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AlgomaTrad Family Camp

Registration is now closed for Camp, we’re full! But please send us an email and let us know you are interested in case an opening becomes available. Thank you for your interest! If you’d like to be kept up to date on when Camp registrations open and other upcoming AlgomaTrad events, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2022, Monday, August 08 to Sunday, August 14 will consist of 4 days of classes, Tuesday to Friday, with Saturday reserved for student presentations, sessions, special events, and a final dance. Arrival is on Monday and departure is on Sunday.

At this time, we only offer basic camping at the AlgomaTrad Centre. For those not interested in camping, motel and B&B information can be found under the Accommodations tab above.

All workshops, meals, jam sessions, mini-concerts, and programming occur at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. On one evening of the week, the Staff Concert will take place at the Richards Landing Centennial Grounds  and will be open to the public – applicable Public Health regulations will be followed.

Information about our instructors/performers can be found on the Team tab above. Workshop schedules are based on what campers tell us when they register  – please let us know your main areas of interest and study when you register. Learn more at the Camp FAQ above.

Registration Now! Sorry Registration is now closed!

2022 registration fees

  • Full registration includes all meals, workshops, evening programming and camping.
  • Full registration with WorkTrade is a reduced fee for up to 2 hours of work exchange each day.
  • Full fee for Accompanying spouse or parent includes all meals, Gatherings, and evening events.
  • Day camper registration includes lunch, workshops, and evening programming. Day campers 4-7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Please inquire if parent/guardian would like to purchase lunch.
  • Children 3 years and under are welcome at no extra cost, but there is no specific programming for this age group.

Adult 18+

  • Full Registration $775
  • WorkTrade $650
  • Daycamper, lunch only $620

Teen 13-17

  • Full Registration $620
  • WorkTrade $520
  • Daycamper, lunch only $485

Youth 8-12

  • Full Registrant $450
  • WorkTrade N/A
  • Daycamper, lunch only $370

Child 4-7

  • Full Registrant $320
  • WorkTrade N/A
  • Daycamper, lunch only $270

Guardian/Accompanying parent or spouse

  • Full Registrant $475
  • WorkTrade N/A
  • Daycamper, lunch only N/A

If you cannot attend camp this year but still want to support the growth, development, and vision of AlgomaTrad, you can do so with a donation.

AlgomaTrad Family Camp 2022 begins on Monday, August 08 with camper arrival anytime after 12pm. Classes occur for 4 days, Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with breaks for lunch and an elective period. Every evening after supper there are concerts, dances, and other events, including a Staff Concert open to the public and a camper Variety Night. Saturday is reserved for community gatherings, sessions, special events, optional class performances, and the Final Farewell Dance. Sunday morning we have a Final Gathering at 10am before campers depart. Volunteers are welcome to stay to help wrap up the Camp.

Classes and workshops

All workshops, meals, dances, sessions, mini-concerts, and programming occur at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. The public Staff Concert will be held  at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing, 5 minutes away.

Skill levels

Descriptions of levels are simply guidelines for instrument players and stepdancers only; if you have questions/need some guidance, please feel free to consult us by email or phone at 705-257-6106. We want your experience to be both fun and challenging!

Introduction – introduction to the basics of a new instrument.

Level 1 – has learned the basics, can play a few simple tunes.

Level 2/Novice – has a good grasp of the basics and can play or accompany approximately a dozen tunes at a slow speed.

Level 3/Intermediate – has mastered the basics, can play or accompany many tunes at a medium tempo with ease and proficiency, and has experience learning by ear. Advanced accompanists will be integrated with this level.

Level 4/Master Class – For highly experienced musicians who can play a large repertoire of tunes at dance tempos. Tunes will be taught quickly with greater attention to style and technique.


A schedule of workshops is sent to registrants by email and posted on-line by mid-June so each camper can select workshop preferences. There are 4 class periods during the day and an elective period in the afternoon that offers special workshops or can be used for practicing, swimming….or napping! Evenings are full, with concerts, dances, sessions, and other special events.


All campers may check in after Noon on Monday, August 08. 

Daily Gathering

The camp will begin with a community meal at 5PM on Monday, August 08 followed by an orientation Gathering and introduction to the Instructors at 6:30PM. We encourage all registrants/students, including Daycampers, to attend! A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering.

Attending the daily mid-morning Gathering is part of the community-building experience that AlgomaTrad endeavours to foster – you’ll find out information regarding elective period choices, special events, presentations and performances, PLUS you can take part in song sharing and other often unexpected fun stuff that occurs during the Gathering, AND get to know your fellow campers.

Accompanying parent or guardian

Children between the ages of 4-7 taking day classes must be accompanied by a guardian when not in class. Guardians are encouraged to attend classes for this age group. All children are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times. A registered full-time guardian may attend lunch, supper, and evening events but is not registered to take any daytime workshops except when accompanying child/children to their classes.


