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Information for Parents

Note: tickets to the CCA’s closing banquet for the 2013 M&M Meat Shops are now available for purchase. Space is limited. They are available online and the tickets can be picked up at MacDonald Island Park.  Buy your tickets here.

Dear Canadian Juniors Parents,
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your team in becoming a provincial or territory representative at the upcoming Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Fort McMurray Alberta.

The Fort McMurray Host Committee is busy preparing to welcome you to the Wood Buffalo region. We hope to offer you a memorable opportunity of being a part of some great curling and spend some time in Canada’s oil sands capital.

Our Committee is pleased to offer great entertainment from across Canada, an opportunity to tour an oil sands plant and enjoy the amenities in our brand new world class MacDonald Island complex located at the confluence of two historic Rivers – the Athabasca and Clearwater.

A discounted hotel rate has been secured by our partners for players, coaches and guests booking for the event.

Parent Nights
Parent Nights are always a big hit at the M&M Canadian Juniors.  Three great evenings of fun (Monday – Wednesday) are planned all beginning at 9:30pm.  Here is the schedule:

Monday, February 4
Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, YT & NT)
MacDonald Island Park, 2nd level Miskanaw Ballroom

Tuesday, February 5
Central Canada (MB, NO, ON, NU & QC)
MacDonald Island Park, 2nd level Miskanaw Ballroom

Wednesday, February 6
Atlantic Canada (NB, NS, PE & NL)
McMurray Newfoundlanders Club, 36 Riedel Street

In order to help facilitate Parent Nights, we are asking each team to declare a parent representative.  This representative will be the main contact for the team for the appropriate parent night.  We ask that this person fill out the attached parent representative form.  Once all of the representatives have been declared, we will share email addresses between the teams who are hosting a night together.  This will help with the organization of your night.

MacDonald Island Park and the Newfoundlanders Club are full service establishments and therefore preparing and bringing in outside food is not permitted. The parents are still responsible for the entertainment and hosting the event.  Our wonderful hospitality staff takes care of the food and the clean-up for you.  Menus will be provided to the parent representative and have been carefully selected to feature foods from regions across Canada at a very reasonable cost.  I am pleased to share that sponsors have come forward to help offset the costs in hosting these events.  Details to follow with the representative.

Our Host Committee has arranged for shuttle transportation to and from the venue to the hotel group for your convenience.  Should you need assistance with equipment, please let us know the specifics.

Awards Banquet
The closing banquet for players, their families and friends is on Friday February 8 at 6pm at MacDonald Island Park.  It is recommended that your tickets be purchased prior to your arrival because they sell out quickly.  Tickets are on sale online Friday January 18th at the website below or available at MacDonald Island Park box office at 780-791-0070.

Lunch/Dinner & Lounge
During the week, a lounge will be available within MacDonald Island Park where spectators can sit down and enjoy a drink.  As well, a buffet lunch and supper will be available each day in the lounge at a cost of $10.

Tickets
Draw tickets and full event passes are available for purchase at MacDonald Island Park.  Prices are as follows:

Full Event Pass – $125
Weekend Pass (Thursday to Sunday) – $60
Round Robin Day Pass (Saturday – Friday) – $15
Saturday February 9 and 10 semi-final $20 Day Pass or single draw – $10
Saturday February 9 and 10 final – $20
Day Pass or singe draw – $15
*$2 service fee applies and GST.

Tickets are available at www.curling.ca/championships/juniors or MacDonald Island Park box office telephone 780-791-0070.

Accommodations
We offer four hotel choices as the official hotels to welcome the parents and families to Fort McMurray. The four hotels are: Radisson, Nomad, Franklin Inn and Vantage Inn and can be found by contacting www.fortmcmurrayhotels.ca. Please be advised that the athletes and coaches are staying at the Merit Hotel which is off limits for parents and family.  We are pleased to offer a discounted room rate of $109 each night.  When booking online with the Radisson you can apply the code “curl” for the discount.  When telephoning, please identify yourself as a guest for the junior curling event.

Oilsands Tour
The Host Committee has arranged for a tour of the Suncor oilsands site.
1) Players & Coaches only – Tuesday, February 5. Pick up from MacDonald Island Park at 8am (will be back at facility by 11:30am) – cost: no charge – must register through Fort McMurray Tourism – will accept registrations up to 3pm Monday February 4 – there are only two busses so a maximum of 100 players & coaches are able to go.

2) Parents & Others – Thursday, February 7. Pick up from the MacDonald Island Park at 8:30am (will be back at the facility close to noon) – cost: $25 not including GST – must register through Fort McMurray Tourism – will accept registration up to 3pm on Wednesday, February 6 – there are only two busses so a maximum of 100 people will be able to go (so definitely first come first go).

Everyone going on a tour will receive an entrance ticket to both Heritage Park and the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. Fort McMurray Tourism contact: 780-791-4336

Hopefully we have been able to answer some of your questions.  If you need any additional information on any of the above please feel free to contact me at thetesters@shaw.ca.

Sincerely,
Tracey Tester

Player Management Director & PARENT”S NIGHTS
thetesters@shaw.ca

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