Bill Phipps teaching mountaineering skills.

COLT Managers Message


We found our way to Strathcona Park Lodge as outdoor educators in 2010, and we fell in love with this place, its beautiful location, wonderful community and its educational goals.  We invite you to experience what Strathcona Park Lodge has offered us: a community and culture focussed on its people’s potential.

You may be looking to become one of the future people on the cover of the Climb magazine, to be living your dream working outside every day of your life, to travel the world working as an educator or guide, to get a break from everyday life, to connect deeper to the natural world and help others to do so too, or simply to get to know yourself a little bit better. There is no boundary – just your imagination.  We want to help to increase your options.

Taking the COLT program is an immersion, a dive into the deep end, a rite of passage into the outdoor world.  During your semester you will be surrounded by the day to day life of Strathcona’ s outdoor education programming, catch glimpses of outdoor instructors taking their groups out into the wilderness and mingle with them at meal times.  You will also get a grasp of all the other pieces it takes to create outdoor experiences for people. But most importantly you will become a part of our ever-growing outdoor family.

Make the outdoors your classroom and learn the way we are hardwired to learn – by doing.

No matter in what shape or form you are looking to share your passion for the outdoors with the world the COLT program will not only be a stepping stone but a jump start on YOUR way.  We are excited to share our skills and knowledge with the new COLT students.  And for a little inspiration here’s a snippet from Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go”:

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose…

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


You’re off the Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So…get on your way!

Julia Leibold & Sebastian Tashiro

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