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What you need to know

The Terrain

The terrain is rugged Canadian-shield; please consider this if you have mobility issues. We want Blue Skies to be accessible to all, regardless of ability, however, accessible parking and camping is extremely limited. Please consider this if you have mobility issues. Contact accessibility@blueskiesmusicfestival.ca before the festival if you have any questions or concerns about getting around on the festival site.

Tents/Trailers

Most campers use tents, the smaller the better. Camping spots are not reserved and fill up as folks arrive.There are a very limited number of small trailer spaces.

No Dogs Allowed

No dogs on site. Please do not bring them. Plan now. (Service dogs excepted.)

Water

All the water at Blue Skies comes from a single well. We have good drinking water, but it’s not a limitless supply. Please supplement this supply by bringing water from home in refillable containers.

Please be frugal with your water usage.

No charging of cell phones, pods, tablets, or other e-devices

We have no place to charge your e-devices. If you need to be in touch with someone offsite, come with your phone charged and leave it off most of the time. We have a limited supply of power and it’s more important for kids to have popsicles and for us to have a music festival than for campers to improve their score in Flappy Bird. Leave the web for a while and engage in a real Blue Skies conversation with your neighbours.

We encourage you to turn-off and tune-in to live music at Blue Skies.

Volunteering at Blue Skies

For 41 years Blue Skies has been entirely operated by volunteers. Every facet, from choosing Main Stage performers, to First Aid, to keeping our lovely loos smelling oh so sweet.

During the festival we need literally hundreds of volunteers to keep the magic happening. There are sign-up boards at the Info Booth and three Volunteer Coordinators roaming the site to help you find a place to pitch in. There are, of course, a thousand other little jobs that need constant attention, from picking up litter to pitching in wherever you see someone who needs a hand. Isn’t that the Blue Skies way!

If you would like to get even more involved, be sure to come to the Monday meeting at about 11 am. It’s the kick-start for next year’s festival. And, throughout the festival you can always talk to those who look like they know what they’re doing. Most of them were where you are now, just a few years ago. Let’s keep Blue Skies sparkling for more years to come!

Info Booth

This is info central for Blue Skies. You’ll find the volunteer sign-up boards, mailing list, lost and found and lots more right here. It’s also the place to come if you have an emergency.

Need Assistance or need to ask a Question?

People wearing the light blue 2016 Blue Skies t-shirts are either part of the organizing committee or are on the security team. If you need assistance, they will be able to help you.

Tell your kids about them!

First Aid

Up at the top of the hill, beside the Info Booth. We hope you’ll never need to visit, but we’re here just in case. For after-hours emergencies, look for one of the Security folks roaming the site or gathered around the Bluegrass fire pit. They’ll be wearing the light blue 2016 Blue Skies t-shirts and will get you the help you need.

Taking Care of the Land

Blue Skies is proud of how, for over 40 years now, we’ve left as small a mark as we can on this beautiful piece of the Canadian landscape. We’ve done this together by always treading very lightly and being extra attentive to the little things – picking up after ourselves, keeping our campsites and the Hill clean, and not leaving anything behind when we leave. That means anything from bottle caps and cigarette butts to worn out lawn chairs or tarps.

Please help us keep the site as gorgeous for the next 40 as it is now.

Shhh … Quiet Area

The quiet camping area is between the stage and gate house (Sleepy Hollow). Here we request no noise and/or boisterous singing – quiet conversation and soft music are welcome. The communal fire pit nearest the stage will accommodate late night revellers. But quiet area or not, remember – your neighbour will be a happier camper after some sleep. In case of dispute, we reserve the right to determine what constitutes noise at any site.

The Loos

Blue Skies Loos are world renowned for their sweetness and hygienic splendour.

Please help us by:

  • closing the lid once you are done. It helps the loo vent properly and makes tomorrow’s visit so much more pleasant.
  • not putting anything down the hole with a half-life longer than a week
  • be kind to your neighbours and quietly close the loo door behind you
  • volunteering for a sanitation shift

Pathways

We all know there are many people on site. Tents are packed tightly together, people sprawled on the hill listening to music, individuals standing and chatting. Everyone having a great time… but… we do have to think of safety.

Blue Skies is determined to continue in the spirit of communal responsibility, with no plastic police tape, no snow fences and as few posted rules as possible. Please keep clear pathways through your campsite area. Help encourage your neighbour to do the same. There must be clear access to every camping area for emergency vehicles.

The same applies on the concert hill. Keep the paths clear of chairs and blankets, sleeping children and grandparents. It’s awfully dark on the hill! People could step on you! Just something to think about to make your whole Blue Skies experience a special and safe one.

Intoxicants

A lot of care and concern goes into organizing the festival for your enjoyment and the organizers are always concerned with substance abuse.

Please remember:

  • Alcohol is not sold on site and is restricted to what you bring.
  • Glass bottles are not allowed on the hill.
  • If you are found possessing or selling illegal drugs, you will be escorted from the site and you will not be welcomed back.
  • Do not ignore the sale of illegal substances – tell someone wearing a light blue 2016 Blue Skies T-shirt.

Smoking

If you smoke, please be mindful of where your smoke is wafting. If you must smoke during a concert, workshop, etc., move to the down-wind periphery.

There is no smoking in the Audience area or the Kid’s play area.

Special Info for Day Passers

  • P2 Parking Lot is reserved for day pass use. First come first parked.
  • Youth 17 and under must be accompanied by, and enter with, an adult who is responsible for them or they will not be admitted. ID is required if requested at the gate.
  • There are no credit, debit or ATM services on site, except at the music store, which accepts credit cards for purchases only. You may want to bring cash for T-Shirts, mugs, ice, or meals at the cook-shack. If using the cook-shack, bring your own dishes and utensils as disposables are not sold on site.
  • Some potable water is available on site while supplies last. Please supplement this supply by bringing water from home in refillable containers.
  • There are shady areas along the edge of the large field and among the trees (except behind the Kids’ Area where the land is regenerating) to plunk your blanket down..
  • We ask that you not set up for the day in fire lanes, on pathways, or in workshop areas, (including the TIPI).
  • Fire pits are communal and located throughout the festival site. Firewood is provided. To reduce the risk of accidental introduction of damaging forest pests, do not bring firewood onto the site. Day Pass folks are encouraged to join in at any campfire.
  • If there is a fire ban, there will be no open flames (no candles, lanterns or fire pits). Please prepare alternatives in this event.
  • The Kid’s Area is kid nirvana but it’s not a babysitting service. If you have young children at the festival please supervise them closely. Join in the music and games.
  • Low backed chairs or blankets are best for evening concert viewing. Folks using high backed chairs are asked to locate at the top and extreme sides of the main stage area to avoid interfering with others’ view.
  • We are celebrating a garbage free festival!
    There will be NO GARBAGE collection.
    We will have our central RECYCLING and COMPOST stations located at inner parking -- what is brought in must be taken out!

    Enjoy the Music
    Welcome your Neighbours
    Take care of Each Other and the Land