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T^un&alow  Camp
IERCHED on a cliff overlooking a broad river that
sweeps down between grey blue rocky walls—walls
that are touched here and there into rare beauty by
lichen and nodding flowers, green birch and clumps of
jewel-like berries—is a group of artistic bungalow cottages.
This lordly stream in the forest is the French River—noted
alike for its swarming game-fish, its scenic beauty and its
interesting history. The group of cottages is the famous French
River Bungalow Camp.
Fishing and golf are the major activities at the camp—
and such fishing and such golf! Fishing? The vicinity of the
camp is an angler's paradise. In eddy and backwater, among the
sedges skirting the shore, in the shadow of huge boulders that
block the channel, lurk wily old ''muskies,1' great northern pike,
large and small-mouth bass, pickerel and other game-fish. Fighting gamesters are these, worthy foe for the best of anglers.
Each guide has his favored spots, and so many are the fish that
each guide's choice is invariably justified!
And as for the golf. You don't take a car. If you are energetic, you pack your clubs in a canoe; if you are not, you take
an outboard motor boat or the camp launch and go ashore at
the first tee. And if you are neither a fisherman nor a golfer;
if you neither canoe nor swim nor play tennis, there is the quiet
and rest of nature to banish the cares of city life.
The Bungalow Camp
French River station is on the Canadian Pacific Railway,
215 miles north of Toronto, 60 miles north of Parry Sound,
and 45 miles south of Sudbury. The Bungalow Camp, within
200 yards of the station, is attractively situated on an elevation
which commands a magnificent view of the main channel of the
French River.
An outlying sub-camp is situated at Pine Rapids, at the
head of Eighteen Mile Island, in the heart of the best fishing
waters of the upper French river.
For the benefit of those who do not know what a Bungalow
Camp is, let us say quickly that it has nothing at all to do with
tents. On the contrary, it is like living in one's private house,
without the bother of meals or servants—living on one floor,
in bungalows of solid timber construction, without elevators,
or bell-hops, and yet with all the conveniences of civilized
existence and the added pleasure of being in the midst of
friendly people. Each little bungalow is self-contained and
cosily furnished; some have two rooms, some one. Porches
(yes, they're screened!) and deep wicker chairs make it easy for
you to live the veranda life; illumination is- electric light,
not candles, and maid service relieves you of all work.
These snug little cottages, built of British Columbia fir, face
westward toward the river gorge. The interior equipment
consists of single Simmons beds, dressing table wa shstand, a
little stove for use in wet or cold weather, several chairs and
a fine large clothes closet. The floors are hardwood. Cheery
cretonnes give an added note of gaiety to the cabins, which
are well ventilated and charming.
Toilet and bath buildings are centralized, containing baths
and showers; there is always an abundant supply of hot
water. Efficient maids keep the bungalows in order. The
camp has its own ice houses, and its own pumping and electric
light plant.
The Club House
And when the bell rings for meals, you seek the club-house
with its spacious dining and recreation rooms. Afterwards,
writing desks tempt the energetic, while the comfortable
wicker chairs about the great stone fireplace of the lounge-
room satisfy all longings. Just off the lounge is the manager's
office, and behind it, the kitchens. The dining-room opens
on to a wide screened veranda, where rocking-chairs and bridge-
tables suggest the quiet rubber between more strenuous pursuits. From the veranda little winding paths lead away to the
bungalows, to the dock, to the station, and to the tennis
court. In the evening, the recreation room, equipped as it is
with piano, radio and gramophone, is in popular demand for
The Central Cluhhouse overlooking the "Main Channel of the French River
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Courtesy and friendliness prevail at French River, and everyone does his
or her utmost to make the guest's stay happy and comfortable. There is no set
entertainment, but always something interesting to do. In addition to tennis
and golf, there is the smooth floor of the new recreation room which invites
you to dance, and the camp manager is never too weary to sit down at the
piano in the cocl of the evening. The best proof of the camp's success with
its guests is the fact that approximately one'half of its business is repeat
business, the same guests returning year after year.
The Golf Course
French River Bungalow Camp is one of the few resorts on the continent
where one can enjoy splendid fishing in the heart of the wilderness, and still
keep in intimate touch with mashie and niblick. On Dry Pine Bay is a most
picturesque nine-hole golf course, miraculously achieved on the terraced
plateau between Gibraltar-like rocks. The greens are excellent, and the
whole course, 2,200 yards in length, kept in splendid condition. Some of
the tees are in the woods, or amongst rocky boulders, and players occasionally
startle the deer which have been tempted out of the woods by the sight of
the green grass.
Through the kindness of Mr. E. F. Seagram, of Waterloo, Ontario, who
owns the course, guests at the French River Bungalow Camp are given the
privilege of playing upon payment of a small green fee.
The camp has a float, diving board and bath houses. At the foot of the
links is a beautiful sandy bathing-beach. Amongst the woods are some de'
lightful walks, while a variety of short canoe trips can be made within easy
paddling distance, and launch trips are arranged daily.
