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We have reserved nights of fun for conference delegates to show you what the city has to offer – all at special rates!

Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2020, and Friday, May 8, 2020. Make your selection when registering for the conference! Space is subject to availability.

Times attached to each activity include transportation to and from the hotel.

Elk Island Adventure

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Duration: 2:30 hours

$40 + tax per person and includes bus and guide.

Want to explore one of Canada’s coolest national parks during the year? Your adventure begins at 930 AM. After a short bus ride, spend the morning exploring Elk Island National Park. Break out your inner nature nut as you take in the free range oasis for Plains Bison, elk, moose, deer, beavers, and more than 250 species of birds.  From our dropoff location at Astonin Lake, you can take a guided hike through some of the nearby trails, At 12 PM board the bus to return back to Edmonton filled with stories and adventures of the tour.

Best of the Big E Edmonton Tour

Friday, May 8, 2020

Seating limited to 24 people

From political intrigue in civic politics to being the capital of Alberta, Edmonton has stories to tell.  See the city from the perspectives of the characters that have helped to shape our city into what it is today.  Traverse the sights and sounds of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley to the old town called Strathcona.  Edmonton has secrets.  Let us tell you a few! This tour is a good overview of the main features of our capital city.

Downtown Historical Walking Tour

Friday, May 8, 2020

Maximum 20 people.

Explore by foot the central portion of Edmonton’s revitalized downtown core. Listen to stories of the history of some of our iconic downtown structures and learn about some of our frontier history to modern day.

Hansen Distillery Tour & Tastings

Friday, May 8, 2020
6:00pm – 8:00pm


Take a walk through time and learn how our craft spirits are made, and then sit down to sip on a selection of 5 selected spirits.  Enjoy a 45-minute tour of the facility; popcorn and water include to cleanse your palette.

Beginner Segway Adventure

Friday, May 8, 2020


River Valley Adventure’s 60 min Beginner Segway Adventure is the first of its kind! The adventure starts with in-depth training from one of our certified Segway trainers. They will go over the skills and drills for everything you will need to know before heading out on your adventure. The training session usually takes about 30 minutes however everyone learns at a different pace. After the training get ready for the experience of a lifetime! For the remainder of your time you will be taken on a ride through North America’s largest urban parkland! You’ll have the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river valley like you never have before.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, we have several other events taking place during the conference in which delegates can participate in order to network and have a bit of fun!

Add these events upon registration!

Free Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 8
From 8:00 to 9:30

Join us for refreshing treats and networking. it’s all about having a good time and mingling with colleagues, friends, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors. Meet new and old friends and set the tone for the next few days. Everyone welcome! Finger foods & cash bar.

Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 9
Cocktail starts at 6:30 pm
Banquet starts at 7:00 pm

Tickets $60

You will need to dress up and put your dancing shoes on for this one! We start this evening of fun off with a cocktail reception and move into our banquet room for a three-course dinner. Our President then takes the stage for our annual award ceremony during which we celebrate our members’ accomplishments. We’ll present our plans and keynote speaker line-up for the 2021 conference and then tear up the dance floor to the music of a local band sure to bring you to your feet. We also have a few surprises in store we’ll reveal closer to the event. You don’t want to miss this!

Meal options:
  • Vegetarian Quinoa Bowl: Red Quinoa, Sauteed Lemon Kale, Roasted Vegetables, Toasted Chickpeas
  • In-House Cured and Braised Beef Medallions, Truffle Scented Mashed Potatoes, Squash Puree, Kale, Beet Wedges, Cherry Tomatoes

Free Student Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 7
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Finger foods and drinks will be provided.

If you are a student, then this is the ideal opportunity for you to network and meet other students at the conference. Join us and some of our student reps for ice-breaking activities and make connections you can deepen throughout the conference.