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Algoma Trad Camp

The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration and learning of traditional music, dance and arts that are part of our Canadian culture and heritage. AlgomaTrad operates an annual traditional music, dance, arts, and heritage craft family camp, organizes dances throughout the year, and presents concerts of some of the finest traditional and folk musicians Canada has to offer. The organization has been supported over its 14 year existence with grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts and Arts Education programs, the FreshStart! program from Heritage Canada, and the Artist and Community Collaboration Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

General info about AlgomaTrad Camp 2017

AlgomaTrad Camp 2017 is not a residential camp. All registrants are responsible for their own accommodation. Camping is available, see below. For those not interested in camping, motel and B&B information can be found here.

Breakfast, workshops/classes and the mid-morning Gathering (a community-building period of sharing music, song, and dance plus important announcements for the day),will be held  on the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Some workshops/classes as well as concerts and dances will occur at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall across from the Centennial Grounds and at the Old Town Hall in the village a few blocks away.  Lunch, supper, and evening dances will occur at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall.

Camping is available at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing.

  • Camping registrants 13 and under must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
  • Please contact us if you are between the ages of 14 and 18 and would like to attend the Camp without a parent/guardian.
  • There is potable water on-site, but there are no water/sewage hook ups.
  • Electrical outlets are limited and restricted to light use (no A/C).
  • There are washrooms on-site but no showers. Showers are available at several locations in Richards Landing for a nominal fee.

Children 0 to 3 years are welcome at no extra cost, but there is no specific programming for this age group.

The Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund is a needs-based bursary fund. Please inquire about availability.

There are several available options for registrants who do not want to camp. Following is a list of motels, B&Bs, and cabins, or you can go to the St. Joseph Island Chamber of Commerce site.

The Clansmen Motel

H-K Units & Suites, high-speed wi-fi, cable TV, phones, in-room coffee, senior discount, weekly rates, seasonal pool, snowmobile trail,
minutes from Island Springs Golf Course. RR#2 Richards Landing, Teresa & Neil Caughil.

705-246-2581 |  |

Fred’s Trailer Park and Laundromat

Walking distance to downtown Richard’s Landing. Full boat hook-ups, boat launch and docking. Laundromat open 24/7.

705-246-2572 | Nancy and Heather Littleton

Hilton Beach Inn

Year round accommodations in Hilton Beach. Guest rooms and suites, some with kitchens.

705-246-0063 | 866-946-0063 |

Maria’s Cabins

Quaint, lakeside cottage resort ,   1 km outside of Richards Landing. Fully equipped housekeeping cabins with bicycles, canoes and kayaks, operating year round. Operated by Daniela and Detlef Gebhart.

705-246-1570 | |

Puddingstone Place

Kent Gibsons
705-246-2501 | |

Stonefield House B&B

An idyllic country retreat on 80 private acres.  Three spacious rooms, all with en suite baths and satellite TV.  Irish Pub-themed breakfast room, close to amenities, open all year.

705-246-1616 | |

Sunset Bay B&B

Paul and Rilla Higgins
705-246-2177 | |

In addition to updates on this page, in early August registered campers will receive detailed information about all aspects of camp.

AlgomaTrad Details for 2017

Dates: Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19

Arrival Time for those camping: anytime after 12PM on August 13.

Registration at the Centennial Grounds: August 13, 2pm onwards for all registrants to pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc.

Orientation Gathering: Sunday, August 13 at 7pm on the Centennial Grounds. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend! A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering.

Workshops: daily from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Workshop options will be sent out late June. You will have the opportunity to build your own schedule at this time.

Evening programming will include concerts, dances, sessions, song circles, and a live and silent auction to raise money for the Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund.

Departure Time: August 19 after Final Morning Gathering. Volunteer wrap-up bee will follow.

Evening Events: will include concerts and dances. On Tuesday evening, there will be the Staff Concert featuring all the AlgomaTrad staff, at the Centennial Grounds Folk Stage. Monday and Wednesday will feature dances open to the public. Thursday will feature the ever amazing Live Auction at the Legion Hall, which raises money for our Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund that helps learners access camp and our programs throughout the year (There is a Silent Auction at the same time). On Friday there will be a Student Showcase concert at the Centennial Grounds, followed by a dance at the Legion Hall. The evening schedule is available HERE.

A day in the life of AlgomaTrad
Music, Dance & Arts Family Camp



Click on the link above, folks, to download the class schedule for 2016. Please remember that this is a work in progress and changes and additions to the schedule are made regularly and right up to the time of camp…and even during camp sometimes! If you are registered for camp and you don’t see something that you were hoping to take in a class, please let us know…we will see if we can accommodate your requests. That being said there are lots of options and the group classes during the last 2 periods will give you ample opportunity to learn and challenge yourself!

More info/details/answers to your questions concerning the schedule

The teachers are generally grouped by instruments, though there may be someone who teaches a variety of instruments. So as we descend down the schedule table we have grouped instructors of: fiddle; cello and guitar; piano; song; bass; dance (group and step); flutes and whistles; art and drama; and finally various workshops usually lead by volunteer instructors.

The numbers 1 to 4 denote level of workshop. Please take some time to read the workshop level guidelines on Page 5 to find your appropriate level. It is important that you try to place yourself in a workshop at an appropriate level.

Pages 6-7 contain some class descriptions; check them out if you want to know more about a particular class.

If you have any questions, especially for those of you who are new, as this can seem confusing and daunting, please email us or give us a call at 705 257 6106…we will try to check in with you newcomers as well. Evening schedules (full with concerts, dances, and sessions) will be available on-line and at the camp. We will be sending out some more basic info on what you should bring to camp in the next few days, so keep a lookout.

All classes and workshops will occur at one of four locations in Richards Landing: the Centennial Grounds, the St. Joseph Island Public School, the Legion Hall, or the Old Town Hall. Registrants will be provided specific details prior to commencement of Camp.



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Cancellations and refunds available up to July 31 and no fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.


Overnight campers under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please contact us if you are 14 to 18 years of age and would like to attend camp without a parent. Day campers between the ages of 4-7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered Guardian may attend lunch and evening events but is not registered to attend any daytime workshops except when accompanying a child/children under their care as an observer.


AlgomaTrad attempts to create an atmosphere of community and in this regard all campers will be encouraged to participate in Legion Hall preparation and clean up and Camping Site maintenance.

Conduct and behaviour

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to expel, at any time, campers deemed to be behaving in a way that threatens the safety and/or well-being of themselves or others, or who place at risk property or campers. Refunds will not be given and if necessary, charges will be made for damaged property.


There is a strict NO SMOKING ALLOWED at all locations used by AlgomaTrad 2016.

Personal belongings

The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.


While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of campers, The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of sickness or accident. Adequate health insurance is recommended.

Digital media

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use photos, videos and audio recordings for promotional purposes in print or online.

Contact information

I agree to let AlgomaTrad share my contact information with participants at this year’s camp and understand that my name/email will be added to the AlgomaTrad mailing list (to which I may easily unsubscribe at any time).

Registration will open soon

We recommend that you go to our home page and subscribe to the email list – that way you will know about all the wonderful AlgomaTrad programming we do throughout the year, as well as be among the first to know when camp registration is open!


There are limited openings for campers in need of financial aid to receive scholarships from the needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund. Please inquire about availability.