The flow and volume of water rushing through the French River, from
Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay, provide against any noticeable depletion
of its finny population, and the variety of fish cannot fail to satisfy the most
capricious sportsman. Black bass, both of the small and large mouth varieties,
abound, and attain here unusual size. Savage maskinonge are plentiful in the
weedy bays and the swirls and eddies of fast waters throughout the district.
One recent summer, a monster "musky" weighing 55 pounds was taken in
the North Channel of the French River, at the mouth of the Wolseley, and big
fish of this variety are not uncommon. Some time ago a party of Ohio sports'
men caught, besides their limit each day of bass, pike and pickerel, no less than
seventeen "muskies'", ranging from 10 to 38}/± pounds; and a "musky"
of 35 pounds weight, with a length of 50 inches, and a girth of 21 inches, was
taken in the Main Channel of the French River, one mile from Camp.
Adjacent to the river are innumerable small lakes, reached by not too
difficult portages, in which there is splendid bass fishing.
The fishing season for both bass and maskinonge is from July 1st to Oc'
tober 15th. Licenses (which can be obtained at the camp) cost nonresidents
$5.00 plus 50 cents for person issuing.
Guides and Boat Hire
The guides who work for the Camp are carefully selected, and for the
most part are Indians, Ojibway and Nipissing, from the Pickerel Reserve, de'
scendants of those very Indians who in 1615 conducted Champlain and his
party down the French River. They are of particularly fine type, and upon
a reasonable interest and knowledge of wild life being shown, will lose the
taciturnity which is an Indian characteristic, and speak fluently and eagerly
of the life they know so well. Forty of these guides pitch tent each year
across the river from the Camp. The fee for guides is $5.50 a day, which includes meals, and all money transactions are made between the guests and the
manager of the Camp.
There is a boat and canoe livery at the Camp, equipped with a splendid
stock of rowboats, canoes and first class launches. Boats and canoes may be
rented at $1.00 a day. There are also two outfitting establishments, where
all the visitor's ordinary requirements can be taken care of.
The Fishing Trophy
A large silver trophy, known as the French River Bungalow Camp Trophy
has been donated by the Canadian Pacific Railway for the largest maskinonge
caught each year. This competition is open to all registered guests at the
Camp, and entry forms and conditions can be obtained either from the Mana-
ger or the General Tourist Agent, Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal. The
trophy is retained permanently by the Company, but each winner's name
is inscribed on a silver shield, and a suitable individual award is also given.
Recollet Falls
One of the most pleasurable short trips lies west of the Camp, where a
mile-and-a-half paddle or launch trip brings one downstream to Recollet Falls.
The waterway is almost eerie in its wildness. A shadowed, silent channel,
it lies between stern rocky walls that look like bombarded battlements. Be'
tween the precipitous sides all sounds are stilled except for the thin voice of a
bird or the "plop" of a fish in a spot where one didn't happen to be looking.
A seven-foot drop of creaming water constitutes the Falls, named in commemoration of several Recollet priests who are said to have lost their lives
there many years ago.
Between the high banks of the river, and just below the falls themselves,
good fishing is to be obtained, including "muskies."
Dry Pine Bay
Northward from the Camp is Dry Pine Bay—really an expansion of the
Murdock River, one of the principal tributaries of the French. To Dry Pine j
Bay everyone sooner or later goes to fish; around its shores are a number of
cottages and camps. Tumbling into it are Meshaw Falls, which separate the f
North from the Main Channel of the French; portaging over them one comes
to the lower end of Eighteen Mile Bay, which not only affords ideal fishing
where monster muskies flirt with the angler's hook, but is also scenically
. beautiful.
Eighteen Mile Bay leads to the North Channel of the French River;
following the course of that channel upstream, the Main French is rejoined
near the Pine Rapids Camp, and can be followed back to camp.   A side trip ;
can be made, by a 400-yard portage, from the Main French to Cat Lake, in
the many bays of which maskinonge are found.
Pine Rapids Camp
Almost due east from French Camp, situated at the end of Eighteen Mile
Island, near where the North Channel and Main Channel of the river part
company and where the Wolseley River flows in from the north-west, is an
outlying camp of especial interest to the fisherman.    This is Pine Rapids!
Camp, under the management of French River Camp.
The trip to Pine Rapids Camp is one of the most beautiful in the entire
district. The usual way of making it is by launch as far as the foot of Five
Mile Rapids—a distance of about twenty miles. Each turn in the river has
some fresh vista of shore and woodland; rocky islands, crowned with pine
trees, dot its surface, and ofttimes a startled deer or fox is seen as the launch
rounds a bend.    The river widens in some places to almost a mile.
At Five Mile Rapids you transfer to canoes, and portage in turn past the
Parisian, Big Blue, Little Blue, and Big and Little Pine Rapids. A short paddle
thereafter brings you to the Camp, commanding a wide view of the confluence of waters.
This outlying camp is in the heart of the best bass and maskinonge fishing
and it has proved a very popular feature.
