Youth setting up a tent with their program leader in a grassy clearing.

Winter program registration

Registration for winter swimming programs begins Tuesday, December 12 at 7 a.m., and Thursday, December 14 at 7 a.m. for all other recreation and culture programs.

Last modified: Nov. 27, 2023, 2:35 p.m.

Programs offered

Enjoy the great outdoors! Our team at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre is excited to offer several seasonal outdoor pursuit opportunities.

Outdoor pursuits programs


Youth train to improve their agility, strength and overall endurance

Nordic Skiing Dryland Training (14Y+)


Experience the perfect blend of camaraderie, endurance and technique. Improve your strength, agility and overall performance on the trails. 


Course Code: 31168

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $216.00


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A youth practices endurance training in preparation for ski season

Track Attack Dryland (9Y-12Y)


Looking to improve your skiing (classic and skating) and fitness? Develop technical skills while training in a fun, supportive and positive environment.


Course Code: 31170

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $216.00


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A group of youth cross-country skiing

Track Attack Youth Training Group (12Y-17Y)


This twice a week, cross-country ski training option will provide more individualized training sessions in preparation for competitive events.


Course Code: 31171

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $273.00


Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Youth train to improve their agility, strength and overall endurance

Nordic Skiing Dryland Training (14Y+)


Experience the perfect blend of camaraderie, endurance and technique. Improve your strength, agility and overall performance on the trails. 


Course Code: 31168

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $216.00


Strathcona Wilderness Centre

A youth practices endurance training in preparation for ski season

Track Attack Dryland (9Y-12Y)


Looking to improve your skiing (classic and skating) and fitness? Develop technical skills while training in a fun, supportive and positive environment.


Course Code: 31170

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $216.00


Strathcona Wilderness Centre

A group of youth cross-country skiing

Track Attack Youth Training Group (12Y-17Y)


This twice a week, cross-country ski training option will provide more individualized training sessions in preparation for competitive events.


Course Code: 31171

Nov. 2 to Dec. 21

Cost: $273.00


Strathcona Wilderness Centre


Group programs

Please contact the Strathcona Wilderness Centre at 780-922-3939 or swcinfo@strathcona.ca and our Customer Service Representatives will assist you.


Know before you go

There are a few things you should know before arriving at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre for your program.

Procedures and guidelines: outdoor pursuits

  • Your program fee includes all equipment / educational materials required for the activities you book. SWC instructors are certified with Wilderness First Aid and will carry a first aid kit, along with communication equipment.

  • Communication

    A few days before the date of the program, you will be contacted via email by a wilderness centre staff member who will confirm the details of your program. Please let them know if there have been any changes to your program, particularly times or group number changes (for group bookings).

    Supervision

    It is expected that the teacher/group supervisor will maintain responsibility for the discipline and control of their group, and that they participate fully in all aspects of the program.

  • What to wear: we recommend dressing in layers in colder weather. Remember - plan for the worst, hope for the best!

    Summer / Spring / Fall Winter
    Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bug spray Mitts or gloves, neck warmer / ski mask, toque, snow pants, snow jacket, thermal or wool socks and an extra set of socks for the ride home.
    Rain or wind pants and a jacket Winter boots with a sturdy sole are ideal
    Running shoes or rubber boots (close-toed) Please avoid jeans and other heavy cotton clothes, as these absorb water and are very cold when wet.
    During programs participants may be playing in the trees - to avoid unnecessary scratches, long sleeves and pants are suggested.  

    Teachers and Group supervisors are responsible for ensuring that participants are dressed appropriately and prepared to be outside.

  • Please note that the Wilderness Centre’s policy is to run programs until the temperatures dip below -20˚C (including wind chill). If your policy is different, please notify us 48 hours in advance. We have access to washroom facilities and a warm staging area throughout the program.

Frequently asked questions: outdoor pursuits

Questions?
780-922-3939
swcinfo@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
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