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Accession Number: 92-008


Hodgins-Wanapitei fonds. -- 1956-1985.-- 91 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 enoughstarted to teach school near Kitchener, Ontario. Later he becamea public school principal. He met Laura Belle Turel and they weremarried in 1926. Just before their marriage Laura Belle had graduatedas a registered nurse from Hamilton General Hospital. They honeymoonedon a canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Eventually they would taketheir two sons, Larry and Bruce on canoe trips. In 1943 Stanleybecame camp director at Camp Wabanaki near Honey Harbour in GeorgianBay. 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 openedunder the directorship of the Hodgins. It was co-ed with boysand girls as well as men and women forming a group that wouldbe community based and informal and relaxed. The ideals and beliefsof the Hodgins, which were part of Camp Wabanaki where the Hodginswere previous to Wanapitei, were brought in Wanapitei. A youthcamp was offered as well as a spring season. Canoe tripping playeda major role in the life of Camp Wanapitei. Eventually they expandedtheir canoe tripping to four week trips that took campers to Moosoneeand Ottawa. As well there were numerous regattas every summer.In 1971 a cooperative company, called Camp Wanapitei Co-ed CampsLtd., purchased the youth camp from Laura Belle and Stanley Hodgins.The Hodgins kept the Chateau and continued to operate it. Thepresident, and camp director, of the new private Camp Wanapiteiwas Bruce Hodgins. In 1973 an adult tripping program was offeredand organized by Bruce and Carol Hodgins. The youth camp offeredwoodcraft, swim instruction, sailing, crafts, canoe recanvassing,square dances and special activities for the younger crowd. Bythis point in time the canoe tripping encompassed rivers and lakesin Northwestern Quebec and Northeastern Ontario. Trips were stillgoing to the James and Hudson's Bay. The camp had also led tripsdown the Nahanni and Coppermine in the Northwest Territories andtrips into Manitoba, British Columbia and New Brunswick. In 1989Laura Belle Hodgins (nee Turel) died. In 1990 legal ownershipof the Chateau was transferred to Bruce and Carol Hodgins andthe Chateau property was transferred to Larry and Bruce Hodgins.In 1993, at age ninety, Stanley Hodgins died. The dreams and idealsinstilled, at Camp Wanapitei, under the Hodgins directorship continuedwith the younger Hodgins. The Canadian Studies program of TrentUniversity, in Peterborough, Ontario, took trips to Wanapiteievery September. In 1991 the Chateau received an official HeritageBuilding Designation. The trips and camping continue on into 1996and the future. (Taken from: Hodgins, Bruce W. "Wanapiteion Temagami: A Story of Adventures." Peterborough, Ontario:Wanapitei Publishing, 1996.)

Custodial History

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

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of records of Laura BelleHodgins who was Chair of the Kitchener, Ontario, Branch of theWomen's Voluntary Services from 1942 to 1946; papers and legaldocuments of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins who bought Camp Wanapitei(a wilderness canoe tripping camp) in the mid-1950s; and correspondence,legal records, financial records, and camper, staff and programrecords of Camp Wanapitei under the directorship of Bruce Hodginsfrom 1960 to 1985.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor BruceHodgins of Trent University.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 82-1000, 93-013, the Canadian Camping Association fonds and the Ontario Camping Association fonds.

Finding Aid


Box 1


1: Series A consists of the records of Laura Belle Hodgins, Kitchener, Ontario, Chairman of the Kitchener-Waterloo Women's Voluntary Services for the Department of National War Services, 1942 to 1946. Final report of the group's activities such as blood donor program, T.B. survey, Russian Relief Committee, Nutrition Committee, Civil Defense Committee, salvage project, national clothing drive. Included in front of box is a minute book, April 16, 1942 to April 25, 1945 and a book of organization strategy for the T.B. canvas.


2: Series B consists of papers, correspondence and records of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins, their purchase of the canoe trip camp of Wanapitei at Temagami, Ontario in 1959 (and leased by them from 1956) and administrative records of the camp's early days under the directorship of the Hodgins.  


Series C consists of records of Camp Wanapiteifrom 1960 to 1985 under the directorship of Professor Bruce Hodgins(son of Stanley and Laura Belle Hodgins).

3: Wanapitei - History and Philosophy 4: Wanapitei - Federation of Ontario Naturalists 5: Canoe Tripping Course 6: Temagami Lakes Association 7: Photographs 8: Maps 9: Wanapitei - Legal Documents 10: Wanapitei - Trailhead 11: Wanapitei - Associate Director 12: Wanapitei - Medical Supplies and Personnel 13: Wanapitei - Cross-country skiing 14: Wanapitei - Site, Buildings, Equipment, Food

Box 2


1: Wanapitei - Program

2: Wanapitei - Adult Canoe Tripping

3: Wanapitei - Director's Reports; Staff Reports; Trip Reports

4: Wanapitei - Advertising and Publicity

5: Wanapitei - Brochures

6: Wanapitei - Forms; Registration, Health, Staff

7: Wanapitei - Indian Night

8: Wanapitei - British Canoe Trippers

9: Wanapitei - Campers (General): See also correspondence files

10: Wanapitei - Standards

11: Wanapitei - Board Minutes, Agendas

12: Wanapitei - Alternatives

13: Wanapitei - Staff: See also correspondence files

14: Wanapitei - Financial records; receipts


Box 3


1: Correspondence, 1960-1969 and n.d.

2: Correspondence, 1970-1974

3: Correspondence, 1975-1977

4: Correspondence, 1978-1979

5: Correspondence, 1980-1982

6: Correspondence, 1983-1985

7: Hodgins: Centenary Journey

8: Wanapitei - New Brunswick, Miramichi River

9: Miscellaneous