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
2 pairs of wool socks
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)
Duffel bag or large backpack to hold sleeping bag and clothes for overnight canoe trip
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
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)
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.