Transportation & Logistics
All participants are responsible for their own transportation. If travelling from far, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, Ontario is the closest major airport to YMCA Camp Pine Crest. We encourage all Conference participants to arrive in Toronto the morning of Friday, September 20th (or earlier) to allow at least 2-3 hours traveling time between the airport and YMCA Camp Pine Crest. We request for participants to arrive between 2:00pm and 4:00pm at YMCA Camp Pine Crest.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest,
1090 Gullwing Lake Rd., Torrance, ON P0C 1M0
705-762-3377 / 1-877-878-9622
If driving from Toronto and the south: Take Highway 400 north to Barrie, then Highway 11 north to Gravenhurst. At Gravenhurst take Highway 169 about 21km northwest to Torrance. Turn left onto Southwood Road and immediately left again onto Clear Lake Road. Camp is about 3.3km down the road. Alternatively, you can also follow these directions: https://goo.gl/maps/EMrdb2J3Zwb3eWLr6 which directs you to take Highway 400 all the way until you exit, then through Wahta Mohawks Territory and Bala before you get to the YMCA Camp Pine Crest.
If driving from Sudbury and the West: Follow Highway 69 south through Parry Sound to Highway 169 at Foot’s Bay. Take Highway 169 southeast about 25km through Bala to Torrance. Turn right onto Southwood Road and immediately left again onto Clear Lake Road. Camp is about 3.3km down the road.
If driving from Ottawa and the east: Take Highway 60 west through Algonquin Park to Highway 11 at Huntsville. Take Highway 11 south about 52km to Highway 169 at Gravenhurst. Take Highway 169 about 21km northeast to Torrance. Turn left onto Southwood Road and immediately left again onto Clear Lake Road. Camp is about 3.3km down the road.
*There is parking available not too far from the main site.
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If you do require support with transportation, there are a couple of options.
We have chartered one (1) coach bus with Hammond Transportation which holds 56 passengers. The coach bus provides a return trip between Toronto Pearson International Airport and YMCA Camp Pine Crest which is an estimated travel time of 2.5 hours. On Friday, September 20th at 2:00pm, the coach bus will depart Toronto Pearson International Airport for YMCA Camp Pine Crest. On Sunday, September 22nd at 1:30pm, the coach bus will depart YMCA Camp Pine Crest for Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Participants who opt for the coach bus are asked to book their travel accordingly so they have enough time to gather their bags/luggage and get to the coach bus before 2:00pm on Friday and ensure they have enough time to check in and get to their gate on Sunday.
To reserve a seat on the coach bus, an additional US$60/CAD$70/person is required. When registering, you will be asked if you would like to opt for the coach bus. An email will be sent to you to follow-up. Further, instructions to find the coach bus at the airport will be sent out closer to the Conference date.
We are fortunate to have a generous Kapwa community. There are some participants who can offer room in their car to bring those who need a ride up to the Conference. When registering, you will be asked if you would like to opt for the Ride Share option. An email will be sent to you to follow-up. Ride Shares are limited.
YMCA CAMP PINE CREST
YMCA Camp Pine Crest sits on top of the Canadian Shield which is made up of rocky, uneven terrain. The Camp is also surrounded by three lakes: Clear Lake, Gullwing Lake, and Echo Lake. Program areas at camp are spread apart from each other and require short walks. Participants should come prepared with sturdy footwear (such as runners).
There are two types of accommodations. Cabins sleep 10 people (5 bunk beds) with washrooms in a separate building a short walking distance away. Lodges contain 6 bedrooms each sleeping 4 people (2 bunk beds), shared washrooms, and a common area. In the fall, it is possible that it could be quite cool in the evenings and night. YMCA Camp Pine Crest provides seasonal adaptations to the cabins in order to make the experience more comfortable, including a space heater in each cabin. All washrooms on site will be designated all-gender washrooms.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon with light snacks (i.e. fruits, granola bars) available throughout the day and a more substantial snack available after dinner.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest neighbours the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. In order to protect the spectacular views in the area, YMCA Camp Pine Crest has committed to not have any artificial outdoor lighting. Instead, red safety lights are located on main pathways which can be very dark at night. For more information, you can check out https://www.rasc.ca/torrance-barrens-dark-sky-preserve.
