2023 Guest Info
Location for the 2023 Herb Gathering:
Camp Jubilee (Cochrane, AB)
Camp Jubilee is located on the south bank of the Bow River at Cochrane east of Highway 22, situated on 85 acres of terraced grassland, mixed forest, and the river’s floodplain, inhabited by several species of wildlife, waterfowl and terrestrial birds. Our Home for the Weekend is located along the river and near the town of Cochrane. With access to the Bow River and shady camping under the trees, Camp Jubilee is the ideal location to meet new friends and plant-friends!
The camp has heated bunk rooms, classrooms, and indoor water service. For washroom needs, there are plenty of outhouses around the property. Indoor bathrooms and showers are for emergencies only, as the camp runs on a limited septic system. There is great cellphone service on site.
Parking at Camp
There is lots of parking on site this year! Trailers will be parked in specific zones, please ask for details at registration. Car camping is permitted in the parking area, all other camping is pack-it-in style (you can drop your equipment at the drop zone before parking). If you need to leave the campsite during the weekend, please park closer to the entrance to allow for exit/entry. Gates are locked at 10:00pm each night.
Arriving & Registration
We're starting early on Friday so you can fit in more activities! Registration begins at 11:00am and ends at 8:00pm on Friday, July 10th. Registration is also open from 8:00-10:00am on Saturday & Sunday. Walk-in tickets are available at the registration booth.
Upon your arrival, enter the gate and follow direction signs to the Registration Booth. Here, you will check in and receive a bracelet for your weekend pass, and another for your meal ticket (if applicable). Please wear your bracelet(s) throughout the weekend and be sure to show your meal ticket bracelet at mealtimes.
Gates will be shut outside of registration hours. If you arrive outside of registration hours, call the phone number on the gate to contact registration staff. The gates are locked from 10pm-8am each night.
What To Bring to the Alberta Herb Gathering
Please bring all tenting equipment you need to be safe and comfortable while camping, including your tent, bedding, towels and tarps if necessary. For guests staying in the bunk houses, bring your own bedding, pillows and towels. Some guests bring an extra flat sheet to hang over their bunk as a privacy curtain. Bring an eye-mask or ear-plugs if you're a light sleeper!
For food storage, snacks and drinks, please bring a cooler with ice. If you're cooking your meals at camp, you may wish to bring a camp stove, portable BBQ, hot-dog sticks and necessary cooking and eating utensils. Indoor kitchen space is not provided.
Warm clothes are a must for cool evenings, and layers for day-time changes in temperature. This event will go forward ‘Rain or Shine’ - please bring clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather forecast.
It’s important to bring any necessary medications / medical devices with you for your health and comfort. Inform the Registration staff if you have a condition that may result in the need for emergency assistance, or carry emergency medications such as an Epipen or nitroglycerin. Bring a water bottle and travel mug for beverages to stay hydrated.
Other items to Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, umbrella, notepad, sketchbook and pen; flashlight, water-bottle, travel mug, rain poncho, bug spray, first-aid kit, personal care items like soap and wash-cloths; musical instruments, drums, rattles for the Campfire Jam; cash for shopping at vendors; roasting sticks and hotdogs/marshmallows; camp slippers, foldable chairs; a day pack for carrying your stuff; frisbees, glowsticks, costumes, & other fun things. Small garbage bags for your campsite (garbage must be brought to the garbage shed each evening).
Guest Accommodations include the 2 tenting areas, as well as bunks in Centennial House. There is space for RVs or tent trailers near Pallesen House, however no hook-ups are provided and dumping is not permitted. Generators are not allowed. Car camping is permitted within the RV camping zone.
Tent Camping Sites - There are 2 tent sites, designated as 'Quiet Camping' (South of Pallesen House) and 'General Camping' (South of the tree-line that is South of Centennial House). There are picnic tables and benches around the property, and a few outdoor fire pits. All sites in the tenting areas are walk-in only, with a drop zone next to Centennial House. Guests must supply their own tent, bedding and towels.
Note about camping noise: General Camping will host the Fireside Storytelling until 9:00pm on Saturday; if you prefer a quiet campsite please choose to set-up in the Quiet Camping zone. Quiet times for all campsites are from 11pm - 7am each day.
There are no indoor kitchens or cookhouses available for campers this year. All kitchens are off-limits for safety reasons. Set up outdoor cook stoves at the campsites or picnic tables for food prep. Clean up after yourself when using any of the tables or other areas of the campsites.
Bunk House @ Centennial - guests can choose to sleep in the bunks in Centennial House (2 large rooms of bunks). The small bunk rooms in Pallesen and Namiyi are reserved for presenters. Please bring your own bedding and towel for the weekend. There are a limited number of electric outlets in the bunk rooms - please share with other guests.
The bunk rooms are divided by gender self-identification (Co-ed and female-only); you may choose which bunk room you’re comfortable sleeping in. We want all guests to feel safe and welcome, if you have questions regarding the sleeping arrangements please contact us via email before arriving.
Washrooms are outdoors, in the outhouses. There are showers available for emergency use only. Camp Jubilee runs on a limited septic system, so please be mindful of your water consumption while at the camp. Please clean up after yourself when using any common facilities, including the outhouses, sinks and camping sites.
