AUGUST 11ND-12RD, 2023

Can you dance to my beat?






It’s that time again, and it’s been too long.  2 days and 2 nights of camping and dancing and laughing and catching up with figments from your past, pillars from your present, and apparitions from your future…

The music program again will be provided and curated by many of your favourite DJ & producer friends from the past 25 years. Folks you’ll remember from the hallowed rooms of the old Salvation Army building on Pandora St, the creek on the side of Boneyard Rd, the after hours with the Red Door on Yates St, the basement club on Government St, & the sands of Mussel Beach.  This entire experience is powered by memories.

The site is huge, and features many hiking and biking paths to your avail, so feel free to bring bikes and boots to explore! The top of the property offers some amazing vistas of the lake and surrounding area. Speaking of which… Cowichan Lake is right across the street for some afternoon dips.

There are a few rules that just make sense:

• NO fires

• NO glass bottles

• NO dogs

• NO littering

• NO aggressive attitudes

• NO being unsafe

• NO being irresponsible

• NO way Jose


As amazing as it was last year with all the kiddos running around all nimbly bimbly, and dancing cheek to cheek, this year we are going kidless.  There a few reasons for this, but ultimately, we just think it’s going to enhance the experience without having to worry about your precious offspring throughout the weekend.  Get someone to sit on them babies!

Unfortunately, this is a hard 100% NO.  NOPE.
This is a private, small, very limited capacity, cost-share event that has been carefully curated over the past couple of months.  We stayed up ALL night straining our tiny little brains to think of who to invite and how to get a hold of some  pretty elusive creatures to be sure.  Did you get invited but just didn’t manage to get your ticket in time for whatever reason, and now it’s sold out?  Maybe you’ll catch the next one!  Life’s tricky like that sometimes.
You’re welcome to plead your case below in the question box, but it’s going to take a whopper.  Good luck!


Do not drive from wherever you live without a hot little ticket in your hand.
You will not be admitted entry without a valid ticket.  For real.

Once you find Laketown Ranch (it’s quite easy to spot), you’ll be coming in through the front entrance, past the yellow gate.  Then you’ll make your first available left turn through the parking lot and then a right onto Teleglobe Road.  Cruise all the way up the hill to the upper gate, and hang a ‘Remember’ into the upper camp and stage zone.  We’re going to have beautiful balloons and arrows  for which to ease your wayfinding woes.  Easy peasy.

The music program will be available closer to the event!

Yes, and also yes.  We’re going to turn the soundsystem on and up Friday afternoon, and she should be pretty active throughout the following 48 hours.  There will be cooldown times when the music is off (or low) to hit the lake, or just have a lil rest.  The site features a number of spots to set your area up in zones that will be considerably less noisy than others, but do keep in mind that the music will be fairly persistent throughout the proceedings.

This was a hard one, trust us.  We love doggos.  We love scratching their chins, and throwing them balls, and all the belly laughs we get from the silly things they do.  However, this venue is just not the ideal environment for our funny, furry friends.  This property is home to squirrels, rabbits, deer, a large heard of Roosevelt elk, bears, and all sorts of other enticing critters.  It’s also a vast, densely forested area with plenty of established animal trails leading up into the Cowichan hills.  We’d be absolutely gutted if any of your quadraped cuties took a wrong turn and wandered off, heaven forbid.  Plus they poop everywhere.

Yep, sure did!  This land is my land, this land is your land, but more than either of us, this land belongs to wild animals, who live here the other 51 weekends of the year.  They don’t really understand that they weren’t invited to the party, and sometimes show up unannounced.  Black bears aren’t like their scary, blood thirsty cousins the Grizzly, Polar, Koala, or Care, and aren’t too much interested in humans.  In fact, they’re pretty bashful little guys who aren’t looking for trouble.  What they DO love, and ARE looking for though, is garbage.  It is VERY important that you do not leave unattended food out overnight (or overday for that matter), and DO NOT LITTER.  These cutie little bruins will find it.  We’ve asked all bears to please stay away all weekend, so let’s not send mixed messages by leaving food around for them.

Another important part of bear safety is to stick together.  Use the buddy system for late night pee trips, and if you do happen upon a Yogi, Baloo or Teddy, group tight together, raise them hands up to make yourselves look big, and make a ton of noise.  Hitting rocks or sticks together is a good idea.  No running away please.