Cell service works well in the area. Wi-Fi is available in Kikeindewin (Dining Hall).
**On site, there are items that are recognized by the YMCA Camp Pine Crest as cultural appropriation including a totem pole, tipis, and paintings. The YMCA Camp Pine Crest currently has a Truth and Reconciliation Committee dedicated to, amongst others, reflecting on the presence of these items and relations with the First Nation community in their area.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest staff all have a minimum of Standard First Aid and CPR certification and will be equipped with first aid kits which include EpiPens. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is on-site if needed. Staff that are certified with National Lifeguard Service (NLS) will be present to ensure safety when participating in water activities or activities near the water. Any program that is being done on the high ropes courses will be lead by trained staff. An Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) certified ropes instructor will always be on site.
There is a Wellness Centre in the main lodge that is accessible for anybody who may become ill. The closest hospital, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare - South Muskoka Memorial Hosptial Site, is about 40 minutes away.
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Accessibility means the opportunity for every participant to be able to engage with the conference activities and program spaces.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest pathways are built to flow with the land. There are paths between buildings and conference program areas, however, these paths intersect with rocky, uneven terrain in some areas. Those who identify with mobility challenges will receive priority in the Lodges which do have a short hill to maneuver. To further support with getting around, we will have a van available to take people between the Lodges, Kekindewin (Dining Hall), and Yard House (Recreation Hall). Kekindewin and Yard House is where our larger group gatherings will be held. Volunteers will be assigned to support those who need with walking up and down the short hills.
FRAGRANCE SENSITIVITY/SCENT FREE
We request to be mindful of people’s allergies and sensitivities. Please do not bring any perfumes or scented lotions in the spaces to avoid triggering allergic reaction. If intending on burning medicines for ceremonial purposes, give folks notice, in case of scent sensitivities.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest kitchen staff are very flexible and are able to accommodate almost any dietary needs or concerns. YMCA Camp Pine Crest is a nut sensitive site and although they cannot guarantee a completely nut-free site, they take every action possible to ensure that participants and staff with nut allergies are protected.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest has experience with many diets including gluten fee, paleo, vegetarian, kosher, raw vegan and a number of options for allergies. Most days, there will be a full salad bar where individuals who are interested can make their own salad in addition to the served meal.
We will do our best to make meals enjoyable for everyone.
We will do our best to accommodate identified accessibility needs. Please contact us in advance of the conference if you have any specific questions regarding accessibility. Further, if you have suggestions and ideas for how we can continue to build an even more accessible conference, please share them with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREPARING FOR YOUR ARRIVAL
The following list is a suggested guide to help you prepare for your experience at YMCA Camp Pine Crest. We request that you keep baggage to a minimum and consider the weather forecast for Torrance, Ontario closer to our gathering dates:
Sleeping bag and/or bed sheets and blanket for a single bed
Bath and face towel
Toiletries (please consider bringing eco-friendly & biodegradable products)
Bag for dirty laundry
Medications including epi-pens with names labelled on your medication containers, if possible
Sacred object for our communal altar
We suggest bringing layers of clothing for these varying climates including:
Pants, t-shirts, socks, underwear, pajamas
Sweater and/or jacket (for cool mornings and evenings)
Rain jacket and other necessary rain gear (boots, umbrella)
Closed toed shoes (such as running shoes or hiking boots, sandals with backstrap are acceptable)
Any clothing or adornments that celebrate your ancestors (malong, barong, etc.)
Optional items: writing paper, journal, musical instrument
*Please do not pack any nut based products