We will be offering four excursions for COCE delegates on June 21. To register for an excursion, please use the form at the bottom of this page.
1. Vancouver Island and Royal Roads University
8:00 am - 8:30 pm, Approximately CA$150
Take a scenic ferry ride to beautiful Vancouver Island for a day, or stay longer for your own post-conference adventures! Nestled amidst 565 acres of old-growth Pacific-Coast rainforest and in a National Historic Site on the Island’s west shore, just 14 km from the provincial capital of Victoria, RRU’s beautiful campus features an Edwardian castle, three extraordinary gardens, and a national Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Esquimalt Lagoon on the Strait of Juan de Fuca with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.
After warm greetings from your local hosts, including a welcome to traditional Songhees and Esquimalt territories, we’ll spend the guided day checking in out on-campus festivities for National Indigenous Peoples Day; hiking past 800-year-old firs; wandering through historic Italianate and Japanese gardens with a master self-styled jardinist; and visiting the oldest building on campus (Hatley Castle from 1908) as well as the newest (Sherman Jen Building, a brand-new, leading-edge centre for environmental studies on campus).
Your tour fee includes dedicated van transport to and from UBC to RRU, lunch, supper, and accompaniment to the site from Vancouver (complete with informative and maybe even entertaining repartee) by your COCE conference chair. Good walking footwear is heartily encouraged.
This tour is limited to 15-20 participants.
2. Greenpeace Exhibit at Vancouver's Maritime Museum
10 am - 12 pm, Approximately CA$20
The Conference on Communication and Environment is being held on unceded Musqueam territory, Vancouver, BC which happens to be the birthplace of Greenpeace. The organization grew from humble roots here in the 1970s to become the world’s largest, independently-funded environmental organisation. We would like to take you on a tour of the Greenpeace exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum to learn more about how a small group of committed people mainstreamed activism through the use of non-violent direct action, including mind bombs, and set the groundwork for nearly 50 years of speaking truth to power and bearing witness to the most urgent environmental and social justice crises of our time.
After the tour of the exhibition you will have the opportunity to talk to an experienced campaigner from Greenpeace about challenges and opportunities of campaigning in today's turbulent media landscape. The Tour will start around 10 am at the entrance of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park.
3. Treasures of UBC
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Approximately CA$55
A full day of unique local attractions awaits you right on the UBC campus! In the morning, experience the coastal rainforest and its giant, towering trees as you walk on suspended walkways and tree platforms high above the forest ﬂoor in the Greenheart Tree Walk. Afterwards, a tour of the UBC Botanical Garden will show you a diversity of plants and ecosystems in the Asian, Alpine, Carolinian and Rainforest gardens.
After a lunch break, the excursion resumes with a guided tour of UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA), renowned for its displays of multiple cultures from around the world, with a particular focus on First Nations from the Pacific Northwest.
After the tour, you will be able to linger and further explore MOA’s collections at your leisure.
Your fee includes admissions and guides, but you will be responsible for your meal costs during the scheduled one-hour lunch break.
4. Cycling Tour of Stanley Park
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Approximately CA$70
Hop aboard a bicycle and embark on a scenic, locally-guided, 10-km tour of one of the world’s beautiful urban parks. Riding in a group of no more than 12, you will enjoy fabulous views of ocean, rainforest and mountains, while gaining a wealth of information on the history and biodiversity of Stanley Park, originally home to the Burrard, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations, and a local favourite since 1888.
The fee includes the rental of cycling equipment (high-quality bike, helmet, optional bike bag or basket), a small snack and water bottle, and time with your guide. You are responsible for the fare for the short bus ride to and from UBC to our guide’s bike shop downtown ($3 each way). The outbound ride can be coordinated with your excursion group from an agreed-on meeting place at the bus loop on the UBC campus.