COOK SHACK AT MYSTERY LAKE CAMP

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COOK SHACK AT MYSTERY LAKE CAMP

The interior of the “cook-shack” at the Mystery Lake exploration base camp near present-day Thompson was the hub of social life—perhaps the only social life—at this small base camp.

Prior to INCO's presence, "Jack and Alice Moore recollect life at North Mystery Lake, a small trappers' settlement. Any supplies needed in this community were bought in Nelson House, winter travelling being by dog team and summer travelling by canoe or foot. Community life revolved around hunting and fishing in summer and trapping in winter, with trap lines running through the entire region, including the area where the Thompson townsite is now situated . . . 

The North Mystery Lake settlement was obliterated in the late 1940's when a forest fire destroyed cabins, clothing, traps and other possessions. Most of the families moved to Nelson House where the majority of them still live.” (Photo by H.S. Fraser, circa 1953. Text courtesy Thompson, A City and its People by Graham Buckingham.)