FAQ

Who will be at this event?

NCTA’s Annual Celebration is a gathering of North Country Trail lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, volunteers, staff, and agency partners, all coming together to explore new sections of the Trail and celebrate our local volunteers and partners that manage it. Historically a membership gathering of the Association, this event has grown to be far beyond that, attracting new people every year. We now have more than 400 people attend from 10 or more states each year. All are welcome to join us and we hope you’ll feel part of our Trail community when you do.

 

How do I register?

Please review the program information we’ve provided throughout this website then fill out the online registration form.

 

What is the deadline for registration?

April 15, 2019.

 

Can I register on-site at Shanty Creek Resort?

No, pre-registration is required.

 

Do kids have to pay?

Registration is free for kids 16 and under.

 

What is included in my registration?

Your registration fee includes participation in and transportation to the organized hikes (Sleeping Bear Dunes excursion is an additional cost) and all evening programs. Meals are a separate cost but are purchased using the same registration form. Full weekend registration also includes a free t-shirt. The registration fee supports the many expenses of putting on the event and it supports the organization’s work toward our mission. Lodging and/or camping are not included in registration.

 

Can I register for multiple hikes/activities per day?

The schedule may allow for you to sign up for a morning and afternoon hike on certain days. Please pay attention to the start and end times to give yourself enough time between activities. Even though we try to plan accordingly, delays in start and end times are always a possibility.

 

Will there be additional activities not currently listed in the program?

We may continue to add hikes and other activities as needed to ensure we have exciting opportunities for all of our attendees.

 

Can I cancel my registration? And if so, will my registration fee be refunded?

Cancellations will be accepted until March 31 with partial refund.

 

I registered online and didn’t receive my confirmation number. What should I do?

Please call Alison Myers at the North Country Trail Association: (616) 897-5987, ext. 1.

 

Who should I call with questions about my registration?

Please call Alison Myers at the North Country Trail Association: (616) 897-5987, ext. 1.

 

Where should I stay?

The event base camp is at Shanty Creek Resort and NCTA has secured a room block with special rates for this location. Please book using this link to get that rate. Camping and other lodging is also available in the area. Visit the Lodging page for additional information.

 

Are shuttles available from the campgrounds?

No. All hikes and activity shuttles originate and terminate at Shanty Creek Resort.

 

What should I bring/wear?

This is an outdoor adventure event so please come prepared for all types of weather and activity. Good hiking shoes, rain gear, a reusable water bottle and a backpack are the staples. Check out the Hike Planning section of the NCTA website for more information. There is a local outfitter in Bellaire, Paddles & Pedals, in case you forget to pack something you need. And although you may feel free to get dressed up for the evening events, most of the crowd will be in hiking boots.

 

How do I get a limited edition Celebration t-shirt?

Full weekend registration includes a free t-shirt! Daily registrants may be able to purchase a t-shirt online or at the event if enough are available.

 

What will the weather be this time of year?

Spring in northern Michigan can be unpredictable. Below are the daily temperatures (°F) for early May for the past five years. The event will still go on if it rains or even snows. Be sure to bring rain gear. Snowshoes will be available for rent from Shanty Creek Resort should we need them.

Year Low High
2014 31-43 46-63
2015 32-51 67-85
2016 30-41 48-78
2017 28-34 44-64
2018 39-47 60-71

 

Are dogs allowed on the hikes?

No, dogs are not allowed on Organized Hikes, but you are welcome to take leashed dogs on your own hikes.

 

Are dogs allowed in the lodging at Shanty Creek Resort?

There are a limited number of pet-friendly units at Shanty Creek Resort. These units are not located inside the main hotel. One pet weighing 35 lbs. or less is allowed for an additional fee of $20 per night. Pets must remain on a leash and with you at all times. Please clean up after your pet. Service dogs are an exception and are reviewed case by case.

 

Am I required to have a meal ticket to participate during happy hour?

No, all registrants are welcome to attend with no additional charge. Please visit Shanty Creek Resort’s Dining web page for information about on-site dining options, or the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce’s Food & Drink page for some local restaurant information.

 

Am I required to have a meal ticket to participate in the evening programs?

No, all registrants are welcome to attend with no additional charge. Please visit Shanty Creek Resort’s Dining web page for information about on-site dining options, or the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce’s Food & Drink page for some local restaurant information.

 

How can I get involved?

These events are planned and executed by the hard work of many volunteers. If you are interested in helping us leading up to or during the event, please participate in this survey.