Sunday, 28 January 2018

Back to the Canadian Camp -OFFICERS OF THE BOARD 1922

President: G. Lenox Curtis, M.D. New York
Vice Presidents: Henry Van Dyke, D.D. Princeton
                           : Lieut. –Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Washington
                          : Major-Gen. Leonard Wood, Manila, P.I.
Secretary: H.T. Galpin, Ph.G. 57th W 57th St. N.Y.
Assist. Secretary: C.C. Chatfield, 88 Central Park W. , N.Y.
President of Philadelphia Branch:
William E.S. Dyer, Philadelphia
Deceased Officers:  Vice Presidents:
Hon. Theodore Roosevelt
Hon. Grover Cleveland
Rev. Leander T. Chamberlain,D.D.
Joseph Jefferson

Sunday, 21 January 2018


NIPIGON LODGE (that was)

Fishing Rates 1937

Advertising Brochure circa 1937 (Courtesy of John McKirdy, 2018)

Nipigon Lodge  Orient Bay  Ontario

1937 Rates

Per Day: …$4.00 American Plan ( includes meals)

Per Week:…$24.00  American Plan

Single Meals : …$1.00


Provisions: also all equipment including tents, blankets, etc. – but NOT Fishing Tackle

Per Day: …$5.00   Per Week:…$31.50

Guide: … Per Day:…$4.00    Per Week:…$14.50

Board for guide:...Per Day…$1.00   Per Week…$7.00

Canoe: …Per Day…$1.00   Per Week…$7.00

Non-Resident Fishing License:   $5.50 per person OR  $8.00 per family

Motor Launch from Orient Bay to Virgin Falls:  $10.00 each way

For fishing trips on the Nipigon River, it is advisable to have two guides to a canoe;  canoes are large enough to accommodate two anglers and two guides.  In this way cost for each member of the party per week would be $66.50 plus Motor Launch and License.

Full line of Fishing Tackle available at the Lodge.


NIPIGON LODGE – 1937 Brochure

Here…Anglers rendezvous with the Famed Nipigon Trout

Nipigon Lodge – Orient Bay, Ontario

One hundred miles east of Port Arthur (now combined with Fort William as “Thunder Bay”) on the Canadian National Railways ( this portion of line of CNR no longer exists)



NIPIGON LODGE , 100 miles East of Port Arthur on the Canadian National Railway, is a commodious log bungalow containing the Main Lodge, which has an attractive stone fireplace , and dining room seating 40 persons.  On either side, facing Orient Bay, are five four-room cabins, comfortably furnished, and equipped with all modern conveniences. Each cabin has a small sitting room where guests may meet to discuss the day’s luck or pass a pleasant hour preparing themselves for the thrills that are be.  There are toilet facilities in each cabin, also running cold water.  Hot water tanks connected to each stove, with which each cabin is equipped, supply heat on chilly nights.

Orient Bay Station,  located at the extreme southern end of a bay of the mighty Lake Nipigon, is reached from the East by the Canadian National Railways, or by automobile to Nipigon Village over 72 miles of partially paved roads with beautiful scenery, and thence by rail 37 miles.  Tourists from the East desiring to break the train journey, have the option of travelling on one of the comfortable boats of the Northern Navigation Division of the Canadian Steamship Line from Sarnia to Port Arthur.

For the trout fisherman the Nipigon District holds a multitude of thrills.  Here is the home of the famous “square-tail”, and the Nipigon River is the locale of more trout-fishing stories than any other stream in the world.  Here it is the anglers battle for the honour of winning the Nipigon Shield, awarded annually to the person who lands the heaviest speckled trout in accordance with the regulations governing this competition.  The main Nipigon River has been fished by anglers from all parts of the world,  and none has left it without enjoying the thrill that comes from landing fish which range anywhere from 4 pounds to the record of 14 and a half pounds.

Small - Mouth Black Bass fishing,  rivalling the splendid speckled trout fishing in the famous Nipigon River,  can be enjoyed in the Black Sturgeon Lake and River section of the Nipigon Forest Reserve.  This is practically virgin territory and offers a wide range of waters with an unlimited supply of bass up to six pounds in weight and which should have a special appeal to fly fishermen interested in this species of game fish.  The Black Sturgeon Lake area is situated immediately south and west of Lake Nipigon and is easily reached by motor launch from Orient Bay Station some 45 miles distant.

For those who are not anglers, or to whom fishing is but an incident of the holiday, there are many attractions.  There are scenic canoe trips in all directions from Nipigon Lodge.  There are numerous motor-boat trips which the visitor can make, so that he may cover a different territory each day during his stay, spending the night , if he so desires, under canvas on the shores of tumbling river or placid lake.  These are days when the ennui of city life is forgotten, when appetites reach enormous proportions and when sleep is welcome and restful.  Indian guides handle canoes and equipment, set up camps, and prepare meals, leaving nothing for the visitor to do but enjoy himself as he desires.

Close to Nipigon Lodge, 100 yards from Orient Bay Station, is located the headquarters of Wm. McKirdy and Sons General Storekeepers and Sportsmen’s Outfitters, where “Jack” McKirdy may be found prepared to supply at reasonable rates complete camping equipment, guides, supplies, licenses and tackle, for trips of either long or short duration.  He will assist in arranging ypur fishing or hunting trips and enable you to obtain the best possible results.

