FAQs

Who owns Five Oaks and who attends its programs and events?
Five Oaks is an Education and Retreat Centre of The United Church of Canada and thereby owned by the United Church. Our programs and facilities are enjoyed by people from a wide variety of groups from the community, Christian churches, and other faith traditions.

What do I need to bring?
Bring along what you would normally take for a motel stay including your toiletries and shampoo. An alarm clock is not provided so please bring your own. Linens and towels are provided (except in the Summer Centre).

What facilities does Five Oaks provide?
Extensive information is found in the Facility Rentals section of this website. We provide comfortable bedrooms and meeting rooms of various sizes including a large room that can accommodate 90 people, with a screen for projection, overhead projector, flip charts, and piano. We also provide recreational facilities such as hiking trails, outdoor swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, 2 outdoor labyrinths. Cycling trails are available throughout the area. The beautiful Grand River Book Store and Video Library is also on site. You can contact the book store at 1-888-668-0871.

Does Five Oaks accommodate special diets?

The following 4 special diets will be accommodated upon advance request and registration: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan and Vegetarian.  An additional surcharge of $2.00 per meal shall be applied to gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.  There is no additional surcharge for vegetarian meals.  Request for a special diet must be submitted at least one week in advance. 

How many people can Five Oaks accommodate?
In the summer our capacity is 150; in the winter, it is 92.

Is Five Oaks air conditioned?
No. We are committed to caring for creation. During the summer we rely upon our Carolinian forest to help cool us down as well as fans provided in every room.

Are there wild animals around Five Oaks?
While we do enjoy being in the midst of a natural forested setting, no wild animals pose a threat or danger.

Can I bring my pet? A nutty snack? My favourite perfume?
Five Oaks welcomes all people. Consequently we do not allow pets on site due to allergies and other aversions to animals. Service animals are welcome! Please refrain from bringing nuts or nut products. Also, we ask you not to use toiletries that create any kind of odour or are perfumed. We are striving to make Five Oaks a healthy and safe place for all.

Can we drink wine and beer at Five Oaks?
Please discuss your plans with the Business & Hospitality Administrator when making your booking.

Can we drink the water at Five Oaks?
YES! We have good drinking water. It is tested daily and monitored regularly by the local [Brant County] Health Unit.

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