FAQs for Friends & Family:
About Online Check-In:
About Tent Assignments and Gear:
FAQs for Friends & Family:
1. Where can my friends and family come to cheer me on?
There will be set Cheering Stations along the route on both Saturday and Sunday where your friends and family members are encouraged to come out and cheer you on. Check back closer to event to download your Cheering Station Flyer.
2. Can friends or family visit at Camp?
Absolutely, you can have a few friends or family visit you at Camp. However, please remember that food and refreshments are not available for your guests. Encourage your friends and family to carpool as parking may be limited in the area. Parking will be located in multiple areas with and around Downsview Parc. All parking is complimentary. For directions, visit: www.downsviewpark.ca
3. Where do friends and family park during event and at Closing Ceremonies?
Save time and gas by carpooling with friends as parking may be limited in the area. Complimentary Event Parking will be located on the North side of Sheppard Avenue West at Tuscan Gate Road.
Parking attendants will be onsite to assist
to download a map of the parking area.
4. Where should friends and family stand at the finish to meet me?
Your family and friends can meet you at Downsview Parc.Top
5. Should I check in online?
Yes, we encourage you to take advantage of online check-in. Day Zero is going virtual and now watching the safety video, signing up for delayed self-pledge, and selecting your tentmate can all be completed in the comfort of your own home. Sleep in on Saturday, avoid the last minute lines.Top
About Tent Assignments and Gear:
6. Can a Walker and Crew Member share the same tent?
A Walker and Crew Member can share a tent. However, the tent will be in the Crew section, and the Walker should be aware they may be woken up earlier as many of our Crew are up and working before the Walkers wake up. If a Walker and Crew are planning to share a tent, they will both need to go through the Tent assignment process together.
7. What size blow-up mattress will fit in the tent? How big is a tent?
The tents are 2-person, 7x7 ft, and will accommodate a double mattress easily. However, remember if you are sharing with someone you do not know, be considerate of their needs. As well, remember that there are no electrical outlets at Camp, so you will need either a manual pump or good lungs to blow up your mattress! Important: your gear weight limit is 30 lbs, so if your mattress is adding too much weight to your gear bag please leave it at home and bring a lighter foam mattress instead.
8. How do I ensure my tent mate and I have the same tent assignment/ Does my tent mate have to be with me on Saturday to reserve the same tent?
If you have not identified your tent partner in the Online Check-In process, you both will need to present to sign up for tent assignment line on Saturday morning. If you have completed the tent assignment process online, you will receive an email on Thursday, September 8, with your tent asssignment info. Login to your Participant Centre to get started.
9. What if I don’t have a tent partner?
If you don’t have someone to share a tent with, you will be assigned a tent partner of the same gender on Saturday morning.
10. Can I get to the luggage I put at the Gear Drop-Off during the day?
The Gear Drop-Off will be packed up in the morning and go directly to Camp on Saturday and on Sunday, directly to Closing Ceremonies, so you will not be able to access any of the gear you dropped off. It is important to carry with you the necessities that you will need throughout the day, such as an extra pair of socks, sunscreen and your cell phone. Top
11. When do Closing Ceremonies end?
Closing ceremonies begin promptly at 3:30 pm on Sunday and will run for approximately 45 minutes. Please remember to pace yourself so that you finish in time to join in the ceremony. We encourage your friends and family to come celebrate your accomplishment and cheer Walkers on as they return from their journey between 11:30am - 3:15pm.
12. Do I have to stay for Closing Ceremonies?
Closing Ceremonies are a moving and emotional tribute to your triumph, and to the triumph of all those who were involved in The Weekend. We encourage you to stay, and to take a moment to reflect on the amazing feat that you’ve just successfully completed. However, if you are unable to stay for Closing Ceremonies, you may pick up your luggage as soon as it is offloaded from the gear pick-up and go home.Top
13. What if it rains, do we still walk?
We will walk rain or shine. In fact, the event will continue in all situations provided that it is safe to do so.
14. What time do I need to arrive on Saturday?
All participants should be at Opening Ceremonies no later than 7:20 am, to allow time to have breakfast, drop off your luggage and be ready for Opening Ceremonies.
15. What time do we leave Camp and start walking on Sunday?
On Sunday, Camp will open for Breakfast and showers at 6:30am. For those of you eager to get moving, the route will open at approximately 7:15am. For those of you who like to enjoy an extra cup of coffee before heading out on your way, Camp remains open until 8:00am.
16. Should I carry my extra shoes with me on the walk?
We would suggest packing your extra shoes with all of your other gear which will be at Camp. This way, you will have a dry, fresh pair of shoes for the second day of the walk.
17. What should I carry with me while walking?
Your handbook is a great resource for what to pack and carry with you, and of course, your personal preferences are important. Remember, you should carry the same weight and size bag as you have used in your training.
Some important items to keep with you are:
- Water bottle and sports drink bottle
- Extra socks
- Cell phone
- SPF lip balm
- Anti-blister aids
- Money if you have a craving for a treat not provided!
18. Where can 1-Day Walkers be picked up?
The 1-Day Walkers’ finish line is at Downsview Parc. Encourage your friends and family to come join you as you take your final steps of your journey between 3:00pm to 7:00pm. 1-Day Walkers are welcomed to celebrate their journey at Camp with their fellow Walkers.
19. How long will our Personal Page stay up after the event?
Your Personal Page will remain active right through to the end of the year so that you can send out a thank you to all of those who have supported you in so many ways throughout your journey. Let them know that their support was the foundation for your great achievement.