Logistics

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Thursday, June 26
Registration begins
Friday, June 27
Registration and Workshops
Saturday, June 28
Healing Walk
View full program details

Getting Organized

EVENT LOCATIONS

Organizers have secured camping at Indian Beach near the community of Anzac, just south of Fort McMurray. The walk will start from Crane Lake Park, just north of Fort McMurray.

This is Google Map has both locations marked if you would like to get specific driving instructions from your location to the campsite.

If you are arriving at the Fort McMurray airport, the campsite is approximately 15-20 minutes away, so you should arrange for either a car rental or a ride to/from the airport to the campsite.

Please bring your own camping gear and food. We will provide dinner on the June 28th and snacks during the walk but otherwise you will be responsible for your own meals.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, June 27
12:00 pm: Meet and Greet, Workshops
SATURDAY, June 28
9:00 am: Pipe Ceremony at campground.
10:00 am: Healing Walk
6:00 pm: FeastSUNDAY, June 29
9:00 am – Closing Ceremony
*View the full program here.

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Explore the Google map of the area.
If you require a billet (reserved for elders or those with disabilities) please contact us here.
Click here for more details about camping.

GETTING TO THE HEALING WALK

Fly

You can fly to Edmonton or Fort McMurray and drive to the Indian Beach Campsite in Anzac

Drive

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide organized collective transportation to Fort McMurray, so you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to the region. For ideas and resources on how to get to Fort McMurray or how to connect with other drivers/passengers, email aloney@canadians.org.

A group is organizing transportation from the Lower Mainland. Click here for more info.

STAYING IN FORT MCMURRAY

Organizers are unable to assist with finding accommodation in Fort McMurray, but there are many hotels in Fort McMurray, including some near the airport (which is closer to the campsite), which can be found easily on the Web.

Travel time from Fort McMurray to both the campsite (south) and Crane Lake Park (north) is approximately 25-35 minutes. You will need to arrange your own travel to and from the campsite if you are staying in Fort McMurray.

There will be shuttle buses from the campsite going to the start point of the walk on Saturday morning at 8:00 am (see below for more information).

                                                    WHAT TO BRING

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  • Plates
  • Dishes – Cup, plate, utensils
  • Camping gear to camp at campsite (tents, sleeping bag, etc)
  • Lawnchairs
  • Clothes for all weather:
  • Sun (sunscreen, sun hat),
  • Rain (rain coat, extra socks, )
  • Snow (hope not)
  • Proper footwear for the walk
  • Feast will be provided on June 28th. Please bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. If you have a special diet, please bring your own food to meet those requirements.
  • Camera / phone and an ability to tweet, FB, etc
  • A willingness to learn, share, laugh, and honor

WEATHER CONDITIONS

We have received numerous questions about flooding in the area. There is currently NO FLOODING in the Fort McMurray area where the walk and camping will take place. The forecast is for warm sunny weather in the region.

We are expecting hot and sunny weather for the Healing Walk, so please pack sunscreen, hats, water and water bottles, and other gear you may require (eg. umbrellas) to be able to be in the sun for the day. Temperatures at night are forecast to be in the low teens.

Please check the weather forecast before you leave to ensure you have the proper gear.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

I’d like to volunteer at the walk, who do I contact?
We welcome all volunteers for various duties during the gathering. If you are interested in volunteering please contact A.J Klein at
oneajklein@gmail.comI am flying into Fort McMurray, how do I get to the campsite?
If you are flying into Fort McMurray and need a ride please contact us at tarsandshealingwalk@gmail.com and let us know. We will do our best to assist you but you must contact us ahead of time so we can coordinate pick up.I need a ride from Fort McMurray, are there shuttles?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide organized collective transportation to Fort McMurray, so you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to the region. For ideas and resources on how to get to Fort McMurray or how to connect with other drivers/passengers, email aloney@canadians.org.

