GOF Mk 101 Schedule


GOF Mk 101 Wolfville, NS Canada
June 27 – July 2, 2017



Hotel Registration Information

You MUST make your reservations directly with the Old Orchard Inn. Mention that you will be with the NEMGTR for our group rate.

Old Orchard Inn
153 Greenwich Rd. South
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R2

Contact information:
Tel. (902) 542-5751 or toll free (800) 561-8090

NEMGTR group room rate per night includes taxes and continental buffet breakfast:
Single occupancy $152.00 Canadian (approx. $122.00 US)
Double occupancy $166.00 Canadian (approx. $133.00 US)

Cancellation policy:  100% refund prior to 72 hours before reservation date

Getting to the GOF

Bay Ferries provides two ways of getting to Nova Scotia by ferry. Check out the two options on their website, http://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/getting-here/sea/bay-ferries. Both vessels can accommodate trailers.

Option 1

Take the ferry that runs from Portland, Maine leaving in the afternoon and takes approximately five and a half hours to get to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. As it arrives in Yarmouth in the late afternoon, we recommend overnighting there at the Rodd Grand Hotel (https://roddvacations.com/hotels/rodd-grand-yarmouth/. Then take the next day to leisurely drive to the Old Orchard Inn just outside Wolfville via Route 1 through the Acadian French shore and Annapolis Valley.

Option 2

If you choose this option we recommend taking Route 9 from Bangor, Maine and using the new border crossing just before Calais, Maine. Then follow the Trans-Canada highway to Saint John, New Brunswick. At Saint John, take the Fundy Rose ferry to Digby, Nova Scotia. This is a conventional vessel, relatively new and with good onboard facilities and the crossing takes a little less than three hours. The drive to the Old Orchard Inn just outside Wolfville will take approximately another two and a half hours.

Save on Your Adventure to Nova Scotia

We heard of this deal recently and thought that it might be of interest to those who have not booked your ferry passage yet. If you are planning on taking the ferry to Nova Scotia, then look into this deal.

There’s no more beautiful backdrop for a coastal getaway than Nova Scotia, and no better way to get there than The CAT. After a short catnap, the ferry will be back in action and ready to give you the chance to experience an adventure of a lifetime—for less!
Book your passage with the Early Booking Bonus and save up to $125 on The CAT:

    Save $75 on one-way passage for two or more adults and one standard vehicle.
    Save $125 on round-trip passage for two or more adults and one standard vehicle.
    Must be booked by April 1, 2017.
    Offer is valid for the 2017 season.
    Offer only available when booked online.
    Offer is in USD.

How to Book

This amazing promotion can be booked online:
Save on your one-way passage using coupon EBO17 or on your round-trip passage using coupon EBR17. The URL is below. Don’t forget to check the schedule... the ferry from Portland DOES NOT run on Tuesday June, 27.

For those wishing to drive all the way we suggest using your GPS to select your route.

Travel Documents
Recent changes in U.S. law require people to present a passport when entering or re-entering the U.S. from Canada by car unless they have other appropriate documentation. Canadian law also requires a passport or appropriate documentation when entering Canada from the U.S. by car. Make sure you have the proper documents before you set out. It takes time to get passports!

All travelers to Canada might want to check with their auto insurance carrier as Canada requires that you have a Canada NON-RESIDENT Insurance  Inter-province Motor vehicle Liability Insurance Card for the vehicle you’ll be driving in Canada.  Your insurance carrier usually provides this no charge and all they need to know what dates you will be in Canada.


Schedule of Activities -- UPDATED 2/3/2017 Things have changed from the printed version --


Tuesday June 27, 2017
1:00 to 5:00             Registration Open/ Hang Out space  
4:00 to 5:00 Great Unwashed Car Show Parking Lot
6:00 Bar open Hotel bar

Meet your clan Clash O' T' Clans Trivia Challenge

Room TBD
Wednesday June 28, 2017
7:30 –9:00 Complimentary continental breakfast  
9:30 to 11:30 Registration Open  

Buses leave for Scenic Wine Tour

10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Domaine de Grande Pre Winery
11:30 to 11:45 A.M. Look off
12:15 to 2:00 Lobster Lunch at Hall’s Harbour
2:30 to 3:30 Planter’s Ridge Winery

1:30 to 4:00 Registration Open  
Evening Dinner on your own. Restaurant listing will be available  
8:00 to ? Socializing  
Thursday June 29, 2017 (Schedule change from printed form)
7:30 to 9:30   Complimentary continental breakfast  
9:30 to 11:30 Registration Open  
9:30 t0 11:30 First Timers Car Show  
1:30 Bus leaves for Halifax  

Drop off at Waterfront
Dinner on your own

Pick up at Waterfront
Halifax International Tattoo
Buses will retun attendees to Wolfville after the Tattoo
Friday June 30, 2017 (Schedule change from printed form)
7:30 to 9:30 Complimentary continental breakfast  
9:30 to 11:30 Registration Open  
9:30 to 11:30 Clash O’ T’ Clans Funkhana  

