40th Annual Mycological Society of Toronto 2017 Cain Foray
Friday September 22nd to Sunday September 24th
Lumina Resort Muskoka
This year's foray marks the 40th anniversary of the first Cain Foray. The Cain Foray is our annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. In 2017 it will be held at a new venue, 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 22nd, 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 24th 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 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.
|Price per Person|
|Child 9-13 years||$75|
|Child 8 years and under||free|
|Off-site (no accommodations)||$175|
Due to issues with last-minute cancellations at the 2016 event, a new cancellation policy is in place. Cancellation fees will be charged as follows:
|Before Tuesday, August 22, 2017||100%|
|On or after August 22nd and before September 5th||50%|
|On or after September 5th||No refund|
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.
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.