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Study Tours take advantage of local expertise to help you learn more about practical approaches to apply within your institution. You will enter each site through the front door and move through them systematically to get a thorough look behind-the-scenes. You will learn about the exemplary works that fulfill our traditional mandates. You will also learn about different aspects of cultural and heritage tourism. The Study Tours will give you the knowledge to implement action plans in your institutions. The 2018 CMA Conference offers a variety of Study Tours. All tours depart from the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel. A separate fee is applicable for each tour and includes admission to all sites, guided tours, food, and transportation, accommodation (if required) as specified. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must, as is a warm, water- and windproof jacket or coat. Add a hat and a pair of gloves and you’ll be prepared for any weather conditions, but we’re hoping spring will have sprung! Be sure to pack your camera!

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April 09 — Pre-Conference


Full Day — Departs at 8:30 am

A Maritime Coastal Experience

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Get ready for an action-packed day! We’ll board the bus for a 35-minute drive to the fishing village of Steveston. Our first stop takes us to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The historic cannery building was built in 1894, on wood pilings on top of the Fraser River, and is a well-preserved reminder of days past when up to 15 canneries lined the Steveston waterfront. Next stop — the Britannia Shipyards. An authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, residences and stores. We’ll tour the oldest shipyard buildings in British Columbia, and observe ongoing boat restoration projects as you experience a bygone time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the Fraser River. A Vancouver Aquarium Oceanwise™ restaurant, we’ll enjoy an early lunch of Halibut and Chips at world famous Pajo’s Fish and Chips (the Wharf). Vegetarian options available. Whale watching in BC is an extraordinary experience. In the afternoon, our three-hour whale watching Tour will explore the BC coast in search of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Grey or Minke Whales and more! Finally, it is back on the bus, just in time to get ready for the Reception at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Fee: $195. This is in addition to the registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation with a facilitator/interpreter onboard, all guided site visits, presentations, whale watching tour, refreshments and lunch. You will be returned to the Sheraton Wall Centre at approximately 5:00 pm. Limited to 40 participants.


Half Day — Two Tours will be offered: 9 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Dive Deeper at the Vancouver Aquarium: Ocean Wise

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Ever wonder what happens behind-the-scenes at Canada's largest aquarium? Here's your chance to find out! CMA delegates will participate in this interactive half-day tour with interpreters and biologists to explore the Aquarium like never before. You’ll get a private behind-the-scenes tour and look at the habitats, animals, Wetlab, food rooms and research areas at the Aquarium, giving you a glimpse of our exhibits from the other side of the window. Get up close with our Fur Seals and learn how the Aquarium's conservation and research programs help us better understand these and other animals and the threats they face in the wild.

Fee: $40. This is in addition to the registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. You will be notified of the time for your Tour. Tour includes transportation, behind-the-scenes tour, light refreshments and VIP access to the 4D theatre. Limited to 10 participants/tour.


Half Day — 9:00 – noon

Inside the Vancouver Art Gallery

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The Vancouver Art Gallery’s current location, where it has been situated since 1983, has a storied history as a provincial courthouse—evident in some iconic pieces of architecture that remain from this period—and is built upon an underground series of offices, storage areas and preparation facilities that are affectionately referred to as “the catacombs.” As the Gallery prepares to move locations for the third time in its 87-year history, this study tour presents delegates with a behind-the-scenes tour of the courtrooms and catacombs that give this current location its charm. This tour will be complemented by a presentation that outlines the Gallery’s future home planned for 2021 just blocks away which will feature 310,000 square feet of Galleries, educational spaces, theatre, storage and art preparation areas, designed by internationally renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Light refreshments will be served.

Fee: FREE! This is in addition to the registration fee! Open to CMA member delegates only. You will be notified of the time for your Tour. Delegates will make the short walk between the Sheraton Wall Centre and the Vancouver Art Gallery as a group. Delegates are free to return to the hotel on their own. Tour includes presentation(s), behind-the-scenes tour and light refreshments. Limited to 25 participants.


Half Day — 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Take a Walk on Vancouver's Wild Side!

