International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology Vancouver, Canada August 9-13, 2015
International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Controland the 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology   Vancouver, Canada   August 9-13, 2015

Social Program

Sunday Opening Mixer

The Opening Mixer is a ten minute walk from Gage Residence across the UBC campus and past the rose gardens, at Sage Bistro with its stunning ocean views of the Georgia Straight and North Shore Mountains and reflective pool designed by world renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.

Tuesday Excursions

We offer you a choice of three excursions, all of which find their way to the beautiful Cheakamus Center in Brackendale, British Columbia for a memorable barbeque of West Coast and First Nations fusion cuisine. Wild Salmon will of course be on the menu!

 

Our excursions are designed to appeal to every interest and physical activity level.  We believe you will want to see British Columbia’s spectacular mountains and forests. The ocean will be at your doorstep at UBC, so for the excursion, we’ll take you out of the city on a one hour scenic tour on the Sea to Sky highway that runs alongside Howe Sound fiord to areas near the town of Squamish. The trip itself is a tourist favourite. Once there, here are your excursion options:

1. A three hour mountain top hike.

**Physical activity level required: Good. This hike is rated as “Intermediate”

**Hiking boots or good covered waking shoes, NO SANDALS! Not suitable for young children

 

This excursion will begin at Gage Residence at 11:45AM where you will pick up your bag lunch and board your bus. At noon the bus will depart and make its way out of the city across the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park and on to the North Shore, past Horseshoe Bay and follow the coast on the Sea to Sky Highway to the Shannon Falls area to board the Sea to Sky Gondola.  At the Summit Lodge, you’ll pick up water and a snack for the hike then depart on the Shannon Basin Loop, a 9.7 Km hike, a 300 M elevation change which takes approximately 3 hours. Upon your return to the Lodge, you’ll ride down on the gondola, board your bus and continue to the Cheakamus Center for the BBQ and 5K run.

2. Britannia Mines and Sea to Sky Gondola

**Physical activity level required: Average

** Some stairs and walking on mildly sloped terrain, wear sunscreen, suitable for children

 

This excursion will begin at Gage Residence at 11:45AM where you will pick up your bag lunch and board your bus.  At noon the bus will depart and make its way out of the city across the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park and on to the North Shore, past Horseshoe Bay and follow the coast on the Sea to Sky Highway to the award-winning national historic Britannia Mine Museum.  We will have a tour of the level mine shaft (sunshine is always visible) by train and foot, learn about copper extraction and hear about life at the mines from a former miner.

The tour will wrap up at the museum before we board our bus and continue up the road a short distance to the Sea to Sky Gondola.  We will ride the gondola up to the Summit Lodge. For the hour we will spend there, you may take a short hike with amazing vistas of local mountains, cross the 100 M suspension bridge, or sit on the deck with a cup of tea and marvel at the view of the Howe Sound and mountains. At the end of the afternoon we will ride the gondola down and board our buses which will bring you to Cheakamus for the BBQ and 5K run.

3. Cheakamus First Nations Culture Experience and Nature Walk

**Physical activity level required: Average

** Walking on the forest trails requires low physical activity, some boardwalk, suitable for children

 

This excursion will begin at Gage Residence at 11:45AM where you will pick up your bag lunch and board your bus. At noon the bus will depart and make its way out of the city across the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park and on to the North Shore, past Horseshoe Bay and follow the coast on the Sea to Sky Highway past Squamish to beautiful Brackendale. We will arrive at the Cheakamus Center where First Nations culture comes alive through shared experiences with local elders in a traditional Coast Salish Bighouse, beside wild salmon streams, mixed forest and sacred trees. The spectacular 170 hectare ecological reserve is in the heart of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation territory.  After a traditional welcome, we will divide into smaller groups for a walk about with an Elder to learn about aspects of the Squamish Nation culture. This will be followed by a botanical walk and introduction to native plants important to the local First Nations and unique to the ecozone. When our program is over, we will be on site for the evening BBQ and 5K run.

Tuesday Barbeque

Our BBQ will be a casual “west coast” evening at the mythical Cheakamus Center, on the traditional lands of the Squamish Nation.  The BBQ will begin with a Skwxwú7mesh Blessing & Tradition Performance before we begin our meal beside the river. The barbeque will include wild salmon, bison, goose breast and grilled Portobello mushrooms, served with traditional bannock and local vegetables. Local First Nations artisans will be onsite to demonstrate beading, carving and weaving, and it will be possible to purchase directly from these artists for those interested. 

 

For those not participating in one of the excursions, a bus will depart Gage Residence at 4 PM to make its way out of the city across the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park and on to the North Shore, past Horseshoe Bay and follow the coast on the Sea to Sky Highway past Squamish to beautiful Brackendale.  You will arrive at the Cheakamus Center in time for Happy Hour and to celebrate the 5K runners and walkers as they arrive at the finish line!  Earlier transportation will be arranged for those participating in the 5K run.

Tuesday 5K Run and Walk

The 5K event will take place at the Cheakamus Center before the BBQ. Runners and walkers may participate in any of the excursions as the run will commence at 6PM and finish up at the same place, where a freshwater pond or showers awaits anyone who needs to freshen up before the BBQ. The route will be a level course on single track trail through the forest.

 

Thursday Banquet

Our Banquet will be held at The Nest on UBC campus, a new energy efficient LEED Platinum Green Building, a 5 minute walk from Gage Residence. Some of the sustainably produced food at our banquet will be grown on the roof of the very building within which we will enjoy our conference and banquet. The Chef prides himself on sourcing local food and our banquet buffet will feature some of the best BC has to offer! After dinner, we will be entertained by the live local band Queer as Funk - a ten piece soul/funk/Motown band which includes three vocalists, drums, percussion, keys, bass, guitar, sax, trumpet and trombone. It will be a treat!

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