Area Information

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The COLT program’s classroom is a diverse geographic area that stretches from coast to coast on Vancouver Island. It includes the logging and fishing communities of Gold River and Campbell River and B.C.’s oldest provincial park, Strathcona.

Most land activities are taught in Strathcona Park. The mountains are characterized by rugged summits, long ridgelines and steep sides cloaked in huge, old growth forests. There is ample alpine and glaciated terrain offering plenty of rock climbing and mountaineering possibilities, including several climbing bluffs on Strathcona Lodge’s property.

The water activities are spread across the Island. The Lodge itself sits on Upper Campbell Lake, a major body of water used to generate hydropower. It’s perfect for swimming or practising your Eskimo roll during the summer months. Rivers near Gold River and Campbell River are used for the white water programs. The road from Gold River to Tahsis, a small coastal town at the end of a road, provides access to the west coast. Sea kayaking happens on either side of the island in the wild and historic Nootka Sound area and the maze of islands on the Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland.