A compilation from a few trips over the last three years to one of my favourite places in Algonquin Park, the Taylor Statten Camps. Founded in 1921 and 1924 respectively, Camp Ahmek for boys and Camp Wapomeo for girls have run every summer on the shores of Canoe Lake, just inside the West Gate of Algonquin Park.

I was introduced to the camp at the ripe age of 8. My dad had been a camper there for 6 or 7 summers in the late 60s into the early 70s and hyped it up big time around our house. Tall tales of canoe trips and pirate ships were tough for any guy to pass on. After seeing brochures and old photos, it wasn’t a tough sell.

I went to Ahmek as a camper from 1994 to 2001 working my way up from the Bantam section to the Senior section. My sister quickly followed in my footsteps, attending Wapomeo from 1998 until 2006.

I hope to make it back to Ahmek in the heart of summer some day. The waterfront full of those orange and black canoes numbering in the hundreds has always been a site to behold. Until then, enjoy this collection of fall photos taken between 2009 to 2011.

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