The first time you hear someone yell “Happy Folk Fest!” followed by a roar of cheers that rolls across the campground, you’ll feel right at home.
The place to go for safety and well-being services!
The trailer, next to the wooden structure in Zone 1B, staffed 24-hours a day by safety volunteers, is your “go to” place for information and services. If you’re not sure whom to ask about something, they’re here to help.
Health and well-being services are located at Campground Central. If you notice anyone having a personal conflict, in a crisis, making unhealthy choices or behaving disrespectfully, point out that there are services here that are available to help them figure out how to get their festival experience back on track.
First Aid’s role is to provide basic first aid and medical assistance, in addition to coordinating with emergency personnel in the event of serious situations. If you need help and can’t make it to the trailer, or if you see someone who looks like they need medical attention, you can approach a safety volunteer in a blue vest who will contact the appropriate people.
First Aid volunteers are fully equipped to handle all your Festival bumps, bruises, cuts and burns. However, they do not have any medications, lotions, bug spray, etc. Those items are available at the Campground Store.
Safety and security volunteers are identified by blue vests. You can find them at the campground entrance and Campground Central in Zone 1B. They operate 24 hours a day this is also where you will find First Aid.
Safety volunteers are here to help campers stay safe while having a good time. They ensure that campers have wristbands and that everyone is following the How to Folk guidelines that help foster the healthy and welcoming nature of the campground. We are borrowing this wonderful piece of Birds Hill Provincial Park. Respecting each other and the place we are staying makes it a great time for all!
Please be respectful and show your wristband as you walk by the checkpoints. They will also be doing random wristband checks throughout the campground – be prepared to wave yours high and proud!
There is a cellphone charging station at Campground Central. It is unsupervised, so please stay nearby while waiting for your phone to juice up! Charging is limited to USB-compatible chargers. We are unable to accommodate the charging of larger things – this service is just for your phone.
Visit the Safety Trailer at Campground Central if you’ve lost something in the campground. Someone may have turned it in!
Save the Park
Environment volunteers will be doing “clean campsite checks” throughout the weekend, handing out prizes and high fives to campers who are keeping their sites in order. They will also be asking you to tidy up your area if it’s getting messy. Be a champion for the environment and keep your site neat.
Respect Mother Nature and help us continue a legacy of eco-consciousness in the campground. Respect your neighbours and the environment! Leave No Trace – that’s the Folk Fest philosophy. The creatures that live at the park year round thank you, as do the volunteers who clean up the garbage left behind.
This is our home for five days – keep it clean! Volunteers will provide you with bags upon your arrival: black for garbage and clear for recyclables. If you need more bags, visit the friendly volunteers at Environment Headquarters – the wooden shelter at Trailhead 2, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. They’d love to talk trash with you!
Did you know that environment volunteers collect the deposits from beer empties for campground improvements? Bring your empties and recycling to the Environment Headquarters and win some prizes.
Smokers, practice the “pinch and pocket” habit and don’t butt out your filter on the ground. Free cigarette snuffers are available at Campground Central, Environment Headquarters and Audience Services (on the Festival site).
When you leave, take all of your camping gear home and bag all recycling and trash and put it in the appropriate bins or Environment Headquarters. Please take down all the ropes you tied to trees to hang your tarps and hammocks. Ropes left on the trees strangle and kill them over time – we’ve already seen too many trees die because of this. Help us see that the beautiful park doesn’t suffer any further loss
After the Festival's over and you're ready to pack up your tarps and hammocks, please remember to remove all rope from the trees. Over time, rope left wrapped around tree trunks and branches strangles and kills the tree. We have already lost trees for this reason. Help keep the beautiful Birds Hill Park forest alive and healthy.
At Environment Headquarters, you can pick up a compostable bag to collect organic waste at your campsite. You can drop your compost at Environment Headquarters.
Waste from the porta-potties is taken to the park lagoon to break down the organic waste. Contaminates such as plastics and other garbage pollute the environment. Protect the park by putting ALL non-organic waste including menstrual products, diapers, cigarette butts, etc. in the proper waste bins.