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Car Camping at Sandbanks (7/21/2017)

PRE-REGISTRATION 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.You will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the TOC.

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, Jul 21 2017, Sat, Jul 22 2017, Sun, Jul 23 2017  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 21 2017 8:30:00 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
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Member Cost:$15.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 19 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:50
Minimum Group Size:12
Number Registered So Far: 49 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The tradition of TOC's annual spring camping trip returns! For the past six years we've brought around 50 people to Sandbanks Provincial Park in beautiful Prince Edward County: let's try it again. This trip provides a chance for a sizable crew of us to get together for a bit of adventure. The dynamics of that many people provides a great opportunity for a boisterous and fun time.

Just like every year, we've the large group site at Sandbanks booked. This will allow us to park as many cars, set up as many tents, and be as... exuberant as required ;) The usual negative is that we are slightly farther from the beaches and showers, and we might sleep less!

Sandbanks itself is most famous for its three excellent beaches. But it's much more, offering kayak and canoe rentals as well as short hiking trails on site; the county at large is an amazing area for cycling too (and likewise Bicycle rentals are available, though not directly in the park).
Pretty much my favourite bakery in the world is in Bloomfield, and I'll be visiting once or twice during the weekend (if I tell you my favourite thing, I'm afraid there will be none left for me...!) Near that bakery is also an amazing local ice cream producer. Similarly, the entire region is dotted with wineries, a cidery, a brewery, a distillery, and a cheese factory (those are certainly a bike or car trip away though).

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

Expect us to organize at least one or two pick- up games of Ultimate or Soccer during the weekend. Largely because we want to play :)

With a group this large, 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
  • for anyone interested, we always host an enormous potluck on Saturday night which is a highlight

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, have a look at the checklists here on the TOC site.

This site itself has a shared cost of $155.38 with an additional "$4.80 per person per night" and "$3.96 per car per night". Carpool costs will be tallied as usual if you participate. Additionally, I'll be collecting a small levy for communal firewood amongst the group.
This is likely to mean approximately $15/person for the communal camping costs + $35 for carpool and parking costs (if you choose to participate in the carpool).

Money will be collected at the site.

IMPORTANT: This year I'm not collecting any costs up front. I'll be sending a survey out around two weeks before the event, and you filling out the survey and returning it to me is how I'll gauge your commitment to coming. Because this is a large group, organizing it is more difficult - please take choosing to sign-up seriously. Five years ago when the forecast called for rain a lot of people suddenly had sick grandmothers with orphan puppies to look after in the final 2-3 days leading up to the event -- reorganizing carpools is tough. This event continues rain or shine. Please be kind, I'll try to reciprocate :)

Email 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, bicycles, what have you
  • Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):438Km
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 $113.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.258, effective Wednesday, September 27, 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.

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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:$15.00/Person
Cost Includes:See the "COST" section above for details.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the TOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

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