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The History of Kandalore

For more than 70 years, Camp Kandalore has created a camping experience like no other in Canada.

The History of Kandalore - For more than 65 years, Camp Kandalore has created a camping experience like no other in Canada.

1947

Kandalore was founded in 1947 as an all-boys camp.

1947 - Kandalore was founded in 1947 as an all-boys camp.

1950’s – 1980’s

From the early 1950’s through to the 1980’s, Kandalore was under the direction and ownership of Kirk Wipper.

Kandalore Tree
Children Group Photo
Person Photo
Kandalore Boat Racing
Children playing in waterChildren Boating

Under Kirk’s guidance, Kandalore became known as one of the world’s premier canoeing and canoe tripping facilities.

Rope game

Kirk also founded the Canadian Canoe Museum on the Kandalore site in what we now refer to as “The Museum”. In 1997 the museum, which had become a world-class collection, moved to Peterborough. Kirk was awarded the Order of Canada in 2002 for his work in camping and canoeing.

Boat

1988

In 1988 the camp came under the guidance of the current owners David Hadden, David Lever and Mike Moore, and in 1992 Kandalore welcomed its first female campers.

canoe tripping

Since then, the in-camp program has been expanded to include more than 30 activities. Today Kandalore prides itself as being one of the finest traditional camps in Canada providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities.

canoe tripping

canoe tripping
Kids