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Strathcona Park Trip Equipment List

2023/24 Trip Dates

The annual journey to Strathcona Provincial Park will occur October 1-5, 2023.


The importance of proper rain gear cannot be overstated.

Raingear must be waterproof (coated PVC or Gore-Tex). Strathcona Park Lodge advises that if you can’t stay dry in the shower while wearing your rain gear, it is not acceptable.

  • Rain jacket and pants

  • Rubber rain boots

In addition to regular clothes each person requires:

  • 2 fleece, wool, or acrylic tops/sweaters

  • 1 pair of nylon, fleece, or wool pants

  • Wool or synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms

  • Warm fleece or synthetic fill jacket

  • Synthetic T-shirt

  • 2 pairs of wool socks

  • Bathing suit

  • Sun hat or baseball hat

  • Fleece/wool toque (warm hat) & gloves


  • 1 pair of shoes for general activities

  • 1 pair of old running shoes, Teva-style sport sandals, or Holey Soles for water activities (these will get wet); no flip-flops


  • Three-season sleeping bag and stuff sack

  • Closed cell foam sleeping pad or therma-rest

  • Mess kit (unbreakable bowl, cup, plate, knife, fork, spoon)

  • Water bottle

  • Day pack

  • Duffel bag or large backpack to hold sleeping bag and clothes for overnight canoe trip

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)

  • Towel

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher

  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries

  • Watch (you will NOT have your cell phone along, but you WILL want to be at lunch on time)

Optional Items

  • Camera

  • Insect repellent

  • Dry Bags for clothing and sleeping bag

For active outdoor pursuits, the best way to regulate body temperature and to maintain warmth is to wear layers of clothing that can be adjusted depending on the weather, temperature, and activity level. Layers should include long underwear, warm mid-layers, and waterproof outerwear. Wool, nylon, polyester, and synthetic fleece are recommended as clothing materials because they provide insulation even when wet and dry quickly. Cotton clothing is not acceptable for warm layers. Cotton loses any insulating value when wet, is slow to dry, and should not be worn in damp conditions.

students kayaking
waterfront sunrise
high ropes course with students
a students studying by a lake
students around a campfire in the evening
a group of climbers
rock climbing outdoors