WORLD'S OLDEST CANOE-TRIP OPERATOR

KEEWAYDIN

CANOE

CAMP

1894- 

TEMAGAMI, ONTARIO

CANADA

 

Photo: birch bark canoe, 0c.1904, Keewaydin Camp, Temagami

Keewaydin guide (in canoe) and camper loading a birchbark canoe on Lake Temagami, about 1904.

Keewaydin is a summer youth camp where the entire program consists of canoe tripping. The camp began in Maine in 1894 and moved to Temagami in northeastern Ontario, in 1902, where it is located today. Summer enrollment has traditionally been 115 boys. Two years ago the camp introduced a girls canoe-trip program. 

The camp is also noteworthy as the operator of the largest active fleet of wood-canvas canoes in the world and for being the world's oldest private youth camp.

 

 INDEPTH: Background research

Unusual too is the continued use of traditional travel methods with wood-canvas canoes, wannigans, reflector ovens, fire irons and tumplines.

Photo: portaging wannigan, Keewaydin Camp, Temagami

Portaging a wannigan carried 

with a 21-foot leather tumpline.

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