Croteau Lake Group-Site Shelter

Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$30,000
BC Parks:$8,500
Strathcona Public Advisory Committee:$8,000
Private Sector Contributions:$15,042
Total Budget: $61,542
Quick Facts: 

The yurt is built on the original site of legendary local Eugene Croteau’s guest lodge, which was built in the 1930s.

Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in BC and attracts hikers, skiers and paddlers to its extensive trail network. Group campsites, such as the newly installed site at Croteau Lake, are popular among larger, out-of-region parties seeking backcountry experiences. However, lack of suitable group amenities was limiting the range of visitors the park could accommodate.

Led by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute, this project involved design and construction of a multi-use yurt at Croteau Lake. The shelter provides a safe, dry and versatile space that can be reserved for groups of up to 25 people and includes unique specifications to withstand the severe snow loads of Strathcona Park. The project also included interpretive signage linking to the site’s unique history and namesake Eugene Croteau.

The Croteau Lake shelter, opened in the spring 2018, encourages longer park stays and attracts a wider range of groups, unable to be hosted previously. The project has seen a stead increase of users, both from within and outside of the region, increasing demand for accommodation, hospitality and other goods and services in gateway communities. Continued enhancements to the site have also since been added (a deck at the Yurt's front, a solar power lighting system and a host tent pad). A host program began in 2019 to help meet and inform groups about the site and Strathcona Park. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

2,750
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$246
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$52.3
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$55.2
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

230
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

210
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2020-2021
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