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“We loved Strathcona!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

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Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
41040 Gold River Highway | P.O. Box 2160, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5C5, Canada   |  
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“We loved Strathcona!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

This was our first visit to Canada and after spending 4 days in busy Vancouver, we were delighted to find this piece of unspoilt paradise!
Even though not inexpensive, we thought it justified considering the distance that supplies need to 'travel' to the lodge which always affects the cost... So no complaints there!
We had some transport challenges on the way and called ahead to advise that we may arrive late - we were met with friendly service & advice as to how resolve our mini dilemma.
Upon arrival, we were met by friendly staff and check-in was painless.
The cottage was rustic but clean and we started unwinding immediately, absorbing as much of the beauty, peace and quiet as possible...we just made it to witnessing a beautiful sunset. The lodge operates off the grid and a lot of the fresh supplies seem to come straight from the garden - bliss...
Dinner on our first night was good and so was the local wine and beer. We had a good rest (having had back surgery, good beds/mattresses are often a challenge when travelling) and we woke up refreshed to the most beautiful views.
There were around 70 students attending an outdoor education program and despite these numbers our stay was not affected in any way. Breakfast was busy but we enjoyed the buzz, had plenty to eat and on request we purchased some fresh supplies from the lodge for the rest of our stay as we had a kitchen facility in our cabin.
Everything in our cabin was clean and working. The only suggestions would be to to sharpen the knives as they are not great when it comes to chopping one's fruit and veg and to place some tea / coffee in the cabins as this is included in the rate and it is quite nice to just chill on the cabin deck with a good cuppa first thing in the morning.
We received 15% discount on goods bought in the small shop just for filling in a feedback form which we thought was a nice touch and it encourages feedback there and then.
We had a wonderful stay and we hope to visit again one day!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Courtenay, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

went there for a wedding. the views were spectacular but the room was not clean. Cobwebs on the windows,dog feces on the deck and the fan in the bathroom couldn't be shut off. Hard to sit on the deck and listen to the wind in the trees and couldn't even hear the birds while the noisy fan droned on. Just got up, packed up our bags and left. Very dissapointing.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Our Events Manager appreciatied speaking with you yesterday regarding your valid concerns. We will look forward to hosting you soon for your return stay. Maintenance staff have been by the room to repair the bathroom fan and sweep the high wood beams.

We do have a few cottages that we allow dogs, but we do not allow them in our chalet rooms so as not to disturb fellow guests. Unfortunately one of the wedding guests snuck their dog into their chalet room for the weekend and it left a 'deposit' outside your room. Decks are routinely swept on guests' departure so the 'damage' wasn't found until after you left. We do hope that you will review your next stay with us on Trip Advisor and that we will more than exceed your expectations.
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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Visited here as part of a RUgby tour we only stayed for a few days but were alwyays busy, playing basketball diving in the freezing cold water rowing across the water hiking up the mountains to see the excellent views! A must reccomend fo anyone who enjoys the peace and the spectacular views of the great outdoors!

Although It says I travelled in 2011 it was actually 2008

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

What a wonderful place for a family getaway! We have been here before when our family was younger and now returning with adult children for some family fun on the high ropes and rock wall was great! The summer sales packages didn't fit our tight schedule so the staff were extremely accommodating in creating a 'just for us' package that fit our timeframe and activity interests perfectly. Once at the lodge, while the weather wasn't great, the guides were so every activity - rain or not - was terrific. We had lots of fun, left with terrific memories and next time must stay longer! A wonderful family getaway for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

When we had outdoor education at strathcona, it was a lifetime experience. The guides were friendly and they were great teachers, their explanations were very clear. The food was satisfactory, and I loved the way they incorporated a big bell that would ring for dinner.

Stayed May 2010
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

Very basic accommodation and food and not inexpensive.
The Westcoast Wildnerness Lodge on the Sunshine Coast is comparable in price but much better value in terms of accommodation and food, with comparable surroundings, but geared differently to the adventure market that Starathcona focusus on however.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

There were many great things that cannot be argued...great views, clean wonderful waters and the really the only lodge in Strathcona Park.
BUT this is a very tired place and I am sure at one time was fantastic. Unlike other review i found the rooms clean but the grounds around the Lodge could use a serious clean up. The beach had not been cleaned all season. The outhouse toilet were soo bad that is was almost impossible to walk by them without gagging.
The food was fine but way too expensive (i.e. Burger night is $25.00). They also recycle the same dishes again and again (we saw the same rice dish @ 4 meals in a row).
The young staff seems to be completely unsupervised. They played loud music, lined up first for all meals and took prime seating overlooking the lake. Two meals in a row we were not approached by our waitress because she was too busy hanging out with the staff table.
We were also very surprised by the condition of the kayaks at the lodge. They were in terrible condition. Not only that the lodge charges you an $$ hourly rate to rent them. We were in fact overcharged.Because of the cost and condition was the kayaks we kayaked alot less than we would have liked to.
The lodge overall completely nickel and dimes you during you stay. I was very surprised that the planned afternoon activity was for a fee.

Would I go back? yes...But i would bring my own food...my own BBQ and maybe my own kayak if possible (likely could have rented one for the week in Campbell River)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre

Address: 41040 Gold River Highway | P.O. Box 2160, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5C5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Campbell River
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Specialty lodging in Campbell River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Strathcona Park Lodge, on the edge of the vast wilderness of Strathcona Park, the possibilities for breathing in the restorative powers of nature are as many as the adventure options. Overlooking the shores of Upper Campbell Lake and a procession of snow-capped peaks, our accommodations consist of an eclectic collection of log and timber-framed chalets and waterfront cottages, with no television, cell phone or internet access from the rooms to disturb the natural tranquility. The accommodations of Strathcona Park Lodge consist of a collection of log and timber-framed chalets and waterfront cottages overlooking the shores of Upper Campbell Lake and snow-capped peaks. ... more   less 
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