If you're planning to attend, and haven't gotten around to it to register, please do it now. Don't wait for the last minute. It helps me in so many ways, least of which is counting souls for Friday reception :) so...click on BOOK NOW to proceed!
Campus map with the closest parking to the Cinema entrance – the arrow is the entrance in Accolade East and the parking area is circled.
This lot is called the Student Services Parking Garage and pricing is as follows: Cost (maximum): $2.50/half-hour ($20.00 max), Lost Ticket $40.00 Friday Evening: $2.50/half-hour ($8.00 max after 6:00 p.m.) Saturday: $7.00 flat
Book whatever best rate you can find. We'll have a special event rates next year, based on this year's volume.
Uber and Lyft both operate in Toronto.
We will not have catered meals this year, as there's no nearby facility that can serve as a lunch room/cafeteria. This is a bummer and, hopefully, will be addressed next year. For now:
Option 1. Bring your own lunch/snacks (eating and drinking is permissible everywhere on campus...well, drinking soft drinks :)) I think this is the best option!
Option 2. Eat in the nearby Food Court. It's located a short walk (you must go outside to cross the yard) from the Accolade East building, and there's a decent variety.
Option 3. You can venture outside of York U. and eat somewhere in the vicinity.
Lunch break was typically from 12:40pm - 2:20pm, partially overlapping with the Wilderness Music Concert. This year, lunch break will be from 12:40pm - 3pm. This should give everyone enough time to fully enjoy your meal and music by Jerry Vandiver & Anne Lindsay! I hear that James Raffan will also string few tunes with Jerry :)
AM/PM Coffee/Tea breaks - this will be catered by York U. and available outside the Lecture Hall. Bring your own mug.
Friday evening reception is planned from 9pm-10:30pm, with soft drinks and light snacks.
Unlike at Monarch Park, there are ample and modern toilet facilities here, and you can replenish your drinking water from the water fountains.
Have an extra bedroom?
This has been a tradition going back to the WCS earliest days. Many local families invited speakers and out-of-town guests to stay with them over the WCS weekend. Some incredible friendships have formed this way. Let me know if you have a spare bedroom!
Ah, nothing like bonding over cold pizza in the loading dock! If you already confirmed with me, no need to do it again. Anyone new out there who would like to help, call or email me.
Job doesn't pay, but you get all the glory and my gratitude. From L to R - Emma, Ernie, Roni, Erika, Mac, Jeremy, Jess and Luigi!
9,000 Miles of Altitude: Aging and Endurance
A story by Tom Jamrog
From the ages of 57-63 Tom thru-hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails. He is currently writing a new book about mental and physical conditioning for extending one’s ability to fully engage in outdoor recreation activities. For the past 25 years, Tom has been singing and playing accordion in King Pirogi, a four piece polka band. He
plans to hike and bike exactly 2,020 miles in the coming calendar year. Tom grew up on a dairy farm. In 2014 Tom was the 230th recipient to be awarded the Triple Crown of Hiking award from the American Long Distance Hiking Association after his thru hikes of three of the USA’s longest National Scenic Trails. His first book, “In the Path of Young Bulls: An Odyssey on America’s Continental Divide Trail” was published in 2017. After retiring as a psychologist and mental health counselor in 2002 Tom has been guiding individuals and groups on four season adventures in the Northeastern US. His current interest is inspiring others to engage in wilderness adventures at any age.
Tundra Tripping: Following Alex Hall's Footsteps
A story by Dan Wong
Dan Wong will share stories from his first summer in the barrens after taking over Alex Hall’s 43-year-old business: Canoe Arctic Inc. Alex passed away on March 2, 2019 after an 11 month battle with cancer.
Join this presentation to hear tales from the tundra on this inaugural summer of transition. Learn about the most interesting adventures and misadventures from last summer that weave between the traditional river routes Alex pioneered, and the guests and guides who continue to explore them.
Dan Wong is a long-time Northerner and former board member of Paddle Canada. He is the owner of Jackpine Paddle and believes strongly that “Life is Better Outside”. Dan currently lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
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