21st IPVS Congress, Vancouver, Canada - July 18 - 21, 2010

Accompanying Persons Tour Program

All tours include gourmet snack & drink or lunch as indicated.

Walk on the Wild Side - Coast Rain Forest Adventure
Cost: $86.00 CAD per person
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours

A lovely tour where the naturalists are well-versed and amusing.  Snacks will be provided and normal walking shoes will be sufficient for this tour. The pace of the tour is comfortable for all ages.

Coast Rain Forest Adventure

See Vancouver from the best vantage point, naturally. This tour is a perfect combination of great scenery, historical interpretation, and a chance to breath in pristine rainforest air on a gentle walk. Personally guided with a naturalist, this unique tour offers an in-depth look at Vancouver’s natural beauty and history and is both interactive and educational. Stories of the city’s native traditions will be enjoyed at Stanley Park. Next it’s off to the North Shore Lynn and Capilano Canyons — the road less traveled. Majestic, this protected rainforest showcases Vancouver’s roots.

This educational walk through a primitive ecosystem will keep you captivated with vistas and tidbits to write home about! You’ll admire a 500-year-old tree while learning all about the canyon’s history. You will hear about the plant life, creatures large and small, and marvel at some of the area’s largest and oldest fir, cedars and hemlock trees towering hundreds of feet overhead. At the Pacific Salmon Habitat we will tell the incredible story of the Chinook and Coho.

Vancouver Art Gallery – Breakfast with Emily
Cost: $63.00 CAD per person
Duration: 2 hours

This visit to the gallery is a treat. A full breakfast is provided followed by a private and guided tour of the exhibit and gallery.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Join us for an exclusive before-hours tour of the Emily Carr Exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Before the doors of the Gallery open, the IFA Participants will be treated to a hot buffet breakfast in the award winning Gallery Cafe. Following breakfast you will be treated to a guided tour of the Emily Carr and Group of Seven exhibit by one of the Gallery’s outstanding Animators. Emily Carr is a world renowned British Columbia artist and writer who was most heavily influenced by the landscape and First Nations cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast. In the 1920s Carr came into contact with members of the Group of Seven, “then the leading art group in English’s peaking Canada” whose “avowed intention was to produce a distinctly Canadian art”. Though never an official member of the Group of Seven, you will see how her works, alongside the others, succeeded in their intention to create art that was indeed ‘distinctly Canadian’. After 10:00 AM you are free to explore the rest of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s four floors of exhibition, as well as their popular gift shop, at your leisure or return later in the day.

Stanley Park Mountain Biking
Cost: $94.00 CAD per person
Duration: 3 hours total (includes 2 hours of biking)

A fun cycling tour where guests are properly fitted for their bicycle and helmet.  This activity is recommended for proficient cyclists as the tour requires navigating changes in terrain and climbing hills.  Athletic shoes are required for this tour.

Stanley Park Mountain Biking

Sprawling Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed playgrounds. With wide lawns, cricket pitches and picnic areas interspersed with blooming trees and shrubs; the leisurely 10km ride along the sea wall provides an unparalleled view of the West Coast Mountains. The wonders of Vancouver’s coastal rain forest await you. Marvel at the giant cedars, and the towering Douglas firs and hemlock, the home of wildfowl and small woodland animals. As the ocean’s waters almost encircle the park, you will see sandy beaches overlooked by impressive totem poles carved by the Squamish people, Vancouver’s original native inhabitants. Nearby Lost Lagoon, harbours Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swans and Mandarin Ducks. There will be a mid-way stop for a tasty snack and beverage. The pace is leisurely and our nature guides will share the natural history of the temperate rainforest with you. Participants must be in good health and be able to ride easily. Bicycles will be provided at Stanley Park.

Photography Escape in Nature
Cost: $99.00 CAD per person
Duration: 4 hours

An inspiring photography tour activity and magnificent opportunity to capture the spectacular scenery in morning light!


Creating photographs from nature is a process that involves more than photographic technique. Knowledge of natural history and observation skills are needed to find subjects. Today, explore and discover some of the opportunities nature provides while taking fabulous pictures. This walk takes you along the seashore through a breathtaking coastal virgin forest with captivating views of Burrard Inlet. This is the only stand of 1,000 year-old virgin rainforest within Vancouver city limits. Guests are required to bring their own camera.

Silk Road Adventure & Tai Chi Lesson
Cost: $126.00 CAD per person *includes lunch
Duration: 4.5 hours

An intriguing cultural activity where tour guests will experience bustling Chinatown followed by the tranquility of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden and a Tai Chi lesson!

Silk Road AdventureExplore Chinatown’s intriguing sights and fragrances and walk along the crowded, bustling area where shop owners loudly advertise their wares. Stores sell fruit and vegetables, jade, rattan, brass, china, silk, and brocade. Browse through the cramped, incense-perfumed stores, unearthing delicately embroidered tablecloths, or blouses. Enticing aromas waft from bakeries and restaurants. Wander along the busy streets, dodging women laden with bulging shopping bags, and admire streetlights decorated with golden dragons and phone booths topped with pagoda style roofs. A private, guided visit of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (the only one of its kind outside China) is one of the highlights of the tour. This classical Chinese Garden reflects the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang. Light is balanced by dark as hard and rugged is balanced by soft and smooth. Includes a Tai-Chi lesson. Enjoy a superb Chinese lunch while savouring the memories of an enlightening encounter with Vancouver’s "Orient."

Bowen Island: By Land Sea & Air
Cost: $237.00 CAD per person *includes lunch
Duration: 5 hours

Take advantage of this very popular float plane tour to quaint Bowen Island.


