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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre Hotel Campbell River
- Strathcona Park Lodge And Outdoor Education Centre