(In 1937) Any Canadian National Railways Agent will make you reservation, or you may write to:

The MANAGER, Nipigon Lodge, Orient Bay, Ontario 

The Canadian Camp Dinner Head Table, 1922

The Canadian Camp, 1922 Dinner – Head Table
The Canadian Camp Dinner , March 3, 1922 N.Y.C.
1.  Mr. John Emery McLean, Chairman Dinner Committee
2.  Mr. Charles M. Urban, Urban Motion Pictures Inc.
3.  Mr.  John G. McKirdy, Canadian Guide (that’s our Nipigon McKirdy!)
4.  Dr. Robert T. Morris, Chairman Advisory Board
5.  Dr. J. DeHart Bruen, Belvedere N.J.
6.  Mr. Neil McDougall, Canadian National Railways, Port Arthur ( Ontario… also Lake Nipigon area)
7.  Mr. Horace D. Ashton, Explorers Club, New York
8.  Mr. Wm. E.S. Dyer, President Philadelphia Branch
9.  Mr. C. Price-Green, Canadian National Railways , Toronto
10.                   Rev. Allen MacRossie, Toastmaster
11.                   Dr. G. Lenox Curtis, President
12.                   Hon. E. M. MacDonald, R.C.M.P. Pictou, N.S.
13.                   Lieut.-Gen. Nelson A. Miles, U.S.A. Washington
14.                   Mr. Melville E. Stone, Associated Press
15.                   Hon. Mr. Justice F.R. Latchford, Toronto
16.                   Mr. Herbert L. Bridgeman, Brooklyn Standard Union
17.                   Major A. P. Simmonds, Lecturer and Explorer, New York
18.                   Thomas Travis, PhD, Canadian Pacific Railway
19.                   Mr. Sam Harris, Pres. Ontario S.G. and F. Prot. Association
20.                   Hon. Stephen T. Mather, Director National Park Service, Washington
21.                   Dr. H.T. Galpin, Secretary

Sunday, 14 January 2018

OUTDOORS the poem by Frank Oastler for the Canadian Camp 1922

From the Canadian Camp Menu , 1922

Poem by: Frank H. Oastler M.D.

Dedicated to the Canadian Camp


Oh, give me a bit of the great outdoors

Is all that I ask of you,

Where I may do whatever I like

And like whatever I do.

Where the sky is the boundary up above

And the earth is the measure below,

And the trail starts on where the sun comes up

And ends where the sun sinks low.

Where the wind blows sweet as a baby’s breath,

And the sun shines bright as its eyes,

And the showers come and the showers go

As the tears when the little one cries.

And the brook runs merrily through the glade,

Singing its gladdening song,

And the pine trees murmur their soothing sighs,

Still bearing that song along.

Yes, carry me back to the lake’s white shores,

With its deer and its lily pad,

Where the loon calls out ‘mid the moonbeams bright

Through the mist on the waters sad.

Let me hear once more the elk’s far cry

As it sweeps through the forest deep,

Where silence hangs as over the dead

At rest in eternal sleep.

I’ll pitch my tent by some lonesome pine,

By the rippling water’s edge,

With the great outdoors as my garden,

And the willows ‘round as my hedge.

And, surrounded by pretty flowers

That perfume the gentle breeze,

I’ll idle away the whole long day

In the shade of my old pine trees.

And I’ll watch on yonder mountain

The colors change with the day,

And I’ll follow each shadow a-creeping

So silently over the way.

And then give thanks to the God above

And in gratitude I’ll pause,

And I’ll love, not hate, each care that comes

In that great big home – Outdoors.

The Canadian Camp Menu cover names, 1922

The Canadian Camp Builders, 1922 Menu cover

Albert Operti;  Rev. Leander T. Chamberlain D.D. ;  Major – General A. W. Greely;  J. E. Dalrymple;  Dr. H. T. Galpin;  Lieut-Gen Nelson A. Miles;  Ernest Thompson Seton;   Brig-Gen David L. Brainard;  Luther Burbank D. Sc.;  Hon. Theodore Roosevelt;   Dr. G. Lenox Curtis Pres.;  Wm. E. S. Dyer;  Hon.  Grover Cleveland;  Rear-Adm’l Robley D. Evans; 

Hon. Dr. Henry Van Dyke D.D.;  Gov-Gen Leonard Wood;  Joseph Jefferson;  Rear-Adm’l Robert E. Peary;  Rear-Adm’l Wm. S. Sims;  Rev. J.C. Allen D.D.;  George M. Bosworth;  Lord Kitchener;  Hon. Charles N. Herried;  John Burroughs;  Capt. Emerson Hough;  Charles Hallock;  Hon. Justice F.R. Latchford;  Rev. J. DeHart Bruen;  Robert Bell;

Hon. Charles S. Osborn;  Capt J. E. Bernier;  Buffalo Charles J. Jones;  Dr. George Bird Grinnell;  Dr. F.A. Lucas;  Hon. Justice J. W. Longley;  Herbert L. Bridgeman;  L. Fred Brown;  Hon. George H. Graham;  James A. Cruikshank;  Hon. Walter F. Foster;  Edward James Cattell;  C.E.E. Ussher;  Dr. John D. Quackenbos;  L. D. Armstrong;

John Emery McLean;  John Murray Gibbon;  Kenneth Lockwood;  W. Harry Allen;  C. Price Green;  Dr. T. Kennard Thomson;  Hon. Stephen T. Mather;  W. A. Whiting; Henry W. Van Waggenen;  Dr. Charles H. Riggs;  James K. Hackett.

The Canadian Camp Menu cover 1922

I will work on getting the names of these fellows up shortly.