Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Les Vikings au Canada

Les Vikings au Canada by Yvon H. Couture, 2017
a French language book  "...a demonstration , with a lot of proofs, that the Vikings were present in the Great Lakes Area...Y.H.C."
Un premier site viking identifie a l'interieur du continent americain
L'ecrivain et chercheur multidisciplinaire Yvon H.Couture a identifie  un  site  viking  pres  du  lac  Stony,  dans  l'Est   de
!'Ontario. C'est un site a gravures rupestres comptant pres d'un
millier  de  glyphes  qui  racontent,  sous  forme  de  runes  et d'ideogrammes, l'histoire de Vikings partis du Groenland autour de 1'An Mille pour venir s'implanter dans Ia region des Grands Lacs. Connaissant deja le langage des runes ainsi que celui des pictogrammes; ce chercheur, qui s'interesse au site depuis 1967;
avait entrepris, en 2007, de reproduire une centaine de ces glyphes a partir de photos pour illustrer un de ses ouvrages. C'est  en realisant ce travail qu'il  a decouvert Ia presence de runes parmi ces gravures; ce qui faisait du site de Stony Lake un site viking et non un site algonquien, comme on le croyait auparavant. C'est  alors  qu'il  a  entrepris  le  decryptage d'une partie des g1yphes afin de savoir de quoi i1 retoumait.
Les  Vikings  au  Canada, qu'il  vient de  pub1ier, est  non
seulement une demonstration magistrale de 1'existence d'etablissements scandinaves dans 1a region dulac Ontario bien avant la decouverte officielle de 1'Amerique par Christophe Colomb, mais aussi un apen;u captivant de 1'histoire du Canada entre 1es annees 1000 a 1500 AD. Ce magnifique ouvrage de
336 pages est subdivise en 55 chapitres, et compte pres d'une centaine d'illustrations.  Pas encore disponib1e en 1ibrairie, on peut se 1e procurer par Ia poste au prix de 1ancement de $25.00 en s'adressant a 1'auteur au 1-861, ge avenue, Senneterre, QC, JOY 2MO (Ajouter $10.00 pour 1es frais d'envoi).

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Menu


March 3, 1922  Madison Square Gardens, New York City

The following is the actual MENU served that day. They had very exciting “names” for their dishes.

I am not too sure of the “actual” existence of the “List of Antiques” , though some do have “credits”.



“Cloy the hungry edge of appetite by bare imagination of a feast.” – King Richard II


Northumberland Oysters  “Compliments of Premier Walter E. Foster of New Brunswick.”

Bisque of Ptarmigan Yukon …Celery…Olives…Salted Nuts

Hudson’s Bay Ice Fish saute Penelope

Loin of Buffalo  “compliments  Canadian National Parks, Department of Interior, Canada.”

Puree of Chestnuts

Flap Jacks Labrador …Maple Sugar Syrup

Pate of Beaver Huron Fashion  “Compliments Jack McKirdy, Nipigon, Ontario – Guide.”

Salad Eskimos

Snow Ball…Assorted Cakes

Café Noir

Drinks and Smokes a la Carte


Curtis’ Alligator Tails

Grover’s Bear

Prince Harry’s Rhino

Admiral Peary’ Polar Mice

Buffalo Jones’Catalo and Persian Lamb

Corbin’s Wild Boar

Worcester Sea Cucumbers

Allen’s Mountain Cat

Lieut. Greely’s Coffee …taken from 1881 Cache at Fort Conger, Arctic Circle, by Admiral Peary.

Capt. Kleinschmidt’s  Polar Bear and Walrus

Earl Gray’s Tiger

Galpin’s Copex Smilo Fantasticos

Canadian Mountain Sheep

Whale Meat, Monkey, Boa Constrictor, Etc., Etc., Etc..

Martinettas  Roti  (Compliments Col. Brainard, U.S.A.)

G.N. Bosworth, Canadian Gold Eye Fish

Whale, by L.G. Armstrong

Skil, by H.R. Charlton

Wild Cat, by Harry Allen

This whole Canadian Camp pamphlet courtesy of John McKirdy , 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018

The Canadian Camp Speakers, March 3, 1922

The Canadian Camp Speakers, March 3,  1922

Hon. E. M. MacDonald, K.C. M. P.

“There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.” – Winthrop


Mr. Neil McDougall

Sportsmen’s Representative, Canadian National Railways

“The Nipigon Trail”

“And liquid lapse of murmuring streams.” – Milton


Mr. C. Price-Green

Commissioner, Department of Resources, C.N.R.

“Rich with the spoils of Nature.”- Browne


Mr. Horace D. Ashton

Explorer’s Club

“Morocco of Today and Yesterday”

“The eternal landscape of the past.”  - Tennyson


Thomas Travis, Ph. D.

“The Wilderness Dwellers”

“Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.” – Gray


Major A.P. Simmonds

“Across the Unknown Labrador”

“Old friends are best.   King James used to call for his old shoes.” - Selden

The Canadian Camp Advisory Board members 1922


Robert T. Morris, M.D., Chairman, New York

Maj-Gen. A. W. Greely, Washington

Maj.-Gen George W. Goethals, New York

Rear Admiral William S. Sims, Washington

Brig.-Gen. David L. Brainard, Washington

Mr. L.O. Armstrong, Montreal

Mr. G. M.  Bosworth, Montreal

Capt. J. E. Bernier, Levis, Quebec

J. Luther Burbank, D.Sc. . Santa Rosa, Cal.

Mr. E. J. Chamberlin, Ottawa

Mr. James A. Cruikshank, New York

Mr. J. E. Dalrymple, Montreal

Hon. Walter E. Foster, Fredericton, N.B.

Mr. Robert Frothingham, N.Y.

Mr. Hamlin Garland, N.  Y.

Dr. George Bird Grinnell, N.Y.

Hon. Charles N. Herried, Aberteen S. D.

CApt. Emerson Hough, Chicago

Mr. Howard G. Kelley, Montreal

Hon. Mr. Justice F. R. Latchford, Toronto

Rev. William J. Long, D.D. Stamford, Conn.

Hon. Mr. Justice J.W. Longley,  Halifax

Hon. Stephen T. Mather,  Washington

Hon. Chase S. Osborn,  Sault Ste. Marie

Mr. C. Price-Green, Toronto

John D. Quackenbos, M.D.  New York

Mr. Henry T. Saunders,  Philadelphia

Mr. Duncan C. Scott  Ottawa

Mr. C. E. E. Ussher,  Montreal

Mr. Henry W. Van Wagenen, Morristown N.J.

Mr. F. L. Wanelyn,  Montreal


From the Canadian Camp menu brochure  courtesy of John McKirdy, 2018

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