2018 Stars and Thunder Festival Camping

Gillies LakeTent-only sites will be available this year at Gillies Lake Conservation Area; only a .5 km walk to the Stars and Thunder venue. These are basic campsites with no water or hydro hookups. One (1) parking space will be provided for each campsite.

The Gillies Lake Conservation Area is in the centre of Timmins. Gillies Lake beach is within walking distance and there is direct access to a large network of local walking/cycling trails. We are near restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, the ONR/Timmins Transit bus depot, and most importantly the Stars and Thunder stage.

Reservations can be made at the time of ticket booking ($200 for the Festival week from June 23, 2018, to July 2, 2018).

We have answered some of your questions below. For more information, please contact the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority office at 705-360-2660.


Can I reserve a campsite when I purchase my tickets?

Campsites will be assigned on arrival. Please note, there are NO saving spots, so if you want to camp together, you must arrive together. No camping in any area other than the designated campsites.

Do I need to purchase a parking pass?

Each site will have access to one (1) parking space for a vehicle.

What is the minimum age for reserving a campsite?

Youth and children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 19.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed in the campsite area.

Are campsite prices per night or for the entire event?

Campsite prices are for the entire event (June 23-July 2), not per night.

Can I have more than one tent on my site?

Each site will have space for 1 tent.

How big are the campsites?

Each site is 20’ x 20’.

When can I set up?

Campsites may be set up on June 23, 2018 and everything must be removed on July 2, 2018.

Can I rope of my site?

We do not permit roping off your site; it becomes a safety hazard for you and other campers in the dark.

How many people are allowed on each campsite?

Each site can have up to 4 people.

Can I put my tent in my truck bed?

Vehicle parking is not on your site. For security reasons, truck tents and campers will not be allowed in the parking lot.

Are motorized vehicles permitted on site?

No motorized vehicles are permitted in the campsite. Parking is provided around the campsite area. Note that the campsite is near a community trail system, so bicycles are welcome.

Can I bring a generator?

Generators are not permitted.

Can I have a campfire?

Fires are NOT permitted in our Conservation Area, including propane fireplaces. No open flames.

Are there picnic tables on each site?

Picnic tables are available within the Conservation Area, but they are not placed on campsites.

Is there hydro available?

There is no hydro available at the tent sites. General lighting will be provided around the campsite perimeter.

Is there potable water available?

There are no water hookups, but bottled water will be available for purchase from the MRCA office.

What are the washroom and shower facilities?

There are 2 public washrooms available in the Conservation Area. Additional portable toilets will be installed for the week. Accessible toilets are available.

Shower facilities will be made available offsite. There is a beach area on the other side of the lake, however we ask that no soap or shampoo products are used in the water. 

Is there a Lost and Found?

A Lost and Found will be located in the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA) office during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 am-4 pm). The MRCA does not take responsibility for any lost or damaged items.

Is there security on site?

We will have security at the campsite 24/7. We recommend that you do not leave valuable items on your campsite and that you lock your vehicle at all times. We do not take responsibility for lost, misplaced or stolen items.

Does the site have wi-fi?

The City of Timmins provides a wi-fi hotspot in the area.

What do we do with our garbage?

Garbage and recycling bins will be provided throughout the campsite. Our crews will collect and dispose of all garbage from those points.

Do you have a cell phone charging station since hydro is not provided?

There are no charging stations on site. There are a very limited number of electrical outlets available throughout the property.

What are the rules about alcohol?

No open alcohol will be permitted around the campsite.

Can I bring a BBQ?

A propane cooking appliance using a propane container of not more than 1 lb may be used. Campfires are not permitted in our Conservation Area.

Please use plastic!

No glass containers are permitted on the grounds. Please use plastic or cans to avoid any breakage.


Please remember that our campsite is near a residential area. Loud music or sound systems that are a disturbance will not be allowed. Gillies Lake Conservation Area has neighbours close by; please be respectful of them.