ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

TINI(G)TIPON

on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st 2016

at THE SCOTIA BANK DANCE CENTRE.  

This pre-conference  cultural event organized by Co.ERASGA, in honour of the Third International Babaylan Conference, will gather Filipino, Filipino-Canadian, and First Nations Artists for a collaborative work to recognize the arts (visual arts, dance, theatre, poetry, music) as embodied cultural practice that play an important and critical role in educating and in strengthening our communities (more details to follow).

If you are able to join us on September 21st, please do.

 

CONFERENCE TRAVEL LOGISTICS

TO YMCA ELPHINSTONE, SUNSHINE COAST, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES

YMCA Camp Elphinstone Website (with Google Map) http://bit.ly/1OqTSgQ

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond, British Columbia is the closest major airport to YMCA Camp Elphinstone.  We encourage all Conference participants to arrive in Richmond early in the morning to ensure adequate travel time.

PUBLIC TRANSPORATION

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to HORSESHOE BAY FERRY TERMINAL

Fare: $9.00

  1. Locate the Sky Train Terminal at the airport and purchase Single Fare at a vending machine.
  2. Board the train called Canada Line to Waterfront which will take you to Downtown Vancouver (approximately 22 minutes).
  3. Exit Vancouver City Centre Station and walk to the intersection of West Georgia Street and Seymour Street.
  4. Board the Bus 257 Express – Horseshoe Bay (42 minutes to Ferry) OR Bus 250 Horseshoe Bay (52 minutes to Ferry) using the same Single Fare card you already paid.
  5. Arrival at Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

(This part of the land transfer goes through the corridor called Upper Levels Highway which offers amazing sweeping views of Howe Sound; cliffs, ocean, rock face mountains, and lush rain forest. Enjoy!)

Estimated travel time – 1 hour 15 minutes

For more info on bus and Skytrain, click here http://bit.ly/28FFZlC

 

HORSESHOE BAY FERRY TERMINAL to LANGDALE – SUNSHINE COAST

Fare:  $16.15 (12+)/$8.10 (5-11 years old)/Free (4 years old and under)

For Friday, September 23, 2016, ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale – Sunshine Coast leave at the following times:

1:35pm*

2:10pm*

Estimated travel time – 40 minutes

(for further times, please see exact schedule here http://bit.ly/1Uwe2qq)

Registration Check-In time is at 3:00pm.  Your baggage will undergo a mandatory Heat safe process which will take approximately 2 hours upon your arrival. ~ Please scroll down for the Heat Room Letter from YMCA Camp Elphinstone. The Heat Room Letter will provide packing tips and other information. 

 

Once you get to Langdale Sunshine Coast, walk towards the pick-up area where we will await your arrival. If you choose, you can walk to the site (becoming acquainted with the area), which is about a 29 minute walk (2.2 km) or you can be shuttled to the site.  

CAR / TAXI

FROM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  1. Look for destination signs leaving the airport terminal and follow Highway 99 North into Downtown Vancouver
  2. Head west on Georgia Street, through Stanley Park
  3. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge
  4. Follow Highway 1 (Upper Levels Highway) to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

(Fares for vehicles are $54 – or more if over 20 ft – plus the fares per person – refer to above)

Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes (depending on traffic conditions)

 

FROM SEATTLE

  1. Take the I- 5 North to the Canadian border which turns into Highway 99 after the border
  2. Follow Highway 99 North into Vancouer
  3. Head west on Georgia Street, through Stanley Park
  4. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge
  5. Follow Highway 1 (Upper Levels Highway), to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

(Fares for vehicles are $54 – or more if over 20 ft – plus the fares per person – refer to above)

Estimated Travel Time: 3.5 hours (depending on traffic conditions)

 

FROM LANGDALE FERRY to YMCA CAMP ELPHINSTONE

  1. Head southeast out the ferry ramp for approximately 500 m
  2. Make a U-turn
  3. Slight right toward Hiway Port Mellon (49 m)
  4. Slight right turn onto Highway Port Mellon (850 m)
  5. Turn on YMCA Road (1.1 km)

Estimated Travel Time:  7 minutes travel time

WE PLAN TO STATION VOLUNTEERS AT CRITICAL TRANSFER POINTS TO HELP GUIDE KAPWA TRAVELLERS USING PUBLIC TRNSIT (AIRPORT, GEORGIA STREET, HORSESHOE BAY TERMINAL)

