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: The 1st Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium is happening. Winter is coming!
: PineMartyn September 01, 2017, 09:41:41 PM
The 1st Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium is happening.

Winter is coming!  The Ontario Winter Camping Symposium will be taking place on November 25th, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario. The speakers and presenters will have something for everyone: for those who are curious about winter camping but unsure how to get started, those who already enjoy winter camping but are looking for the next step, and those who are experienced winter campers.  The symposium's sponsors include: Snowtrekker, Manscamping.ca, The Outland Supply Company, The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co., Whisky Jack Outdoor Co., and See Sawyer Run.

The presenters include Kevin Callan who is previewing his new book on winter camping, Jim Baird (one of the two winners of the History Channel's 'Alone' reality show), and others, including long-standing members of the WinterTrekking forum.

Here's the website: www.ontariowintercamping.ca
Please check out and share the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ontariowintercamping/

Cheers,
Martin
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: DMarrone September 01, 2017, 11:00:56 PM
This looks like a great event, with a diverse lineup of presentations!  The organizer has a great reputation with the KW Canoe Symposium, so this should be in good hands.  Wish we could make it this year, look forward to this becoming an annual Ontario tradition!
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: PineMartyn September 02, 2017, 06:47:36 AM
We'd have been so pleased to have had Lure of the North this year.  Fingers crossed for next year. :-) 
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: DMarrone September 04, 2017, 08:40:00 AM
Thanks PineMartyn,
We've been working on getting our schedule up earlier the last couple of years - reduces our stress levels, but means less chance to jump at events like this on short notice.  We'll have to get the dates from you guys early next year! 
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: Oldand Fat September 04, 2017, 02:11:08 PM
Got my ticket.
Nice to be closer just 2.25 hrs , then Duluth, Mn about 17 hours drive or Fairlee, VT about 11 hrs , from Kemble.
I looking forward to learning from the speakers and the attendees.
See you.
Stay safe
OAF/ Dave
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: Oldand Fat September 11, 2017, 11:32:36 AM
Bump
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: Moondog55 September 11, 2017, 09:56:52 PM
I wish I could come to this.
Maybe for 2020 tho
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: sleddawg September 20, 2017, 11:10:09 AM

Got my ticket...........

I will bring patches & stickers, you can't have too many. 

Ken
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: sleddawg September 20, 2017, 11:25:36 AM

I know it's early in the season but if by chance we do have a dump of snow, I'd be happy to lead (using the term "lead" with trepidation) a snowshoe hike on a section of the Avon Trail near where I live just East of Stratford.

This would be on the Sunday morning for those staying over. 

Was going to say "pray for snow" but it's a bit like preaching to the choir.

Cheers,
Ken

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: southcove September 20, 2017, 02:39:06 PM
Now that fall is truly here for some in the northern and mountain regions of the US and Canada (watching webcam snowfall last weekend) some of you can start counting the weeks on your hands to the start of winter.

For many of us, (we're still worried about nearby and plentiful hurricanes on the East coast of the Atlantic) those handful of weeks until winter begins, are really more a handful of months before real cold sets in.

In the meantime, I am reluctant to turn in my shorts, short sleeves and sport sandals for new regalia. 

Hope you all have a great gathering at the Symposium.

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: David B. November 04, 2017, 02:03:50 PM
Hi folks!

David Bain here....finally a Wintertrekking member!

I am new to wintercamping....but not to running a symposium. So when I found a deal on a used (new in box) Snowtrekker tent and a stove, I thought...I guess I should go to a get together of winter campers to learn how to use them properly.

To my surprise, I quickly discovered that Ontario does not presently have one....so I guess I better run a symposium!

The rest is history.

I am humbled by the support the community has shown....the speakers, the volunteers. It is a small start....no camping, t-shirts, seminars or patches this year....maybe in the future? What we will have are:

6 great speakers

Numerous product displays

Several deals on equipment purchased by attendees

Lots of great door prizes

Get the deatials, and buy your tickets at:

www.ontariowintercamping.ca

Last block of tickets is now on sale...don't be disappointed!