Where do we meet?
If you are arriving on June 27th there will be a meet and greet on Indian Beach near Anzac near the community of Anzac.
If you are arriving on the morning of June 28th, the program for the walk begins at 10:00 am at Crane Lake Park.

View the full program here.

Where is the camping?

Camping is available at Indian Beach just off of highway 881 near the community of Anzac. If you are driving there will be signs along highway 63 and highway 881 directing you to the campsite. We encourage you to look at the Google Maps here.The camping is free and you are welcome to stay overnight June 26 – 28th. This is NOT a serviced camp site. However, we will be providing a water truck and portable bathrooms. You are required to bring your own camping gear and food for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. There will be a food vendor on site offering a variety of foods to purchase (cash only).

Explore the area in detail on Google Maps.

Where do I park my car?
There is parking available at the campsite at Indian Beach.
There is very limited parking at the entrance to the Crane Lake Park. We will be organizing a shuttle service and/or car pooling to get people from Indian Beach to the Crane Lake Park.
If you are not camping at Indian Beach and plan to go directly to the muster point at Crane Lake Park we strongly recommend you car pool with others to reduce the number of vehicles. Please note that parking may not be available at Crane Lake Park when you arrive and you may be redirected by volunteers to a nearby parking area and shuttle service.
More details about shuttles and parking will be posted soon.

How do I get to/from Indian Beach and the walk site?
The walk formally begins at 10:00 am on June 28th at Crane Lake Park. The drive from the campsite to Crane Lake Park is approximately 50 minutes.

Parking at Crane Lake is EXTREMELY LIMITED and we need to guarantee space for support vehicles, elders, and those with special needs. We will be providing buses to move participants from the campsite to Crane Lake Park and back at the end of the walk.

Unless you need to do so, please DO NOT drive to Crane Lake Park. If you must do so, please carpool with others to reduce the number of vehicles. Parking cannot be guaranteed at Crane Lake Park, and we have secured a parking area nearby for some overflow and will be providing shuttles from there. Volunteers may direct you to the overflow if we determine there is not enough space remaining at Crane Lake Park.

There is very limited parking at the entrance to Crane Lake Park. We will be organizing a shuttle service and/or car pooling to get people from Indian Beach to Crane Lake Park. More details about shuttles will be posted soon.

Are meals provided?
We will provide dinner June 28th and energy snacks during the walk. You are responsible for all other meals.
We will be providing both vegetarian and vegan options for the feast and snacks during the walk. Our vegetarian and vegan options are gluten free. If you have other dietary needs please bring your own food.

Can I bring a sign or banner?
We are respectfully asking people to not bring any signs or banners. This is an opportunity to look around and see what is going on, learn from the elders how things have changed, and listen to ideas on how to stop the expansion. We hope that you will take ideas and energy from the Healing Walk and use it in protests in your home but we ask that the banners and signs not be a part of the event. Thank you

CAMPING

Organizers have secured camping at Indian Beach near the community of Anzac. There will be signs directing you to the campsite as you come close to the Highway 881 turnoff from Highway 63.

The camping is free and you are welcome to stay overnight on June 26, 27, and 28. This is NOT a serviced campsite, but we will be providing a water truck and portable bathrooms. The lake is algae-free and swimmable.

Dinner will only be provided on June 28, 2014 and we will provide some snacks during the walk. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OTHER MEALS, so please come prepared with enough food for the duration of your stay. We will be providing vegan and meat-based options for dinner, but if you have specific dietary restrictions we strongly suggest you bring your own food because we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate all people’s needs.

Please note this is a dry campsite, so please respect our hosts and DO NOT bring alcohol or drugs to the campsite. This is a family-friendly campsite. Camp curfew and quiet time starts at 11:00 pm. We are asking all campers to be cleaned up and out of the campsite no later than 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 29th.

You must bring all your own camping equipment.

At the entrance to the campsite, volunteers will give you instructions on where to park and where you can set up campsites. If you have registered online, please check-in at the campsite when you arrive.

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