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Join us on location for ‘An Arresting Experience!’ The Vancouver Police Museum takes you behind-the-scenes of Vancouver’s local law enforcement, into a history of Vancouver that you’ve never explored before. Walk through the museum and learn about some of Vancouver's most exciting crime cases and unsolved murder mysteries, delving deep into the fascinating history of policing in Vancouver. In every room, you'll find authentic photos, archives or artefacts straight from the source. You also have access to the city's former morgue and autopsy room both of which feature original artefacts. From the museum, we'll step outside. Interpreters will share first-hand police accounts of Vancouver's legendary history of drugs, prohibition, sex and scandal. We'll step through the narrow alleys of Chinatown and the derelict dens of the Downtown Eastside to learn about crooked criminals and devious deeds that plagued the city over a century ago.

Fee: $40. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation, guided tours and light refreshments. Limited to 30 participants.


April 13 – 14th — Post Conference


Half Day — 9:00 – noon

The Wonders of Science — Science World BC

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Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science with popular, hands-on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, jaw-dropping science shows and immersive film experiences in the domed OMNIMAX® Theatre. Delegates will have access to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibition, and will receive a behind-the-scenes tour where Science World staff will highlight recent projects in exhibit innovation and community engagement. Delegates will also be given the opportunity to explore the permanent galleries, see an OMNIMAX® film and receive a 15% discount on purchases in our Kaleidoscope Science Store.

Fee: TBC. Open to delegates and guests. Includes transportation, admission, guided behind-the-scenes tour, OMNIMAX® film, light refreshments and gallery exploration. Limited to 40 participants.


Two Days — Coach departs at 9:00 am

Wonderful Whistler:
A two-day post-conference study tour featuring the Britannia Mine Museum, Audain Art Museum, Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre and so much more.

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Dramatic natural landscapes, stunning views and wildlife are yours to discover in our fabulous two-day tour featuring a range of museums and sites that are truly innovative and inspiring. Originally known as “London Mountain” this magnificent resort area only officially became known as Whistler in 1965. Named from a hoary marmot that’s native to the area, this cute little critter emits a high-pitched whistling noise, hence the name Whistler or in the Squamish language - Sḵwiḵw. Our first stop will be at the award-winning Britannia Mine Museum National Historic Site. Ride a train, pan for gold and explore historic and modern exhibits. The tour continues along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway with a stop for lunch in Squamish at Howe Sound Brewing, a rustic brewpub in the Howe Sound Inn offering craft beers, varied grub, live music & scenic views. Then it’s full steam ahead to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, home of the world-famous Royal Hudson steam locomotive. This 12-acre site represents a typical mid-20th century railway facility and town centre, housing the largest collection of railway rolling stock in Western Canada, featuring more than 90 pieces of heritage railway cars and artifacts. It’s a short drive to Whistler where you’ll check in at the lovely Westin Resort and Spa. This evening, delegates will be hosted by the Audain Art Museum at a Welcome Reception. As British Columbia’s newest museum, the Audain is dedicated to art that has been created throughout BC and along its multiple shores. Housing an impressive 200-piece permanent collection, the Audain has works by BC artists that range from centuries-old First Nations art to pieces by Emily Carr and E.J. Hughes. Dinner at leisure (not included).

Day two starts off with a visit to the Whistler Museum where you’ll immerse yourself in Whistler's collections that highlight pioneer, natural and Olympic history and resort development. Then it’s onto more unforgettable iconic Whistler experiences! We’ll board the Whistler Gondola for a quick trip up the mountain. You’ll be able to connect to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for a breath-taking trip traveling 4.4 kilometres in just 11 minutes, transporting you from Whistler’s Roundhouse Lodge to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain. Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola provides an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia's rooftop and incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers. Disembark and the experience is far from over. Stop for photos, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants on top of the mountain. You’ll need to “climb” back down the mountain for 4 pm. Our second last stop is to the Maury Young Arts Centre, the hub for everything arts and culture in Whistler. The Arts Centre hosts a community gallery, local artisan wares, a performance theatre, and multi-purpose rooms for workshops and rehearsals. From there it is onto the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre. Built by the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, the Cultural Centre houses and showcases art, history and culture from the two nations. A tour guide will accompany you through the museum as you discover stories of the hunters and gatherers who traditionally inhabited the sea to sky territory. Your day will be topped off with a delicious Indigenous inspired feast complete with a cultural presentation by a world-renowned performance team. Sunday morning, we’re back on the bus to Vancouver for your return trip home.

