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Annual Conventions

 

Is your Chapter or Association interested in hosting our Annual Convention? Here is a link to our Procedure Manual For Hosting Of Annual Convention. This will tell you the requirements for hosting. You may also download the Annual Convention Hosting Application for upcoming conventions.  Go to the downloads page for the Annual Convention Manual or Annual Convention Hosting Application.

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Prince Edward Island

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All hotels in Charlottetown are filling up. 

Holiday Inn Express does have rooms but they are blocked for us so you can’t book them online, you have to call 1-866-977-7466.  We intend to run a shuttle from Holiday Inn Express to the host Rodd Royalty Inn during the convention.  Super 8 in North River (1-877-892-7900) is about a 5 minute drive away and also has rooms available.

 

Rodd Royalty Inn is full – all Red Knights

Canada’s Best Value is full

Comfort Inn is full

Sorry for the inconvenience, “2014 Celebrations” are really drawing a lot of people to the City.

 

Canada's Best Value Inn & Suites
http://www.canadasbestvalueinnpei.com/
Call us Toll FREE
1-877-890-2481

Canada’s Best Value Inn & Suites is ideally located in the heart of Charlottetown’s shopping district, open year round, Close to the downtown dining, shopping and championship golf. Offering accommodations to meet the needs and budgets of all guests. We have convenient drive up parking. Deluxe guest rooms are enhanced by new Beautyrest queen beds, personal patios with outdoor seating and 32-inch flat- screen TV’s ! Check out our new Jacuzzi suites with king-size beds and personal patios. Honeymoon and Executive Jacuzzi suites are available. All rooms include free continental breakfast, wireless internet and air conditioning. Visit The Jug, our on-site restaurant/pub for great food at good prices. Relax by our outdoor heated pool. Golf and Family Packages are available. Pets are welcome. Star Rating 3 ½

 

Comfort Inn
(CN320)
 112 Capital Drive , Charlottetown, PE, CA, C1E 1E7
Phone: (902) 566-4424 Fax: (902) 368-1174
Guests of this Charlottetown hotel will enjoy amenities like:
Free continental breakfast
Free local calls
Free weekday newspaper
Free coffee and tea available 24 hours a day
This pet-friendly hotel also offers free high-speed Internet access in all rooms, free wireless high-speed Internet access in the lobby area and access to copy and fax services.
All guest rooms at this Charlottetown hotel come complete with 32-inch LCD televisions, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. Non-smoking

http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-charlottetown-canada-CN320

PEI Convention 2014 Registration Form 


Click anywhere on the image below to download the Registration form.  
How do I submit this form?
1. Download the file and save it on your computer.
2. Open the file and print it.
3. Fill in the printed file and send it, with you payment, via snail mail, to/or
Scan the filled in form and attach it to an email to PEI1@redknightsmc.com and send payment via snailmail or PayPal

RKMC PEI 1, 45 TRAILVIEW DR. CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, C1E 2J6

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CONVENTION 2014 – PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (PEI)

July 16 - 20, 2014

Important information on the 2014 RKMC Convention:

The host hotel is the Rodd Royalty Hotel. The Rodd offers a true hotel experience, and have just completed extensive renovations. The entire Rodd hotel is blocked for the convention and additional rooms will be blocked at a couple of other hotels just down the street from the Rodd.

Please check the websites listed at the end of this flier for information on the hotels in the area. The rooms at the Rodd are $154 per night, they are $124 at the Comfort Inn down the street. However, there are at least three hotels/motels within 2 blocks with rates through kayak.com of $71, $91, and

$105 (Canadian funds). Note, there are two Rodd hotels in Charlottetown; we will be at the Rodd Royalty on Capital Drive, NOT the Rodd Charlottetown.

Getting to PEI on two wheels:

There are two direct route options to get to PEI, there is the option of driving through Southern Ontario and Quebec and then driving south through New Brunswick to get here, or the option of head for Maine and drive East through New Brunswick.

If you go the Maine route, a great detour from the highway is through route 9 from Bangor/Brewer through to Calais and crossing into Canada, make sure you have a full gas tank before to get on this road though. The requirements to get into to Canada via the border may vary so it is advisable that you

check with the US Border Security to determine what you will need. A passport would be recommended so no one experiences any challenges or delays.

Once you get to PEI you can stop worrying about large animals on the roads at night, we don’t have any deer or moose on the Island. Our largest of wild animals are coyotes but are shy of the roads, you may want to watch out for foxes, racoons, and skunks, but it is not like some states and provinces where night driving is somewhat discouraged.

