Pre-Mindcamp for Presenters starts the day before, on Tuesday afternoon August 16, 2016.
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Getting Here / Transportation
- Hotel Intercontinental, very centrally located across from the Royal Ontario Museum
- Pantages, a “boutique hotel”, chic and priced accordingly
- Cosmopolitan Hotel, also chic…
- Metropolitan Hotel or Soho Metropolitan Hotel
- Drake Hotel, ultra funky, not near the subway line (all the others are) but the neighbourhood is extremely interesting
- The Strathcona Hotel, downtown, not as expensive as the others
You want cheaper? airbnb.com, will connect you with Toronto folks who rent to travellers. Plus of course Toronto has all the chains, e.g. Best Western, Comfort Inn, etc. Just google it, you’ll find plenty.
When applying for a visa or entering the country, they will want to know that address where you will be in Canada. It is: YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, RR#6, 6604 Rama Road, Orillia, ON L3V 6H6.
- Art Gallery of Ontario, our best “important” art gallery
- Royal Ontario Museum, decent all-round museum including science and humanities sections
- Harbourfront, a waterfront area with lots of stuff to see and do
- Distillery District, more contained but a great afternoon stroll, lots of stores, artist studios, and some good restaurants
- Kensington Market, very funk-tastic neighbourhood with excellent graffiti, interesting shops, lots o’ surprises
- Chippewas of Rama First Nation’s Powwow is concurrent with Mindcamp but just down the road by car, so a quick trip to enjoy the dancing, music, food, and crafts is definitely do-able
- McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a beautiful gallery set in a forest park that shows off our best Canadian art (day trip from Toronto, there is a bus but easier with a car)
- Niagara Falls, just incredible, even though every tourist in the world goes there, there’s a good reason for that (day trip from Toronto, lots of buses etc. so car optional)
- Prince Edward County, a beautiful cultivated farm area with many places to sample excellent local cheese, wine, meats etc. (possible in a day trip but much better to stay overnight, or even two nights; best with a car)
- Algonquin Provincial Park, no place like it anywhere else on earth, it is heaven and perfectly preserved (stay overnight, camping perfect but there are hotels/motels as well nearby… you will need a car)
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park, with amazing rock-paintings by indigenous people of ancient times (fairly far but quite possible in a day trip, you will need a car)
- Bruce Peninsula, lots of lovely beaches and hikes (fairly far but quite possible in a day trip, you will need a car)
Sessions & Presenters
We open up to session proposals in February, generally. If you want to receive notice at that time, Click here put your name on our contact list, making sure to select “Call for Presenters” as an interest.
That said, please be aware that Mindcamp is a non-profit event, in which everyone pays their expenses. It’s not a paying gig. You will have to pay to come to Mindcamp whether you present or not.
Also it’s important to understand that Mindcamp is a gathering of colleagues, with a maximum of 200 participants, many of whom are already creativity professionals. If you’re looking for new clients, you probably won’t find any here.
Alicia Ann Noble
YMCA Geneva Park
RR 6, 6604 Rama Road,
Orillia, ON Canada L3V 6H6
Accommodation & Facilities
Most of the sessions take place in ground floor rooms, but the site is very spread out, so to get from one session to another can be a 10-minute walk for someone with average mobility (the interval between sessions is 30 minutes). One session room is up a flight of stairs, however it’s a room we rarely use. Another session room requires four steps up to get into the room. Some sessions are outside on a lawn, or even go into the woods.
If you are mobility-impaired, will you be able to participate as fully as an unimpaired participant? No. But in the past several mobility-impaired participants have been able to cope with Mindcamp by planning their day to accommodate their pace.