Canoe Trips
Fishing always implies canoeing, and French River provides some unexcelled canoe trips. The river is in reality a chain of. small lakes, some sixty
miles in total length, connecting Lake Nipissing on the east with Georgian
Bay on the west. From the Bungalow Camp one can reach French Village by
canoe, nineteen miles downstream, with three portages, or travel upstream
by launch to Five Mile Rapids. By canoe one can go at will for unlimited
distances in all directions. There is, for example, the fine trip along Dry Pine
Bay, the Murdock River, and a chain of small lakes to Wanup. At this point
one turns south again down the Wahnapitae River to Little Wahnapitae Lake,
and thence to Ox Lake, the confluence of the French and Pickerel Rivers.
Instead of the journey upstream by water, the canoe can be shipped by rail to
Or instead of continuing north from the Murdock River, as in the last
trip, one can turn east to Dodd Lake and portage to Trout Lake. A lacework
of streams and small lakes connects Trout Lake with the West Arm of Lake
Nipissing, or—turning north—with Aiginawassi Lake.
To La\e Njpissing
The finest trip of all perhaps is to Lake Nipissing, via the Main French
and past Pine Rapids Camp. A fairly long cruise, this can easily be made, and
once Five Mile Rapids are passed the portages are not hard. Lake Nipissing
can be crossed to Sturgeon Falls or North Bay.
A side trip can be made from this route up the Wolseley River, from where
it joins the French on the other side of Five Mile Rapids, to Trout Lake—
a beautiful sheet of water, twelve miles in length and averaging J£ mile
in width. Good fishing can be obtained, the lake and tributary waters being
plentifully stocked with salmon-trout, bass and maskinonge.
The Pic\erel River
From the Bungalow Camp the Pickerel River can very easily be reached,
.round Cantin's Island. The Pickerel River, although it parallels the French
River for so considerable a distance, drains a different area, and many attractive
trips can be made along it to the fine regions that lie to the south. It is possible,
for example, to reach the Magnetawan River, an important stream that
drains some four thousand miles of outdoor country.
The map in this booklet shows how easy it is to traverse the French River
territory by water.
An Historic Stream
"Then we arrived at the cabins of the Nipissings. There are little rivers,
pretty ponds and fine meadows, with very beautiful woods encircling them."
So wrote Sieur Samuel de Champlain, great explorer of this continent, more
than three centuries ago. Champlain was not in search of fish or scenery, but
of a path to that western sea which bordered the fabled land of Old Cathay.
Leaving Montreal in April, 1615, his little party, which consisted of himself,
Etienne Brule and guides, paddled up the Ottawa River into the Mattawa,
portaged across to Lake Nipissing, one of whose outlets is the French River,
and camped (it is said) near the spot where the Bungalow Camp now stands.
These were the first whites to pass down the French River. For two and
a half centuries after, the tumbling river was the path of adventure for fur-
trader, warrior, hunter and missionary. Many and terrible were the fights
between the Indian tribes and between Indians and white men. Today,
the only monuments which mark the struggles of these early visits of the
European are the cairns of doubtful authenticity raised in memory of
the missionaries.
Why French River Camp Appeals
It is situated in the heart of a rugged, beautiful "wilderness" country,
and yet is only eight hours from the densely populated region surrounding
Toronto, and but a few hours more from New York State, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Michigan and Indiana.
It is ideal for the canoeist, fisherman, golfer, tennis-player and swimmer—
and for their wives, sons and daughters.
The meals are good—wholesome food well cooked and well served, and
the drinking water is absolutely pure.
You have the privacy of a house of your own.
What to Wear
A word as to clothes—always a very important item in connection with a
holiday trip, especially to the fair sex. It is not necessary to bring an extensive
wardrobe to the Camp. The men usually go about in their fishing and outing
costumes, and the ladies usually wear sports outfits in the daytime. Knickers
are the rule—and a couple of simple gowns for wear in the evening if you
feel like it. French River Bungalow Camp is a resort where nice people
come for a real holiday, and a trunkful of clothes is entirely unnecessary.
Train Service
During the summer an excellent train service is in effect to French River,
which is on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway from Toronto to
Sudbury. In addition to a night train, a fast train leaves Toronto in the morning, making connection with trains from New York, Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
From Sudbury, southbound, to French River is about 13^2 hours.
See current Canadian Pacific time-tables for train-schedules.
French River Bungalow Camp will be open in 1931 from June 15 until
October 1st. It has accommodation for 120 guests. The one-room bungalows
contain two beds, the two-room bungalows, four beds. Rates, $6.00 per day,
American plan, or $38.50 per week.
Pine Rapids Camp has accommodation for about 23 guests, in comfortable
canvas houses with board flooring, with a dining room of frame-construction
in charge of a resident cook. Rates $6.00 per day, American plan, $38.50 per
For reservations, address Manager, French River Bungalow Camp, the
post office address (while camp is open) being Asinka, Ontario. Prior to date of
opening, address Hotel Department, Canadian Pacific Railway, Montreal.
Other Camps
Other Bungalow Camps in Ontario in which you will be interested are:
Devil's Gap Camp, Kenora—the centre of the beautiful
Lake of the Woods district.
Nipigon River Camp, Nipigon—deep in the north woods.
Booklets about these can be obtained from any Canadian Pacific agent. FIUENCH
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