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FLC FAQ's FYI
Family Life Conference Frequently Asked Questions For Your Information
Can I register at the site on the weekend of the conference?
We typically do accept registrations at the event throughout the conference weekend, BUT, for planning all the important details that create a successful and enjoyable conference for all participants, registering before the early deadline closes, is the best-case scenario for everyone.
When registering by the Early Bird Deadline, the cost of registration for the conference is reduced.
We can ensure there are adequate amenities for the comfort of all participants. Think of essentials such as porta potties, water, wood, ice, garbage bins, food vendors, Eucharistic Hosts, ministry personnel in charge of your children and volunteers who look after so many details. Also, other details such as the site permit and insurance are based on the number of attendees ... so we really need to have those numbers.
Registering and paying for your registration while the online registration is still open, (varies each year) won't give you the discounted price but it will allow us to have a package ready for your group with name tags, program, wrist bands for kids etc. that will definitely save you time and the registration volunteers undue stress. Packages are not made until payment is received.
Can I and/or my family attend the conference for one day only?
You can absolutely attend for one day only, or commute daily without staying overnight to camp. There are a number of people who love the talks, the sacraments, and the beautiful community they find at this event but also love the comfort of their own bed or amenities at a nearby hotel (think showers). Day rates are available but not easily processed through the registration portal which also does not allow for a discounted price. Pay at registration when you arrive and you will receive a name tag. Note that weekend rates are the same for both campers and non-campers so registering online is the way to go.
Will there be food, beverages, snacks and water available at the site? WE HAD SEVERAL FOOD VENDORS ATTENDING OUR 2023 FLC and we are hoping to have some of those return and perhaps some new options as well. We will update this information prior to our 2024 conference.
If you want Food Vendors to come again, PLEASE SUPPORT THEM!!!
What amenities will be at the site?
This is a large site which is completely designated as group camping
There will be ample porta potties available, including the required number of handicapped porta potties and wash stations which will be serviced twice a day throughout the weekend. (We received numerous comments thanking us for the VERY CLEAN porta potties in 2023.
Wood will be available for purchase.
Ice will be available for purchase.
There is ample parking and wide concrete sidewalks running from the parking lot, to the Shrine and down to the lake which were added and/or improved for the Papal Visit in 2022
There is potable water available at some locations at the site which will be marked on the site map that will be put up in the Registration Tent
A fresh water truck and a sewage disposal truck was available onsite in 2023 where campers could book any RV services they needed for the five-day event. The 2024 Conference is shorter, but we hope to do the same.
Alternatively, the closest dump station is Alberta Beach 10 minutes away
What amenities will NOT be at the site?
There will be NO showers available at the site
There are NO hookups for RVs
Can we bring a generator?
Campers are in pretty close proximity to one another so if you need a generator, out of respect for other campers, make sure it's a quiet one. Use as little as possible and only during the hours from 8 am - 11 pm.
With this being designated as 'Group Camping', is it possible for each camper to have their own fire or are there only 'group fire pits' as well?
If there are no fire bans, camp fires can be had at individual camper's sites.
We encourage campers to share camp fires with friends, family, and new campers attending the conference. Wood will be available for purchase.
How early can we arrive at Lac Ste. Anne to set up?
For 2024, Catholic Family Ministries will be renting the site from June 28 to July 1st. We can't guarantee access to the site prior to the June 28 as our event begins on the 28. In the past there was not an issue with campers arriving early to set up when renting an RV that was being dropped off and we wouldn't expect an issue but as we are not renting the site we can't guarantee you will be allowed onsite. The Porta Potties may already be onsite but not necessarily accessible before the 28. Registration officially opens on Friday, June 29 so if you arrive before the 29 and are allowed access, ensure you bring your own drinking water, wood, etc. and make sure you head to the Registration Tent on Friday to register and pick up your name tags and packages.
Where is the closest location to fill our trailer with water and a dump station at the end of the weekend?
Alberta Beach is the closest location but we will hope to have a truck that you can book service with. Each camper will need to book their own service if needed.
Are dogs allowed at the Conference and site?
Dogs are allowed, however, they must be under your control at all times. They are not allowed in the Shrine. Make sure they are not barking and disturbing other campers and you pick up after your dog. There are a couple of dogs that live with the priest at the rectory that may come to visit campers.
I couldn't find directions to Lac Ste. Anne on the website?
Enter the address plus code for the Site in your phone which is:
MHR8+8X Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta
or the address: Comp 38, Site 114, RR1, Lac Ste. Anne, AB
Enter your own location for specific directions for you to the above address.
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