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.

Camp Big Canoe

Camp Big Canoe is a not-for-profit overnight recreational camp for kids ages 6-16 in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada


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