Campground Services

There are outhouses, portable toilets, water taps, picnic tables, bike racks, and fire pits are available for communal use.

Safety volunteers (in blue vests) operate around the clock - literally 24 hours a day - patrolling the campground to ensure everyone is having a safe and positive time. 

Visit Campground Central

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: 24 hours a day

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 & Security

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! 

The Red Tent Project

The Red Tent is excited to offer a Safer Space in the Winnipeg Folk Festival Campground for Women, Trans, 2 Spirit, and Non-Binary folks. Campers can stop by to get info and resources like safer sex supplies, menstrual supplies, zines, and more! We will also be offering themed days at the Red Tent like Treat Yourself Thursday and Sex Positive Saturday where people can take a break and treat themselves.

The Red Tent Hours
Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Thurs/Fri/Sat: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cell Phone Charging

There is a cell phone 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.   

Lost & Found

Visit the Safety Trailer at Campground Central if you’ve lost something in the campground. Someone may have turned it in! 

Services in the Community

There are outhouses, water taps, picnic tables, bike racks and fire pits available for communal use. Campground shelters, built with reclaimed materials, are great places to gather, meet your neighbours and find refuge from rain or the hot afternoon sun. Communal fire pits are located by these shelters so you can pick a tune on your guitars together ‘round the fire! 

Campground Food Vendors 

A few great, healthy choice food vendors will be set up in the Festival Campground for campers to buy snacks. Like our food vendors on the Folk Fest site, these vendors support our LOFT initiative by selling local, organic and fair trade food for your health and enjoyment. 

Campground Store

Located on the paved road by the campground entrance, the store sells snacks, camping gear, earplugs and other supplies. Firewood and ice can be purchased at the campground store or look for the delivery trucks making daily runs through the campground 8:30 AM until 9:30 PM.

Hot Showers

Campers are welcome to use the Birds Hill Provincial Park Campground coin-showers (open 24 hours, $1 for three minutes, takes loonies and toonies) and coin-laundry (open during store hours, $1.75/wash, $2/dry, takes quarters and loonies). Take our free shuttle to the shower! 

Pollock’s Hardware Fix-it Shop

Just what every community needs, an old-fashioned fix-it shop! The great folks at Pollock’s Hardware Co-op have set up a service centre to help patrons who have something in need of fixing. Rope, tent repair materials (including mosquito netting), tape and everything for your bike repair needs. They even have tools that you can borrow. Talk about true Folk Fest spirit! Find them just north of the food vendors. 

Free Shuttle to Festival

Help us reduce our carbon footprint and leave your car parked. Walk to the festival site, ride your bike or take the free Campground Shuttle. The Campground Shuttle leaves every half-hour from marked bus stops along the trailhead paths from all three campgrounds to the festival site. 

Traffic Volunteers

The campground traffic crew is one of the first contact points for campers. They strive to make the arrival and exit of 1,000 vehicles and 6,000 campground patrons as safe, pleasant and stress-free as possible, so thank them when you see them!

Save the Park

Leave No Trace

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! 

Composting

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. 

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!

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

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