Chapters & Local Contacts

Please see the Events page for upcoming meetings, and the Contact page for full contact information.

Halifax Chapter

The Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims is a not-for–profit community organization that invites pilgrims to share their Camino experiences and provide advice for those planning their Camino. Our annual meetings are held in November at the Halifax Central Library and we have partnered with The Trail Shop to present practical packing and equipment information for people interested in walking the camino. Additionally, we schedule group hikes and have hosted hospitalero training. We are on Facebook where our latest events and information are posted.

Contact: John Roy and Maureen Summers

Fredericton Chapter

The Fredericton Chapter of the CCoP supports the Camino de Santiago by hosting spring and fall gatherings to bring together veterans of the Camino and prospective pilgrims to explore the experience, the wisdom and the joy of the Camino and to answer practical planning questions. Each year, returning pilgrims are invited to share their experience and show their pictures at the gatherings.
The chapter maintains a Facebook page and conducts outings, social events and language training and practice.

Contact: Kevin McKinney

Ottawa Chapter

In addition to providing the core of the executive for national level of CCoP from 2008 to 2016, the Ottawa Chapter has continued to offer its own programming of speakers for new and experienced pilgrims several times a year, and Camino 101 training for those going to walk their first Camino.

Contact: Wilma Wendels

Toronto Chapter

The Toronto Chapter consists of past, present and future pilgrims of The Way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela. This is one of the largest and most active Chapters in CCoP. They offer two full-day pilgrim meetings each year, as well as social gatherings such as films and special walks.

Pilgrim Advisers and Ambassadors
For those who would like one-on-one support heading into their pilgrimage, the Toronto Chapter will match you up with an adviser to answer all you questions and get you off on the right foot. For more information contact Mike.

Contact: Mike Gurski

Hamilton Chapter

The Hamilton Chapter of the CCoP is a small growing group of people who have walked or are interested in walking the various routes of the Camino de Santiago or are interested in serving as hospitaleros in Spain. We provide information and encouragement to those interested in or planning a Camino. During the winter we schedule walks and coffee and breakfast meetings at a cafe where you can socialize and ask your questions. We can also provide peer mentoring if you prefer to meet at other times. Our annual highlight is a Gathering in July at a member’s nearby farm for a picnic and sharing. Check the CCoP website for events. Looking forward to your joining the CCoP and our Hamilton Chapter. See you soon.

Contact: Loretta Ray

London Chapter

The Camino Pilgrims of London, is Canada’s newest CCoP chapter. We have had Spring and Fall meetings for over 15 years. Our most popular event is our St James Day celebration in Bayfield. This late July event features a morning 2 hour nature walk, Spanish lunch, yellow arrow camino to a church service and lily garden, followed by a potluck meal. We have been offering a February Camino 101 pilgrim training and labyrinth walks in May. We are proud to offer significant support to a parochial albergue in Monesterio, 100 kms north of Seville on the Via de la Plata. Our pilgrim team also serves a community meal to the less fortunate.

Contact: Tom Friesen

Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

The Kitchener-Waterloo Camino pilgrims provides information, inspiration, support and a sense of community for all those who are interested in the ancient pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. As a growing group, we hold potluck meetings both in Spring and Fall and  may extend our activities to monthly walks/hikes, coffee or simply connecting. Our facebook page provides information and announcements of future events . Come join us. Ultreia!.

Contact: Ellie Witzke

Winnipeg Chapter

The Winnipeg Chapter started up in November 2008. We hold meetings twice a year, in March and November. Additionally, each month throughout the year we have a Camino Coffee Evening where pilgrims and prospective pilgrims can meet to exchange information and tall stories.

