Keewaydin is a canoe camp. But camp conjures up all the wrong images. At a typical summer youth camp, someone else cooks and someone else does the laundry. At Keewaydin the camper does it all. There is no in-camp program. There is just an out-camp program: canoe tripping. Campers travel remote areas, often traveling areas where there are no published routes or on routes that Keewaydin was the first non-aboriginal travelers. The camp began organizing in 1893, and the first season was 1894 in Maine.
In 1902, the program moved to Temagami in northern Ontario. Its primary base camp has been there ever since.
Ever seen a wannigan or a tumpline or a double-pack or a bannock? Extinct? No. They are alive and well at Keewaydin. Quaint traditions? No. They are valuable tools: wilderness tools for traveling remote northern areas; and educational tools for teaching self-reliance and self-confidence, and for building character in the boys and girls that attend Keewaydin.
Keewaydin is Canada's oldest summer camp.
Keewaydin operates the largest fleet of wood-canvas canoes in the world.
Keewaydin is the world's oldest canoe-trip operator.
Keewaydin is the oldest private institution in Temagami.
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