2021 Cain Foray Registration Open

The first block of tickets to the 2021 Cain Foray have all been sold in the first 4 hours. The MST thanks our members for the unprecedented demand this year. Please watch this page and your email for the second block of tickets to go on sale in mid-August.

Friday September 17th to Sunday September 19th

Lumina Resort Muskoka

Please join us at this year's Cain Foray, our annual weekend of mushrooming in the wilderness!

The Cain is a weekend of finding, learning, friendship and fun. Rain or shine, the camaraderie is always enjoyable. Our resident group of mycologists and special guests will offer you fascinating insights into the intriguing world of mushrooms.

This year's Cain Foray is from September 17th - 19th at the Lumina Resort in Muskoka.

The Cain Foray weekend includes:

  • BBQ reception on Friday evening
  • Keynote speaker or workshop
  • Guided forays on Saturday and on Sunday morning
  • Informative talks on mushrooms
  • Beach bonfire on Saturday evening
  • A fantastic mushroom cookup and pot-luck lunch on Sunday
  • Dinner on Friday, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday
  • 2 nights resort-style accommodation, and use of the resort's amenities

Experts are on hand all weekend to discuss and identify your mushroom finds!

More details and online registration are available at https://www.myctor.org/cain.

Foray cancellations and membership extension

With the news from the Ontario government that all outdoor activities with non-household members are forbidden, at least until May 20th, the MST must regrettably cancel the spring foray season at this time. We understand your frustration and feel it as well. The board had some new things planned for the club, but we have yet to be able to implement them.

The board has also decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting normally held in April, since our last AGM wasn't very long ago. Some members have been asking about whether the Cain Foray will be held this year. We can't know yet if it will be possible, but we're watching gathering and border restrictions and if we can possibly hold the Cain, we will.

In lieu of the spring foray season, the board has again decided to extend memberships by 6 months. Your membership extension has already been applied. Your new expiry date is reflected in your membership profile, and in the Member Details section which you'll see on the left side of most pages on our website when signed in. If you received a notice in February, March or April that your membership had expired, don't worry – we've still applied the extension, and your membership is active again. If you have any questions about your membership or the extension, please don't hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time.

While we can't offer forays or in-person workshops, we do have some resources for you to use as self study. Have a look at the list of Self-Study Resources below – just make sure you're logged in to the MST website to access the members-only areas.

Additionally, the website still offers lots of interest: photo galleries, videos of meeting speakers, and back issues of our Mycelium newsletter. And our Facebook group is busy with identification challenges, too!

We look forward to welcoming you back at MST events as soon as we can.

Best wishes,

The MST Board of Directors

Self-Study Resources

We have basic mushroom hunting and identification covered for you:

Looking to safely foray and explore your backyard or nearest park solo or with your household?

Tree identification courses are a fantastic way to step up your mushroom hunting game. We are lucky enough to have two!

Do you want the mushrooms to come to you? Check out these cultivation videos:

Some interesting fungal truths you might not have known about:

City dweller? Check out:

Bookworm? Here are some great reads:

NAMA Annual Foray August 12-15, 2021

From https://namyco.org/events.php

Join us August 12-15 at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA Camp in Granby, CO for the NAMA Annual Foray. After skipping 2020 due to the pandemic, we are on course to share a safe, socially-distanced gathering.

At 8,740 feet elevation, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a clear view to the mountains where we will be hunting mushrooms. There is access to hiking trails around the Snow Mountain Ranch campus.

Snow Mountain Ranch has no elevators, but does have 56 first-floor ADA-compliant rooms in its main lodge, which is a short stroll from dining facilities and meeting rooms. The lodges have hotel-type rooms with 2 queen beds. There is on-site camping, as well as campgrounds in the area.

NAMA is working closely with the Colorado Mycological Society and the Pikes Peak Mycological Society in planning the foray locations, and choosing a great roster of speakers. Check back for more information.

MST members receive a $5 discount on NAMA membership. Join at http://www.namyco.org/join.php

Joint CanFunNet and Great Lakes Mycology Conference

The Canadian Fungal Research Network (CanFunNet) and the Great Lakes Mycology Meetings are hosting a joint online conference, May 26-28 2021, to showcase the diversity and excellence of Canadian mycological research.

The Canadian Fungal Research Network (CanFunNet) was established in 2019 to promote fungal research in Canada by facilitating dialogue among scientists working across diverse sub-disciplines and institutions. The first CanFunNet conference was held virtually in July 2020, with an audience of 310 participants from 89 institutions across Canada, and 63 presenters representing all career stages (see program here)

The Great Lakes Mycology Meetings, an annual conference of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and other mycological researchers from Ontario and the surrounding region, were established in 1981 by Brent and Michele Heath and David Malloch. They provide an excellent forum for students to give their first conference talk and a great opportunity for researchers young and old to hear new work across the breadth of mycology.

Registration at https://conferences.uwo.ca/JCGMC/registration