These reminiscences about Camp Tekakwitha come from Cathie Corrigan who was a camper there. The Catholic Women’s League out of Ottawa organized this small camp for girls aged 9 to 15 years. The buildings were situated on the shores of Lake Kamaniskeg looking out on Mask Island and were accessed from Siberia Road. Above, the camp chapel. Photo submitted.
Cathie said, “It was a small camp, nothing fancy but, in the eyes of a city girl from Ottawa, it was Heaven. Just to be in the country on a beautiful lake, swimming, hiking, rowing, ball games, camp fires and sing-songs, etc., it was wonderful. Many new friendships were made, along with enough memories to last a lifetime.”
“In fact, I loved Barry’s Bay so much that I actually met and married a lad from the Bay and have lived here ever since.”
You can see roughly where the camp was located if you visit the cemetery of the former Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Camp Tekakwitha was tucked in behind Kartuzy Road at the intersection with Siberia.
It would be great if our readers can provide other pictures and stories about Camp Tekakwitha.
Editor’s Note: The local lad Cathie refers to above is the author and local historian Bob Corrigan. If you are interested in having a picture and story featured in The Madawaska Valley Current, please submit the information to Bob Corrigan at email@example.com (subject Heritage Photos) or mail your photo to Bob c/o The Current at PO Box 1097, Barry’s Bay K0J 1B0 (originals will be returned).