Our Story

Every place has a story. This is ours.

There is something about being unplugged from the city, spending the day together outside, and connecting at night over a campfire and recapping the day’s events. Undeniable magic occurs here every single day. 

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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre (SPL) was founded in 1959 by Jim and Myrna Boulding and has been committed in its effort to improve Canada’s outdoor education industry ever since. Today, Jim and Myrna’s legacy is carried on by their son, Jamie Boulding and his wife Christine Clarke. Together they’ve grown SPL’s reputation as a leading centre for outdoor education and wilderness tourism.

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Themes & Values

Every decision we make is born out of one of our three themes: to connect our students and guests with each other and the natural world, to build respect for each others’ differences and the natural environment, and to carry what we learn here out into the world to create a positive ripple effect in our communities.

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Youth Stewardship

Youth programming is the heart of our business. We are passionate about investing in youth and providing young people with life-changing outdoor experiences. Our expedition-based outdoor school programs and camps provide opportunities for youth to connect with the outdoors, learn about themselves and each other, and test their limits in a safe environment. This learning creates a ripple effect—youth return to their communities empowered to create positive changes.

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Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) was launched in 1977 by founder Jim Boulding. Today, it is a 100-day semester program dedicated to those looking to improve their skills in an outdoor setting, both personally and professionally. The program’s office and basecamp location is here at Strathcona Park Lodge.

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Our People

It takes a village. Our team of directors love this place as their own and continue to set an industry standard with their knowledge, service and passion. Meet the key players who keep our operations ticking.

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"We first stayed at Strathcona about 25 years ago when the kids were small and have returned multiple times over the years. An amazing place: It teaches young kids how to be responsible, challenge themselves and self discover, it teaches us older folks that age is a state of mind and that we can still achieve much more than we think that we can, and it teaches all ages about self reliance, leadership and the outdoors"

– David Rebak - West Vancouver