Thursday, May 12, 2016

47 années des souvenirs, pourquoi aimez-vous Canoe?

Canoe Island French Camp, founded in 1969, is home to 47 years of memories, friendships and stories. Why do you love Canoe? I invite all those with connection to this special place to reflect on that question and let us know! Be it in the comment section here, or an email sent to

I'll start. Why do I love Canoe?

It's an island enchanted by years of shared experience, growth and exploration of culture and nature.

Campers and families find a sense of home and belonging to something bigger than themselves.

Our caring and attentive staff bring such passion and richness to the programming.

Grasse matinée!

Share with us why you love Canoe!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

le voila joli mois de Mai

Happy May Day! in France today is known as la fête du travail (labor day). All over France you will find vendors selling les muguets (lily of the valley). Lillies are often shared with friends and relatives as a sign of appreciation today. With that in mind, we'd like to show our appreciation for all of you by sharing this sweet poem avec quelques brins des muguets.

Here you are the pretty month of May
With your beautiful muguet
a little bouquet
to mark friendship...
a little bouquet
to bring happiness...
some sprigs of sweetness
some sprigs of happiness
on this first of may
to bring luck and joy

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Knights of the Round Table Trivia

Les chevaliers


The legendary King Arthur ruled Britain honorably and vanquished both human and supernatural foes. His loyal and righteous round table of knights accompanied him on many adventures. French writer Chrétien de Troyes wrote of sir Lancelot and the story of the Holy Grail. In the French region of Brittany, King Arthur is a well known personage. French and British lore and language have influenced one another throughout the ages. Les chevaliers session at Canoe Island French Camp focuses on these connections and culminates in our own quest for the Holy Grail and knighting of King Arthurs court! See how well versed you are in medieval knowledge.


1. qu'est-ce que c'est, "la joute"?
what is "jousting"?

2. qu'est-ce que signifie un blason?
what does a coat of arms represent?

3. quelles sont deux qualités d'un chevalier?
what are two qualities of a knight?

4. quelle tapisserie fameuse raconte l'histoire du Guillaume le conquérant?

what famous tapestry tells the story of William the conquerer?

Les réponses

Check back next week for the answers!

See how much you knew about le monde francophone by checking your answers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

All the world's a stage!

Past camper and program assistant Yann Dardonville is no stranger to the world of theater. As a camper in 2011 he was part of an enthusiastic group who wanted their Soir au Theatre to be a reenactment of the entire story depicted in the Bayeux tapestry. For those who are unfamiliar with this tapestry, it depicts the Battle of Hastings, an important victory for the Normands (French speaking) against the English. The tapestry is 20 inches tall and 231 feet long! It was a wonderful play. Yann says that Canoe helped give him the confidence to act in his high school productions.

Yann is now a senior at the Bush School in Seattle and chose to direct a short play for his culminating project after three years of involvement with high school theater. He is one of five directors who have prepared pieces for the 2016 Bush School Student Directed Short Play Festival. Come support Yann and his fellow directors this Wednesday and Thursday, April 28th at 7pm in the Benaroya Theater at the Bush School!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Safe trails and clean boots!

A huge MERCI! to all the hard working, fun loving folks who attended this year's Spring Work Party. So many essential projects were completed this past weekend including rerouting trails that have edged too close to cliffs due to erosion, graveling mud puddles that have dirtied shoes for years, installing a beautiful new door to l'Abri, building stairs to the second cabin and connecting the Musee to the internet. We are so thankful for all the help getting camp ready and look forward to our upcoming programs!

Joseph bringing gravel for a muddy trail!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Francophone World Trivia

Le monde francophone


Le monde francophone refers to all the countries in the world where the French language is spoken. In the 17th century France began competing to colonize countries in the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Indochina. As new provinces and colonies were established, the French language and culture spread. While most of these countries have since regained their independence, aspects of the French language and culture are still very present. At Canoe Island French Camp we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the French speaking world during our third session. See how much you know about some of them!

1. Qu'est-ce que signifie "l'OIF"?
What does OIF stand for?

2. Comment dit-on "bonjour" en Wolof, une langue native du Sénégal?
How would you say "hello" in Wolof, a native language of Senegal?

3. Qu'est-ce que c'est "la zouk" de Guadeloupe?
What is "la zouk" from Guadeloupe?

4. On peut acheter un bon dessert au Café du Monde en Nouvelle Orleans. Qu'est-ce que c'est?

We can buy an excellent dessert at the Café du Monde in New Orleans. What is it?

Les réponses

1. l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
International Organization of la Francophonie

2. Salaam aleekum

3. Une danse
A dance

4. Un beignet

Friday, April 8, 2016

French Voyageur Trivia

Les voyageurs


The French voyagers moved to 'New France' in the early 18th century to take part in the fur trade. Many of the elite class in Europe wore fur hats, so the demand was high! Especially with some of the most prized animals hunted to extinction in France and England. Travel along rivers in birchwood canoes into the backcountry was hard and dangerous work! Rhythmic songs to set the stroke pace and pass the time were aplenty, including Alouette and a Canoe Island French Camp favorite, Chevaliers de la Table Ronde

1. Où se trouve la Nouvelle France au début de 18ème siècle?
Where was 'New France' at the beginning of the 18th century?

2. Quel animal avait la fourrure la plus demandée pour les chapeaux en Europe?
What animal had the most popular fur for hats in Europe?

3. Qu'est-ce que ça va dire 'portager'?
What does 'to portage' mean?

4. Les Français ont de la baguette. Quelle type du pain était fait par les voyageurs?
The French have baguette. What type of bread was made by the voyageurs?

Les réponses

1. En Amerique du Nord
In North America

2. Un castor
A beaver

3. A porter un canot à l'invers sur les épaules
To carry an upside down canoe on the shoulders

4. le Bannock