FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does TSR allow peanuts on site?  Is TSR nut free?

While we do our best to keep peanuts out of our facility, we are not a Nut Free.  Guests with life-threatening allergies are advised to keep their rescue medication with them at all times.  For more information about food allergies please contact us directly.  We are also considered a “REMOTE” location.  The main office is situated in a central location, and is approximately 20 minutes from Lachute, St. Jerome and St. Sauveur.

 Can we build a fire while we are visiting TSR?

You are welcome to build a fire in one of our designated CAMP FIRE locations (cabooses, tamarack cottages, lodge, trappers camp, and designated camp site locations).  Please confirm fire building limitations/restrictions prior to your visit by visiting www.sopfeu.qc.ca

*Please note that there will be a charge of $150/fire that is not in a designated fire pit

Can I bring my own firewood?

With all of the environmental cross contamination of invasive species, we request that all firewood be cut or purchased on site.  Please refer to www.inspection.gc.ca for more information.

Is camp fire wood provided?

Yes, each camp site will be provided with firewood for one camp fire during their stay.  Any additional firewood can be purchased for $5/crate or $150/cord, and can be arranged in advance or on site.

Can I cut down or collect my own firewood?

NO – Our central camp locations, waterfront sites, and other ecologically sensitive areas, all fallen branches and dead fall are required to remain on the ground to promote a healthy site.  By over grooming, collecting, and basic summer usage, our impact on these sites is already very intense.  Please respect our environment and help us conserve our waterfront.

YES – on the sites on the South side of the road and the North side of the lake.  PLEASE ensure proper fire etiquette and confirm with the office the restrictions on fire building.   Please practice Leave-No-Trace camping, and respect the birch trees while collecting bark.

**Please note that damage to trees and plants on the main site may incur a cost of $150/tree damaged

Can we cook our own food?

Yes, as a Scouting facility, all of the cabins, cabooses and the lodge are equipped with a hot-plate and a dry sink (PLEASE NO FOOD OR GREASE).

Yes, all central campsites have a fire pit, picnic tables, and a clearing.  Please bring your own stoves and fuel that are appropriate and safe for your use.  Upon request TSR will provide one SWEDISH LOG for cooking per group per visit.  If you require another SWEDISH LOG they can be provided at $5/log.

Firewood provided by TSR is enough for one campfire; all additional wood will be provided at $5/crate or $150/cord.

Can I go fishing at TSR?

Fishing is allowed under the following guidelines.

No Live Bait – the effects of using live bait can harm a fishery very quickly.  Non-native organisms can be introduced to the lake through bait buckets.  Fish caught with live bait are often hooked deeply and have a much lower survival rate when released.

Catch and Release – To maintain the ecological balance within TSR we practice catch and release.  We encourage guests to get a good photograph and release their fish.

Barbless Hooks – Large barbs on hooks cause excessive damage to fish that are being released.  For this reason barbless hooks or hooks with barbs crimped down are encouraged.  Please ask us how to “debarb” your hook.

Boat restrictions – In order to maintain the serene wilderness and to avoid problems with zebra mussel, spiny water fleas and a host of aquatic plants transferred by boats and trailers, TSR does not allow motorboats to be launched from our site.  TSR motor boats are used only by TSR staff.  Canoes are appropriate for the quiet natural surroundings found at TSR.

 What do I need to bring?

Download the Spring/Summer Packing List (to be added shortly)

Download the Fall/Winter Packing List (to be added shortly)

Can I bring my motor boat or Personal Watercraft to TSR?

In order to maintain the serene wilderness and to avoid problems with zebra mussel, spiny water fleas and a host of aquatic plants transferred by boats and trailers, TSR does not allow motorboats to be launched from our site. Personal water craft (canoes and kayaks) must be approved by Director of TSR.

Can I drive while on site?

In order to promote healthy lifestyles, youth at play, and the camping atmosphere, and safety, we ask that all vehicles remain in the designated parking areas (lower parking lot).  We request that after gear drop off and until you pack up, all vehicles remain parked.

Can I bring my pets with me?

Sorry, but we do not allow pets on site. Service Dogs are welcome to register in advance at the office.

 Do I have to have completed all of Scouts Canada’s Trainings and Screening Process?

YES- if you are 18 years of age or older, you must be completely compliant to be on site with Scouting youth.

NO- if you are under 18 years of age.  ALL youth are welcome to TSR, you do not have to be a Scout to participate in any of our programs, and we encourage Girl Guides of Canada, l’Association de Scoutes, Cadets, school groups and individuals to participate.

When is TSR open?

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 am – 3 pm

Tuesday and Friday 2 pm – 7 pm

Our programming is offered year round.

Summer Hours

Monday – Friday

9 am to 2 pm

 How is the cell service at TSR?

It depends on your carrier.  At the moment, Bell and Telus have the best reception while the others have virtually no reception at all.  Please DO NOT depend on having contact while at TSR through mobile devices.

Can I check my email while at TSR?

We are pleased to say that we do have a limited Wi-Fi service.  The Wi-Fi can be accessed from the administration building.  We discourage the use of the Wi-Fi by the youth.

Please be aware that the “Scouter Lounge” has been moved from the administration building.

When using the Wi-Fi, please remember that it is a shared connection.  We reserve the right to limit downloads.

Can I call my children while they are at TSR?

While your children are here they will be engaged in their activities in the great outdoors.  Quite often this programming will be taking place a considerable distance from the office.  We have a Bell pay phone on site that can be accesses by your children.  We encourage leaving cell phones and all other technology at home.

Can I email or snail-mail my children while they are at TSR?

While your children are here they will be engaged in their activities in the great outdoors. You are welcome to email messages to reservations@tamaracouta.com or send them mail a week or two prior to their arrival, and we will deliver messages on a daily basis to the groups and individuals on site.

Can I smoke while at TSR?

We have two designated smoking areas at TSR.  We have 2 smoking areas – down in the lower parking lot by the administration building and by the picnic table at the dining hall.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere else on site.

Can I use an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) while at TSR?

E-cigarette may only be used at one of our two designated smoking areas.  T We have 2 smoking areas – down in the lower parking lot by the administration building and by the picnic table at the dining hall. The use of e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere else on site.