn the basics of climbing and gain opportunities for personal growth and change. Instructors will start you off on the rock wall before heading up to one of our climbing bluffs with various routes. Climbing can be a significant mental challenge for many participants as it requires a great deal of trust in themselves. Success shows that perceived limitations are often self-imposed.

Dinner: Dinner at Lodge

Evening: Packing and preparing for the following days' over night canoe trip. Food, gear, and personal/group item preparations.

DAY
5
Nature Walk, Depart on Overnight Canoe Trip, Camping
Campbell River, BC
B,L,D

Activity note: The overnight is optional. Some grandparents may choose to participate and then return to the Lodge to sleep. Experienced instructors ensure adequate supervision of children and adults who camp outside. Equipment for the overnight camping trip is provided by the Lodge, or you are welcome to bring your own gear. Sleeping bag, ensolite or Therm-a-rest, unbreakable cup, bowl & spoon, water bottle, ziploc bags/garbage bags for waterproofing, water-resistant paddling jacket, warm under clothing.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge

Morning: The nature walk to the Sundew Bog gives participants an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of coastal British Columbia, and the unique species of Vancouver Island. Encourages nature appreciation, as well as including games and environmental education.

Lunch: Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon: The overnight canoe trip provides an enjoyable wilderness experience with focus on group strength, and offers a great bonding experience for the grandparents and grandchildren. Instruction in minimum impact camping, natural history, navigation, outdoor cooking and many other skills take place during the out-trip.

Dinner: Dinner at overnight campsite; cooking over the fire.

DAY
6
Canoeing, Outdoor Activities, Farewell Dinner
Campbell River, BC
B,L,D

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles per day on uneven and steep terrain. The lodge is on a hill and trails and paths are gravel and dirt. All equipment provided for canoeing.

Breakfast: Breakfast at overnight campsite. Grandparents who choose to sleep at the lodge the night before will return to the group for breakfast at the campsite.

Morning: Return from canoe overnight trip, unpack and enjoy a great shower back at the lodge!

Lunch: Lunch at Lodge

Afternoon: Wilderness skills and group games for both grandparents and grandchildren. Again includes challenges and group problem solving while everyone plays and has fun!

Dinner: Dinner at Lodge

Evening: Closing ceremonies around a campfire to share the fun memories and enjoy the final evening with your grandchild/grandparent and your new friends. Please feel free to bring musical instruments, talents, stories, jokes and games to share with everyone.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Campbell River, BC
B

Activity note: Check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge

Morning: Departures from Lodge after breakfast as per individual travel plans; check-out is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.






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