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'Uncle' Paul Tremblay

The Story of Paulhaven
How it all started as recalled by Rev. Paul Tremblay

In the forties, around 1945, I would walk around a little lake, called Harry Gould Lake after an old-timer who homesteaded there. I also hunted ducks around that lake when the water was much lower than it is today. I would crawl behind the reeds to get a shot at the ducks. In those days I also did quite a bit of fishing.

I became acquainted with Billy McMeeken when fishing on Upper Mann Lake, which opens out from the small bay called Gould Lake. Billy Had a summer resort on a beach by this lake, and he rented boats. I made him a dozen rowboats and also a boat for myself. My boat had a 5 horse power motor, as I did a lot of fishing in those days with my brother Rene.

One day as I was walking around the lake with Bill McMeekan, I pointed out to him a piece of property with some nice trees on it, and mentioned that I would like to buy that piece on the lakeshore. The only way that this could be done, was for Billy to buy it first, as he was the only one who could legally do so, as the sale of lakeside crown land was restricted to owners of adjoining property. He agreed to buy it, and later sold it to me in exchange for my home made motor boat which he was using a lot more than I was.

By the time I had bought the property, I had become interested in the Western Canada Conference children's camp week program. The first camp I actually attended was at Lake Wabamun, and I realized the inconveniences of arranging to hold a one week camp at sites our church did not control. I thought it would be much better for us to have a permanent campsite on property owned by the Church.

During one of the camp week periods, I invited Rev. Erwin Reddekopp and Mr. Vince Almond to come with me to visit the property I had bought on Harry Gould Lake, with the hope that we could find a suitable site to clear for the children's camp. We all agreed on a site, and I then offered to donate the property provided that the church would furnish funds to develop and maintain a campsite for the use of the church.

My offer was accepted by the Edmonton New Church Society** and soon a bulldozer was at work clearing the trees at the place we had chosen. Work was also done on an old wagon trail, to make the quarter mile road down to the camp that we are still using today.

[ ** Note: Paul's sale of the property - for the princely sum of one dollar! - to the church was transacted with the Edmonton Society, rather than with Western Canada Conference (WCC) directly, because WCC was not incorporated at that time and was legally unable to hold property. It was thus decided to deed the property to Edmonton to hold on behalf of Conference. ]