Contact: Ivor Lockhart and Dave Jenkinson

Saskatoon Chapter

The Saskatoon chapter supports people living in the Saskatoon area who are planning to walk, or are interested in knowing more about the Caminos de Santiago.  Our goal is to provide practical advice, encouragement, inspiration and education to both aspiring and returned pilgrims.  Our chapter’s regular activities include camino information events, send-off  and welcome-home celebrations for local pilgrims, film nights, an annual St. James’ Day walk, and regular social gatherings.  We also provide opportunities to get involved in the local and national organization and to access hospitalero training.  We maintain a Facebook page (see the link on the right), and we produce a newsletter about once a month to keep our members informed about chapter-sponsored events and related activities.  Click on one of the contact links below to let us know if you’d like to be added to our mailing list

Contact: Lea Pennock and Deb Walker

Edmonton Chapter

The Edmonton Chapter of the CCoP holds two meetings a year: fall and spring.
We organize weekly walks (usually on a Saturday).
There is a weekly newsletter update as an e mail.
We hold St James day celebration.
We hold ad hoc events such as movie evenings.

Contact: Thaya McKee

Calgary Chapter

The Calgary Chapter supports pilgrims and those interested in the Camino de Santiago by offering spring and fall meetings; a St James Day potluck and country walk; and an annual one day workshop, Camino 101: Orientation to the Camino for those planning to undertake the pilgrim trail. In addition, hospitalero training is offered every two years; and coffee/walk gatherings twice per month. Our Facebook page provides information on upcoming events and news of interest.

Contact: Judy Gayford

Whitehorse Chapter

Based in the Yukon Territory, the Whitehorse Chapter of the CCoP is in its infancy – working on getting established in 2017. We aim to support and promote the Camino de Santiago by hosting gatherings that bring together Camino veterans and prospective pilgrims to explore the experience, the lessons learned and the friendships and love of the Camino while helping in trip planning and answering questions. We hope to invite our veteran pilgrims to share their experiences, their photos and their resources so that others can be equally inspired.  We maintain a Facebook page and plan to offer opportunities for hiking outings, social / cultural events including language practice. Ultreia!

Contact: Dianne Homan and Brigitte Parker

Vancouver Chapter

The Greater Vancouver Chapter supports aspiring and returning pilgrims by hosting weekly practice walks from mid-January through October, biannual meetings in the spring and fall, and special events from time to time.

Our walks include both local loop or out-and-back routes as well as multi-stage one-way walks around and throughout the lower mainland. As such, they are a great way not only to prepare for the Camino and enjoy the company of fellow pilgrims, but also to explore our beautiful region. They are open to all. Click Here to receive our weekly email walking notifications.

Our biannual meetings are a great opportunity for returning pilgrims to share their experiences and for aspiring pilgrims to learn more about specific routes, gear, and the daily necessities on the Camino. Aspiring and experienced pilgrims are welcome to attend.

Contact:  Donna Coutts and John MacLean

Victoria Chapter

The Victoria Chapter was started in 2004 by a couple of recently returned pilgrims, who wondered if anyone else out there was interested in the Camino. Since then we have grown by leaps and bounds, and it’s safe to say there is a very strong interest in the Camino amongst the residents of Victoria, the Gulf Islands and the rest of Vancouver Island too. Our meetings also attract pilgrims from the mainland and from Washington state.

The goal of our Chapter is to provide a forum for the exchange of information about the Camino and also offer practical training and information sessions to prospective pilgrims of all religions or none, who are planning on walking, cycling or horseback journey along one of the many Camino de Santiago routes.

Our main pilgrim gathering for the year, held in the Spring, is an all-day conference-style meeting, providing information for new pilgrims as well as programs of interest for experienced pilgrims. We also hold a Fall gathering for recently returned pilgrims, and a Camino 101 for those planning their first pilgrimage. Pre-registration is required for these events.

Contact: Mary Virtue

New Chapters

These Chapters are relatively new in getting established. Contact the coordinators for information about planned meetings.

Kelowna Contact: David Cram and George Forshaw

 

Local Contacts

These Local Contacts can respond to inquiries or provide basic information within their communities, but they do not offer regular meetings or activities.

Trenton Contact: Louise Maziarski

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