Wednesday September 20, 2017 Conference Activities:


Whale & Wildlife Watching Tour (Sidney Whale Watching):
With Sidney’s moderate climate, protected harbor, calm seas, and beautiful gulf islands right off shore it’s no wonder why Sidney is one of the best places in the world to depart for a whale watching adventure. Some of the different wildlife delegates can expect to see are Transient and Resident Orca’s (killer whales), Grey whales, Humpback whales, Minke whales, and the occasional Fin whales. We also have dolphins, porpoise, sea lions, seals, river otters, Eagles, a huge variety of sea birds, and some very exotic land mammals that have been imported to some of the Gulf Islands. Sidney Whale Watching supplies insulated cruiser suits and gloves. The boats are camera safe and washroom equipped.
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Victoria Distillers, Tour & Tasting:
Delegates can enjoy a tour and tasting at Victoria Distillers, located along Sidney’s waterfront. Visitors will be guided through the entire distillation process. From selecting the botanicals, to the blending and bottling, to the hand-numbering of each small batch, each step is a labour of love. Delegates will have an intimate look in one of BC’s finest artisan distilleries. Following a tour, visitors will be invited to taste all premium spirits neat.
Complimentary for conference delegates at 2:30pm and 3:30pm

Guided Kayak or Canoe Tour:
Pacifica Paddle Sports offers guided kayak and canoe tour for 1.5 hours from Sidney to a local Gulf Island where the group will explore local tidal pools, walk along the shore and experience the interesting waterways near Sidney. For those interested in touring from the comfort of an aqua cruiser, the same sights and shores can be experienced from a comfortable and covered low powered vessel. Tour includes: qualified guides and skipper(s), vessels, paddles, safety gear (PFD, pump, rope).  15 minute drive to location at


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Experience the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
An aquarium of the Salish Sea and marine education centre on the waterfront in Sidney, BC, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a unique cultural attraction and not-for-profit organization with a mission to “create experiences that engage people to learn about, explore, and conserve the Salish Sea Bioregion its wildlife, waters, land, culture, and people.” The Centre achieves this through formal and informal education programs, school programs, community events and one-of-a-kind exhibits.
Complimentary for conference delegates