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Top 10 Most Popular Forgotten Items When Packing

Today we’ve compiled for you the Top 10 Most Popular Forgotten Items When Packing for the summer! Preparing for camp is a very exciting time. Often it is so exciting, that we forget to pack some of the important necessities. Our minds are focused on the busy summer days that lie ahead on Canoe Lake.  […] continue reading >

Early Days at Camp Wapomeo

My Uncle, Lorne McDonald, was a personal friend of Taylor Statten’s when they both worked at the Toronto Y.M.C.A., and was on the staff at Ahmek when it began. My father, Burt McDonald, always maintained a keen interest in the camp as well. At one point he gave the funds to build the first bridge […] continue reading >

The Salt of Life

Below is a beautiful morning mediation which Ahmek Director, Greg Albisser, gave this past summer. “Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he had a very sad life and asked for a solution.The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of […] continue reading >

After The Adventure

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those That loved me and alone; on shore and when Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name. – Tennyson, Ulysses   After the adventure […] continue reading >


Below is an essay by Nico Vit that he submitted to the University of Edinburgh for his school application – you’ll see why he got in once you’ve read this beautiful story. Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you experience there and why is it meaningful to you? Trees. […] continue reading >

The Stilson

Some men say they would kill to win the Stilson. The five-kilometer canoe race separates the boys from the men, and the weak from the strong. In a camp that boasts itself as the best canoe-tripping camp in the world, being the Stilson champion is the ultimate victory. Camp Ahmek is one of many prestigious […] continue reading >

The Boulé Canoe Race

Below is a passage taken from “Fires of Friendship; 80 Years of The Taylor Statten Camps” about the origins of the Wapomeo Canoe Race, The Boulé. “Wapomeo initiated a camper canoe race in the late 1970’s. One Wap guide used to urge her campers on after a portage by saying, “Let’s Boulé.” She may have […] continue reading >

Stilson Glory

Stilson Glory Have you ever wondered how the Stilson and all its glory came to be? Here is an excerpt from the Fires of Friendship book in which Charles Fick remembers how it all began… The Origin of the Stilson Race by Charles Fick My favourite year as a C.I.T. Director was 1952. That year […] continue reading >

Algonquin Park and Canadian Artists

Algonquin Park and Canadian Artists     Algonquin Park is a popular location for Canadian artists. It’s beautiful scenery and colourful landscape epitomize the Canadian Wilderness. The connection that Canoe Lake and TSC have with art is one that is very unique. The following is an excerpt from The Fires of Friendship, a book compiled […] continue reading >