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Folk Retreat Details,
Nov. 08–10, 2019

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• Victoria Folk Music Society Autumn Folk Retreat, 2019

Camp Pringle: What to expect, Answers to questions

Here’s what to expect, and the answers to most questions will be found here!

• We will send a confirmation email to all registrants that supply us their email address.
• If you have sent your Registration in but have not received a confirmation email before October 29th, please e-mail us at info@victoriafolkmusic.ca

The Victoria Folk Music Society 2019 Autumn Retreat:
November 08–10, 2019 at George Pringle Memorial Camp,
— Shawnigan Lake, BC —

The Retreat includes:

  Making music with friends old and new in a lovely rural setting
  Two nights accommodations and 6 meals
  Workshops led by volunteers
  Lots of time and space for song circles and jamming

Here’s a link to Camp Pringle’s Facilities webpage:
  CampPringle.com / rentals-facilities /
, and a
  Google map for Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake.

  • Check-in from 5 P.M. on Friday (dinner is at 6 P.M.)
    Cleanup and Checkout before 2 P.M. Sunday.
    PLEASE DO NOT arrive earlier than 5 P.M. Friday afternoon (please don’t arrive earlier due to Camp Pringle’s daycare program).
  • Retreat schedule and Workshop schedule will be sent later this month in the pre-retreat letter. Here is an early, in-progress general schedule for our November Retreat.
  • Ride Sharing: we have a coordinator for that, and once you have registered, your confirmation letter will contain contact information.


  • Rooms are heated with 2–6 beds each. All beds are single, some are bunk beds. All accom­modations are first-come first-serve (except for special needs: see below), but check in with the registrar first!
      You may be asked to move if you are not checked in before occupying a room!
      No Check-Ins Before 5 P.M. Friday!
  • Special Room Needs (such as limited mobility issues)? Let us know and an appropriate room will be reserved (Please note: Availability of special needs rooms are limited);
  • We will designate separate dorm-room areas for women and men in Laura Butler Lodge. Some dorm-style rooms may be designated co-ed, depending on numbers of couples (If you know other couples would want to room with you, why not plan ahead?) There are a limited number of two-person rooms in Branter Lodge which will be for couples;
  • Showers and washrooms are on each floor of the lodges; the unheated cabins have no washrooms;
  • In order to assure lots of room for jamming and singing, this year the common rooms in Laura Butler Lodge and Branter Lodge are reserved for jamming and song circles; the workshops will be held only in the upper and lower Spencer Hall;
  • Spencer main halls up and down are available for late-night jamming;
  • Laura Butler Lodge and Branter Lodge are quiet areas after 11 P.M.


  • No Alcohol; smoking is permitted outdoors only;
  • Use of the dock and boating facilities not permitted. We can enjoy the beach (though no swimming) and a waterfront campfire is permitted. If you wish to launch a kayak or canoe, there is a Provincial Park right next door!
  • Park only in the designated areas;
  • Camp Pringle is on a septic system, biodegradable items only down sinks and toilets;
  • No Pets Allowed;
  • No Peanuts, No Peanut Products Permitted On Site;
  • Drop-ins not permitted; registered, over-night participants only;
  • Retreat participants are asked to help out during the weekend with cleanup after meals. PLEASE sign up for a volunteer job upon check-in.
    All participants are responsible for leaving the camp clean at the end of the weekend. Please organize cleanup with your roommates.


  • Bedding, pillow. Note that all beds are single size and have a firm mattress with a thick plastic cover — extra padding might increase comfort;
  • Towel and personal toiletry items;
  • Warm clothing (you just might find yourself jamming around the fire pit on the beach);
  • Rain jacket or an umbrella;
  • Good shoes for getting around the camp (and hiking on the Trans-Canada Trail nearby, and the Provincial Park next door is good for walks);
  • Bring your own mug (some are available on-site);
  • Flashlight;
  • Musical instruments, tuner, songbooks, extra strings, perhaps a music stand, a recording device;
  • Anything needed for a workshop that you’d like to attend!
  • Your camera — and if you get some great shots, we’d like copies to make an album!
  • Comfort item: Small lamp or clip-on light to improve lighting in your room or the jamming spaces
    (a short extension cord too);
  • Beverages (herbal tea, coffee, hot water and tap water will always be available in dining hall; Fruit juice is provided at breakfast, and milk with lunch and dinner);
  • Nibbles (remember, NO peanuts, NO peanut products!) to share at Friday night and Saturday night snack potlucks;
  • Between-meal munchies (NO PEANUT PRODUCTS). Fruit is always available in dining hall. If you have special food needs that may not be met completely by the camp food, bring some food that you can eat — there are cooking facilities (with cookware) available in Branter Lodge;
  • Chairs are available but you may want to bring your favourite picking chair or stool;
  • Ear-plugs.

Note: A photocopier may be available for your convenience — we’ll confirm this in the pre-retreat note.

2520 West Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC

50 minutes from Victoria,
80 minutes from Swartz Bay
(Swartz Bay is the ferry terminal when coming "from Vancouver to Victoria")
  google.ca/maps/place/Camp+Pringle/ etc. [map]

From Victoria: Head north on Hwy 1, about 25 km. Look for the flashing yellow light, turn left onto Shawnigan Lake Road 13 km to the camp. Follow Shawnigan Lake Road, until you see the signs for Camp Pringle and turn left onto West Shawnigan Lake Road. Turn right into Camp Pringle, just past Shawnigan Provincial Park.

From Up-Island: Head south on Hwy 1. About 10 km south of Duncan, turn right onto Cobble Hill Road (The signs direct you to Cobble Hill). Travel to the end of Cobble Hill Road. Turn right onto Renfrew Road along the north end of Shawnigan Lake, then turn left onto West Shawnigan Lake Road and watch for the Camp Pringle sign. If you get to Shawnigan Provincial Park, you’ve gone too far.

We look forward to sharing a great weekend of music with you!

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