This breath-taking excursion will provide you with an exciting Vancouver experience on foot, on water and in the air — all in one day! Start your day with a scenic and leisurely drive long West Vancouver’s waterfront dotted with spectacular homes and offering unique views of the city. After arriving at Horseshoe Bay you will board the Ferry for a short ride to Bowen Island. En route keep a lookout for harbour seals at play and majestic bald eagles soaring overhead. Upon your arrival at Snug Cove, you will start an interpretive, one-hour, 3.5km (2 miles) nature walk through the rainforest, which will takes you to Killarney Lake at the foot of Mt. Gardner. You will be treated to a Gourmet picnic in an idyllic setting prepared by an Executive Chef. You will have free time to roam the quaint village prior to boarding a floatplane and returning to downtown Vancouver. For those who like something unique it’s a 'one of a kind' experience that is unforgettable in its beauty and excitement.

Vancouver Garden Tour & Museum of Anthropology
Cost: $100.00 CAD per person
Duration: 4 hours


After a leisurely drive along famous English Bay and the West End you’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth Park where you can enjoy majestic views and stroll through the sunken garden.

Museum of AnthropologyNext continue to the world famous Museum of Anthropology which is located at the University of British Columbia. Learn about the evolution of this important culture with its buildings, carvings and burial objects. Visit the replica of a Haida village.

Nitobe Memorial GardenRight behind the museum is another jewel of Vancouver, the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia. It is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll Gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The exquisite work of art was created out of two-and-a-half acres (one hectare) of pristine forest by landscape architects and gardeners recommended by the government of Japan. It honours Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) whose goal was "to become a bridge across the Pacific." Among many other memorials to him is his portrait on the 5000 yen note.

Considered to be the best traditional, authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll Garden in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside Japan, the Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.

Day Tour to Victoria
Cost: $215.00 CAD per person
Duration: 12 hours


Distinctive old world charm and stunning scenery are just a few of the reasons why Victoria is rated one of the top 10 places to visit in the world by Conde Nast’s Traveler Magazine. Your day begins with a short drive (30 minutes) to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal where you will embark on a scenic 90-minute ferry ride through the spectacular Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island (you can have breakfast on board if you wish) watch out for wildlife as you can sometimes see such as whales, seals and seabirds in the Straight of Georgia. Upon arrival in Swartz Bay, you will continue on to the world famous

Butchart Gardens, which offers 50 acres of flowers and formal gardens. Stroll through the Sunken Garden featuring the magnificent Ross Fountain, pause to absorb the fragrance and beauty of the charming English Rose Garden, and then move on through the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden and the Show Greenhouse. Admission is included. After time for lunch on your own, continue to downtown Victoria, home to the Royal B.C. Museum, the Empress Hotel, the Parliament and Chinatown. Enjoy a scenic driving tour along scenic Marine Drive past an authentic Tudor seaside hotel, Victoria’s premier golf course and Beacon Hill Park, and see the posh neighbourhoods of Uplands and Oak. Relax on the bus and ferry ride back to Vancouver.

Vancouver Killer Whale Watching Safari
Cost: $185.00 CAD per person
Duration: 7 hours

Enjoy this ever-popular tour!

Whale Watching

Every summer some 80 Orca whales visit the waters south of Vancouver. View these intelligent animals in their natural habitat on a high-speed sea safari. You travel in comfortable, covered boats through spectacular West Coast scenery. Other marine wild life you are likely to encounter includes dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. Sighting chances are 85 per cent. Trained naturalist will explain the eco-system. On-board lunch is included. Complimentary binocular rental. It’s windy – bring jacket, sun-protection, camera & binoculars.

Whistler Adventure
Cost: $132.00 CAD per person
Duration: 10 hours


Travelling from the majestic waters of Howe Sound and winding north through tall timber and glacier carved peaks, experience the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway. Tucked away in the coastal mountains, between the picturesque slopes of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains is one of North America’s favourite resort hideaways, Whistler Resort. Known internationally as North America’s premier ski resort during the winter months, in summer Whistler can really show off its natural assets and unlimited bounty of activities matching every terrain. The village, with a charming blend of European and west coast architecture features a variety of shops, restaurants, sports and recreational activities and of course, fresh mountain air! Whistler means SCENERY. Site of the 2010 Winter Olympic & Para Olympics Games, there is no better way to start a Whistler experience than aboard a gondola for a spectacular ascent to the summit of Whistler Mountain (ticket price additional). Keep your eyes open for a bear or two! Partake in one of the many activities Whistler offers, or simply enjoy strolling through the village. Time for lunch on your own will be provided. Return to the city during the late afternoon.

Whistler Highlights

  • Sea to Sky: Winding roads with spectacular views
  • Britannia Beach: Authentic West Coast beach
  • Shannon Falls: Spectacular photo opportunity
  • Whistler Village: Shops, sights and more

UBC Botanical Garden & Guided Greenheart Canopy Walkway Eco-Tour
Cost: $93.00 CAD per person
Duration: 3 hours

Highlights of this tour include the suspension bridge and nature walk.  Do not miss the rare opportunity to stroll through the beautiful grounds within the University campus.

Tour includes Greenheart Canopy walk as well as garden entrance fee and transportation to and from venues.

Visitors to UBC Botanical Garden can expect a learning experience rich with interesting plants. Experience the beauty of Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanic garden. The site includes a collection of over 8000 different plants in its Alpine, Asian, Native, Food, Physic and other themed garden areas.

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway gives students, researchers and visitors unprecedented access to the rarely seen forest canopy of the Pacific Northwest,” says Murray Isman, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. “This unique eco-attraction will be a destination for education and interactive learning, adding to UBC’s reputation as a global leader in research, teaching and sustainability.”