Plan your Weekend

Where do I go for my events?

ALL Carden Nature Festival outings begin and end at the Carden Recreational Centre located at 258 Lake Dalrymple Road. The registration table is also located at this centre. Please stop by this table when you arrive.

Where do I park?

There will be a parking area near the centre. Parking assistants will be on hand to help guide you to the location.

What should I bring?

The Carden alvar contains a variety of habitats and terrains, almost all of the Festival events will involve walking in natural conditions. Participants are asked to wear sturdy footwear and to bring suitable clothing for adverse weather conditions such as rain or hot weather. This would include sunhats for protection from the hot conditions, and raingear. If you are attending a night time event, a light jacket is suggested. There are biting insects (eg. mosquitoes) at certain locations, so bug jackets are also suggested. Please also bring your own beverage, especially water, and a snack.

What about if I’m going on a paddling or cycling event?

For water events: Participants are required to bring along their own vessel (canoe or kayak), paddles, personal flotation devices, and anything else your vessel requires.
For cycling event: Participants are required to bring along their own bicycle, helmet, and should also bring any other gear they use when cycling (i.e. gloves, sunglasses, bike shorts).

Can I purchase food at the event?

There will be a caterer on site for the Festival who will be selling lunches, beverages, and snacks.

Planning on staying in the area for the weekend?

For more information on local accommodations, restaurants and other amenities, please go to the Carden Regional Guide website where you’ll find local business listings, information of accomodations (including B&Bs) and maps of the area.

Can I bring my kids? What about pets?

Children under 12 are free to accompany parents or take part in children’s programs and fun fest. There are a number of events that children are not allowed to attend – you can find that information in the description of each event on the List of Activities page. You cannot take dogs or other pets on events, but are welcome to bring them to the Carden Nature Festival. Please use your discretion when deciding on whether or not it is appropriate to bring your pet and keep your dog on a leash.

The organizers of the Carden Nature Festival would also request participants read the following before registering:

Guidelines for Participation

In submitting your registration, participants acknowledge and agree to the following conditions:

  1. All minors are to be accompanied by their parents or guardians who are responsible for their safety and travel requirements.
  2. Participants will inform activity leaders of any medical conditions that may affect their health and well-being during an activity.
  3. All participants are responsible for wearing sturdy footwear appropriate to rough ground, and for bringing clothing suitable for adverse conditions such as rain or cool temperatures.
  4. Participants are responsible for providing their own food and beverages needed during outings.
  5. All activities are scheduled to take place regardless of weather conditions, but their agenda may be altered at the discretion of the leader if necessary.
  6. Participants should expect biting insects in some areas, poison ivy is abundant in places, and on some sites wild or domestic animals may pose a hazard that will require caution.
  7. If you agree to drive other participants for car pooling purposes, you will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement; waiver agreements may also have to be signed for participation in some activities.
  8. The organizations involved in planning and hosting the Carden Nature Festival are not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property or for personal injury however caused.

Privacy policy

The organizations involved in the Carden Nature Festival are committed to protecting your privacy. We use the information collected to provide you with information about this and future events, but we do not sell, trade or rent personal information to others.

Cancellation policy

Carden Nature Festival reserves the right to cancel an activity for any reason. In the event this becomes necessary, we will attempt to place you into another activity.

Thank you for your registration. Please let us know if there are any corrections or changes by calling the Couchiching Conservancy at 705-326-1620. See you at the Festival!

The Carden Nature Festival Committee & The Couchiching Conservancy