Social Program

The VMAA is determined to make ICMA XVIII an exceptional experience both in Vancouver and the beautiful Province of British Columbia.

Please click here to register for tours or for the Golf at Furry Creek. Please sign up online as soon as possible to assist the organizing committee in planning these excursions.


Sunday May 13

Morning: Golf at Furry Creek, 7:45-15:00

Furry Creek is not a course that one merely plays – it is an enriching adventure to be savoured. Considered one of the most beautifully landscaped playgrounds in the province, Furry Creek delivers an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking beauty, dramatic play and first-class facilities. Be sure to visit the Sea to Sky Grill – serving the best in West Coast cuisine. As BC’s most scenic golf course, Furry Creek perfectly captures the most spectacular qualities of this part of the country. This par 72, 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Muir Graves and built in 1993 offers panoramic ocean views and encounters with abundant wildlife. Tee times start at 09:30. Excursion includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, green fees, beer, hot dog or sandwich and chips.

Evening: Welcome reception

Connect with your friends and colleagues while enjoying the best of food and the fine wines of British Columbia. The reception will be held in the Oceanview Suites of the conference hotel, the Pan Pacific, overlooking the scenic Vancouver harbor.


Monday May 14

Morning: Accompanying person tour

Vancouver City Tour, 10:00-14:00
A deluxe motorcoach tour will show delegates the beauty and artistic diversity of the city. The adventure begins with a drive through world famous Stanley Park, a 1,000 acre forest set in the heart of downtown.
The Park’s scenic drive includes Lost Lagoon, a stop at the Totem Poles, Prospect Point and Brockton Oval while providing excellent views of the city, harbour and shoreline. The tour continues along seaside beaches to Queen Elizabeth Park to view the Sunken Gardens.
Other tour highlights include exotic Chinatown, the second largest such community in North America and nearby Gastown with its quaint cobblestone streets, steam clock and unique shops all housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. This tour promises a diverse and interesting sampling of the city sights.

Evening: An evening off to enjoy Vancouver and its many fabulous restaurants with your friends


Tuesday May 15

Morning: Accompanying person tour

North Shore Excursion, 10:00-14:00
This tour will surprise participants with the natural beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore and spectacular city, mountain and ocean views.
A deluxe motorcoach will take you via Stanley Park and the impressive Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, winding up the Capilano Canyon to the base of Grouse Mountain, where guests ascend by gondola to Grouse’s 3,700 foot high vantage point. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands as you explore the summit.
Another highlight is a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Nature Park. When built in 1888 this bridge was the first of its kind spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. The Suspension Bridge is surrounded by towering firs and walking trails.

Evening: reception


Wednesday May 16

Our all day excursion will offer you the option of one of these enjoyable experiences:

Victoria / Vancouver Island Full Day Excursion, 7:00-19:00
Visit picturesque Victoria and world-famous Butchart Gardens. This full day excursion starts with a 90-minute ferry ride through the scenic Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island where there is ample time to admire the floral splendors of Butchart Gardens and explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour and attractions. Enjoy a scenic drive into downtown Victoria and then explore the city center on your own. Visit attractions such as the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel, British import shops, Parliament buildings, Provincial Museum and other attractions around the Inner Harbour before departing on the adventure back to Vancouver.

Whistler Alpine Excursion, 8:30-16:30
Travel to Whistler, one of North America’s greatest Ski and Outdoor resorts and co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. A deluxe motorcoach will take participants along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway which overlooks spectacular Howe Sound, with its striking views of the waterways and Coastal Mountains. In addition, guests will be treated to a stop at Shannon Falls. At over 1000 feet it is one of North America’s highest waterfalls. In Whistler, guests will have free time to explore the village or enjoy lunch at one of the many fine restaurants the resort has to offer. There is also ample time to take an optional Gondola Ride to the top of Whistler Mountain. The park and forest surroundings offer wonderful hiking trails and bicycle paths.


Thursday May 17

Evening:

Gala – “a journey through time”

Put your dancing shoes on! You will be transported in time back and experience the best dance music from all eras including Rock and Roll hits from the 50s, great 60s Rock classics, R&B tunes from the 70s and all the hits up to today’s Top 40 songs by contemporary artists. But not before your taste buds have been satisfied. Enjoy a delectable three course dinner including a salad, surf and turf entrée, and a dessert we can’t even pronounce! Indulge because you’ll be able to dance away every calorie with the sounds and beats of the Champagne Orchestra. Black tie optional.