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Applying for COLT is easy. Check the admission requirements below, and then fill out the COLT Application Forms. If you have any questions give us a call or email, 250-286-3122 or info@colt.bc.ca. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Who Can Apply

COLT welcomes fit, healthy and enthusiastic applicants that are 19 years and older.  A love for the outdoors is required. Previous camping experience is a definite asset. Each student should be in good physical condition and enjoy good health. All students must agree to follow the course rules and be committed to working as a team. Students must be able to speak and understand English with reasonable comprehension. However there is no required level of skill in any outdoor activity.

COLT trains teachers not athletes, so fitness is not a determining factor for whether you get into the course or not. That said being in decent shape will make your COLT experience more enjoyable. We suggest COLT students should be able to comfortably hike 10 kilometres in a mountain setting before arriving for the course. If you have any concerns about your fitness please contact us, info@colt.bc.ca or 250-286-3122.

Application Process

Here’s how it works:

Step 1:

Complete the online application form. Note that we ask for two references that we can check – one from a friend and another from an employer or teacher. Please include email addresses. You will then receive an email telling you we received the application.

Step 2:

You will be contacted by the COLT Director and an interview will be set up to ensure that you meet the requirements of the COLT program and that the COLT program meets your needs.

Step 3:

Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive an e-mail asking you to fill out the COLT acceptance forms and provide a $2,000 deposit.

The $2,000.00 deposit can be sent to Strathcona Park Lodge 3 different ways:

  •  E-mail money transfers to accounting@strathconaparklodge.com
  • Phone (250)286-3122 and provide your Visa or Mastercard information
  • Money orders or cheques made out Strathcona Park Lodge Ltd and mailed to the following address.

Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

P.O. Box 2160

Campbell River, BC, Canada

V9W 5C5

The deposit will be cashed only if you are accepted into the semester. We will send you a receipt and letter of acceptance when we receive the deposit. We can’t hold a spot on the roster and officially enrol you until the deposit is received.

Begin preparing for the best three months of your life. Check out the COLT reading list and equipment list.

2018 Pricing and Dates


Spring – April 30 to July 31
Fall – August 7 to November 7

  • Accommodation and Food = $7,300
  • Tuition = $8,600

Total amount (including tax) = $15,900 (Canadian)

Foreign Currency (Approximate)
12,400 US dollars
10,500 Euros

Tax Receipt issued for tuition costs.

Price includes the following:

  • All accommodation.
  • All meals
  • All transport during course
  • Instruction.
  • Use of all technical gear
  • All group camping gear (tents, stoves etc)
  • Park fees.

Price does not include:

  • Most personal gear (toiletries, batteries, personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list)
  • Showers in Squamish
  • Transportation to and from the program
  • Personal trips to town and any dinners out

The Hilary Stewart Bursary is also available for students to apply for. Please refer to the bursary details here. You may select to apply for it on the application form.



All students should have adequate coverage for the possibility of a medical emergency. Canadian students should ensure premiums are paid before attending COLT. Foreign students should purchase insurance through an insurance broker before they leave.


We highly recommend that all students attending COLT arrive with an up-to-date tetanus shot/immunization. Please see your family doctor or healthcare provider prior to coming to discuss this immunization. Students that do not have a current immunization will have to be evacuated out of the field at the student’s expense if they receive a wound, cut or puncture as this has a greater risk of contracting tetanus in the wilderness.