Delegate and Site Details
Dear Canadian Chefs’ Congress delegate,
We hope this will be a great event and a memorable one for you to participate in! Providence Farm is a 400 acre farm with a long historical past. It started life as a convent for the Sisters of St. Ann and continues today as a non-profit therapeutic community farm. It’s a working farm with field crops, animals and community allotment gardens. We need to respect the uses of the farm and enjoy the beauty of the land as peacefully as possible. We are camping in the woods of the farm, in rough camping sites.
You will have to carry your tent, sleeping bag and gear into the site (short 100 foot walk).
No dogs or pets are allowed on site.
Access and Parking
1843 Tzouhalem Road
The most direct route is from downtown Duncan (on the #1 Hwy). Turn onto Trunk Road on keep heading east to the farm gate at 1843 Tzouhalem Road. All vehicles are to be parked in the designated area at the entrance of the farm. The registration tent will be the first tent you see. It is an easy walking distance from the parking to the event and camping sites. We will have the entrance road blocked to traffic and once you are in you will be required to show passes and explain why you are leaving and re-entering the site.
Click on the image above to zoom (or download the PDF version of the site map).
Please note that for safety reasons, designated smoking areas have been set up near the main stage and in between the campground sites.
Weather and Climate Factors
Fall is typically very dry in the Cowichan Valley and there will most likely be a campfire ban in place for the entire region. Campfires are illegal and dangerous when a fire ban is in place. There have been serious forest fires this year so this is an important issue for the farm.
Smoking will be confined to specific marked areas; those equipped with sand ash containers and in your campsite – ensure you take care to extinguish all butts.
Dress for warm days (15-20 C) and cool nights (10-15 C) and bring a jacket in the rare case we get rain. Sunset will be around 7:30 pm so please bring a flashlight.
What We Supply
Space for RVs and Trailers. There is space for a limited number of RVs and trailers. Please contact us to confirm availability and details. The campsite sites do not have power.
What You Need to Bring
You are camping! Try to partner up your group into tents. We are trying to limit the use of disposable plastics (like water/soda bottles). Please try to avoid bringing these products to the site. We will try to meet all of your food and beverage needs while onsite. You should bring water containers with you to provide water in the campsites.
Recommended Camping Equipment
- Tent (sites are suited to backpack tents or small family tents)
- Air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow
- Towel and personal effects (including sunscreen)
- Travel coffee mug and personal water jug
- Flashlight (needed at the campsite)
- Rain gear (coat, hat, tarp, etc)
- Camp chairs (optional)
- St Johns Ambulance on site each day until 12:00 midnight
- Security services, information and communication center
- Nearby Duncan (2 km) has a full range of shopping options