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Camp FAQ

Classes and workshops

Workshops/classes/Mid-morning Gathering occur at the Centennial Grounds, the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and the Old Town Hall.
Evening dances and sessions are held at the Legion Hall and the Old Town Hall. Concerts will occur at the Old Town Hall and Centennial Grounds.

Skill levels

Descriptions of levels are simply guidelines for instrumentalists 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.

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


A schedule of workshops is sent by email in late June so each camper can select workshop preferences. A schedule will be posted on-line at the same time.


Overnight campers can arrive and check-in anytime after noon on Sunday, August 12th. 

All AlgomaTrad registrants may check in, complete registration details, pick up name tags, schedules, workshop maps, etc. at the Centennial Grounds from 2PM onwards.

Daily Gathering

Dance at the Old Town Hall

The camp will begin with a community potluck at 5PM on Sunday, August 12 followed by an orientation Gathering and introduction to the Instructors  at 7PM at the Centennial Grounds. All registrants/students, including Daycampers, should plan to attend!  A dance and jam sessions will follow the Gathering – the dance is a good way to get to know your fellow campers, to begin to build the community that you will get to know with for the week, and hear some great tunes!

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

Accompanying parent or guardian

2013-08-12_15186SamRubyChildren 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 under their care as an observer.

Centennial Grounds Camping

Centennial Grounds

Centennial Grounds

Though AlgomaTrad 2018 is not a residential camp, camping will be available at the Centennial Grounds in Richards Landing. Motel and B&B information can be found on the Accommodations page.

Registrants 13 and under who are camping 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 are no water/sewage hook ups, but some electricity will be available. There are washrooms on-site but no showers; showers are available at several locations in Richards Landing, a small fee may be charged for this service.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Coffee and light breakfast fare will be available at the Centennial Grounds in the morning. Lunch and dinner will be served buffet-style in the Legion Hall across from the Centennial Grounds. The kitchen is large and fully equipped. Our chefs and volunteer kitchen staff will prepare lunch and supper plus snacks between workshops. We offer our campers a good selection of locally grown produce, August being the bountiful month up here for gardeners and farmers. Wholesome, delicious and nicely prepared food are a priority. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available upon request.

 In-house live and silent auctions

On Thursday night we will have our Famously Fun Fundraising Auction. 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. This is a fun event, and your imagination can make it even more fun!! Smaller items will be placed in the Silent Auction area.

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 the property  or campers. Refunds will not be granted in this case.

Centennial Grounds stage


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 accidents. Adequate health insurance is recommended. Day class registrants 8 to 18 not accompanied by a parent or guardian should  provide their Canadian Health Insurance card number upon registration and a emergency contact number. There is a NO SMOKING ALLOWED policy on the site of the Centennial Grounds and at any of the sites being used for workshops, dances, and concerts.

Personal belongings

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

What to bring

Aside from your usual camping gear and toiletries, instruments and accessories bring a simple recording device as most workshops are taught “by ear”. Also, bring good humour and community spirit! A few weeks before camp starts we send out a final letter with specific advice what should be on your packing list and what to expect.

Registration payment options

Registration may be paid by cheque payable to AlgomaTrad, by email money transfer to, or by credit card through PayPal  (FYI:  PayPal takes 3% from the camp). Visit the registration page for fees and options.


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.

Cancellation policy

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

Use of photos, videos and recordings

Sidekick and Cowboy Jim

Sidekick and Cowboy Jim

AlgomaTrad reserves the right to use digital media (photos, videos, audio recordings) for camp promotional purposes and we welcome your contribution to our YouTube channel and web albums.

Phone, internet

There is  cell reception throughout Richards Landing. There are no public phones at any of the locations we will be using. For internet, the local library is 2 minutes away and offers a high-speed connection and/or WiFi at a nominal fee.

Local/regional weather

For up-to-the-minute local weather forecasts is the best source. Nights can be damp or cool (they can also be hot!); days can be pretty hot at this time of year.  Bugs are minimal this time of year and it is unlikely you would need insect repellent, but if you do bring some, please use something that is natural or non-toxic.

How to get to camp

richards landingAlgomaTrad 2018 takes place in Richards Landing on beautiful St. Joseph Island in Ontario. View the map here where you can print out detailed directions.

Handy-dandy dates and details

A PDF copy of this year’s important dates and details is available HERE.