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This exhibit explores the history of the women and girls of Ontario’s private wilderness canoe tripping camps on Lake Temagami. This project arose out of an interest in learning when, why, and how women and girls entered these exclusive, historically-male institutions. In mid-March my research was suddenly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of no archival sources, no libraries, and no in-person interviews, this project was made possible by the kindness of strangers who were willing to speak with me over the phone and through Zoom about their experiences and knowledge of the history of women and wilderness canoe tripping. The final exhibit centers around an interactive map illustrating 100 years of camping history on Lake Temagami.  Enjoy!

 

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