Camping and Parking at Shambhala

What’s the Deal with Camping?

Unlike many other festivals, Shambhala does not have designated camping sites and we are fairly unrestrictive as to where we allow our guests to setup their tents and campsites.

Our guests are welcome to setup their tent in any of the following areas FOR NO ADDITIONAL FEE (see map below):

We encourage our guests to drop off their gear at our drop zone and leave their vehicles in our Free Parking lot.

I Need to camp With my vehicle. What are my Options?

If you need to camp with your vehicle, RV, or trailer, you will need to purchase either a Sunshine or Starlight parking decal and will only be able to setup camp with your vehicle in the respective zone. There are no free camping options available if you want to camp with your vehicle.

Car-camping decals are only available on-site and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although Sunshine decals are generally available all weekend, Starlight decals usually sell out quite quickly. In 2015, our Starlight decals sold out during the evening of the Tuesday, pre-show.

Shambhala Crew and Vendor Crew members will not be permitted to purchase a Starlight decal for their vehicle, unless they are sleeping in it.

Can my friends camp with me in the Starlight or Sunshine zone if they don't have a decal?
How much do the car-camping decals cost?
What is the difference between a regular and an oversize vehicle?

What is ShambhaLodging?

ShambhaLodging is our premium camping service, offering reserved campsites in the shade with other ShambhaLodgers. ShambhaLodging packages include a reserved parking space within our ShambhaLodging parking lot and a reserved campsite for 2 people in the wooded ShambhaLodging zone.

For more information about ShambhaLodging, or to purchase a ShambhaLodging package. Please visit our ShambhaLodging page.


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Camp Clean Beats

We are pleased to offer Camp Clean Beats! A clean and sober camping zone in the Starlight lot. Please join us if you want to ensure you have a clean and sober camping experience while at Shambhala. When you arrive on-site, follow the Camp Clean Beats signs to our zone.

Anyone entering this camping zone MUST be clean and sober. Please don’t bring drugs or alcohol in as they are not allowed on the premises.

How do I join the camp? Come! Let us know you want to camp with us, and arrive as early as you can. Availability is first come, first served. We ask the all camp participants fill out our Camp Clean Beats Registration Form and email it to campcleanbeats@gmail.com in advance.

We welcome ALL clean and sober Shambhala-ers to camp with us.
Just show up to the camp, ask for someone to help you find a place to camp.
We also love refugees! Even if you are camped elsewhere and you decide it’s too crazy there on Friday, you can pack up and move in with us.

Check out the Vice Daily short by Vancouver filmmaker Daniel J. Pierce on Camp Clean Beats from Shambhala 2016 here.

Note: We are camp YES, but we are also camp NO… no, you should NOT camp with us if you plan on using any kind of substance while at Shambhala. Camp Clean Beats needs to stay a safe haven from that influence. We are a clean and sober camp… period.

Have other questions?

Leave us a comment below with your question and we will be happy to answer it for you.

Comments

  1. Profile photo of Adam Hope

    Adam Hope

    April 23, 2014

    Can anyone tell me how far of a walk it is from sunshine to downtown? it looks far on the map. Like 15-20 minute walk? i’m worried about getting through the gate early enough to get a starlite pass.

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      Andy

      April 25, 2014

      Hey Adam,

      To walk to downtown from the sunshine lot is about a 4 to 10 minute walk depending on where in the lot you are. I always bring my bicycle which makes it super fast to get around.

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      Andy

      July 7, 2014

      Yes, we have quite a large parking team focused on keeping cars well organized and parked in a neat and tidy fashion. However, as with most parking lots, we do not accept any responsibility for any damage, theft, etc.

      We encourage everybody to lock their doors and avoid leaving anything of value in their cars.

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    Jade Dawson

    July 16, 2014

    Hi there,

    I’ve never camped in metta camp and was wondering if there was more info on it. Is there a shuttle that brings you there or do you have to pack in your stuff? Also does it fill up before Friday? And, if you’d like to Camp Clean Beats (which I love by the way), do the same prices apply to camp with your vehicle as the regular starlight prices?

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      Andy

      July 17, 2014

      There is a baggage shuttle that runs back and forth between the drop zone and Metta camp. Metta camp is a fairly large zone and there are lots of great little nooks and crannies to camp in if you have a small campsite. If you have a large tent, gazebo, table, etc, then you will likely not find a suitable space to setup camp easily on Friday in the Metta zone.