Leave Only Footprints
We are a ‘Leave No Trace’ event. Garbage must be removed at the end of the weekend - please bring bags and take all your garbage with you. Recyclable containers can be brought home with you. Do not pick plants or otherwise alter the landscape, or leave anything behind at the camp after you go. Smoking is permitted 10 meters from buildings, tents and other campers. Be sure to fully extinguish cigarettes and take the butts with you. Do not leave cigarette butts or litter on the ground.
First Aid & Safety
First Aid is located in the tent next to Centennial House, at Registration. There is a Big Red Cross on the tent. Phone and First Aid kit can be found here. AED is located inside Centennial House.
Be Safe at the AHG - stay hydrated, regulate your temperature with clothes or sun & weather protection. No drugs or alcohol are permitted at Girl Guide camps. Please leave your pets at home, and supervise all youth who accompany you to the AHG. All guests must sign a waiver during the registration process - sign yours online before the event to speed up your registration experience.
The KidZone is located in the yard immediately behind Pallesen House. Kids out-of-diapers up to age 12 can participate in fun and games at the KidZone during workshop hours:
Friday, August 18 1:00-4:30pm
Saturday, August 19 8:00-11:30am & 1:00-6:00pm
Sunday, August 20 8:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm
Please pick up your children on time - the KidZone volunteers will also need time to eat and rest.
Dining & Meals
Guests have the option of bringing their own food this year, or taking part in our Meal Plan (added on to your ticket during registration). The menu is Omnivore, with some gluten-free or vegan sides or substitutions. Meals include Friday & Saturday Supper, as well as Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday & Sunday. All meals are served in the Centennial House Dining Hall, and meal times are printed on the Schedule. Seating is at the indoor tables and chairs or at Picnic tables around the Lodge. Please bus your dishes to the Clean-up station after eating, where volunteers will load them into the sanitizer.
Indoor kitchens & non-designated buildings are off-limits to everyone but staff. Guests may use the fire pits at tenting sites, however all indoor equipment is off-limits to guests this weekend.
Marketplace & Vending
Vendors are located in the Marketplace, in front of Centennial House. We recommend bringing cash for shopping, as internet service is available for most service providers, but no guaranteed. Vendors keep their own hours throughout the weekend, if there is no one at a vending table please come back and visit them later. Vendors are responsible for securing their tables at all times.
Workshop & Event Locations
Workshop Locations are indicated on the Schedule and Map as A, B and C. Plantwalks & Outdoor workshops will meet at A (Behind Centennial House), lectures & visual presentations are located at B (Basement of Pallesen House), and cooking/formulating demos are held at C (inside Namiyi). Plantwalks/Outdoor workshops will often be on the move after meet-up, if you’re late you may have to go find them.
Events each have their own location. There are 6 Special Events for you to enjoy:
Opening & Closing Ceremonies - Green Space in Marketplace, in Front of Centennial
Metis Artifacts Scavenger Hunt - at the Experience Metis booth in Marketplace
Keynote Speaker - Centennial Dining Room
Fireside Storytelling - Meet in front of the Tipis at General Camping
Drum Circle - A - Firepit behind Centennial
Campfire Memories Jam - A - Firepit behind Centennial
Swap, Shop & Share - Marketplace
If you have questions or concerns before the Alberta Herb Gathering, please send us an email at email@example.com . We look forward to exploring with you!
What does my registration include?
Your weekend registration includes your choice of workshops, plant walks, evening entertainments & accommodations--2 nights of tenting or space in the bunks. Also-connection, community, & kinship!
Do I need a Meal Plan, or are meals included? Are there options for vegan/GF?
Meals are NOT included in your ticket price - a separate Meal Plan can be added to your weekend pass when you register. The meal plan includes Dinner Friday night, 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday (breakfast and lunch). There are no separate options for children/teens, or for single day passes.
Please bring your own food if you choose not to get a meal plan, along with any food preparation equipment, dishes, cutlery, cups, that you need.
What equipment is available for preparing the food?
There are fire pits for camp fires and a large, shared BBQ (bring your own propane tank). potable water is available in the buildings. There are no fridges or indoor cooking areas for guests. We ask that all guests clean up after their meal preps and abide by the Leave No Trace policy.
Please bring everything you would normally pack to prepare food while camping. Suggested items: dishes, cutlery, napkins, washing bin, biodegradable soap, fire-roasting/hot-dog sticks, mugs, water bottle, dish cloths, drying rack, cooler with ice.
Camp Jubilee is located inside the town of Cochrane, where many supplies and restaurants are available.
Can my partner come to take care of the kids, but not attend the workshops? Are kids welcome?
Unfortunately, due to fire regulations at our venue, we have a maximum total capacity of people onsite for the weekend, & therefore unable to accommodate more people than we've accounted for through ticket sales. Everyone attending needs to purchase a ticket or be a volunteer.
There will be no childcare provided, so please leave little ones at home. Minors over the age of 15 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian (adult registration required). Babes in arms are welcome to attend with their care-giver.
Thank you so much for your understanding!
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the refund policy?
You are welcome to sell or give away your registration-- just let us know the name of the person who is coming in your place. There is no fee to transfer it to an alternate attendee.