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Canine War

September 12, 2014 to September 14, 2014

Nanaimo,Campbell River,Courtenay,Port Alberni, BC

Autocrat: Symonne du Bois

The winds of war are once again blowing toward our beautiful Shire of Hartwood. Word of our regal hunting dogs has spread across the land and many have expressed desire to have them as their own. We are calling to our allies to help defend our land against those who would try to take what is ours.  Fighters come show us your strength, Archers come show us your skills. Artisans come show us your creativity and help us honor and decorate our dogs, Cooks come and help us feed the masses.

Contests to be held: 

Heavy Fighting


A&S Competition:

Doggie Barding

Barding was a way to armour horses and display heraldry. From decorated reigns to long and graceful cloaks over their hind quarters (Caparisons), horses have been dandied up for war and tourneys throughout the middle ages.

But why should they get all the fun?

Modernly there are many people who dress up their dogs, bling out their leashes or halters, and even have their dogs wear little booties in winter. Lets do it medievally -- with doggie barding!

Entrants will be judged on aesthetics (with bonus points for hidden functionality and other such cleverness) and documentation. "Oh no," you say! "Don't make me write all the words! They scare me!" Fear not! This competition is meant to be entirely tongue in cheek. We want to see your inspiration, and to follow your journey. This is a good time to -practice- writing documentation, without taking it too seriously. Verbal documentation is welcome too!

And, if you have no dog of your own to dress, some may be willing to lend you theirs (contact ahead of time!), or a stuffed doggie will do.


Saint Guinefort - A Dog in Any Medium

Dogs have long been considered man's best friend, and no dog embodies this more than 'Saint' Guinefort, a 13th century greyhound unofficially sainted by popular demand after he saved his master's infant son, only to be slain when his Master mistakenly believed he had eaten the child.

Painted, sewn, carved, or sung -- lets find a way to honour this noble hound, and all those dogs who provide such loyal and brave companionship.

Competition will be judged on how well it embodies the spirit of the theme, aesthetics, and period techniques.


Iron Cauldron: 

Once again we will be having an Iron Cauldron competition at the War. 

This year entrants will be asked to create both a sweet and savory dish using the three mystery ingredients provided. 
The first mystery ingredient will be flavouring, which may be an herb or spice. The second ingredient will be a protein and the third will be a fruit or vegetable. 
While cookbook recipes are allowed, we will also accept original dishes which are done in a period manner using appropriate ingredients.
We will only be providing the three mystery ingredients, but you are also allowed to use ingredients brought from home or those acquired that day. 
While you can borrow or share another person's kitchen facilities and ingredients, the cooking must be done by the registered entrant only.
Each contestant must sign up by 11 am on Saturday but you may email your intention to enter the competition instead, by emailing me at before Friday at 6pm. 
There will be a Young Cooks category for those 16 and under. Please inform us if you are in this category when you register.
Those wishing to compete will meet Saturday at 2pm, at which time they can ask any questions and get their three ingredients. 
The dishes must be submitted by Saturday at 5pm for judging. 
Judging will be based on:
1. How period are the dishes. This takes into consideration the ingredients and methods used.
2. How the dishes are presented. This takes into consideration the differences in how various cultures and time periods served their food.
3. How the three mystery ingredients are incorporated into the dishes.
4. How the dishes taste. While each time period had differences in their perception of what tastes good, we are dealing with modern palates, so keep that in mind.


Bardic: Bring your best Dog themed poem, story or song to entertain us around the fire.  We will be able to have a real fire this year!!

Potluck Feast Saturday evening.

Fees: Adult $25 ($20 with proof of membership),  Children 18 under free.

No potable water on site

Dogs must be on a leash at all times, please pick up after your pet.  We will have a dog park set up.

Gates Open Friday 12pm.



12:00 Gates Open

Evening left open for games and fire



9:00 am Opening Meet and Greet

9:30 - 10:30 Armour Inspection

10:30 - 1:00 War!!

2:00 Iron Cauldron Meeting

2:00 - 3:00 A&S Presentation and Judging

2:00 - 3:00 Archery Inspection

3:00 - 5:00 Archer Competition

4:00 - 6:00 Inkle Loom Class

5:00 Iron Cauldron Judging

5:30 Potluck Dinner

6:00 List open for Torchlight Tourney

7:00 - 9:00 Torchlight Tourney

9:00 - 10:00 Bardic Competition



Clean up

3:00 Site Closed





Site Info:
Name: Ravenskey Castle Site
5222 Kingston St
Port Alberni, BC V9Y *H9

Directions to Site:

Last Event's Directions:  

Directions to the Site

5222 Kingston St. Port Alberni, B.C.

From Lower/Middle Island - From the Inland Island Hwy take the Port Alberni side of the Qualicum Beach/Port Alberni exit and merge onto Hwy 4. From Upper Island -

From the Inland Island Hwy take the Port Alberni exit and turn right onto Hwy 4. Follow Hwy 4 as it enters Port Alberni and takes you past a Coombs Country Candy shop on your right. Pass this and continue to stay to the right until you reach the lights at the far end of the Walmart/Extra foods lot. Turn right at these lights onto Cherry Creek Road. Follow the road straight through the four way stop and past the store until you come to Cowley Road. Turn left onto Cowley and follow the road as it becomes Best Road. Follow Best until you come to Kitsuksis Road. Turn right onto Kitsuksis and then take the next left onto Kingston Road. Proceed to the end of this gravel road, slowing down as you reach the gate at the end. Proceed slowly as there are children and animals around. Go to the end of the winding drive and you will find the castle site.   

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