Social Program

The social program committee has been hard at work in order to come up with an exceptional social program with focus on our resources. See below for the descriptions of all activities. Registration is open to all attendees of the RFG 2018 conference.

Saturday June 16th – North Shore Tour (5 Hours) – 9am – 2pm

During this tour, experience the natural beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore and spectacular city, mountain and ocean views. A deluxe motor coach will take participants via Stanley Park and the impressive Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, winding up the Capilano Canyon to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Nature Park. Built in 1888, this bridge was the first of its kind spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. The Suspension Bridge is surrounded by towering Douglas firs and walking trails. Enjoy the Capilano cliff walk, Treetops Adventure and fabulous one of a kind gift shop! Head down to the popular Lonsdale Quay Market, home to over 80 locally owned and operated businesses on the North Shore. Featuring a fresh food market with local products, an international food court, specialty shops featuring local designers, restaurants, and breweries. Enjoy some free time here! A quick drive to the Lynn Canyon Park to experience the second suspension bridge of the day! There are several trails throughout the park to choose from for a leisurely hike where guests can see breathtaking waterfalls and enjoy a stroll through the forest.

Tour includes:

  • Private Deluxe Motor-Coach
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Private Commentated Sight-Seeing Tour
  • Tour Guide
  • Admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Stop at Lonsdale Quay Market (great location for lunch on own)
  • Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

Price: CAD $130 (lunch not included)

Sunday, June 17th - Sea to Sky Gondola (5 Hours) – 9am – 2pm

Experience the spectacular views of Howe Sound, where the ocean meets the mountains in the Sea to Sky country. Guests will be treated to a stop at Shannon Falls, one of North America’s highest waterfalls with a vertical of more than 1,000 feet. The tour then proceeds to the spectacular Sea to Sky Gondola, located in Squamish, which is the heart of the world-famous Sea to Sky Corridor. When you reach the summit of the gondola ascending Mount Habrich, you are greeted with breathtaking panoramic views of the coastal mountain range, the Stawamus Chief, and Howe Sound. Meet the friendly guide as you step off the gondola for a public tour. At the summit, a host of amenities and adventure activities will be available. A spectacular suspension bridge, interpretive trails, jaw dropping viewing platforms, climbing areas, snowshoeing, biking trails and other naturally inspired activities. A West Coast inspired lodge serving a high quality locally produced menu with a spectacular outside deck will be the perfect way to end your adventure

Tour includes:

  • Private Deluxe Motor-Coach
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Private Commentated Sight-Seeing Tour
  • Tour guide
  • Visit to Spectacular Shannon Falls
  • Admission to Sea to Sky Gondola (great location for lunch on own)
  • Optional Tour of Sea to Sky Gondola or Free Time
  • Opportunity to Hike to Various View Points
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

Price: CAD $125 (lunch not included)

Monday, June 18th - Student Pub Crawl (2 Hours) – 7pm – 9pm

Explore Vancouver's night-life, network with new colleagues and win prizes: 

  • Ages 18 to 30 years old
  • Participants responsible for all beverages and food purchased during the event

Price: CAD $15 (Food & beverage not included)

Tuesday, June 19th - RFG 2018 Movie Night (2 Hours) – 7pm – 9pm

Join your fellow delegates for a movie night at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Viewing: Koneline.

Includes:

  • Admission
  • One refreshment

Price: CAD $10

Wednesday, June 20th - Vancouver Art Gallery Tour (2 Hours) – 7pm – 9pm

Guided tour of iconic Canadian and contemporary art exhibits.

Price: CAD $30

Thursday, June 21st – Vancouver Brewery & Distillery Tour (3.5 Hours) – 6:30pm – 10pm

Vancouver has one of the strongest craft beer cultures in the world. Vancouver's distilleries are also making waves with some amazing locally crafted spirits. On this tour, we'll make three stops over three and a half hours. Two Vancouver craft breweries and one Vancouver craft distillery. Nicknamed the Vancouver Distillery Tour, this Vancouver tour gives you the best of both worlds.

