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Strathcona Park

Parent-child Hiking Trip

July 4-8, 2023

An Adventure of Body and Spirit

Strathcona Trip: About

Time to bond in the wilderness

  • 3 days of hiking (roughly 8km per day), plus travel to and from the trailhead

  • one parent and one child under 12 per family

  • children over 12 don't need a parent

  • opportunities for multifaith (Christian and Jewish) practices

  • gorgeous setting

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Who is this for?

Parent-child duos interested in physical challenge and spirituality in a wilderness setting.

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What's the itinerary?

The journey begins with a road-trip from Victoria, BC to Campbell River. Then we hike for three days (with spiritual practices interspersed), then head home.

Day 1: Drive from Victoria, BC to Elk Falls Provincial Park near Campbell River, BC.

Day 2: Drive to the trailhead. Hike from the trailhead to Butterwort Creek Camp (6.5km)

Day 3: Hike from Butterwort Creek Camp to Landslide Lake, then back to Gravel Bar Camp (5.5km).

Day 4: Hike from Gravel Bar Camp to trailhead (9.5km). Drive the short distance to Elk Falls Provincial Park.

Day 5: Drive to Victoria.

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How much will it cost?

For registration we suggest a suggested donation of $75/person, or $100 for a parent-child duo

Because of the generosity of The United Church of Canada Foundation and the St John's Legacy Foundation, the fee covers travel, food, and camping expenses. 

We will be borrowing whatever gear we need.

Bursaries are available.

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What will I need to bring?

You will need to bring all the essentials of wilderness camping, plus gear to withstand a potential torrential downpour (although we'll be hoping for sunshine:) )
We'll help find the gear.

  • Tent (roughly 1 tent for 3 people)

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Backpack (50-70L)

  • Sturdy, wet-appropriate footwear

  • Rain gear (jacket, pants, and hat)

  • Clothing (pants, shirts, etc)

  • Socks

  • Water bottle

  • Flashlight

  • Dishes (plate, bowl, cup, cutlery)

  • Toiletries (eg. toothbrush)

  • Toilet paper

  • Bathing suit

  • Small towel

  • Journal (and pen)

  • Camera

  • Small musical instrument

  • Small games (eg. deck of cards)

  • Small personal first-aid kit (Band-aids, disinfectant, blister care)

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)

  • Bug protection

  • Spending money for the road-trip

  • Dry sack

  • Small knife

  • Compass

  • Whistle

  • Emergency blanket (space blanket)

  • Fire starter

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