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Strathcona Provincial Park
Intergenerational Outdoor Discovery and Challenges on Vancouver Island
Under expert supervision, enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities with your grandchild — from canoeing to climbing, from ropes courses to zip lines. Let’s get physical!
Program No. 2677RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Campbell River, BC
D
Strathcona Park Lodge

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
Strathcona Park Lodge

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
Strathcona Park Lodge

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
Strathcona Park Lodge

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
Strathcona Park Lodge

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
Strathcona Park Lodge

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

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.