Traveling with your spouse, partner and/or children? Ottawa is full of exciting things to do and see. Whether you’re looking to attend some of our prestigious conference events or looking for an an educational experience to a local attraction, a tour about Ottawa, great shopping, or a relaxing day on your own, you and your family are sure to enjoy your time in the city.

To assist you in planning for some activities we have the following programs available for ticket purchase. Please note program is subject to change.

Tickets for the accompanying person can be purchased via the registration page once the registrant has selected their conference package.

Conference Events

Wednesday March 1st
Welcoming Party
Cost $50.00
Wednesday March 1st
Veterans’ Dinner – Veterans and Spouses Only
Cost $75.00
Thursday March 2nd
6:00PM – Midnight
President’s Dinner Gala
Cost $120.00
Thursday March 2nd
12:30PM – 2:00PM
Convocation Lunch
Cost $60.00

Daytime Activities

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9:30AM-11:30AM Guided Tour of Parliament

Guided tour (English/French) Centrepiece of Ottawa’s downtown landscape, Parliament Hill, gorgeous Gothic-style structures overlooking the Ottawa River. Discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s parliament including a chance to head up to the Peace Tower for an incredible view of the city. Three timings available: 9:10AM (English), 9:30AM (English) and 9:35AM (French). Space is limited to 35 people per tour.

Cost: $5.00


9:00AM-11:45AM Museum of Nature

Unguided visit, with movie and special reptiles exhibit.The Museum’s architecture includes the fanciful castle-like structure mirroring Parliament’s centre block (with animal and plant designs carved into the stone and featured in the stained glass windows), and its modern glass tower called the Queens’ Lantern. Collections include not only fossils, animals and plants, but also an extensive mineral (rock and gem) collection and extraordinary bird collection.

Cost: $20.00

12:30PM-2:30PM Luncheon at Mill Street Brewpub

Enjoy the historic Thompson-Perkins Mill with its panoramic views of the Ottawa River. Dine in the Brewmasters Dining Room serenaded by the strains of a string quartet. Barrel Makers Lunch includes soup or salad, chicken, beef or pasta dish. Estimated time returning to the Shaw Centre by bus – 3:00

Cost: $45.00


Thursday, March 2, 2017

10:00AM-12:00PM National Gallery of Canada

1-hour Guided Tour (English or French): Alex Janvier Exhibition – pioneering aboriginal artist commonly known as a member of the Indian Group of Seven – vivid colours and calligraphic lines.

Unguided Tour of the European and International Galleries and the Contemporary Galleries (with or without audio headsets), explore the building itself with its glass and granite, cathedral-like colonnade and 30-foot bronze spider sculpture “Maman,” visit newly renovated boutique and/or relax in Cafe

Cost: $25.00

12:30PM-2:00PM Convocation Lunch and Address

Participants in the morning event will be bused back to the Shaw Centre should they wish to attend.

afternoon Free Time Options – Sign up onsite at conference

(Guided by Susan Mccutcheon, Tanis Browning-Shelp and Beth Herweyer)

  • Rideau Canal Skateway, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site — Skate (weather permitting) or walk along the canal (skate rentals available). Stop for a famous Beaver Tail pastry along the way.
  • Rideau Centre shopping — redeveloped, open design with Nordstrom, Simons and Anthropologie
  • Byward Market shopping — market building, specialty food shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, pubs)
  • Lunch — options to be provided

Additional information on activities to be provided in participants’ package.


Friday, March 3, 2017

8:30AM start Breakfast at the Shaw Centre

Enjoy “The Rideau” Breakfast Buffet in the foyer, looking out at the canal.

  • Fresh Cut Tropical and In-Season,
  • Fruit Parfaits with Yogurt, Chia Seeds and Berries
  • Warm Buttery Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roll
  • Skillet Spinach and Feta Cheese Frittata
  • Crispy Bacon and Butcher Shop Turkey Sausage Links
  • Yukon Gold Potato Hash
  • First Press Apple and Fresh Orange Juice, Starbucks® Organic Coffee and Tazo® Tea

Cost: $35.00



Visit to Rideau Hall

Guided tour (45 minutes) of the official residence and workplace of the governor general.

“The residence is home to a magnificent collection of Canadian art and furniture. On display are the works of such renowned Canadian artists as Jean Paul Lemieux, Emily Carr and Allen Sapp. A special exhibition on Canadian honours is also included in the tour.”

Two timing options are available.

Cost: $5.00



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