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Canoe Tripping in Algonquin - Then and Now
Three canoe tripping experiences! Over 100 years apart, yet connected in time in so many ways! Check out these insights into how the canoe tripping experience in Algonquin Park has changed and yet not changed at all.(order/details)



Now in the comfort of your own home, you and your friends can try to solve one of Canada’s most enduring mysteries. What did happen to Tom Thomson at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 8, 1917? Who killed him, how was it done and why?

The Tom Thomson Murder Mystery Game is a dinner party game based predominantly on the true facts surrounding the mysterious disappearance and death of Tom Thomson on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park in 1917. (There are a few suppositions, twists of fiction and some tall tales added to make it more fun!!!!!!)

This is a party game designed to share a part of Canada’s history with you and your friends. Within the comfort of your own living room, dining room, rec. room or even class room, as opposed to round a campfire on a cold stormy night on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, you can help solve one of Canada’s most enduring murder mysteries. Though some say it was an accident, those of us who’ve spent our lives on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park know that it was really foul play at work. You and your guests will be playing the part of characters that are all real, though some of the activities and feelings attributed to them are purely fictional. However the more that you and your guests have read about Tom Thomson and his life on Canoe Lake the more fun the dialogue will be.

What did happen to Tom Thomson at Mowat on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on July 8, 1917? Did he drown by accident? Did he commit suicide as some suspect? Or was he subject to foul play and murdered by persons unknown? All of the eight protagonists central to the case have hidden backgrounds and secrets that they will only reveal under pressure during the course of four scenes. Based predominantly on the true known facts of the case, with a few twists of fiction to make it fun your task is to determine who killed Tom Thomson, how was it done and why?

All of the following will be included in your party package:

  • A Party Planner Envelope that includes 8 invitations and envelopes, 8 Name Tags, 8 character profiles.
  • An Evidence Envelope containing two newspaper articles, 1 victim profile , a map of Canoe Lake and a Crime scene statement
  • Scene Clues and Scripts Envelopes containing scripts for four scenes. (1 per character per scene)
  • A Final Disclosure Envelope containing the Author’s Solution and a ‘The Mystery Continues’ statement and a Bibliography and Major Suppositions List

The game takes place on July 12, 1918. Mark Robinson the local Algonquin Park Ranger has organized an important town meeting at Mowat Lodge on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park to discuss the circumstances around the untimely death of artist Tom Thomson who had died under very mysterious circumstances the previous summer. Other protagonists invited to the meeting include Molly and Ed Colson, proprietors of the Hotel Algonquin; Shannon and Annie Fraser, proprietors of Mowat Lodge; Martin Blecher a local handyman, his sister Bessie an assistant school principal and Winnifred Trainor Thomson’s alleged love interest.


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