Enjoying the night time around the fire in Nootka Sound.

Philosophy

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Six core values govern everything that we do at Strathcona Park Lodge: the people we employ, the food we serve, the suppliers we work with, our environmental ethos and our teaching style. We strive to live them every day and teach them as part of all our programs, often by example. They are:

More with Less – Minimizing one’s impact on the planet through one’s choices.

Strathcona is a self-contained community of more than 20 buildings, 50 or more staff and hundreds of guests. The entire operation is powered by a micro-hydro system, which means we’re highly sensitive to energy conservation. We also treat our own water and heat some of it with passive solar technology.

Stewardship – Caring for one’s local environment and teaching others to care too.

When a logging company planned to cut old growth trees in a pristine valley Strathcona helped organize a land swap, even though it meant more logging in our viewscape. The Lodge and its employees have been instrumental in keeping Strathcona Provincial Park protected and wild.

Challenge by Choice – Providing the opportunity for individuals to choose to take appropriate risks in a safe environment where success is guaranteed.

While the zip lines at Strathcona appear dangerous, the cables, pulleys and carabiners are strong enough to hold a car. That doesn’t make that first step off the platform any easier for a lot of people. Whether someone leaps, balks or just puts on a harness, trying is considered a success.

Living on the Edge – Being open to new experiences, new ideas and people’s differences.

Hand in hand with Challenge by Choice, Living on the Edge means trying a bite of that new food at dinner. It’s being brave and climbing into a kayak even though you’ve never been in a boat. And most importantly it’s leaving stereotypes and preconceptions behind.

Generosity of Spirit – Thinking of others with kindness and charity, giving others the benefit of the doubt, treating people with respect.

Instructors genuinely want to share their skills and knowledge. They want everyone to succeed and do their best to make it happen. They are never happier than after a challenging day when everyone in their group exceeded their goals. That is why they work here.

Happy Warrior – Going at tasks (including the mundane or daunting) with gusto, being a positive contributor to a team and always pitching in.

The rain is pouring down and camp is still a long way off, yet the entire group is singing at the top of their lungs. That’s a Happy Warrior. We’re never surprised when we hear about groups of all ages and backgrounds overcoming hardship with a smile, a laugh and a song.