Friday September 17th to Sunday September 19th
Lumina Resort Muskoka
The Cain Foray is our annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. In 2021 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 17th, 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 experts, who have both the knowledge and talent to put names to hundreds of diverse mushrooms. Saturday evening will feature an illustrated mushroom talk or workshop 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 19th 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 chalets with several configurations of living room, fireplace, kitchen or fridge, and bathrooms.
Meals will be taken in the Lumina dining room.
Cain Foray and COVID-19
Participants will be required to sign a statement at check-in confirming their vaccination status, and to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment. If you're unable to be vaccinated, it's required that you bring a negative result from a rapid COVID-19 test (like this one) taken no earlier than September 15th.
Those arriving with or developing COVID-19 symptoms during the event will be sent home to rest and recover. Please note that while the MST's board of directors strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to do so, we cannot guarantee the vaccination status of all Cain Foray participants or staff at Lumina Resort. All adult participants will be required to sign a waiver accepting that attendance is at their own risk. Policies around masking and social distancing will be announced in September, under guidance from government and public health agencies.
If last-minute capacity limits or government restrictions are imposed and we have more participants than allowed, refunds will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to participants who wish to cancel. If there aren't enough voluntary cancellations, registrations will be cancelled with a full refund on a latest-registration-first basis. If there are no last-minute capacity restrictions, the normal Cain Foray cancellation policy will apply.
Mycologists and Guest Speaker
Due to the uncertainty of travel and border restrictions, a keynote speaker has not been arranged this year. There will be a set of workshops on Saturday evening instead.
Lumina Resort has increased the per-person price charged to the MST for 2021. Although we would have preferred to keep the 2021 price at the same level as 2019, there is a slight price increase for 2021.
|Price per Person|
|Child 9-13 years||$120|
|Child 8 years and under||free|
|Off-site (no accommodations)||$220|
Cancellation fees will be charged as follows:
|Before Tuesday, August 17, 2021||100%|
|On or after August 17th and before August 31st||50%|
|On or after August 31st||No refund|
Late registrations will be accepted until September 15th, 2021 at 4:00pm, 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/workshop.
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.
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/workshop
- 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.
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.