2o21 Great Alberta Mushroom Foray (GAMF)

July Update

Plans are firming up for the Great Alberta Mushroom Foray 2021.  The Board of the Alberta Mycological Society is finalizing details such as mycologists, speakers, and budget so our registration information will be emailed to you soon. However, what we have finalized so far:

Location and Host:  Lac La Biche, Portage College
Organizing Team:  AMS Board; led by Mike Schulz, Karen Slevinsky, Martin Osis
Dates:  September 3 to 6, 2021
Draft Schedule:
September 3 – Mushroom microscopy course – details will be available soon
September 3 – plan for an evening get-together
September 4 – 5 / Forays, identification, and speakers
September 6 – Open House and wrap-up

Registration: Available soon

Accommodation:  Please make your own accommodation plans.  However the Board has researched the following information for you:

Campgrounds

  • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area Campground – $30 unserviced, $38 power, $54 power/water/sewer, reserve online
  • Beaver Lake Provincial Recreation Area Group Campground – could work if a group of people want to book a site together, a number of sites of different capacities here, reserve online

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  • Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park Campground – $43 for powered site

Sir Winston Churchill – Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park | Alberta Parks

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  • Comfort Camping – $120-$175 for cabins, $129 for tipis –780-623-7189, reserve online (at Sir Winston Churchill Campground)

Comfort Camping | Alberta Parks

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  • Plamondon Whitesands Resort – RV stalls available, 15% discount with promo code “mushroom2021”

Plamondon Whitesands Resort

Hotels*

  • Canalta – (780) 623-4490 – Reg $119, if 10 rooms booked $108 (Board will be booking here) 
  • Ramada – (780) 623-2250 – Reg $141
  • BCMInns – (780) 623-1888 – Reg $119 (# of rooms limited)

Motels*

  • Parkland Motels I & II – 1-855-623-6825/(780) 623-4424 – Dis: Motel I $80; Motel II $94
  • Almac Motor Hotel – (780) 623-4123 – Dis: $79
  • Chez-Nous Motel (Plamondon) – (780) 798-2011 – Reg. $85-95

*Prices are provided for standard double rooms, prices for other rooms may be different. “Reg” means regular rate, “Dis” means that they have agreed to give a discount to our event attendees, so please mention this at the time of booking.

As I am writing this announcement for a Great Alberta Mushroom Foray, the Premier has announced that Alberta will be Open for Summer effective July 1, 2021.  Public health measures in effect | Alberta.ca

Barring no other pandemic-related set-backs, the Alberta Mycological Society is planning a scaled-back version of the Great Alberta Mushroom Foray in the Lac La Biche area of Alberta on the September long weekend. This exciting, multi-day foray brings many people from diverse backgrounds together. In normal times, sharing enthusiasm for fungi, exchanging knowledge and experiences, dining together after a day of hard work, happens face-to-face-to-fungus.  This year we plan to have expert guests host presentations face-to-face or via Zoom. We’re also planning some in-person activities!  Yeah!

I encourage everyone to stay tuned for further updates about the upcoming Great Alberta Mushroom Foray.  Until we meet again, the AMS wishes everyone and their families good health, great foraging, and hopefully, wonderful social in-person adventures as more Albertans receive vaccinations!

Karen Slevinsky

President, AMS