      Camp clean beats still requires a starlight parking decal if you choose to camp with your vehicle. But you are more then welcome to setup your campsite with us in camp clean beats and leave your vehicle in Free Parking.

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    Adam Nogas

    July 21, 2014

    I was wondering if I would be need a regular, or oversized vehicle parking pass if i were to bring my camper trailer to starlight to sleep in, but wanted to leave my truck in free parking?

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      Andy

      July 22, 2014

      Hi Adam,

      If the final package is less then or equal to the footprint of a standard pickup truck, we usually allow you to camp on a standard Starlight decal. So if you have a small camper and will be leaving your truck in free parking, then that is ok.

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    Ari Chopelas

    August 2, 2014

    Quick question… Is there access to drinking/potable water on site? Or do we need to bring all of our water in?

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      Andy

      August 2, 2014

      Drinking water taps are available at the water tree located in the Shambhala downtown core.

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    Bryce Bokenfohr

    January 19, 2015

    If I arrive between 8am-10am on Friday, will is be able to purchase a decal? I’m just worried there will be a huge lineup.
    Also, me friend bought a separate ticket with camping, does that mean we can combine our camping spots?

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      Andy

      January 21, 2015

      Hey Bryce,

      If you arrive on Friday there likely won’t be any line-ups, however, our Starlight camping decals will have been sold-out by that time. Sunshine decals will still be available if you wish to camp with your car.

      If your friend purchased ShambhaLodging, they are entitled to camp with one guest as part of their lodging package, but will only be permitted to have one tent setup within their ShambhaLodging reserved spot. If you will be sharing the tent with your friend in ShambhaLodging, then you will be able to camp together.

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    sarah-lochhead

    February 11, 2015

    Hey! Just wondering how early someone should show up to get a camping spot or two in Metta Camp? I heard the camp fills up quick and was curious on just how quick. Thanks! 🙂

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      Andy

      February 11, 2015

      Hey Sarah, it does indeed fill up very quickly. If you want a good spot in Metta camp, you will want to be on-site during the Tuesday afternoon / evening and Wednesday morning rush. Be prepared for the long wait though as line-ups are very significant at that time.

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    taylor ann

    February 26, 2015

    hey! Just to clear things up, if I buy a starlight or sunshine decal, I can park my vehicle and set up my tent in the same area?

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    Giovanni Michaelangelo Szabo

    March 2, 2015

    Okay, as far as camping goes, I will most likely be bringing a very tiny truck trailer, but I only plan to have the trailer in campsite and have the truck parked in Free Parking. Do I require any additional expenses due to this or will I be fine with my general admission?

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      Andy

      March 2, 2015

      Hey Giovanni. You will be required to purchase a decal for your trailer. If you are intending on parking your vehicle in Free Parking, then you will only require a regular Starlight or Sunshine decal (depending on whether you are camped in a Starlight or Sunshine zone). You will only require an Oversize decal if your trailer is larger than the footprint of a standard pickup truck.

      Because you are leaving your vehicle in Free Parking, you are not required to purchase an Oversize decal.

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    David Maki

    March 3, 2015

    Greetings. We tried last year to inquire on disabled parking, i.e. a Dodge Journey pulling an 8 ft tent trailer, and the availability of electricity for a needed medical device, but we never received a response. Is this do-able for 2015? If so, how do we go about it? Cheers, David

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      Andy

      March 18, 2015

      Hello David, Thanks for your inquiry. We are more than happy to help accommodate your situation. If you send an email to sales@shambhalamusicfestival.com with your requirements, our ticket administrator Kristin will be happy to help you. Please note that you will still require a vehicle decal for your van and trailer combo in order to camp downtown, but we will make sure to keep one available for you to purchase.

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      Dan Stoffel

      July 9, 2015

      David – i am planning on attending 2016 with my sibling who is in a motorized chair. Do you have any opinion on how the ground would be for him to handle? Any advice for what to do in inclement weather? Or any other thoughts? Thanks! Much love!

      – Dan

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        Andy

        July 10, 2015

        Hi Dan. The paths can get fairly rugged and there are sections where the terrain can be uneven. It’s not really super off-road, and the main paths are fairly level but his chair will need to be able to handle a little bit of rough terrain.