Crossword Rally begins
Lunch stop at Luckett’s Winery on route
Explore Wolfville

1:30 to 4:00 Registration Open  
Evening Dinner on your own  
7:00 Bar opens  
7:30 Clash O’ T’ Clans Crossword completion  
8:00 Talent Show and Clash O’ T’ Clans awards  
Saturday July 1, 2017
7:30 to 9:30 Complimentary continental breakfast  
9:30 to 12:00 Car Show - Photo Display voting  
Afternoon Explore Wolfville  
6:00 Bar opens  
7:00 Awards Banquet -- “Wear your Scottish!”  
Sunday July 2, 2017
7:30 to 9:30 Complimentary continental breakfast  
10:00 Winners Circle Photos  
  Bon Voyage  

Click here for the Online Registration page.

The Photo Contest Rules

All photos are to be 8”x10”; NO MATTING, NO FRAMES, NO CAPTIONS/COMMENTS
Name and Register # on back of photo • Limit of 3 entries per member.
All photographs must be submitted prior to May 1, 2017 to:

Sandy Fraser
34 Carriageway Court
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
B4P 2N1

GOF Mk 101

GOF Mk 101 is intended to be a rich combination of a traditional GOF, a vacation experience in Nova Scotia and a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. To that end we are building in events that will highlight some special features of the Province and get participants involved in some fun, mildly competitive activities known as the Clash of “T” Clans. In order to get the most out of GOF Mk 101 we strongly encourage you to arrive on June 27th.

The GOF kicks off with a buffet supper on Tuesday June 27. Participants will be assigned to a clan and after supper the first clan competition will take place in the form of a trivia night. This will also be an opportunity for members of each clan to organize themselves for the other two competitions, a crossword rally and funkhana.

On Wednesday, June 28th we have organized a full day, professionally guided coach tour that encompass scenic views and highlights the history of the area especially the expulsion of the Acadians by the British and later resettlement by the New England Planters. The tour will include tasting and tours at two local wineries, Domaine de Grand Pre the oldest and Planter’s Ridge one of the newest, in what has become a burgeoning industry in the valley. We will lunch at Hall’s Harbour a quaint fishing port on the Bay of Fundy which boasts the world’s highest tides. The following websites provide further information. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1404 ; http://grandprewines.ns.ca/; http://www.hallsharbourlobster.com/ ; https://www.plantersridge.ca/; https://www.pier21.ca/research/immigration-history/the-forgotten-immigrants-the-journey-of-the-new-england-planters-to-nova-scotia-1759-1768 .

Thursday June 29 will feature the second round of the Clash of “T” Clans. Competition will start with a funkhana in the hotel parking lot. Clans will have to designate two cars for this activity. This will be followed by a crossword rally that everybody participates in. It will be an “impossible to get lost” rally on roads nearby the hotel and will provide clues to be used in solving a crossword puzzle that evening. There will be two routes, clockwise and counter clockwise, so clans will have to make sure they designate cars for both routes. The rally is organized so everybody will arrive at Luckett’s Winery for lunch (on your own but space will be reserved for us). This winery boasts spectacular views and has a British telephone booth from which you can make free calls anywhere in North America http://luckettvineyards.com/ . The afternoon will be free for you to relax, shop in Wolfville, (Wild Lily boutique, Casa Bella, Harvest Gallery) or visit any of the many local sites. Dinner is on your own and there are many choices in Wolfville: http://www.paddyspub.ca/locations/wolfville/ ; https://www.facebook.com/PrivetHouseRestaurant/ ; http://www.blomidon.ns.ca/restaurant-dinner-menu ; http://www.joesfoodemporium.ca/ ; https://www.facebook.com/LaTortaPizzeria/ ; http://www.troyrestaurant.ca/ ; http://thelibrarypub.ca/ to name a few. We will convene back at the hotel later that evening so that Clans can complete the crossword puzzle from clues collected on the rally. The evening will wind up with a talent show. Sing a song, tell a story, read a poem, we know that Register people are multi-talented! Contact Mark Evenchick markse@live.ca for details.

Our first timers car show will be held on Friday morning June 30 in the hotel parking lot. Right after lunch a coach will take us to Halifax and a drop off point on the waterfront. This will allow you to explore historic sites on your own, have an early supper and return to the drop off point from where the coach will take you to Scotiabank Place to see the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo http://www.nstattoo.ca/ . This was a highlight of the GOF in 2002 and will be sure to delight returnees as well as newcomers. We have reserved a block of 80 seats in a good location so we encourage you to register early (in the event we are oversubscribed we will do our best to arrange for more tickets)

Saturday, July 1 is Canada Day. We will begin the celebrations with our traditional car show. The afternoon will be free time for you. Rest up for the evening and our closing banquet and awards presentations including the winning Clan from the Clash O “T” Clans competition. We will also join in the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Bring any Scottish regalia you have, dress to the nines and end GOF Mk 101 with a bang!

So come and join us for a special GOF experience this June.

Ciad mille failte

Erna and Sandy, Heather and Mark