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Director’s Message

Polly Marston in CanoeIt was hard to believe but honestly, the sun shone every day! What a magnificent summer to be in the Georgian Bay enjoying all the activities with a hugely enthusiastic group of campers and staff. Not only did we enjoy the sunshine and warm summer days, but the winds blew strongly from the west for our sailors and windsurfers. Our trippers returned from trips in the far north raving about their adventures of exploration up to James Bay and into the Arctic, leaving the city life far away.

Adventure abounded as campers challenged themselves on the new two-sided rock wall; the new sea kayaks continued to travel with trippers to the North Channel of the Bay and the new inner tubes were a huge success at the swim docks for both water polo games or just jumping off the tower! Turtles, frogs, and snakes were plentiful so the Hamelins were kept happy and busy with their catches and setting up turtle races outside the office. Lunches with everyone from Caesar to Mac ‘n’ Cheese and KBRS radio shows provided hours of enjoyment as we dug into Chef Doug’s awesome food. And each starry night we headed to the campfire to see if the Schmengies would taunt us – and they did! We hope that you enjoy recalling the summer of 2015 and are getting excited to join us for 2016, our 70th summer in the Bay.

I would like to give a big How! How! to all our campers from the summer of 2015 – you were amazing. Your enthusiasm, energy and enjoyment of living in the great outdoors, in a truly woodsy environment, was fantastic.

Next, I would like to give a big How! How! to our support staff; our Doctors and nurses who kept us healthy this summer; to Don and the FBI, a huge thanks for assuring that the cabins were in excellent condition and the docks and boats in fine repair; and to Doug, our amazing chef and his staff, a huge thanks for the best food.

And of course to the staff at Hurontario, with your boundless energy, your tireless devotion to each and every camper in your care, your enthusiasm for all the activities and leadership on your trips, I want to give a big thanks. We look forward to seeing many of you in the summer of 2016.

Each and every summer as I look out across our beautiful and secluded camp bay, I am so grateful that my dad, Birnie Hodgetts, had the amazing foresight to realize that to fulfill his vision of a truly outdoors, woodsy camp we would need privacy. As a result of our founder’s vision, we carry on all our activities free from boaters, cottagers, roads and pollution. We are able to come to Hurontario where there are no computers, no iPads, no television and not even a candy store. It is a place where nature abounds; where we create all our own fun and where we share our camp experience with campers and staff from 15 different countries. We are so lucky!

As 2015 comes to a close, we are busily registering for the summer of 2016 – a milestone for the camp as it will be our 70th season. We look forward to seeing many of our campers and staff back for another summer. Until we see you again on the sunny shores of Georgian Bay, have a safe and happy winter.

Polly & Don
December 2015