Tour Includes:

  • Stops at two Vancouver Craft Breweries
  • Private Guided Tour
  • Tour of One Brewery
  • 1 x Beer Flight at Both Breweries
  • Stop at one Vancouver Distillery
  • Tour of the distillery
  • Choice of Gin, Vodka, or Possibly Other Libations
  • ½ Pizza & Mixed Appetizer per person
  • Transportation from Hotel & Between Breweries
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

Price: CAD $165

Friday, June 22nd – Minerals Tour: Britannia Mine Museum (4 Hours) – 9am – 1pm

In its seventy-year life, the Britannia Mine had a fascinating history. With over 60,000 people living and working here, you can imagine that there are a few stories to tell! There was pioneering work on ore extraction technologies - peak production rates making it the then biggest copper mine in the British Empire, dictatorial and benevolent managers, fire, floods, a tragic rock slide and much more. The 45-minute guided tour starts with a train ride into the atmospheric early-haulage mine tunnel. The mines interpreter explains the miners’ working conditions and demonstrates drills and equipment used in the early 20th century. It continues into the Mill, an impressive structure with dramatic industrial interior, built into the mountain-side, one of the last gravity-fed Mills in North America. Learn how the Mill operated, how rocks were transported and crushed and how minerals were extracted.

There is also a self-guided component where guests may examine exhibits around the site and in the Visitor Centre, the A-Z of Britannia and the Machine Shop. Watch the informative 15-minute documentary Groundbreaking – The Britannia Story – in the Theatre. Stop by the Gold Panning Pavilion to pan for real gold and gemstones too!

Tour includes:

  • Private Deluxe Motor-Coach
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Tour Guide
  • Admission to Britannia Mine Museum
  • Tour of Britannia Mine Museum
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

Price: CAD $105

Friday, June 22nd – Energy Tour: Stave Falls (6 Hours) – 9am – 3pm

In the north central Fraser Valley is BC Hydro's Stave River hydroelectric project. The Stave Lake reservoir is bounded by the Stave Lake Dam. Here guests will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Stave Falls visitor centre! The Powerhouse at Stave Falls has a way of engaging a wide variety of visitors, from individuals to families and school groups. With an amazing Tesla coil electricity demonstration and many interactive and historic displays, guests can take a walk back through time to see how power has helped build our province.

This 100-year-old power generating facility is also a National Historic Site of Canada where guests can comb through archival photos, artifacts and explore the original mechanical and electrical components installed over a century ago.

Tour includes:

  • Private Deluxe Motor-Coach
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Tour Guide
  • Admission to Stave Falls
  • Tour of Stave Falls
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

Price: CAD $100

Friday, June 22nd – Water Tour: Museum of Anthropology & UBC (5 Hours) – 9am – 2pm

Drive through the world-famous Stanley Park and visit the Totem Poles at Brockton Point which are one of BC’s most visited tourist attractions. The tour proceeds along Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront beaches with spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains and arrives at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of BC.

The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art in a spectacular Arthur Erickson designed building overlooking the mountains and ocean. It also features extensive collections from around the world as well as a wide range of temporary exhibitions, guided tours, and other public events.

The tour takes a short drive to the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) for a private tour. CIRS was developed in response to the challenge of creating a more sustainable built environment. Its intention is to be an internationally recognized research institution that accelerates the adoption of sustainable building technologies and sustainable urban development practices in society. Research within the Centre engages issues related to, and which shape, sustainable buildings and urban development patterns.

Tour includes:

  • Private Deluxe Motor-Coach
  • Driver Gratuities
  • Tour Guide
  • Admission to Museum of Anthropology
  • * 60-minute gallery tour
  • Tour of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
  • Venue West Loading Agent
  • Venue West Management Fee

* Please note that a guided tour at the MOA is confirmed 1 week prior to the visit pending the students schedule. If there is not an available guide this visit will be self guided.

Price: CAD $120