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      Andy

      March 10, 2015

      Hi Emily,

      You can camp in the Sunshine or Starlight zones with your 19ft trailer. To camp in Sunshine, you will require a Sunshine Oversize decal. To camp in Starlight, you will require a Starlight Oversize decal. There is always room in Sunshine, but if you want to camp in Starlight, you will need to arrive really early as it packs up quickly.

      If you want to skip the drama of finding an open-game spot and are looking for a serviced, reserved lot with power hookup and daily tank refresh (water refill and waste water removal), you may be interested in our new Central Park RV camping option. More information can be found at http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/central-park-rv-camping/

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      Andy

      March 11, 2015

      We don’t have any campsite size limits, assigned campsites, chalk lines, or anything like that. We encourage our guests to try to pack light and maintain a small footprint, especially when camping in the Starlight area but we don’t restrict specific campsite borders. Get to know your neighbours though, it can get very cozy near the downtown area.

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    Marisa Swinton

    March 30, 2015

    Hey, me and my friend are going to be first-timers at Shambhala this year! So excited! We’re going to park in the free parking and set up camp elsewhere. But I just wanna know if there is a chance we couldn’t get a parking space?

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      Andy

      March 31, 2015

      Hey Marisa. There will always be available parking for you in Free Parking regardless of when you arrive. Welcome to the farmily!

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    Josh Muszynski

    March 31, 2015

    i noticed the ticket grants access to the campground only until sunday at 11:59pm. but it looks like the music will be going on well past that. whats up with that?

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      Andy

      March 31, 2015

      An excellent question!

      The gate closes at 11:59PM Sunday night but those that are still on-site can stay. If you are arriving and you show up after 11:59PM on Sunday, you won’t be able to get in, even if you do have an unused ticket.

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    James Gillespie

    April 10, 2015

    Hey! It will be mine and my girlfriends first time at shambhala this year! we a super excited but have a few questions!

    We are hoping to have a RV and want to stay in the starlight zone! what is the earliest we can arrive? and how do we get our decals for the starlight zone?

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      Andy

      April 14, 2015

      Hi James,

      Starlight fills up very quickly, so you will want to be among the first people on the farm. We begin holding people on the site around Tuesday at noon so you might want to lineup around then. Please do not line-up on the highway prior to that as it makes for a very dangerous situation on the road.

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      Andy

      April 14, 2015

      The ShambhaLodging parking lot is located right beside the ShambhaLodging zone. Probably a one to three minute walk depending on where you are camped within Lodging.

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    Nicole Campbell

    June 5, 2015

    hey! Is there any campsites close by or hotels as we are going to head up the weekend before so we can lineup tuesday 🙂

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      Andy

      June 11, 2015

      Hey Nicole, There are many campgrounds and accommodations located close by. The nearest towns are:

      – Salmo – About a 4 minute drive from the farm road
      – Fruitvale – Approximately 20 minutes away
      – Nelson – Approximately 45 minutes away
      – Castlegar – 45 minutes away (but you need to go over a mountain pass to get there)
      – Trail – 45 minutes away

      Off the top of my head, I can’t remember too many names, but Salmo has a couple of hotels, Nelson has about 6 or 7, and there are various private campgrounds between our communities.

      Looking forward to seeing you in August!

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    Adam Bazin

    June 10, 2015

    me and my buddy are going this year and he wants to sleep in his vehicle and i want to sleep in a tent so i’m wondering if you can camp in a tent in starlight or sunshine

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      Andy

      June 11, 2015

      Absolutely Adam, you can camp in a tent in Starlight or Sunshine with your friend and you don’t have to buy a decal. Your friend will be the only one who needs to purchase a decal as he will be camping in his vehicle.

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    Cameron Miller

    June 17, 2015

    We are getting in Wednesday morning. A friend flying in from the united states is coming in Thursday morning. Will we be able to leave to go pick her up?

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      Andy

      January 29, 2016

      Sorry I breezed past this question, Cameron. You are able to leave the site to pickup your friend and then come back. However, whenever you leave the property and come back, you will be charged a re-entry fee upon arrival.

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    Andrew Dunn

    June 20, 2015

    So first year going. Just wondering is there a tent size limit for the tenting sites ?

