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Mycological Society of Toronto 2016 Cain Foray

Friday September 16th to Sunday September 18th

Tally-Ho Inn, Muskoka

This year's foray marks the 39th anniversary of the first Cain Foray. The Cain Foray is now our annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness. It will be held at the Tally-Ho Inn again, which is ideally suited for such an adventure, located away from urban "civilization" on Lake Peninsula east of Huntsville in the District of Muskoka. The Inn offers an excellent selection of accommodations of one bedroom units, suites, cabins and cottages; two and three bedroom cottages, where most of these bedrooms have private bathrooms. The dining room offers good hearty homemade meals, incorporating vegetables grown on their property. 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 16th, with a wine and cheese reception in the main lodge 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 or so, 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. During the afternoon, we will also be able to sample some of the edible mushrooms that will have been prepared by our own expert chefs. 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 Inn ends September 18th after lunch.

Sorry, all places for the 2016 Cain Foray have now been filled. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tally-Ho Inn — A Cottage Resort

The Cain Foray will be held at the Tally-Ho Inn Resort on beautiful Peninsula Lake, east of Huntsville.

Accommodation will be in spacious cottages, cabins, single units (motel units, rooms), or suites; two and three bedroom cottages of several configurations of living room, fireplace, kitchen or fridge, and bathrooms.

Meals will be taken in the charming Tally-Ho 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 newly 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
Adult $320
Child under 12 $55
Off-site (no accommodations) $90

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations should be made by telephone or e-mail. If you don't speak to someone or receive a confirmation within 48 hours, please follow up to be sure your message was received. A full refund will be issued for cancellations received by Friday, August 26, 2016. Refunds for cancellations received after Friday, August 26, 2016, may not be issued until after the Foray and a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:

With one to four weeks notice: Cancellation fee of $75 per person
With less than one week notice: $15 per person if we are able to re-book the space from the waiting list, $75 if not

Late Registrations

Late registrations will be accepted until September 9, 2016, if suitable accommodation is available. 

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes all taxes and gratuities, and covers accommodation for 2 nights, 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday, a Friday evening wine and cheese reception, all Saturday and Sunday forays, and the Saturday evening speaker. Vegetarian meals may be requested.


Various types of accommodation are available. Motel units have 1 or 2 beds and a private bathroom. Suites and Cabins have one bedroom, a living room or sitting area (most have a fireplace) and private bathroom. Cottages have 2 or 3 bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, and 1 or 2 bathrooms. All units have a fridge. Some units have kitchen facilities; please request a kitchen on the registration form if you wish to cook. No smoking is permitted in any buildings.

Please register early if you want single occupancy, as there are only 7 motel units and only a few of the bedrooms in the shared cottages have private bathrooms,

Non-members may attend the foray only as the guest of a member of MST, or if the person is a member of NAMA or a NAMA affiliated group. There is no additional charge for non-members.

For inquiries about the foray, including availability, cancellations, changes to your registration, and late registrations, please contact Cain Foray co-ordinator Joanne Hamblin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do not call Tally-Ho Inn with inquiries, special requests, cancellations or changes to your registration.

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 approximately 10% of the total registration, 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 wine and cheese reception
  • Saturday and Sunday forays
  • Lunch and dinner at Tally-Ho Inn on Saturday
  • Saturday evening speaker

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. A full refund will be issued for cancellations received by September 2nd, 2016. After September 2nd, a cancellation fee of $30 per person will be charged. "No shows" will not receive any refund.

PLEASE NOTE: While we understand that the cost of the Cain Foray is a concern for some people, our agreement with Tally-Ho Inn is not intended to accommodate those who simply prefer to camp or stay elsewhere. Alternate accommodation and a full meal package at Tally-Ho Inn may be arranged for those unable to stay at Tally-Ho Inn due to pet allergies.