Dave
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: southcove November 04, 2017, 06:50:45 PM
Wow - you have really made this happen in a big way...best of luck!  Great group of speakers and sponsors...!   

May have to have Coldfeet shadow you to see how he can make something similar happen in the NE (w apologies to the renowned SnowWalker event in VT).   
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: David B. November 05, 2017, 10:03:37 AM
The sponsors and speakers have been great! Lots of donated door prizes ( an Anorak, a custom axe, twig stove, Keltie Kettle basecamp kit, maps from Friends of Temagami etc )...over 200 tickets sold so far. Looking forward to it!
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: sleddawg November 05, 2017, 02:07:12 PM

............just a reminder that there will be patches & stickers available.  Since I won't need to do postage and handling the patches will be $5.00 and the stickers at $3.00   Huge savings.

Ken

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: David B. November 11, 2017, 07:30:44 PM
About 20 tickets left....still planning on coming? Don't wait and miss out!

www.ontariowintercamping.ca
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: David B. November 14, 2017, 08:48:56 PM
Sold Out! Hope to see you there!

Dave
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: AJM November 20, 2017, 01:44:29 PM
Crap! Didn't think it would sell out  :-X
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: Bothwell Voyageur November 20, 2017, 02:08:45 PM
It would be great if they would video the presentations and put them up on Youtube for those of us who can't make it.
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: David B. November 23, 2017, 07:42:18 PM
Will see what we can do...might have more luck arranging something for next year...just getting things off the ground this year!
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: Marko_Mrko November 25, 2017, 08:58:26 PM
Dave, thanks for organizing. Really good speakers, entertaining. Greatly appreciate it. The sponsors were really great to chat with as well. Thanks to everyone!
M
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: ravinerat November 25, 2017, 09:03:11 PM
Nice to see you sent some door prizes Bothwell.

RR
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: kie November 26, 2017, 11:13:50 AM
What a great event this was!

We really were happy we rearranged our schedule and came. It was SO great to see so many familiar faces and meet even more people who had an interest in winter camping. I was really surprised when the question was posed "how many people have never been winter camping" and half of the people raised their hands! How cool is that, that there are that many new people wanting to give it a try!

I was also really grateful to put some faces to names that I have interacted with online. Now I know you DO exist! LOL

Thank you again to all that organized the event especially David Bain.

I hope to see some of you on the trail or at the Pond in the future!

Best,
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: Bothwell Voyageur November 26, 2017, 12:45:58 PM
Nice to see you sent some door prizes Bothwell.

RR

Wished I could have been there. Glad to be able to support the event. I hope whoever won the stoves gets some use from them.
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: David B. November 26, 2017, 10:57:23 PM
One stove was a ticket purchase prize...the other was used as a special draw for those who bought a youth ticket...15 and under...the young man who won looked pleased!

Thanks again for your support!

Hope those of you who made it had a good time!

Dave
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: jscudds November 27, 2017, 06:17:43 AM
Had a ticket but it was the only weekend i could try out the new winter setup before its gets really cold,... wish i could have gone.  Next year for sure!
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: HOOP November 27, 2017, 06:58:06 AM
Congratulations to David and all the volunteers for organizing and running the 1st Annual OWCS!  I wish I could have been there.  Great to hear the event was a success. Well done! 
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: 4seasoncampers November 27, 2017, 09:32:16 AM
The symposium went off without a hitch on Saturday, the crowd was fantastic, the sponsors, displays and prizes were amazing. What surprised us the most was that almost half of the audience had never winter camped before but were there to learn. While our talk was about winter car camping we enjoyed hearing about the more adventures expeditions from Jim Baird & David Lee. We heard about winter glamping from wintertrekking's TearKnee. We learned several tips on locating crown land for future back country trips from Pine Martin and as always Kevin Callan's talk was helpful and entertaining. It was a wonderful to show people new and old to the sport that there are many different ways to winter camp but whats important is that we all get 'out there'.  Thanks again for the support, there were many familiar faces of members here on wintertrekking that attended. Thank you David Bain for taking notice of this gaping lack of Canadian winter get together's and putting this together.
 Marian