I mean, yeah probably a few of them!

Mountain lions though? … probably not.

No but seriously…  Not a thing to worry about, but to be mindful of.  Vancouver Island is a wild place.  All varieties of adorable and majestic creatures live here.  Let’s respect that we’re visiting these big mittens’ region for the weekend. Don’t go wandering off alone into the woods after dark please.  Especially if you’re short.

Be  buddy system, be big, and be noisy after sundown (it’s a party!).

Really?  This one seems kinda obvious, no?  Glass breaks, and most of us have soft, supple skin.  But you can still bring your favourite spirits or potations, silly – just pop ’em into a plastic container first!  If you’ve made a whoopsie and found yourself up here without first transferring your fantastically fine fluids, maybe pop on over to Lake Cowichan before jump-off to get a container or two, ensuring you aren’t roaming around the property with glass throughout the weekend.

You know what?  If you bring a big enough tent, you’re free and welcome to park your car inside of it if you want!  We have access to a LOT of space up here, and everyone is welcome to arrange themselves and their areas and their cars basically any which way their little hearts desire.  Our friendly Camp Spot Selection Ambassadors will be on-hand, ready to let you know if the super secret super spot you found is copacetic or naw.  If it seems reasonable to you, the chances are likely yaw.  If you’re unsure, maybe find a CSSA to ask before digging in too deep.  We’d hate to make you move after you’re all set up in your surreptitious sanctuary.

How about them indeed!  They’re so handy!  If you’re lucky enough to have ’em, bring ’em up.  There is lots of room to maneuver them into place to make your setup just right.  There are, however, NO HOOKUPS available onsite.

Propane fire thingies are just fine!  The caveat is that they need to be 12″ off the ground.  So maybe bring up a few cinder blocks?

I don’t know, CAN you?  If you can, then you may!  There are heaps of biking and hiking trails on the property, and we’d encourage you to bike around and explore.  They’re also good for scootin’ around to and fro.  Bring em!  Also, bring some hiking boots.

It is literally right across the street.  If you pop into a car, you’ve got several options for a beach dip, with the closest being about a 3-5 minute drive away.  The weather is aiming to be tickling the 30º mark throughout the weekend, so don’t forget your towel!  And sunscreen.  And a hat.

You bet there is!  Heaps of it!  Laketown Ranch is build atop a big ol’ aquifer.  There is an unlimited abundance of water for drinking, splashing, washing, misting, cooling, etc.  We’ve placed big cube containers full of potable water around the site where we thought they’d be most convenient, for your hydro-happiness.

We’ll have a BBQ or two for you to use to grill up your tasty treats, but there will be no vendors or catering this weekend.  It’s a BYOF situation, but with the added perk of being able to ‘cook what you took’.  Plan accordingly, but also remember that you can purchase foodstuffs in the charming lakeside hamlet of Lake Cowichan, a mere 5 minute drive away from site, should you need to replenish or strategically purchase your party pantry perishables.

As a matter of fact, there is ice!  It’s reasonable too!  $4 a bag.

We hope you WILL have to number two (it’s important!), and we’ve planned for just that!  There will be portable potties around the site, as well as a couple flush toilets for those looking for a little more civility and decorum.

You WILL be able to shower up here, and don’t call us Shirley!  There are several areas for hot showers onsite, available at no cost.  These will be unavailable after 10pm daily.  Please respect your neighbours and limit your shower time to 5 minutes, so that everyone can enjoy this glamping luxury.

This year we are going full BYOB.  We had a bar last year, and gosh don’t you know it, not a lot of you used it!  Seems most of you beauties just brought up your favourite potations, and sorted yourselves out just fine.  You spoke, and we listened!  Again though, if you need to re-up at any point of the proceedings, there is tons of booze in Lake Cowichan for purchase.

The early bird catches the worm!  Gates are open 9am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday.

Well then, you’re going to make us miss you, wondering where the heck you are!  Please try you’re darn tootinest to get there before 11pm, but if you do show up after that, you can try giving us a call at  250 580 7673, and we’ll try to come open the gate for you.  No guarantees though!

Really DO try to get here before eleven please.


Remember the fun?