AlgomaTrad 2022 is a residential camp, but at this time there is only camping available at the AlgomaTrad Centre. A list of motels, B&Bs, and cabins are available under the Accommodations tab, or you can visit the St. Joseph Island Chamber of Commerce site –

  • There are washrooms, showers, potable water on-site. Although trailers are welcome there are no water/sewage hook ups.
  • Electrical outlets are limited and restricted to light use (no A/C).

Registrants 13 and under who are camping must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please let us know if you are between the ages of 14 and 18  and are attending the camp without a parent/guardian.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Our chefs and volunteer kitchen staff will prepare breakfast, lunch and supper plus snacks between workshops. Wholesome and delicious food is a priority. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request. We do our utmost to accommodate dietary restrictions, please let us know if you have any.


Online and silent auctions

During the week we have our annual Online Auction and a silent auction for campers. The proceeds from this auction go towards our needs-based Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund  as well as towards educational programming throughout the year. We welcome campers to contribute handmade items, art, services, disservices, massages, dinner, babysitting, hair braiding, holidays, whatever you can imagine. Campers will receive more information about this in July.

About Covid-19 and AlgomaTrad Family Camp

At the time of the opening of registration, Covid-19 protocols will depend on what is occurring at the time of Camp. AlgomaTrad will be following all Federal and Provincial Public Health guidelines and directives concerning public events and travel restrictions. In the event that the AlgomaTrad Family Camp is cancelled due to governmental directives, full refunds will be administered to registrants.

Registration payment options

Registration may be paid by cheque payable to AlgomaTrad via snail mail, by email money transfer to, or by credit card through Stripe. Visit the registration page for fees and options.


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

The Kate Murphy Bursary Fund will support a Piano, Clawhammer banjo, or Stepdance Learner at our 2022 Family Camp.

The Annie Bartlett Bursary Fund will support one learner at the 2022 Family Camp

Cancellation policy

Cancellation refunds are available up to July 15 minus a 10% administrative fee. Cancellations after July 15 will receive a 85% refund. No fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.


At this time, there is no wifi at the AlgomaTrad Centre. The local library is 5 minutes away and offers high-speed internet and/or wifi at a nominal fee.

How to get to camp

AlgomaTrad Centre

AlgomaTrad Family Camp takes place at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, Richards Landing, ON on beautiful St. Joseph Island in Ontario. View the map here where you can print out detailed directions.

Camp Staff

More staff updates coming soon!

13 April 2022 / Read more

Alanna Jenish

Alanna Jenish is an award-winning fiddle player, guitar accompanist, mandolin player, and accomplished classical musician with Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto.  Alanna grew up in an Irish-Canadian family of traditional music lovers. Her musical journey began at the age of 6 when she started classical piano lessons, and soon expanded to include […]

20 April 2022 / Read more

Adrianna Ciccone

A native of Northern Ontario, Adrianna Ciccone lives in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia where she runs Merry Time Music Company – a community minded music school in the city’s historic Hydrostone neighbourhood. Raised in the Ottawa Valley fiddle tradition and greatly inspired by Québécois fiddling, Adrianna cut her teeth at fiddle camps across Ontario […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

Hannah Naiman

A singer, a caller, and multi-instrumentalist, Hannah Naiman plays clawhammer banjo, fiddle, ukelele and guitar.  Her work as a singer/songwriter earned her the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year (2017). Hannah has travelled coast to coast in Canada and the US promoting “Know the Mountain” and her debut album, “Tether My […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is a Toronto-based fiddle player and singer-songwriter, originally hailing from North Bay, ON. His upbeat and soulful original songs and fiddle tunes combine his bluegrass and old-time experience with his upbringing playing celtic and traditional Canadian fiddle music.He performs with a number of ensembles in the Toronto area, including bluegrass band The Barrel […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

James Stephens

James is known for his work both as a performer and producer/recording engineer.  In performance, he plays a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling. He has an abiding interest in traditional forms and styles of various ethnic origins, but also works extensively with singer-songwriters and was the principal songwriter in critically acclaimed […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

Emilyn Stam

Emilyn Stam ( is a Toronto-based fiddler, pianist and accordionist who creates, performs, records and teaches in folk, trad, and neo-trad styles from Europe and Canada. Her unique style is largely influenced by her mentor, the late Oliver Schroer, but also by her 4 years touring with Eastern European party-punk-super-band Lemon Bucket Orkestra, playing for […]

24 April 2022 / Read more

Spencer Murray

Forced into learning the bagpipes at eight years old by his patriotic Scottish father, Spencer Murray grew up spending his summers among highland dancers and caber tossers at highland games across western Canada. By the time his teenage years rolled around, he was already an accomplished piper. He performed for the Queen on her royal […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