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      Andy

      June 22, 2015

      There isn’t a size limit, but you will likely have an easier time finding a sweet camping site if you pack a small tent (small tents tend to find some good spots nestled in the trees). If you are bringing a larger tent, be sure to bring tarps and shade structures as you will likely be in an open field.

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    Frank J Koran

    June 24, 2015

    Hey Andy, I will have dirt bikes locked/chained up in the back of my truck while on your property. Will there be any issues with this?

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      Andy

      June 25, 2015

      Unfortunately, motorized vehicles are not allowed on the property so need to leave them at home, or find some place offsite to lock them up.

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    Skyler Bissell

    July 1, 2015

    Hey there!

    This will be my first year on the farm and I’m looking to navigate the lines as intelligently as I can! We are planning to arrive Tuesday night. I understand that the festival grounds don’t actually open until 8am Wednesday. My questions are…

    1) Do people just sleep in their cars on Tuesday night? I assume the line doesn’t actually move until the morning.
    2) Is it common (or possible) to have some of your group walk in with gear as soon as the line opens, stake out space, then hang out while the car is waiting in line? Seems like this might be the way to go if we’re aiming for Starlight (or Metta if Starlight runs out).

    Thanks!

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      Andy

      July 3, 2015

      That’s awesome Skyler! We look forward to welcoming you. We always try to encourage our guests to not line-up on the highway as it can become quite dangerous, but being said, we usually have guests beginning to line-up early Tuesday morning.

      We start loading vehicles onto the farm beginning Tuesday afternoon and will begin searches, decal sales, and early entry collection at that time. After your vehicle is searched, you will be held in our “Clean Lot” until Wednesday morning at 8am. Please remember to bring lots of water, shade, water guns, spray bottles, and whatever else you may need to beat the heat.

      It’s perfectly okay if you want to walk in with gear as soon as the gate opens on Wednesday morning, we just ask that you are respectful to everybody else that may want a spot. Keep your footprint small, be nice to your neighbours, and try your best to compromise space. There are a bunch of people that want to camp in Starlight and Metta and it’s always nice when everyone cozies up.

      Happy to hear you’re coming out for the first time, Skyler. If you have any questions while you are on-site, our staff are always great at helping out with whatever they can.

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    Kevin Kinakin

    July 4, 2015

    Hey
    I live in castlegar, I work on the 6th till 7pm. Would that be too late to get a starlight camp sight? I’d be able to get to shambhala by 9-10pm. Thanks

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      Andy

      July 7, 2015

      Hey Kevin, Starlight decals will likely be sold out by then. You may still be able to get a campsite, but you would likely need to keep a really small footprint to squeeze in somewhere.

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    Shannon Barritt

    July 7, 2015

    Hey, Andy!

    I noticed a couple of new things this year: Shambha-Abled camping and Central Park. What are these areas?

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    Emily A. Griffin

    July 14, 2015

    Hey there!

    So I would love to buy a hammock for our campsite. This may be a silly question, but are there trees in the campsite area, particularly starlight?

    Thanks for taking time to answer this important inquery (^O^)

    -Emily

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      Jake Dubconscious

      August 2, 2015

      There are plenty of trees in each camping zone.. You might not end up with the option of setting up camp in a spot where a hammock is convenient to hang, you can always take it off into the woods in many different sections of the festival for late afternoon naps in the shade or what have you.. and if you are arriving early you very well may be able to set up camp in a spot that would accommodate a hammock

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    Christel Kerklaan

    November 2, 2015

    Dear people of Shambala, we would like to make the trip to your festival next year. Since we come from Holland, we are not familiar with your rules and tickets. On your website we read two types of information for people who bring their own RV (as we intend to do):

    1. Camping is free in the Sunshine and Starlight area.
    2. Camping costs 2,350 dollar for a RV package.

    That is a big difference in price, and we don’t understand what we are supposed to do now. Which one should we choose?

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      Andy

      November 2, 2015

      Hi Christel,

      Thanks for the great questions. Because you would be bringing your own RV, there wouldn’t be any free camping options available to you. The options for camping would be limited to the following:

      – Pay to camp with your RV in the Starlight lot. The cost for this would be $160 (tax included). These decals are only available for purchase once you arrive on-site at the festival and sell-out quite quickly. Last year, these were sold out by around midnight on Tuesday before the show.

