Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake, the accommodation at Strathcona Park Lodge is eclectic and comfortable. Cabins range from small cottages to large chalets that sleep more than 50 people. No two rooms are the same and come with a mix of single or queen beds, bunk beds, trundles, comfortable foamies and hide-a-beds.There are no TVs, telephones or internet in the rooms.
School groups and most youth programs during the spring and fall have hostel-style accommodation, meaning each bed comes with a fitted sheet and pillow and participants and chaperones must bring a sleeping bag and towel. Summer youth programs typically receive our regular guest setup with all bedding and room towels provided. Summer participants should still bring a beach towel and sleeping bag if your program includes an overnight camping trip.
Rooming assignments are made by the trip coordinator based on the accommodation provided. Boys and girls may be in different cabins or in different rooms within the same larger cabin. Chaperones stay in the same buildings as participants and may share a room with another adult.
Rooms will not be locked during the day or while away on out-trips. For this reason, we encourage all participants not to bring valuables to Strathcona Park Lodge. We recommend games, phones, jewelry and other valuables be collected by the trip coordinator for safekeeping. On the final morning participants are expected to do a No-Trace cleanup of their cabin.
“Fantastic!” is the word most often used to describe the food here. Besides tasting great it is carefully prepared fresh onsite by our chef and his team from often local and organic ingredients. We work closely with a local farmer and our other suppliers to source products that meet our requirements for nutritious, sustainable and ethical food.
All meals are served buffet-style in the Whale Room, a large and spacious hall named for the bleached grey whale bones hanging on the wall. The Whale Room has plenty of seating inside and outside overlooking Upper Campbell Lake and picturesque mountains.
The menu is always changing, but follows a pattern. For breakfast there’s fruit, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, toast and then a main dish like scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast. At lunch and dinner there are always a couple of salads, some veggies, a carbohydrate (rice, pasta), fresh bread and fish or meat such as chicken, beef, pork or bison. Monday is Meat-less Monday, so you can expect some great tasting vegetarian options that night.
Allergies and Special Diets
Dietary considerations are taken seriously at Strathcona and food allergies are an utmost concern. Our kitchen is allergy aware and we do not serve peanuts or tree nuts. We’ve catered for people with allergies to fish, shellfish, fruits & vegetables, soy, sesame, dairy, eggs, legumes – you name it. We know the difference between the needs of someone with Celiac disease and choosing to have a gluten-free diet. We always have a vegetarian option and can cater to vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets or those with restrictions for religious reasons. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs on your medical form.
While we work hard to cater for food allergies and do our best to ensure a safe experience for our guests, we cannot absolutely guarantee an allergy-free dining environment. If you have any questions about our ability to look after your food needs, please contact us directly.
Out trip food
On trips away from the lodge, meals are prepared by the group with the supervision of the instructor. These meals tend to be simple and hearty and are usually cooked over a campfire or camp stove. Ingredients are prepared by the kitchen staff ahead of time and are appropriate for the excursion.
In addition to regular meals instructors bring plenty of snacks, including Strathcona’s famous cookies and granola bars. In the evening it’s not uncommon for a round of s’mores to appear.