John David Williams

John David Williams is a Toronto based clarinetist. After studying classical music with the late world renowned clarinetist Avrahm Galper and at the University of Toronto, John began his own exploration of improvisation, composition, and various folk traditions of the clarinet: traditional jazz, klezmer, and a variety of different European music styles. He has played mostly […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

Robert Alan Mackie

Robert Alan Mackie is a double bassist, violinist, and writer from Covehead Road, PEI, now living in Toronto, Ontario. Since 2013 he has been a prolific accompanist in trad, Americana, and jazz communities across Canada, Scandinavia, and Europe, but his many experiments in new music trace networks of trails through the grey space between these […]

29 April 2022 / Read more

Steáfán Hannigan

Steáfán Hannigan is an Irish musician, author, composer, audio engineer, theatre technical director, musicologist and instrument maker. Some of the instruments he plays are the Uilleann pipes, Bodhrán, tin whistle, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, flute, mandolin and various percussion instruments. Steáfán was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Canada 14 years […]

20 March 2013 / Read more

Lea Kirstein

Lea Kirstein is a multi-instrumentalist (fiddle / violin, viola, and cello), educator, concert presenter, and Artistic Director of World on a String, and is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Lea grew up in Victoria, BC, immersed in many different traditional and contemporary fiddle styles, studying with Daniel Lapp and with Oliver Schroer while in the […]

13 April 2022 / Read more

Shifra Cooper

Shifra Cooper is a passionate educator, community artist and choral director with over ten years experience working with children, families and people of all ages. Shifra is committed to combining her artistic and educational practice in order to build community through story, song, movement, performance, creative technology and craft-making. In 2020, she completed a Masters […]

16 July 2022 / Read more

Vince Candelino

Vince Candelino is a man of many faces and….umm….talents??? An AlgomaTrad alumni, Vince has been an elementary teacher for 20 years, teaching music to all grades within his school for a number of those years. He inspires a love of learning music in his students using a wide variety of instruments and a whole lot […]

2 June 2022 / Read more

Johnny Suderman

Johnny Suderman is a willow basketmaker and hand-craft enthusiast. In early 2018 he found basketry at the intersection of craft, tradition, resilience, horticulture, permaculture, earth connection, and creative self expression. Ever since then he can be found coppicing willow in ditches, along stream banks, collecting sticks, making baskets, and generally just being the keenest basketry […]

20 May 2013 / Read more

Paul McClelland

Paul McClelland is a volunteer instructor for AlgomaTrad 2021

13 April 2022 / Read more

Denis Frechette

I call myself a blacksmith because that is where my main focus has been for more than 40 years. I do enjoy and practice other forms of metalwork as well as traditional woodworking and pottery but the forge is always where I end up whenever I have any spare time. I grew up with a […]

6 March 2011 / Read more

Julie Schryer

Julie Schryer is a piano player and founder and co-Artistic Director of AlgomaTrad: Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group.

7 April 2011 / Read more

Patrick O’Gorman

Patrick O’Gorman is a piper and flute player and is co-founder and co-artistic director of AlgomaTrad.

AlgomaTrad Family Camp terms and conditions

  1. No fee adjustments will be made in the case of late arrival or early departure.
  2. Cancellation refunds are available up to July 15 minus a 10% administrative fee. Cancellations after July 15 will receive an 85% refund.
  3. Resident (overnight) children campers under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by a parent/Guardian who is a registered camper. Children are the responsibility of the parent or Guardian at all times.
  4. Everyone must register, sign waivers and pay before the beginning of Camp.
  5. Only registered campers, staff, and volunteers are allowed to camp on site.
  6. The AlgomaTrad Family Camp reserves the right to expel, at any time, registrants deemed to be behaving in a way that threatens the safety and/or well being of themselves or others, or who place at risk the property or other registrants. Refunds will not be granted in this case.
  7. There is a NO SMOKING policy at the AlgomaTrad Centre.
  8. The AlgomaTrad Family Camp cannot be held responsible for loss, theft or damage of belongings.
  9. While considerable precautions are taken to secure the safety of registrants, AlgomaTrad Family Camp cannot assume liability in the event of sickness or accident.  Adequate health insurance is recommended.
  10. AlgomaTrad has your permission to respectfully use images of you or your family’s for future presentations, funding, and advertising.

By registering for AlgomaTrad Family Camp, you agree to discharge AlgomaTrad, its staff, and volunteers from any claims for damages or personal injury which may result from you or your family’s participation in the AlgomaTrad Family Camp.

You and/or your family also agree to conduct yourselves according to any and all AlgomaTrad Family Camp COVID Guidelines and Public Health directives from the provincial and federal governments.

Thank you for your efforts to make AlgomaTrad a safe, welcoming, and joyful community.


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, 5 minutes from AlgomaTrad. 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 | |

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 | |

Sunnyside B&B

1328 Sailor’s Encampment
Richards Landing P0R 1J0
705-246-1555 | |

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