Meeting up over food and drink – Conference Activities
There are activities planned from when you get to the conference in the morning until you head back to your accommodation for the evenings. Starting with the day one workshops (check out the Workshops Page) with coffee on the Library Deck looking out to the Rockies, followed by a walk to the Dakelh-style pit house and the ice-breaker event. Day two is a busy day of presentations with a Wine Tasting and social buffet Northern Lights Winery. Day three is a packed day of presentations, CCA annual general meeting, a tour of downtown Prince George followed by a gathering at the Hub Space for a night of visiting and Pecha Kucha. For those staying on for Saturday, we are heading out to Barkerville for a step back in time. Check out the getting around page for a web map and updates of the events and other places to check out.
After looking at the activities below, use our workshop and activities sign up page to sign up. There are fees for some of the activities, and the sign up page uses Paypal for paying for these events.
Wednesday Mary 22
Walk to Dakelh-style pit house – just after the workshops.
Roger will be leading whomever would like to stretch their legs for a short walk (3 Km round trip) to the pit house just south of the UNBC campus along the Greenway Trail. For those wanting a run or more walking there are systems of well maintained trails through wooded areas crisscross Cranbrook Hill that can be accessed from UNBC. We will meet at the GIS Lab after the workshops and head out for the tour.
Ice-Breaker at the Thirsty Moose Pub – 5:30 – 8:00
Free ticket for food and your first craft beer
It is quite common to see moose cruising through campus, but they generally do not stop in for beer or food at the pub. We will be meeting at the pub for a “Build your own burger with Craft Beer” get together. There will be: a Barbecue set up to cook burgers, plates of appetizers and a free Craft Beer from our local breweries (we have two in Prince George – Cross Roads and Trench Brewing). The Northern Undergraduate Student Society operates the Thirsty Moose, and Ryan and his gang are offering us reduced pricing for beer (if you wish to have more than one) as well as other food offers for those with dietary restrictions. Check out the Thirsty Moose menu for an idea of what to expect for food (not all the items on the menu will be available at the time of the conference – more information will be provided as we approach the event).
Thursday May 23
Wine tasting and social buffet at Northern Lights Winery – 5:30 – 9:00
Come to Canada’s northern most winery on the banks of the Nechako River for some sampling of fruit wines and enjoy a buffet dinner. The evening will include transportation to the winery (and back of course) from both UNBC and downtown (George Street in front of the Ramanda) with the following wine tasting and food menu:
* Wine Tasting Bar: 4 Wines, 2-ounce Pours, up to 10oz per person
* Non-Alcoholic Option available
* Charcuterie Platter: cheese, cured meat, fruit, pickled vegetables & artisanal crackers
* Antipasto: Artisan Olives, Caprese Bruschetta, House-made Pickled Vegetables, Marinated Artichoke Salad, Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Melon & Prosciutto Fresh Focaccia & Baguette Crisps
* B.C Artisan Cheese Board: Assorted Cheese Board highlighting British Columbia’s Artisan Cheese paired with Nuts, Dried Fruits, Artisan Breads & Specialty Crackers
* Salad: Caprese Salad – fresh Grape Tomato, Bocconcini, fresh Basil, Pesto Oil & House-made Mirtillo- Balsamic Reduction
* Salad 2: Chef’s Salad Bowl – fresh Seasonal Vegetables, toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Goat Cheese, Seasonal House-made Dressing
* Vegetable: Seasonal BC Vegetable – White Wine Herb Butter
* Starch: Baby Potato Confit – Garlic, Fresh Herbs
* Protein 1: Herb Roasted Chicken Breast: Lemon Thyme Demi-Glace
* Protein 2: Cajun Spiced Sockeye Salmon – Smoked Pepper Bearnaise
* Vegetarian Option: Vegetarian Lasagna – Vegetable Ragu, Ricotta Filling, Wheat or Gluten Free Noodles
* Dessert: Locally made Pastries, Cakes, Squares, Chef Selected Tarts & Fresh Fruit. Coffee & Assorted Tea Station
For those with diet restrictions, let us know when you fill in the workshop and activities sign up form. For more information – check out the the bistro menu at Northern Lights
Friday May 24
Downtown Adventure – 5:00 – 6:30
There will be a walk about in downtown Prince George to see how may photos you can take with you and your compadres before heading to the social event at the Hub Space. Stay tuned for more information on this treasure hunt type activity.
Hub Space and PechaKucha – 6:30 – 10:00
Free – Special thanks to ESRI Canada and Northern BC GIS Users Group for sponsoring this event
There will be food and beverages (yes again with the craft beer) for the Friday night get together. The Hub Space has been rented for a night of food, drink and frivolity. There will be PechaKucha presentations (think about submitting a PechaKucha if you have not done so – email Scott and/or Roger). There will be food and beer provided through sponsorship by ESRI Canada and the Northern BC GIS Users Group. We are providing beer from the local breweries as well as food from Betula Burning. Betula Burning has also provided us with special pricing for the event – check out their menu.
Saturday May 25
Trip to Barkerville Historical Site
There is a fee of $30.00 for this trip. Thanks to the Columbia Center (thanks Dick Mynen) for a special rate on the bus and driver rental (as well as for the Wine Tasting Buffet evening).
Come to what was once the Cariboo region’s largest and most important town. It is made up of a great number of original intact buildings from the Gold Rush era as well as street performers, variety shows, stage coach rides, court sessions circa 1860, China town and food/drink. We will be leaving Prince George at 10:00 and returning at 6:00 Saturday. Check out the Barkerville web site for more information.