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Accession Number: 99-011


Hodgins-Wanapitei fonds. Additions. -- 1967-1996. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs.

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.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of Camp Wanapitei promotional material, correspondence, material relating to camp operations including staff contracts and staff lists, campers lists, policies, shares, and background notes and itinerary for canoe trips.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor Bruce Hodgins.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds 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. Promotional material

2. Wanapitei history; article and poem re Wanapitei

3. Policies, mission statement, camp standards

4. Inspections, camp license, etc., 1982-1992

5. Insurance, mortgage, finances, etc., 1978-1991

6. First aid kit, 1992

7. Meals, 1982-1991

8. Maintenance, 1991-1992

9. Site improvement project, 1984-1987

10. Planning, 1992

11. Shares and shares campaign, 1986-1990

12. Shareholders survey, 1990

13. Staff lists and contracts, 1982-1989

14. Staff lists and contracts, 1990-1994

15. Staff problem, 1993

16. Pre-camp schedules, etc. re 1991, 1992, and 1994 seasons

17. Youth camp, wilderness training, campers lists, 1984-1994

18. Voyageur programs, 1980-1985

19. Trips: background notes, 1967-1992

20. Trips: adult trips and camping-related courses, etc., 1985-1996

21. Trips: reports, 1981

22. Trips: Trent's Canadian Studies 200 field trips to Wanapitei, 1977-1993

23. Thanksgiving at Wanapitei, 1981-1984

24. Temagami Research Centre Search Conference, 1991

25. Correspondence, 1990-1993 (includes 3 photographs)

26. Correspondence with Premier Ed Schreyer re South Indian Lake / Churchill River development, 1973

27. Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association correspondence, certification, 1988-1992

28. Prof. Bruce Hodgins - personal

29. Miscellaneous: photo; "The Canoe & Canoeing in Canada"/ Florian Muller