Partner Programs

Partners and other guests are encouraged to join delegates.  In addition to joining delegates for the Friday Welcome Reception and the Saturday Reception and Banquet, the City of Courtenay is offering two special tours for partners.

If you are registered for either program, please meet five minutes in advance of the start time in the Upper Foyer, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay.

Historic Walking Tour of Cumberland Village

2:15 – 4:15 pm
Friday, April 10
Cost:  $25

Once Canada’s smallest and westernmost city, the Village of Cumberland has a rich history as a coal-mining town.

The Village Walking Tour offers a lively and engaging tour filled with facts, rumours, tragedies and tales from Cumberland’s colourful history. From the great fires and the great strikes, to lavish garden parties, wartime injustices and small pox isolation houses, the Village Walking Tour gives a lively glimpse into the unique history and folklore of the Village.

Ambassador Tours will transport participants from the Florence Filberg Centre to Cumberland, a short 13 minute drive from downtown Courtenay.

Comox Valley Wine Tour and Lunch
10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 11
Maximum Participants:  35
Cost:  $50

Sit back, relax and let Ambassador Tours take care of all the details! They will take you on a leisurely visit to four of the Comox Valley’s finest wineries in comfort and luxury:

  • Beaufort Winery – Beaufort wines are carefully handcrafted to produce consistent, high quality, award winning wines from grapes grown on the Beaufort Estate and other BC family-owned vineyards.  Participants will enjoy sampling their handcrafted wines while enjoying spectacular views of the Beaufort Mountains.
  • Blue Moon Winery – Located on a quaint organic blueberry farm, Blue Moon crafts their wine from 100% BC organic fruit, picked at the peak of the harvest.
  • Coastal Black Estate Winery – The award winning 800 acre estate fruit winery is a family farm, made up of four generations living and working together to produce product of the highest standard, whether it be wine, fresh market fruit, or raw honey.
  • 40 Knots Winery – The name is inspired by the wind and seaside atmosphere, complete with salty air, sea lions, eagles, and playful swallows. The unique windswept environment at 40 Knots results in a drier leaf canopy, which creates an ideal growing environment for vines when combined with plentiful sunshine and warm days.

 Delegates must pre-register using the conference registration form. Tours will proceed rain or shine.  Please bring an umbrella and raincoat if the weather is inclement.

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