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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canoeing and Canoe Trips

Canoeing and Canoe Trips An important contribution to life at Ahmek and Wapomeo came in the form of canoeing instruction. Most of the distinctive style can be traced to Bill Stoqua of the Golden Lake First Nation. Stoqua’s prize pupils at Ahmek were the Hayhurst brothers, Bill, George and Tom; the Perry brothers, Karl and […]