The Google Maps offers the following distances from these selected locations:

  •  Boylston MA, 1,058 Km (657 Miles)
  •  Rutland VT 1,196 Km (743 Miles)
  •  New York NY 1,378 Km (856 Miles)
  •  Gettysburg PA 1,711Km (1063 Miles)
  •  Washington DC, 1,738 Km (1,079 Miles)
  •  Montreal QC 1,148 Km
  •  Toronto ON 1,690 Km

Future Convention Locations:

 

2014
Prince Edward Island
2015
San Antonio, TX
2016
Wisconsin Dells, WI
2017
Syracuse, NY
2018
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Past Conventions

Rutland, VT 2013

Gettysburg Pennsylvania 2012

Ocean City, Maryland - 2011

Niagara Falls, New York - 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - 2009

Sandusky, Ohio - 2008

Worcester, Massachusetts - 2007

New York, New York - 2006

Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 2005

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 2004

Laval, Quebec, Canada - 2003

Warwick, Rhode Island - 2002

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - 2001

Indianapolis, Indiana - 2000

Daytona Beach, Florida - 1999

There are two ways to get to Prince Edward Island:

#1 – Take the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick. This is the longest bridge in the world crossing water that freezes in the winter. It is an engineering marvel and an unbelievable time saver for anyone travelling. The bridge is 13 km (8 mi) in length and takes approximately 17 minutes to cross. Speed is closely monitored (max 80 kph or 50 mph) on the bridge via closed circuit cameras and passing is strictly prohibited. Try either of the two and you will have a welcoming committee waiting for you on your arrival onto to Island Soil.

#2 – Travel with Northumberland Ferries from Nova Scotia. This is about a 50 minute crossing from Pictou Nova Scotia followed by about another 50 minute drive to Charlottetown; check the schedule in advance to limit your wait for a crossing (they run throughout the day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day).

The bridge is considerably faster and shorter. The ferry however, offers that true “going to an Island” feel. If you want to experience both options, take the ferry to PEI and take the bridge home. Either option is free to get on the Island. There is no fee charged coming on the Island but we do charge it as you leave as part of a scheme to increase our Island population. The Ferry is $40 per bike to get back while the bridge is only $17.75 per bike (2012 rates).

NOTE: The Government of Nova Scotia is in the process of re‐establishing the ferry link from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Newspapers have indicated they are hoping to have this ready for

2014. There is no information yet on schedules or rates or any other details. What we do know is that if it is running, that would be a great way to see some of the rest of Atlantic Canada.

What to expect on PEI:

  • PEI is Canada’s smallest Province in size, total population of about 145,000, but it is the most densely populated province in Canada.
  • The Island is 224 km (140 mi) long and from 6‐64 km (4‐40 mi) wide.
  • No place in the province is more than 16 km (10 mi) from the sea.
  • PEI boasts 2,845 km of coastline.
  • 5,660 sq km of land mass – geographically approximately the size of the state of Delaware.
  • The Island is formed from soft, red sandstone which produces the rich, red soil. The redness of the soil is due to the high iron‐oxide (rust) content.
  • You can get anywhere you want to go on paved roads but we do have several clay roads for short cuts ‐ check a map first.
  • There are no divided highways on PEI and the highest speed limit is 90. *Please note, all our speed and distance signs are metric.
  • Helmets are required throughout Canada.
  • Use of handheld devices while driving (cell phones etc.) is not permitted.
  • No smoking in public buildings.
  • In Canada we do not have a right to bear arms. You may want to contact your border service agency for restrictions and guidelines.
  • If you have been convicted of a crime, including a DUI, you may need to go through a process of sorts in order to get into Canada. Check www.cic.gc.ca
  • Liquor, beer and wine are only sold in licensed government and selected stores ‐ not available in all corner stores or gas stations.
  • Some golf courses have received international acclaim for their design. Many of the courses rent clubs – but you would need to book in advance.
  • PEI also boasts the warmest water north of the Carolinas. Basin Head Beach, in the eastern end of the Island has been voted the best beach in Canada by a well‐known vacation website.
  • Travel and Leisure Magazine has named Prince Edward Island the top Island getaway in the continental North America and the fifth best Island destination in the world.
  • Last province in Canada to repeal prohibition in 1948.

Tourism is one of PEI’s leading industries so you can expect to find every product and service you need when you are with us. There are major banks and ATMs everywhere but if you are travelling from the States you may want to get some Canadian cash before you come to avoid the service charges.

From the host hotel, you can walk to a number of major stores such as Walmart, Target and several large grocery stores are only a few steps away. Additionally there are several restaurants like Wendys, Boston Pizza, Subway, Tim Horton’s (Canadian Version of a Dunkins) etc. also just a short walk from the hotel. The nearest liquor store is likely too far to walk but is not a far drive.

In and around Charlottetown you will find dealers/repair shops for Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki/Yamaha – there are many places here where you can rent a car. Motorcycles can be rented at J.K. Walker Rentals at the Halifax Airport. This is the largest international airport in the area and is only 300 km from Charlottetown.