      – Pay to camp with your RV in the Sunshine lot. This costs less than the Starlight option ($80 tax included), but there are always spots available, no matter when you arrive to the festival. Once again, these decals are purchased on-site.

      – Pay for a Central Park spot through ShambhaLodging. These limited spots are located right next to our “downtown” zone in the middle of the party. A spot at Central Park costs $2,350 (plus tickets and tax), but includes a 30 amp power hookup for your RV and our site crews will empty your waste water tanks, and refill your potable water daily. If you require power during the festival, this is your only real option.

      Please note that generators are not allowed at the festival, so you will need to keep any generators that may be in your RV off during the festival.

      Most of our guests with RVs try to camp in our Starlight zone if spots are still available when they arrive, if not, they will setup within our Sunshine zone. If you would just rather skip the lines and the bother and have a reserved lot waiting for you in the middle of downtown, with power hookup and daily tank refreshes, then you may be interested in Central Park. Please keep in mind though that Central Park spaces do not include tickets, so you will also need to include tickets in your budgeting.

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      Andy

      January 7, 2016

      Hey Christel,

      We have confirmed our parking pricing for Shambhala 2016. A Sunshine decal for an RV in 2016 will cost $80. A Starlight decal will cost $160.

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    Brooke La Macchia

    November 2, 2015

    So question, would I be allowed to set up camp in the trees? In the sense of I pack light and love hammocks..

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      Fargatron

      November 10, 2015

      Of course! Since we are located on a remote farm in BC, there are plenty of trees to set up in. Packing light for the festival will definitely allow for an easier entrance and exit.

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    Kiana Martin

    November 3, 2015

    Hello 🙂 I am coming from Alberta for 2016! Finally purchased my first ticket! I was curious as to what forms of ID I will need to supply at the entrance to the farm 🙂 Thank you ✌️ See you in the summer!

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      Fargatron

      November 10, 2015

      Since Shambhala 2016 is a 19+ event, you will need two pieces of ID to gain entrance onto the farm. We require the same kind of ID that you would need to buy alcohol, or go to a bar. You will need a piece of government issued photo ID with your name and signature (driver license, passport, firearms license, etc.). As well, you will need a supporting piece of ID with your name on it (Credit/ debit card, student ID, etc.).

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    Jonathan Ahumada

    November 8, 2015

    Hello, I’m thinking of attending the festival this year. Though I would be flying over from Toronto and wasn’t planning on driving, exactly how would I get to the park from let’s say the airport or somewhere nearby. Looking forward to hear back, thank you.

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      Fargatron

      November 10, 2015

      Since we are located in a pretty remote area of B.C., some planning is required in order to have a smooth journey to the farm. If you need information about how to get to the farm without driving, check out our getting here section on the website.

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    John Panattoni

    January 14, 2016

    Is the road accessible by motorcycle? If it is, can I get a discounted car camping decal for said motorcycle?

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      Fargatron

      January 15, 2016

      Hi John, We treat all motorized vehicles the same, this includes motorcycles. Our festival is accessible to bikes, but just a heads up that the farm and driveway are unpaved. Motorcycles line-up in the same manner that the rest of the vehicles do, and will require a regular priced parking decal if you would like to park outside of the Free Lot. Safe Travels!

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    Emily Van Wersch

    January 28, 2016

    Hi! Im wanting to volunteer this year and was wondering if there’s anywhere to lock valuables if you’re staying in a tent? Thanks youuu

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      Fargatron

      January 28, 2016

      That’s awesome that you are wanting to volunteer your time for the festival this year! Applications will be released on February 1, 2016.

      Unfortunately we do not have a place for locking up valuables on the farm. The best way to prevent the loss of any important items is to not bring them, or lock them in a car if possible. Sorry!

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        Emily Van Wersch

        February 1, 2016

        That’s ok, where there’s a will there’s a way! Just filled out my application!!
        Thanks for the info 🙂

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        Emily Van Wersch

        February 2, 2016

        Hey! So I relized I never filled out the resume part on the application. Is their someone I can contact about this? I don’t want it to effect my chance of being a volunteer. Thank you

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    Kaila Somerville

    February 4, 2016

    Hey there,
    Attending my first Shambhala this summer and coming from Michigan. I chose the lodging option where the tent and campsite was set up upon our arrival but my question is, it says it’s for two people and we have three possibly four people total making the journey with us can we bring another small tent to set up on the same campsite so that we can all camp together? If not and we have to get two separate campsites will we be able to request them to be next to each other?

