Tours & Gala Dinner

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 Gala Dinner.                                           

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

1.  Vancouver harbour and export terminal tour by boat. Pickup directly from hotel, with water-based viewing of Port of Vancouver export facilities (including grain terminals), guided and informed by Port officials. Uncommon and picturesque view of city of Vancouver from length and breadth of harbor.

2.  University of British Columbia/Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Dairy research center, Agassiz. Large commercial dairy herd combined with associated dairy cattle research projects with emphasis on animal welfare. Two-hour bus trip to eastern Fraser Valley, Chilliwack area. Side trip to nearby Harrison Lake; striking mountain views.

3.  Small fruits tour. A sample of farms growing successful berry export crops such as blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries. Located in central Fraser Valley, within 1.5 hours bus trip of Vancouver.

4.  Greenhouse operations. Large, relatively new agricultural export sector featuring peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and flowers. Western and central Fraser Valley, within one hour bus trip of Vancouver

5.  Microbrewery tours (multiple). Rapidly growing segment of food and beverage market, catering to local ingredients (e.g., hops) and innovative brews. Visits to 2-3 microbreweries within an hour of conference hotel.

6.  Winery tours (multiple). Tours to Fraser Valley wineries that feature rapid growth and also some specialized operations, such as local fruit wines that are integrated with small berry processing. Bus trip within 1.5 hours of conference hotel.

7.  Forestry 1. Visit to Whistler Community Forest that is commercially active, in close cooperation with aboriginal groups and Whistler community. Added trip to acclaimed Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Spectacular bus trip up Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler BC, two hours north of Vancouver.

8.  Forestry 2.  Visit to University of British Columbia Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, 1.5 hours bus trip east of conference hotel. Attention to different management practices with different values placed on biological diversity, habitat, and safety.

9.  Fisheries. Visit to Steveston at the mouth of the Fraser River, less than one hour bus trip south of conference hotel, to Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Followed by visit to Steveston Harbour Authority fishing market for local smaller scale firms who sell directly to consumers. Features large variety of species and vendors.

10.  Multiple Use Resource Management Tour 1. In-depth visit of operations, planning and marketing of Whistler Resource Municipality. Attention to managing trade-offs among large commercial ski operation, first nations cooperation, logging, environmental lobby groups, backcountry vs motorized vehicle groups and government Parks agency. Two-hour bus trip north of  conference hotel.

11.  Multiple Use Resource Management Tour 2. Sea-to-Sky Gondola operation. Highly successful recreational investment despite much early opposition from non-motorized recreation users and environmental lobbies. Management was able to accommodate all users and still become profitable and make major contribution to local Squamish economy. Combined with visit to nearby Britannia Mining Museum, an early 1900s resource activity (copper mine). One hour bus trip north to Squamish.

12.  Resource Management. Visit to independent power project (e.g., Mamquam/Skookum Creek run-of-the-river green power investment) in Squamish valley. Spectacular near-wilderness site, generating facility only.  Side trip to Britannia Mining Museum or Squamish brew pub. 1.5 hour bus trip to Squamish area.

13.  Recreational resource investment. Visit to mountain bike manufacturing firms in North Vancouver who have combined nearby mountain resources with local design, marketing and public infrastructure investment (trail networks) to achieve export success for the firms and a world-class reputation for local mountain bike trails and sites (North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler). Within half hour of conference hotel.

14.  First Nations and resource development. Visit with First Nations representatives regarding development projects for various resources (e.g., water, oil pipelines, forest lands), given the current necessity for resource investors to collaborate with and gain the support of affected First Nations groups. Trip  includes visits to Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Center and/or UBC Anthropology Museum, and discussions with principals at each location about First Nations issues, culture and art. Up to two-hour bus trip involved.

Gala 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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