by Laura Copeland – former camper and staff member
*editors note: this message came after a plea to several former staff campers and staff members for their stories – the list was lengthy! If you’ve got a story, please share!!*
After reading your message and seeing some of the names on the contact list, it sure does bring back a longing to go back to those summers. They were without a doubt the best summers I ever had. The sense of friendship, laughter, love, independence that becomes a part of you, while being in one of the most amazing places at Hart Lake, makes memories that last a lifetime. Camp Big Canoe holds a forever place in my heart and soul.
I’m not even sure how to put in to words what going to Camp Big Canoe gave me; a sense of belonging (especially having lived overseas for many years- it helped reconnect with all things that are wonderful and amazing about Canada), an even bigger love of the outdoors and adventure, lasting friendships, a greater love of Canada, and countless Spontaneous Good Times.
I live in Australia now with my husband and three sons. I am so determined to one day send my boys to Camp Big Canoe when they are old enough, with the hope that they will experience and gain a love of all things ‘Big Canoe’ and Canada, just as I have.