What else to look for on PEI:

  • Golf. Although we are a small province there are more golf courses here than you will be able to play in a week’s visit. They range in price and difficulty and some have received international acclaim for their design. Many rent clubs, and except for the odd 9 hole course, they all rent carts.
  • Beaches. We have a variety of beaches, some of which are National Parks. PEI also boasts the warmest water north of the Carolinas. Some of our beaches have singing sands, some are sandstone cliffs, some are great for clamming, many are just a great place to spend the day.
  • To do. Rides, rides, and more rides. Rides along the shore on all four sides of the Island give you a different perspective. Going to the far North West point is something everyone should put on their list. Here you can see two tides coming together and ride through the Island’s first and largest windmill farm.
  • Deep sea fishing, we will have some boats lined up for those who want to try their hand at some good fishing for cod, mackerel, and maybe a halibut.
  • Shellfish ‐ the International Shellfish Festival isn’t here until September but that doesn’t need to stop you from taking in what the Island has to offer. From the world renowned Malpeque Oysters, unlimited mussels, and of course the freshest lobster you can find. We will definitely havea lobster supper in the plans.
  • Anne of Green Gables: if you can imagine anything related to the Anne of Green Gable books, you can find it somewhere on PEI.
  • Music. You may have to come a little early to enjoy the full variety of music the Island has to offer. The week before the convention is a major country music festival which is sure to include some big names. If you are interested in coming early check out www.cavendishbeachmusic.com for festival information. The July long weekend always has an outdoor rock concert somewhere on the Island. And if you can’t find a fiddle festival while you are here, at the very least you will have no problem finding a Ceilidh or two.
  • Ice Cream. I know many chapters make ice cream runs part of their regular season. Here in Charlottetown we produce the best ice cream in Canada at Cows Creamery. Tours will be set up so you can understand what they do different to make this the best ice cream going. You also have to see their assortment of cows in character T‐shirts, this would be a great place to get those souvenirs you are looking for. http://www.cows.ca/mens/
  • Antique fire display – come early! In 2014 the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association will be hosting their annual conference in Pictou NS (near the ferry to PEI). At the 2014 convention they are celebrating 100 years of firefighting history and are expecting 150 pieces of antique fire apparatus. They are also lining up speakers like Brunacini and Goldfeder for their conference and expect to have two rinks full of tradeshow booths along with numerous new fire apparatus pieces on display. This is a major event for firefighters in the region with 500 delegates anticipated. If you want to take part in this, you will have to come early as they are hosting this from July 6th to the 9th.
  •  Moonshine. We may not let you bear arms – but we are quite happy to make moonshine legal.
  • Islanderisms. Islanders are known for a bit of slang in our language and a few unique terms that you may want to listen for:
  •  If you are travelling from the states you may wish to note the following about our currency:
  • A little bit of a history lesson ‐ at the 2012 Gettysburg Convention, it was evident there is a rich history in the US of wars that shaped, and came very close to reshaping the country’s geography.  In Canada, our country was established a little differently. In 1864, the leaders of the day converged on Charlottetown, PEI to discuss a union of provinces that would become Canada. They entered into what is known as “The Charlottetown Accord.” Not only did these leaders come with their dignitaries, they came with a ship load of rum. Sure they had some meetings and reached an agreement, but they also partied hard –for anyone who has heard of Sir John A. MacDonald knows, the first Prime Minister of Canada was quite a lush. The story goes that they partied so hard, night after night, that the queen just turned her head on us in embarrassment saying she wanted nothing to do with us and we were just going to trash the place anyway. John A is our version of the uncle at a party that had a few too many and everyone wished would just go away. That’s our rich history, instead of having to fight for our land, we drank our way into it. In 2014, we will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of that party.  I haven’t seen any details of what is being planned but there may be another ship load of rum.

One of the planned tours during the convention will see a visit to the Island’s only Moonshine brewery – with free taste samples… There are also a few vineyards worth a visit (or two).

  • Anyone not born in PEI are known as CFAs or Come From Away. This goes for visitors, people that have moved to PEI. If you were born here you are always an Islander.
  • If we think that we may know a family member of yours or you have any link to the Island the first question you may be asked is “Who’s your fadder” (aka father)?
  • The western end of the Island is referred to “up west” and the eastern end of the Island is referred to as “down east”.
  • We refer to ourselves as “Islanders”.
  • Slippy is our version of slippery – such as the roads are pretty slippy.
  • For a great video made by one of the local radio stations check this link out:
  • No, it is not monopoly money.
  • LOONIE – a common word for our one dollar coin.
  • TWOONIE – a common word for our two dollar coin, pronounced “two‐nee”

 

Hotels in the immediate area include (see map on next page):

Rodd Royalty: http://www.roddvacations.com/roddroyalty/ Call 1‐800‐565‐7633 to book.

Canada’s Best Value (many motorcycle clubs stay here):  http://www.canadasbestvalueinnpei.com/

Comfort Inn, just down the street: http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/comfort‐hotel‐cn320

Econolodge, down the block:  http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/econo_lodge‐hotel‐cn437

Holiday Inn Express: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/charlottetown/yygca/hoteldetail

Tourist information:  http://www.tourismpei.com/index.php3

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