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      Andy

      February 5, 2016

      Hey Kaila, glad to hear you’re making the trip up. We do not allow additional tents to be set up within lodging campsites (as they are only 10′ x 10′). If you do purchase two campsites, I would suggest trying to coordinate your arrival times with your group as sites are given out on a first-come first-served basis. We generally try to have some extra sites setup in the zone so we have a bit of flexibility for those that wish to camp together. I would suggest emailing lodging@shambhalamusicfestival.com if you have any special requests. Our lodging manager and hosts always try their best to accommodate any special requests when possible.

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    Kaila Somerville

    February 5, 2016

    Andy,

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. But you said sites are first come first serve? Does that mean even though we already paid for a campsite and a tent and all the accommodations to be set up before hand when we arrive it may not be available? Coming all the way from Michigan we are packing as light as possible and not bringing camping supplies with us since we chose the lodging option.

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      Andy

      February 5, 2016

      Sorry, I should have clarified better. You are guaranteed to have a ShambhaLodging campsite ready for you, we don’t oversell them. If you arrive later during the festival, there is a slight chance that you may not have two sites right next to each other, but all lodgers are guaranteed to have a campsite waiting for them.

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      Fargatron

      April 27, 2016

      If you are using a Telus, Bell, Koodo, or Virgin phone,you will have full service at the festival. Since we are located in a pretty remote area of B.C., other phone providers will not work. Sorry!

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      Fargatron

      May 11, 2016

      All trailers are welcome on the farm, however additional fees will apply. If you are planning on having your car and trailer at your site, then your vehicle will be classified as an over-sized (Starlight – $160 / Sunshine – $80).

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    Brandon Koett

    June 4, 2016

    Hey I’m about to buy lodging tickets to hang with my friends who got the bass-ics ticket, one can we be in the same campsite area? Two, I only have an 8man tent, that acceptable (8×14′)? Three, the ticket was 600 and gets two into camping area but what about concerts? My friend did that with basics but wants to make sure there’s two hard copies for concerts

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      Andy

      June 6, 2016

      Hey Brandon,

      I’m assuming from your questions that you are considering buying a “Campsite Only” lodging package and that you currently do not have tickets to the festival. In response to your questions:

      1) Am I allowed to camp next to my friends staying in BASSics if I have a Campsite Only Lodging Package?
      BASSics and Campsite Only lodging sites are in different sections of lodging. There are campsite only sites along the BASSics border that would allow you to camp together, but you cannot reserve these. We would encourage you to all show up together and arrive at 8am on Wednesday in order to get a suitable spot.

      2) Can I setup a 8′ x 14′ tent in a Campsite Only lodging spot?
      No. Campsite only sites are limited to a 10′ x 10′ space and your entire campsite must be able to fit within this footprint.

      3) Does a lodging package include tickets to the festival?
      No. Lodging packages do not include festival admission. All lodgers are required to have festival tickets in addition to their lodging package or they will not be permitted past the gate. Based on the price you are paying, it sounds as though the package you are considering purchasing does not come with any tickets.

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    Patricia Bertoza

    June 6, 2016

    Hi, It will be my first time at Shambhala and I wonder if i can bring with me a sun tarp 4mx4m, i have just general admission ticket, it will be 2 ppl staying at our tent, thanks

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      Andy

      June 6, 2016

      Hey Patricia,

      Yes, you are allowed to bring a sun tarp with you in general camping. As it is large, we would encourage you to share with your neighbours.

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    Jason Hubing

    June 14, 2016

    Hi there,
    I am planning on bringing a 33 ft RV, but a friend of mine told me that we would get pushed to the back for camping. Is this true? As long as I pay the over-sized vehicle fee, I was under the impression that we would be in line for camping like any other vehicle. Assuming we arrive early enough, will we be able to park anywhere in starlight or sunshine?

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      Andy

      June 20, 2016

      Hey Jason, you would maintain your position in line and would not be pushed to the back if you are in an RV.

