A Celebration

Compiled by Brian Back


Full List 2015

Full List 1999






Summary  2015

World's Largest Wood-Canvas Canoe Fleets 

Fleets of more than 100: 

Keewaydin of Temagami, Taylor Statten

Greatest concentrations of fleets: 

Algonquin Park - 5

Lake Temagami - 4

Fleets by Provinces/States: 

Ontario - 16, Maine - 2, Quebec - 2, Minnesota - 2, Vermont - 2

% of camps that are canoe tripping or have strong tripping emphasis: 58

% of camps with wood-canvas as over half of total fleet: 


% of camps that run wood-canvas in whitewater: 


% of camps that re-build wood-canvas in-house: 


% of camps that build wood-canvas in-house: 


Number of YMCA camps:


Oldest Fleet: 

Keewaydin of Temagami - 1894

(several years after 1902 it became entirely wood-canvas)

Number of camps younger than 40 years: 


Camps joining list: 

Camp Songadeewin, Camp Temagami

Camps off the list (see 1999): 

Darrow (closed), Langskib (sold canoes), Winona (4 left), Wanakita (canoes not active), Kanawana (9 left)



Whitewater in wood-canvas is a disappearing art. This is true in general, and 5 camps do it. But only Keewaydin of Temagami and Camp Temagami have no restrictions on where the canoes can go.

Building is a strong art at three. Widjiwagan has a fairly new canoe shop and received the molds of Joe Seliga, the well-known Ely canoe builder. Keewaydin of Temagami has built a canoe shop and is in the process of re-starting its re-building program. Pathfinder has a new shop and the builds are its exclusive source of canoes.

There are exceptions to declining fleet size. For camps on the 1999 list, Keewaydin of Temagami and Pathfinder had notable increases in size.

Fleets decrease. The number of listed institutions has declined from 27 to 24.

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