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HEAT ROOM LETTER

Dear YMCA Outdoor Education Participants,

We would like to inform you of luggage handling procedures at YMCA Camp Elphinstone. Due to the widespread issue of bed bugs in the Lower Mainland, all bags and personal belongings arriving at YMCA Camp Elphinstone must pass through a heat treatment process, which eliminates the concern of bed bugs spreading to our facilities or your home. Our specially constructed heat treatment room heats bags to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (about the temperature of a clothes dryer) which ensures that any bed bugs and/or eggs that may be contained within participants’ belongings are killed prior to moving into cabins.

Although the heat treatment is safe for most items, a few items should not pass through the heat treatment room as it may cause damage. Items that should not be heated are:

  • Plastics, such as toiletries and cosmetics Cameras and any other electronics (should be left at home) Medicines
  • Aerosols
  • Food, including pop cans
  • Candles and wax
  • Photographs
  • Rubber Boots

Some care will need to be taken when packing, to ensure luggage is prepared for the heat treatment process. All items that should not be heated must be packed in a zip-lock bag and placed at the top of the luggage so it may be removed prior to treatment. Please ensure zip-lock bags are well labelled with the participant’s name and group name. Zip-lock bags will be placed in bins and redistributed to campers at the time they collect their treated luggage.

If you have any questions regarding these procedures contact us at camp.elphinstone@gv.ymca.ca or 1604-886-2025. We appreciate your support in this matter.

Sincerely,

Lisa Stiver General Manager, Camping & Youth Engagement

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YMCA Camp Elphinstone Getting Ready for Camp

The following list is a guide to help prepare for your upcoming experience at YMCA Camp Elphinstone. Please try to keep baggage to a minimum and use your best judgment when packing.

What to pack:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Toiletries (including a toothbrush, toothpaste, face cloth, soap, deodorant and shampoo)
  • Bath towel
  • Flashlight
  • Laundry or garbage bags for dirty laundry
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Disposable camera and insect repellent (optional items)
  • School supplies if required by teachers (e.g. exercise books, pencils, etc.)
  • Complete change of clothes that suits the length and weather of your stay (see below)

* What to wear:

Be sure to check the weather before packing for camp and pack clothes that you can be active in. Jeans are not good on rainy days—once wet they can really slow down the ability to participate in many activities.

  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain gear (an inexpensive poncho works great!) Bathing suit and towel (if participating in kayaking, canoeing or swimming) Sturdy shoes, lace up sneakers or light hikers are best—new hiking boots just for camp are not necessary Extra shoes or rubber boots Sandals (for sunny days and/or waterfront activities)
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (weather pending!)

Please do not bring any of the following items:

  • Knives or other weapons
  • Money or other valuables Any electronics, such as iPods, cell phones, gaming devices, radios, etc. Food, including any peanut butter or nut products
  • Please be sure to properly label your belongings with both your name and group name. Items left behind will be kept and held for 30 days, after which will be given to those in need.

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COAST SALISH SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS

Stawamus Chief https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/stawamus-chief/

Grouse Grind https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/grouse-grind/

Cypress Falls https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/cypress-falls/

Museum of Anthropology http://moa.ubc.ca/

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre http://www.vafcs.org/

Skwachay’s Lodge Aboriginal Hotel and Gallery http://skwachays.com/

Pin-Pin Filipino Chinese Restaurant http://www.pinpinrestaurant.com/

Max’s Restaurant (Filipino) http://www.maxschicken.com/maxsNA/Vancouver/

New Town Bakeshop (Filipino-Chinese) http://www.newtownbakery.ca/

Josephine’s Restaurant (turo-turo) http://bit.ly/28SbmRC

X̱wáýx̱way Stanley Park http://bit.ly/28Pz8Ny

Harrison Hot Springs http://www.hellobc.com/harrison-hot-springs.aspx

Sunshine Coast http://bit.ly/292roYc

Wreck Beach http://www.wreckbeach.org/

Vancouver Art Gallery http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

Vancouver HelloBC http://bit.ly/292gTWl

Gibsons Sunshine Coast HelloBC http://www.hellobc.com/gibsons.aspx

Sechelt Sunshine Coast HelloBC http://www.hellobc.com/sechelt.aspx