Fee: $295. This is in addition to the registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation with a facilitator/interpreter onboard, all guided site visits, presentations, lunch and Welcome Reception on Day 1. Dinner on your own. Day 2 includes a Salmon BBQ dinner. Breakfast and lunch on your own. You will be returned to the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel on April 15th at approximately 10:30 am. Participants need to make a reservation for Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th at the Westin Resort and Spa, Whistler. A special rate of $199 single or double occupancy, excluding taxes has been negotiated. Complimentary internet is included! Please contact the hotel directly at 604-905-5000 to make your reservation. Please be sure to mention CMA Whistler Tour. Should you wish to ski after the Tour, you may extend your time at the Westin Resort and Spa, Whistler but you will need to make your own arrangements for your return to Vancouver. If you are interested in sharing a room, please contact
A minimum of 10 participants required.


Two Days — Coach departs at 7:00 am

Terrific Tofino — Vancouver Island:
A two-day post-conference study tour featuring the Nanaimo Museum, Cathedral Grove, Clayoquot Sound and so much more.

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Welcome to the end of the road! Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, wildlife and bird-watching, hiking, storm-watching and a dynamic arts scene rooted in nature and First Nations Culture. The stunning beauty and ecological diversity of Tofino's location in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the source of all activities. Located in a geographical region called Clayoquot Sound, Tofino comprises approximately 400,000 hectares of land and marine inlets, all draining into a central marine catchment area. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have made Clayoquot Sound their home for thousands of years. Friday morning we’ll board the coach for a trip to Horseshoe Bay where we’ll board a ferry for the 2-hour trip to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board as you watch the stunning scenery pass by. We’ll be met by coach when we arrive for a brief trip to the Nanaimo Museum. Located in the heart of downtown, the Museum hosts informative and interactive exhibits that tell the story of Nanaimo's history. You can also visit Nanaimo’s most recognizable landmark: the Bastion. Built in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Over the years, politics and land deals saw this sturdy wooden fort moved twice. From Nanaimo, it’s onto Coombs Market for lunch. A local attraction, legend has it that, after a few glasses of wine, the owners suggested that they 'borrow' some goats to ‘mow’ the grass to the roof and perhaps provide some entertainment for passing cars. The goats became permanent tenants and have been there for more than thirty years. After lunch, we’ll make a quick stop at Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park, a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. They are the survivors of a forest fire that ravaged the area some 350 years ago and the even more devastating invasion by Europeans who colonized Vancouver Island from 1849. It’s a straight run to Tofino where our day will end with a Welcome Reception and Dinner at Long Beach Lodge.

We’ll start Day Two off with breakfast at the Lodge prior to heading into Town. In the morning, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the town at your own leisure. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon, you can choose from a variety of activities including:

  • Whale and wildlife watching aboard the Dixie IV — departs at 2:00 pm — fee $90 — maximum 8 participants

  • Nuuchanhulth Cultural walk — fee $40.

  • Visit the Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum — FREE!

Day Three we will depart Tofino at 8 am with a stop at the Port Alberni Museum en route to the Nanaimo Airport.

Fee: TBC. This is in addition to the all-inclusive registration fee! Open to delegates and guests. Tour includes transportation with a facilitator/interpreter onboard, all guided site visits, presentations, lunch at Cathedral Grove and dinner at the hotel. Day 2 includes transportation to town, breakfast buffet and dinner. Lunch on your own. Day 3 includes breakfast and refreshment at Port Alberni. You will be returned to the Nanaimo Airport on April 15th at approximately 1 pm for your connection to Vancouver. Participants need to make a reservation for Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th at the Long Beach Resort. A special rate for single or double occupancy, excluding taxes has been negotiated. This includes two breakfasts, Welcome Reception and two dinners. If you are interested in sharing a room, please contact A minimum of 15 participants required.