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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


COLT welcomes fit and enthusiastic applicants who are 19 years and older.  There is no required skill level, but a love of the outdoors is required, and previous camping experience is a definite asset. Students must comply with course rules, be committed to working as a team, and have reasonable English comprehension and speaking levels.

COLT trains teachers, not athletes, so fitness is not a determining factor for eligibility. That said, aspects of the course can be physically demanding, and having a decent level of fitness will make the experience more enjoyable. We suggest that 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, or questions of eligibility, please contact us: or 250-286-3122.

Application Process

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
  • Phone (250)286-3122 and provide your Visa or Mastercard information
  • Money orders or cheques made out Strathcona Park Lodge Ltd and mailed to:
    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 are unable to hold spots on the roster and officially enrol you until the deposit is received.

Check out the COLT reading list and equipment list.

2019 Pricing and Dates


Spring: April 26 – August 3

Fall: August 9 – November 16

  • Tuition – $9,000

  • Accommodation and Food – $7,500
Total (tax included):
  • $16,500 (CAD)
  • $12, 610 (USD)
  • €10,925 (EUR)

Tax Receipt issued for tuition costs.

  • All accommodation.
  • All meals
  • All transport during course
  • Instruction.
  • Use of all technical gear
  • All group camping gear (tents, stoves etc)
  • Park fees
  • Most personal gear (toiletries, batteries, personal clothing and equipment (see equipment list)
  • Transportation to and from the program
  • Personal trips to town and any dinners out

The Hilary Stewart Bursary is also available for students in need of financial assistance. Please refer to the bursary details here.



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. Please see your family doctor or healthcare provider prior to your arrival to discuss immunizations. Students that do not have a up-to-date shots will be evacuated out of the field at the student’s expense if they receive a wound, cut or puncture due to increased risk of infection.