What Triptoes Really Likes:
Strathcona Park Lodge is located in central Vancouver Island on the shores of Upper Campbell Lake, just outside Strathcona Provincial Park. The 160 acre property is a multi-sport wilderness resort with facilities for rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, high ropes, hiking, zip lining, restaurants and accommodation. Sea kayaking, more rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, mountain hiking, whitewater paddling and mountain biking are nearby.
The Lodge is an eclectic collection of cottages, chalets and buildings spread on a hillside above mountain-rimmed Upper Campbell Lake. The property is an outdoor playground with hiking trails, rock climbing bluffs, old growth trees, high and low rope courses, zip lines and dozens of boats in all shapes and sizes. During the summer the lake is warm enough for swimming and on a hot day the sandy swimming bay is the busiest place on property. The wood fired sauna is always popular. The sprawling property has plenty of quiet places and impressive viewpoints to discover and, facing west, one of the best sunset views on Vancouver Island. The golden rays light up Upper Campbell Lake and spray alpen glow across some of the highest peaks on Vancouver Island. Strathcona is a really unique experience and perfect for families. Families can chose a 'pick'n'mix' to adventure and choose activities that reflect their interests or join a guided Wilderness Experience including wildlife tracking, Canadian canoeing a multi-day kayaking and trekking experience. Accommodation consists of a collection of rooms in log and timber-framed chalets and waterfront cottages, with no televisions or telephones to disturb the natural vibe. The cottages are fully equipped and have a private bathroom, kitchen, living room, deck, electric heat and wood burning stove.
The Important Stuff:
Strathcona Park Lodge is a self contained community producing its own power, cleaning its own water and feeding everyone who lives and visits. It’s fully equipped to offer a one stop holiday with no need to leave the property if you don’t want to!
Check-in Day: Any Day
Other Important Stuff:
The lodge has two restaurants, a family meal-style buffet and an a la carte cafe. Both are located “in the Whale Room” with a beautiful mountain and lake view. Alcohol is served in both establishments. Meals can packaged with your accommodation or meals can be purchased individually. There is a well stocked shop on the property with all the essential travel items.
CHALET ROOMS Lake view with Queen Lake view with Queen and 1 or 2 twins Forest view with Queen and 1 or 2 twins Chalet rooms have private bathrooms; are not self-catering. LAKEFRONT COTTAGES One Bedroom Two Bedroom Deluxe Two Bedroom Three Bedroom plus Loft Cottages are fully equipped and have private bathrooms, kitchen, living room, deck, electric heat and wood burning stove. Please note that there are no telephones or televisions.
Laundry facilities can be found in the main office building. Wireless internet is available in the main office building only. *The internet is not always 100 percent reliable due to the unique communication systems required here at the lodge. Located near the boat bay and dock visit the Waterfront Centre to rent kayaks, canoes and motor boats. Boats can be rented hourly or daily. Life jackets, paddles and other accessories are also available. The south-facing, sandy, protected lagoon is the perfect place to spend summer days. Enjoy the floating raft, beach toys and wood fired sauna after a day of swimming. Strathcona Park Lodge’s property is a playground for outdoor adventure. There are three rock climbing cliffs, a large high ropes course, two zip lines, two giant tree climbs, a low ropes course and about 10 kilometres of hiking trails.
Adventure Unlimited Package This package is all about choice. With a personal guide leading the way you get to create your dream itinerary. Try something new, hone a skill, learn a new technique. Go for a hike, sea kayak or canoe. Camp overnight or base out of the lodge. Pack your day with activities or take it easy. It’s entirely up to you. Adventure Unlimited is ideal for families looking for a lodge based adventure. Hotel-room style accommodation, choice of Chef’s table or a la carte meals, choice of guided adventures with unlimited flexibility and all required equipment are included. Packages are either 4 days/3 nights to 7 days/6 nights. Upgrades to Cottage accommodation is available and some transportation fees may apply.
Stuff for KidsDuring the summer months, instructors lead guests on some of the most popular activities. The lodge has afternoon sessions (3hrs) and complimentary evening sessions (1hr). Participating in Daily Adventures is the best way to try activities such as, zip lining, high ropes and rock climbing. Activities are beginner friendly and include all the equipment. The activities are suitable for children over 6 - however children between the ages of 6 and 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Things To Do
Outdoor & Active:
- Get vertical rock climbing, on the high ropes course or zip lining
- Stroke across the lake in a sea kayak or canoe
- Navigate whitewater in a kayak or canoe
- Explore the wilderness of Strathcona Provincial Park on a day hike, backpack trip
- Climb to the summit of a mountain
- Learn survival skills, orienteering, geography and natural history
- Hike to waterfalls, lakes, a bog or interpretive trails
There are two restaurants: the Whale room offers Chef’s table style meals at set times served at a buffet table, and is open April to October; “Myrna’s” has menu service and is open in July and August. The food theme is similar in both: fresh, healthy, energy rich and local. Enjoy wild salmon BBQ prepared in traditional First nations style, offered weekly in July and August at the beach front.
Closest City & Distance:
The Lodge is forty minutes by car south west of Campbell River, close to the geographic center of Vancouver Island. It sits just outside of Strathcona Provincial Park on Upper Campbell Lake and is ideally situated for exploring this exciting and secluded area of Vancouver Island.