How to get here
The towns of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smith’s Harbour are located on the Baie Verte Peninsula in the Green Bay region of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. There’s only one road in, and one road out so no need to drop bread crumbs along the way.
If you are coming from St John’s it’s about a six and a half hour drive, if you’re coming from Gander it’s about three hours, Corner Brook is about 2.5 hours.
Please drive carefully and WATCH OUT FOR MOOSE!
Option 1 (shortest)
Option 3 (longest)
With The Gathering being a RURAL festival, it is recommended you bring extras of what you think you might need in a pinch.
1. Bug spray. It’s usually not that bad that time of year but gangs of blackflies and mosquitos have been know to roam the streets of Burlington, Middle Arm and Smith’s Harbour.
2. Rain Gear- Definitely bring yer rubber boots.
3. Warmer clothes. I am sure you’ve heard we can get all four seasons in one day!
5. Hiking boots. The area around Burlington is ungroomed and not always flat. We want you to have the best footing you can while getting around.
6. A Hiking Stick!
7. Journal or note pad. There are many beautiful spots to sit and take it all in and get those thoughts on paper.
8. Dog, Cat, Lemur, Lama, whatever you got… All Pets welcome!
5. A portable camping chair! The Gathering Grounds doesn’t have a lot of seating so if you brought your own you would get a great spot to see all the action. (Don’t forget the blanket)
6. Bring your fun pants! Have a great time, meet loads of friends and HAVE FUN!
Alcohol will not be sold or permitted on the Gathering Grounds at any time during the weekend
This policy has proven to be a winner when it comes to creating a safe and positive environment for Gatherers of all ages. This is a community festival and in a small place like Burlington, Middle Arm, and Smith Harbour it is important to respect the locals and leave it as you found it.
If you do choose to drink alcohol while visiting please do so responsibly. There are several stores in town wher you can purchase wine, beer and spirits and your business is very much welcome. But remember no alcohol will be allowed on The Gathering Grounds. Our security will be checking bags and enforcing this policy, and anyone who is intoxicated on the grounds will be removed.
There will also be RCMP on the premisis so any fights or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.
The Gathering is a happy place, so bring the happy and have a blast. And remember…
The Gathering has become one of the most fun camping festivals on the island. Most people who attend the Gathering either bring an RV or Tent in Tent City.
If you are planning on Bringing an RV please email the town at
or call Mayor George
709 252 2910
There is no charge for RV’s but we do suggest tipping whoever’s front lawn or yard you are staying on. You will be using their water and power, so please show your appreciation. And if you are not on someone’s lot please feel free to donate to The Gathering when you are leaving. Every penny helps!
Camping in Tent City is one of the most fun parts of our festival. Get your camping pass HERE
The closest town with hotels is Baie Verte which is about a thirty minute drive from Burlington. Here are a list of their Accoms
There’s also Springdale about eighty minutes away which has the Riverwood Inn
Kings Point has several options.
Be sure to check out http://www.kingspointpottery.com/
And that’s about it. As the project grows, more people are listing their houses on Airbnb so check there as well.
Not all events are accessible for people with mobility issues. Events such as Jigg’s Dinner Supper, and Comedy Show which are held inside are accessible, as are the main grounds. However we advise people with mobility concerns to avoid all other events.
Cameras and Video
During the festival, photos and video will be taken to be used in promotion and marketing of future festivals. By attending The Gathering you agree to appear in these photos and videos without compensation. In addition to that, you are free to share that content in any way without financial gain, and with promotion of The Gathering in mind. Similarly, you can use your own photos and videos for the same purpose.
All media are welcome to come visit Burlington and The Gathering. Media may contact The Gathering organizers to make arrangements, schedule interviews and submit special requests.
Parking is very limited during the festival, and visitors are asked to avoid no parking areas. Also, ensure that the proper flow of traffic, emergency vehicles are passable and safety of pedestrians are at the fore-front. Posted speed limits are to be well-enforced.
Hired, professional security will be present at all events during the festival. They will be responsible for checking bags, writstbands, and ensuring everything is going smoothly. Security has a right to remove someone from an event for any reason they deem necessary. Respect should be shown at all times from both sides.
lost and found
If you find or lose an item, please return it to the registration desk and we’ll be sure to return it to the rightful owners. Usually we announce found items from the stage during changeovers, so keep an eye and an ear out.
Due to the nature of the event, and being a not-for-profit endeavour, no refunds will be offered for any event outside extreme circumstances. Refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis and can be requested by contacting the organizers. In an event plans change and you can’t make it, we encourage you to pass your tickets on to someone else.
Burlington, Middle Arm and Smith’s Harbour are isolate and do not have full-range cell phone coverage. Part of the charm of The Gathering is being ‘off the grid’ – which means wi-fi and phone communication is very limited. Please be aware that special considerations may not be able to be made. This doesn’t include emergency services.
13 Old Church Road
Burlington, NL. A0K 1S0