Tours & Offsite Dinner on July 31

In the late morning and afternoon of Tuesday, July 31st, conference participants will be taken on an offsite tour that will showcase a particular agricultural, recreational or other attraction in the Vancouver or lower BC mainland area. Participants will be able to choose one tour during the conference registration process. Please make sure you pick the tour of your choosing as each tour will have limited capacity.

On Tuesday, July 31st, participants will be transported to the tour site(s), with return transportation back to the Westin Bayshore Hotel, where all delegates will be picked up for an Offsite Dinner at the Vancouver Aquarium.                                           

The ICAE 2018 Committee is excited to present the following tour options:

1.  Vancouver Harbour Boat Tour, with focus on major grain and commodity export terminals. Unique perspective of the city and insight into Vancouver port operations rarely otherwise seen. Boat pick-up directly from hotel, hosted by Vancouver Harbour Authority. 

2.  University/Federal Government Dairy Research Center, Agassiz, BC (Eastern Fraser Valley). Large commercial dairy herd combined with research projects emphasizing animal welfare issues. Side trips to cheese farm, Harrison Lake, as time permits. 

3.  Small Fruit Farm Tours, Central Fraser Valley (Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge). Focus on berry export crops such as blueberries, cranberries and raspberries. 

4.  Greenhouse Farms. Visits to large growing operations, possibly packing plant, in relatively new agricultural export sector featuring peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers. Central Fraser Valley (Delta, Surrey, Langley). 

5.  Artisanal Farm Production Tour in Central Fraser Valley. Possible sites include goat milk production and cheese processing, honey operations, artisanal flours and brewing. 

6.  Winery Tours, Fraser Valley Including Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack (not Okanagan Valley). Traditional wineries plus some specialized operations producing local fruit wines, tasting.  

7.  Microbrewery Tours, mostly in Greater Vancouver area. Rapidly growing segment of food and beverage market catering to use of local hop varieties and innovative brews. 

8.  UBC Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC (Golden Ears Mountain), with focus on different management practices, with values placed on biodiversity, habitat and safety. Side trip to Alouette Lake possible. 

9.  Whistler Community Forest, Whistler BC. Commercially active operation in close cooperation with first nations and Whistler community. Side trip to Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

10.  Fisheries Tour, Steveston Harbour Authority Local Fish Market. This market is focused on small scale firms who sell directly to consumers with large variety of fish species and vendors. Also visit to adjacent Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, townsite of Steveston.

11.  Multiple Use Resource Management Tour 1. Sea-to-sky Gondola operation beside Squamish, BC. Initially controversial commercial venture that forged successful links with non-motorized recreation users and environmental lobbies and generated major contribution to Squamish economy. Side visit to Squamish brew pub.

12.  Multiple Use Resource Management Tour 2. Whistler Resort Municipality operations, planning and marketing of the resort, managing trade-offs among large commercial ski operation, first nations cooperation and benefits, commercial logging, environmental lobby groups, backcountry vs motorized vehicle groups, and the provincial government Parks agency. Side trip to specialized agricultural valley north of Whistler (Pemberton).

13.  Electricity Resource Management Tour. Visit to independent power project (run-of-river ‘green’ power) investments in Squamish valley (Skookum Creek, Squamish River) generating facilities only. Side trip to Mining Museum or Squamish brew pub. 

14.  Recreational Resource Investment Tour. Mountain bike manufacturing operations in North Vancouver who combine nearby (North Vancouver, Squamish) mountain bike public infrastructure with local design, production and marketing to achieve export success and world class reputation.

15.  First Nations and Resource Development Tour. Visit First Nations representatives regarding negotiations for resource development projects (water, oil pipelines, forest lands) given current necessity (‘property rights’) for resource investors to collaborate with and gain support of affected First Nations. Visit to Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Center, Whistler. 

Offsite Dinner at the Vancouver Aquarium

Enjoy a unique and unforgettable setting as you dine among other ICAE delegates, as well as a variety of underwater creatures and colourful fish.  Aside from the scenery, your taste buds will also be delighted as you feast on an extensive buffet of mouthwatering choices of west coast cuisine!

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