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    Taliesin Sanford

    June 16, 2016

    HI,

    I know some music festivals require people who are wanting to camp together to have to arrive and check in together. Is it the same at Shambhala? Because I am going with a group of friends and we are all wanting to camp together, but because of work I may not be able to come up until saturday. And am I correct in understanding that there is free overnight parking lots available for the whole festival?

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      Andy

      June 20, 2016

      Hey Taliesin,

      You are able to camp with your friends, however, our campgrounds are a bit of a free-for-all and feelings tend to be hurt if we have guests trying to rope off areas or save spots for their friends. We ask everyone to respect those that show up early and allow them to have access to any available space. That being said, if your friends want to setup your tent for you, that is fine and would be the best way for you to all end up together.

      We do provide a free parking lot allowing our guests to park their vehicle for the weekend while they camp with their friends on the grounds. You are correct in your understanding.

      Looking forward to seeing you at the festival!

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    Sofia Israelsen

    June 22, 2016

    My mates will be arriving on Wednesday and camping with their trailer and one tent. My partner and I will be showing up the next day / evening and would love to camp with them. Is that allowed? Will there be any cell reception to find them?
    Thanks heaps! 🙂

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      Andy

      June 23, 2016

      Totally, you can all camp together. There may not be any room for your vehicle at their spot, but if they want to setup your tent for you and meet up with you at the festival, that’s absolutely fine. We do have cell phone service on site, but it is limited to phones on the Telus, Bell, Koodo, or Virgin networks.

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    Fraser Fulton

    June 27, 2016

    How quickly do the Meta and Starlight camps fill up? I am looking at coming in Wednesday in late morning/early afternoon. I do not need to camp with my vehicle.

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      Hey Fraser,

      These sites will likely be full, however, if you have a fairly small camp there are a lot of nooks and crannies in the trees that might still be available to someone with a small tent.

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    Sandra Yang

    July 7, 2016

    What are the chances of Sunlight parking selling out. I will be arriving Thursday around late afternoon. Thanks!

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    Sunny Gallo

    July 8, 2016

    Are there lots of bugs out on the farm?? Is it a good idea to bring bug spray or don’t bother??

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    Kelsea Dann

    July 12, 2016

    Does anyone know what the chances of getting a car decal are if I’m arriving Thursday night? And how far would that site would be from the entrance? 🙂

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      If you are arriving Thursday night, you will likely only be able to purchase a Sunshine vehicle decal. Even then, the walk is not that bad. You can reach the gates to downtown from anywhere on the farm within about a 10 to 15 minute walk.

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    Madelena Vidi

    July 12, 2016

    Can I have a friend purchase my Starlight decal if they get in line before me?

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      No. Our decal fairies are required to affix the decal to your windshield. We do this to allow our traffic control teams to maintain an accurate estimate of remaining vehicle space.

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    Darren Ophus

    July 15, 2016

    Hi there! So my friends are arriving earlier than me. I was hoping to park my truck beside my camp in Starlight but I hear they sell out fast. Would my friend be able to purchase a Starlight decal for me and give it to me later?

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      Unfortunately not. Our decal fairies are required to apply the vehicle decal to the windshield upon purchase.

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    Kyra Savard

    July 16, 2016

    We are coming up Tuesday night to be in the line super early, if we just have a normal sized car how big is our camp spot? hoping to camp in starlight

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      Andy

      July 17, 2016

      Although we have no set limits for campsite size in Starlight, we expect all of our guests to camp very close together and welcome new neighbours into their area. We have a lot of people who like to camp close to the festival and we ask for everyone to share their space, welcome new neighbours, and help to assist others in camping close to downtown.

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    Max Roch Jurock

    July 27, 2016

    Hi there,

    Sorry if this has been answered above, I couldn’t find exactly what I was curious about.

    My girlfriend and I will be arriving Tuesday afternoon and I’m not totally clear on where we should go while we wait for Wednesday at 8am.

    I believe Tuesday at noon there is a holding area that will open up and we go there? Just want to confirm where we should be staying in our car for Tuesday. Thanks!

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      Andy

      July 27, 2016

      As early arrival puts a lot of stress on our crew and requires us to staff up, we discourage early arrival. Being said, we note that people arrive early. On arrival, you will be held on-site in our designated ferry lots, processed through our gate and searches, and then held until the gates open on Wednesday at 8am.

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