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Accession Number: 04-001


Hodgins-Wanapitei fonds. Additions. -- 1968-1996. -- 30 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Stanley Hodgins was born in 1900 in Manitoba. He was raised in Stratford, Ontario and when he was old enough started to teach school near Kitchener, Ontario. Later he became a public school principal. He met Laura Belle Turel and they were married in 1926. Just before their marriage Laura Belle had graduated as a registered nurse from Hamilton General Hospital. They honeymooned on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Eventually they would take their two sons, Larry and Bruce on canoe trips. In 1943 Stanley became camp director at Camp Wabanaki near Honey Harbour in Georgian Bay. In 1956 they purchased Camp Wanapitei Limited, from Ed Archibald. In the purchase they acquired a chateau, a number of buildings, tent floors, an ice house, dining hall and canoes. The Camp opened under the directorship of the Hodgins. It was co-ed with boys and girls as well as men and women forming a group that would be community based and informal and relaxed. The ideals and beliefs of the Hodgins, which were part of Camp Wabanaki where the Hodgins were previous to Wanapitei, were brought in Wanapitei. A youth camp was offered as well as a spring season. Canoe tripping played a major role in the life of Camp Wanapitei. Eventually they expanded their canoe tripping to four week trips that took campers to Moosonee and Ottawa. As well there were numerous regattas every summer. In 1971 a cooperative company, called Camp Wanapitei Co-ed Camps Ltd., purchased the youth camp from Laura Belle and Stanley Hodgins. The Hodgins kept the Chateau and continued to operate it. The president, and camp director, of the new private Camp Wanapitei was Bruce Hodgins. In 1973 an adult tripping program was offered and organized by Bruce and Carol Hodgins. The youth camp offered woodcraft, swim instruction, sailing, crafts, canoe recanvassing, square dances and special activities for the younger crowd. By this point in time the canoe tripping encompassed rivers and lakes in Northwestern Quebec and Northeastern Ontario. Trips were still going to the James and Hudson's Bay. The camp had also led trips down the Nahanni and Coppermine in the Northwest Territories and trips into Manitoba, British Columbia and New Brunswick. In 1989 Laura Belle Hodgins (nee Turel) died. In 1990 legal ownership of the Chateau was transferred to Bruce and Carol Hodgins and the Chateau property was transferred to Larry and Bruce Hodgins. In 1993, at age ninety, Stanley Hodgins died. The dreams and ideals instilled, at Camp Wanapitei, under the Hodgins directorship continued with the younger Hodgins. The Canadian Studies program of Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, took trips to Wanapitei every September. In 1991 the Chateau received an official Heritage Building Designation. The trips and camping continue on into 1996 and the future. (Taken from: Hodgins, Bruce W. "Wanapitei on Temagami: A Story of Adventures." Peterborough, Ontario: Wanapitei Publishing, 1996.)

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Professor Bruce Hodgins before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, canoe trip reports, minutes and agendas, board of governors reports, brochures, staff lists, etc.


Title based on the donor and contents of the fonds.
Fonds acquired from Professor Bruce Hodgins.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 99-011 is an addition to 92-008.
For related records see: 82-1000, 93-013, the Canadian Camping Association fonds and the Ontario Camping Association fonds.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1. Correspondence, 1988-1990 and n.d. Newspaper clipping from Globe and Mail - 11 Oct. 1989.
2. Correspondence, 1986-1987
3. Correspondence, 1984-1985
4. Canoe trip reports, 1968-1993. Detailed information regarding trips taken across the province, and country, covering many rivers and routes. Mentions weather and water conditions. Includes lists of participants and trip leaders. Also included in this folder is a master list of scheduled Wanapitei canoe trips 1956-1975.
5. Canoe trip reports, 1982.
6. Canoe trip reports, 1983.
7. Some camper and staffs lists, 1977-2001.
8. Financial records, 1984 and 1993.

Box 2


1. Correspondence, 1993-1994
2. Correspondence, 1996-1999
3. Miscellaneous items and correspondence. Includes various letterheads, some camp medical and emergency information and standards, and information regarding camp programs, as well as some vague maps of the Temagami area.
4. Camp price lists and brochures outlining programs and trips being offered, 1975-2003.
5. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1970 - 1972
6. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1973-1975
7. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1975-1977
8. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1978
9. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1979
10. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1980-1981

Box 3


1. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1982-1983
2. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1984
3. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1985
4. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1986
5. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1987
6. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1988
7. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1989
8. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1990
9. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1991-1992
10. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1993
11. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1994
12. Board minutes, agendas and reports, 1995-1996