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Car Camping at Sandbanks (Jun 4 - 6) (6/4/2010)

PRE-REGISTRATION & ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.After you sign up at the bottom, you will be presented with information about how to pay. Late payments are NOT accepted for this event, in any circumstance.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Sandbanks Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jun 4 2010, Sat, Jun 5 2010, Sun, Jun 6 2010  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 2 2010 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:Until Sunday (Specific departure times will depend on the carpool driver, but our site by 2pm)
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Andrew F
Cindy B
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Member Cost:$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:50
Minimum Group Size:12
Number Registered So Far: 46 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


PAYMENT DEADLINE CHANGE: The payment deadline has been changed to MAY 14th. As of the 15th, I'll replace non-payers from the Waiting List.

The TOC's quasi-traditional spring camping trip to Bon Echo sees a slight change this year as we shift to Sandbanks. This trip provides a chance for a sizable crew of us to get together for a bit of adventure.

We've the large group site at Sandbanks booked this year. (I've stayed at the awesome 'smaller' site, so have high hopes here too!) The major Pro to a group site is the extra space we'll have to spread out with tents and cars. The usual negative is that we may be slightly farther from the beaches and showers.

Sandbanks itself is most famous for its three excellent beaches. But it's much more too, offering kayak and canoe rentals on site. Jim O's yearly trips to the area have also highlighted it as an amazing area for cycling too (and likewise Bicycle rentals are available). Several of us bought a caribbean vacation for the owners of the beautiful bakeshop in Bloomfield last year, or at least the equivalent of one. Similarly, the entire region is dotted with wineries (that's certainly a bike or car trip away though).

For a little more information on the park and area see the PEC site and the Parks Ontario site for Sandbanks.

With a large group, meals will be 'every camper for themselves'. However:

  • we'll encourage you to team up with your carpool mates for food, or with other friends in the group
  • if there is sufficient interest, we'll organize a casual 'pot luck' dinner Saturday night (Let us know in the 'Notes' field when you sign up)
(As always, Andrew may be found Sunday morning and hit up for extra pancakes and maple syrup.)

If you lack the right equipment, don't worry! Many people have spare equipment or tent space. We'll work out the specifics in subsequent emails. In the mean time, check out the checklists here on the TOC site.

This site has a base cost of $141 with an additional "$4.50 per person per night" and "$3.50 per car per night". Carpool costs will be added as per usual.

Additionally, expect a small cost for communal firewood to be split amongst the group.

We're asking for $5 to be paid up front (which includes the regular $1.50 transaction fee). This will cover the base cost of the site, and be a show of your commitment to coming! There will be no refunds for this fee. Should there be any leftovers from this, it will be put towards firewood first, and then donations.

Remaining costs for firewood and carpool will be collected at the event.

Those who camped with Ian and Andrew at Presqu'ile last August may remember the "Survivor" game. Ian (our mastermind) brings it back this weekend! After a competitive field of players last year I'm very keen to see it again. For those who weren't there we had many physical (e.g. Swimming, Three-legged soccer, "chicken-fights", jigsaw puzzles) and 'consumptive' challenges (all real food, though not always palatable) to be faced. As on the show, the number of players is continually pared down, with the play expected to last a good portion of Saturday.

If we've piqued your curiosity and you'd like to join in, please let us know so in the 'Notes' field when you sign up! If there is sufficient interest we will have to limit the number of participants; in this case we'll do so based on the order in which you sign-up (like any TOC event). Please note that we will be asking for a small token entrance fee to cover the cost of materials.

Email us and ask ;)

Required Items to Bring:
  • Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  • Food and Water (Details to follow)
  • Cash Money
  • As Justin would say: Enthusiasm
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent
  • Cooking/Eating gear
  • Beach Gear (suit, towel, etc)
  • Hiking Gear
  • Insect Repellent
  • Balls, Frisbees, what have you
  • Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):436Km
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $112.49 (calculated at total Km * $0.258, effective Thursday, November 30, 2023). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.

  • If we are short carpool drivers, those on the waiting list indicating they are willing to drive may be given priority.
  • After the payment cut-off date has been reached, those who have paid in advance will be given priority over those who have not.

- Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you've signed up and paid by the registration cut off date. The money must be in the TOC's possession by that date. No exceptions.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with full refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met. For any events where TOC needs a minimum number of participants, there will be absolutely no refund of money if you cancel.
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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Cost Includes:See the 'Cost' paragraph above for full details. $5 only covers the booking fee for the site.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the TOC on Wed, Jun 2 2010.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!