The Mini provides a learning experience like no other. Through a variety of annual field trips, students explore the curriculum beyond the classroom, gaining a perspective that perfectly compliments the in-school material. The field trips also help grow the strong social aspect of the Mini, facilitating the development of leadership skills and encouraging student bonding across all grades.
Strathcona Park Lodge (3/4 nights)
This Field Trip usually takes place in April and is for Grades 9, 10
The trip to Strathcona Park Lodge takes place every other year in April or May for the students in grades 9 and 10. It alternates with the trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, trading a more Humanities-based outing for a chance to explore the great outdoors.
In this gorgeous park located northwest of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, students get to choose-their-own-adventure as they embark on a multi-day hiking, mountain-biking, kayaking or canoeing journey. During these trips, students learn valuable outdoor skills such as no-trace camping, orienteering, and knot-tying. They also develop a strong team dynamic as they cook, clean, and set up camp together. Unforgettable memories are made toasting marshmallows over a campfire and sleeping under the stars, and there"s opportunity to spot Strathcona wildlife along the way too!
Once back from their journey, students can also participate in a variety of other fun outdoor activities, such as zip-lining, high-ropes and low-ropes, and other team-building exercises. For students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh program, Strathcona also provides an excellent opportunity to cross off the adventurous journey component of their award!