Friday September 13th to Sunday September 15th
Lumina Resort Muskoka
Not a member of the MST?
The Cain Foray is open to the general public too, and for first-time attendees your Cain Foray registration fee gets you a one-year complimentary family membership!
The Cain Foray is our annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. In 2019 it will be held at the Lumina Resort, which is ideally suited for such an adventure, located away from urban "civilization" east of Huntsville in the District of Muskoka. The Lumina Resort offers an excellent selection of accommodations of one- to four-bedroom chalet cottages and rooms in the main lodge. The resort is surrounded by woods with walking trails that are suitable for collecting mushrooms, and nearby are extensive forests that have more areas for mushrooming. The Leslie Frost Centre is less than a half-hour drive away for those who wish to revisit the trails of the very first Cain Foray.
The Cain Foray starts on Friday night, September 13th, with a barbecue reception where we can meet our fellow foragers and swap mushroom stories. Saturday morning, after a hearty breakfast, will be spent foraying in groups of about a dozen on various forest trails. After lunch there will be more forays and those who wish may sort and identify the mushrooms that were brought in from the morning forays. We will be guided and helped in this activity by our guest professional mycologists and some keen amateurs, who have both the knowledge and talent to put names to hundreds of diverse mushrooms. Saturday evening will feature an illustrated mushroom talk and all mushrooms that were collected during the day will be displayed. Sunday morning will provide more opportunities to foray or to study the many specimens on display. Our weekend at the Cain ends September 15th after lunch.
The Cain Foray will be held at the Lumina Resort east of Huntsville.
Accommodation will be in cottages or main lodge rooms or in 1-4 bedroom chalet cottages with several configurations of living room, fireplace, kitchen or fridge, and bathrooms.
Meals will be taken in the Lumina dining room.
Mycologists and Guest Speaker
Both professional and amateur mycologists will be there to assist in identifying fungi.
Guest mycologist for 2019 will be Garrett Taylor.
Garrett hails from southwestern New York, where he discovered mushrooms while learning about cooking. A big fan of nature, he knew they existed, but the pretty Russulas are what drew him in to want to study them. A few good books, some advice from some local mycologists, and he was pretty well obsessed by the time he realized he no longer just wanted to know, "Can I eat it?" The internet and books are a fine way to learn, but mushrooms are best known, in his case, by also finding them and photographing them (currently using only the Panasonic G85 w/ 60mm Macro lens, tripod, the GSimple app, and Zerene stacking software). He is a member of a few clubs since the nearest one is two hours away and mostly meets weekends when he is busy cooking. Fortunately, an additional hour and a half drive from nets three more clubs, and he is working on Buffalo to get a club up and running so he doesn't have to drive SO far. Concurrently, he has been collecting for Fungarium via the continent wide sequencing project Mycoflora 2.0. His goal, the same as the project's goal, is to link sequences of the ITS region of DNA with his pictures and information at Mycoflora of Western NY on iNaturalist for specimen he prepares for submission to herbarium where they can be accessed by scientists at some point. His journey here was brought about by work he has done for Rodham Tulloss in Amanita section Vaginatae, for which he has found a few "proto" type specimens (Rod hasn't published yet!)
Also in attendance this year will be Walter Sturgeon, a well-known Ohio-based mycology enthusiast, co-author of the recently published field guide Mushrooms of the Northeast: A Simple Guide to Common Mushrooms, and author of numerous articles on wild mushroom identification.
Lumina Resort has increased the per-person price charged to the MST for 2019. Although we would have preferred to keep the 2019 price at the same level as 2018, there is a slight price increase for 2019.
|Price per Person|
|Child 9-13 years||$90|
|Child 8 years and under||free|
|Off-site (no accommodations)||$195|
Deadline for Registrations: Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Cancellation fees will be charged as follows:
|Before Tuesday, August 13, 2019||100%|
|On or after August 13th and before August 27th||50%|
|On or after August 27th||No refund|
Late registrations will be accepted until September 6th, 2019, if suitable accommodation is available.
The registration fee includes all taxes and gratuities, and covers accommodation for 2 nights, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, a Friday evening barbecue reception, Saturday evening bonfire, all Saturday and Sunday forays, and the Saturday evening speaker.
Various types of accommodation are available. Please see http://luminaresort.com/cottages-lodge for details and photos.
Please note that unfortunately pets are not permitted at Lumina Resort.
Off-Site Participant Option
We encourage people to register for the weekend package; however, members who have homes or cottages in the area and do not need accommodation may wish to participate in the activities of the Cain Foray as "off-site" participants.
In order to maintain the character of the Foray, and to ensure forays and other activities are not overcrowded, the number of off-site participants is limited to 15 places, so please register early if you wish to take advantage of this option.
Off-site participation is available only to members of the Mycological Society of Toronto and their guests. The registration fee for off-site participants includes:
- Friday evening barbecue reception
- Saturday and Sunday forays
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Lumina on Saturday
- Saturday evening speaker
- Breakfast on Sunday
- Taxes and gratuities
Selection of forays for Saturday is done on Friday evening, so off-site participants should plan to attend the Friday evening reception. It is also an opportunity to get to know other members and our guest mycologists.
Requests for off-site participation will be accepted on a first come, first served, basis, so don’t delay and risk being disappointed.
PLEASE NOTE: While we understand that the cost of the Cain Foray is a concern for some people, our agreement with Lumina is not intended to accommodate those who simply prefer to camp or stay elsewhere.