A place for our Pathfinder community to
learn, play, watch and explore our camp 
while we practice physical distancing and spend
more time with family at home.

Camp means the world to all of us, so we are here to keep the Pathfinder Spirit strong. Stay #triptough & #believeinsummer2020

An original song about the Pathfinder Red Canoe

Teddy, a longtime Pathfinder camper, wrote and performed an original song on his ukulele during his time at home. Take a moment to listen, and allow yourself to be transported to a quiet, solo paddle around Source.


Thank you Teddy, this is just what we all needed.

'...Just me and you in the great big Algonquin blue...'


'Red Canoe' Lyrics

CPI Earth Day 🌎

Celebrating Earth Day and Our Beloved Wild Place on Earth

Today, April 22, like every day, we think of the place that means so much to all of us, Algonquin Park and Pathfinder Island. Ice out is nearly at hand. The forest is about to hum with life once again. Our summer home is warming up to receive us.


Take time today to share an Earth Day feeling/memory or two. Post your own pics and perspectives, and tag us @camppathfinder with  #triptough and #believeinsummer2020. (Anytime you read this piece, you can add your post!)


Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970. Established in April to mark a spring moment for reveling in nature’s beauty, it was intended to focus thoughts on man’s impact on Earth. The first Earth Day was inspired by Rachel Carson’s 1962 seminal book Silent Spring about damage from pesticides. Also inspiring: public concern about air pollution from cars and factories, and amazing images of our home planet – a tiny blue-white marble in space – shared by NASA astronauts who reached the Moon and looked back for the first time in human experience.

Like many others, Pathfinder people would have collected garbage, planned recycling projects, or demonstrated for policy change on those early Earth Days. Without a doubt, we all thought about camp and the Park on those April days. 


On canoe trips, we felt we were more in touch than most, with how fragile was the beauty and complexity of nature. Our awareness of people’s impact on Algonquin became finely tuned - litter, trail and campsite damage. Our heart’s commitment to camp and park was welded onto our love of their beauty, and our resolve to tread with our friends ‘lightly on the land.’


These feelings, it turns out, were always with Pathfinder people, long before Earth Day, and have persisted over 106 Pathfinder years and Earth Day’s growth to observance in 190 countries.


Pathfinder people feel this way today. How about you?

Campers, Alumni, Staff - What does being at camp and in the park mean to you - paddling clear lakes, sleeping under stars, catching a fish from a rushing river, walking paths most will never see, being away from a hectic, tech world?


What do you think is our path to taking better care of our fragile blue-white marble in space?


Join us and share a CPI Earth Day feeling/memory. Post your own pics and perspectives, and tag us @camppathfinder with  #triptough and #believeinsummer2020.


Camp and Park seasons and scenes leave lasting memories with us, often shape our lives, and are sometimes nearly impossible to describe.Today, if you are able, head outside, go for a walk, run, hike, or simply sit and listen to spring starting to come alive.


Tonight, take a look at your sky. How many have said or heard, “nowhere else on earth are the stars better than on Source Lake.”?

There has never been a place too far,

There are no stars you can’t sleep under. 


The wind will blow and the sun will set,

So we will keep on tripping. 


Becoming a part of nature is a part of us, 

And we get to do it all together. 


Source lake sunsets and Big Trout headwinds, 

What it is that we love is that which brought us here. 


The first time you’re lucky enough to see it,

It’s like you’ve understood it forever.

-Riley Hanson, Director of Tripping, 2020

The Camp Song - Where Does it Come From?

Camp song history & bugle calls for our morning/evening and flagpole traditions


To ‘rouse’ the camp, a bugler played this call in lower, middle and upper kingdoms.


Flags lowered in the evening. A slower, more reflective melody. Flags descend slowly.

To The Colors

Flags raised in morning - Nowadays we whistle, but traditionally a bugler played each day. Flags rise briskly.


Day is Done - the bugler plays this call poignantly in lower and upper kingdoms.

A few times each summer we belt out the Camp Song.

Where does it come from?


The words are familiar in the moment, but take a look at them on the page. And, the melody comes from a old popular tune dating to camp’s earliest years.

Pathfinder Camp Song

I want to wake up, in the morning

Where the Pine and Balsam grow

Where the loons are calling and the sun is shining

And the whole world says,



I want to tramp on, o’er those blazed trails

Underneath my old canoe

For it’s there at old Pathfinder

Where the days are never blue


I want to go back every summer

To the camp on old Source Lake

Where the wolves are howling and the fox is barking

And the bugler bids me wake


I want to tramp on, o’er those blazed trails

With a tumpline on my head

And when the sun sets o’er the hill tops

Turn to my balsam bed …

Where the Morning Glories Grow - Hear the Recordings

1917 Elizabeth Spencer

1934 The Pioneers

1975 Bing Crosby

ACF Camp Trivia Night

Friday 4/17 Pathfinder Zoom Trivia

Trivia Intro Video, by MC Trip Pierson, Pathfinder alumnus and proud parent. 

Algonquin Campership Fund hosted a staff and alumni Zoom trivia night. The event, organized by Trip Pierson, Erica Mason and Paige Clark, was a hit. The 50-60 members of our CPI family, ranging in age from 18-65+ years old, included veteran secondmen, rookie headmen, veteran staff, alumni, tripping directors, camp directors and owners. The group was tested on their knowledge of the park, camp history, and some good old 'you had to be there' moments from decades past. 


We heard epic stories, had laughs, and most importantly we all got a reminder of how important and tight this Camp Pathfinder community is. We are getting ready for more Zoom events like this, to bring some camp happiness into your homes.


The Algonquin Campership Fund helps to bring kids up to Camp Pathfinder and Camp Northway in Algonquin Park. We all know how important a summer in the park can be. If you'd like to help make that difference for a future camper, please visit the ACF page to donate. There, you can also learn how to apply for aid.

Tom Thomson

Details & clues from the artist's life, work, and mysterious disappearance 

Tom Thomson, one of Canada’s most influential painters, was last seen alive on July 8, 1917, setting out on a solo fishing expedition on Canoe Lake. Thomson knew the area well. He was an expert fisherman, canoeist, and gifted painter who paddled many Algonquin lakes in pursuit of his unique artistic vision. Days later, his swamped canoe was spotted. Thomson's body was found  eventually, on July 17 floating near Little Wapomeo Island.

Thomson's paintings changed modern art. Most were made within Algonquin. See examples here ...

Can you solve the mystery? The documents below are clues and details put together by CPI staff for our school programs, and an interactive all-camp activity from summer 2017. Staff became the story's characters while campers searched the island for clues and details to help solve the mystery of Thomson's disappearance.

Thomson CPI backstory & clues   

Thomson CPI mystery cliff's notes 

Video: Restoring Thomson's painting, "Jack Pine" 

Old CPI Film Faves 

National Film Board classics we love