Early Bird Cost (by August 4th): $80
Regular Cost (after August 4th): $85
Arrive in Kenora in style – join us on our pre-conference tour! The tour will leave on Monday September 14th from the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, and bring conference delegates to Kenora in time for the Student Quiz Bowl that evening. The pre-conference tour also comes with a return shuttle that will bring you back to Winnipeg by 12 pm on Friday September 18th.
First Stop: Sandilands Forest Discovery Centre
Tour participants will have the opportunity to visit one of Manitoba’s hidden gems, the Sandilands Forest Discovery Centre. The Centre has been in operation since 1957, and since then has been dedicated to educating students and the public on forests and their sustainable management. The Centre is comprised of a small museum, a historic forest ranger cabin, tree planting train car, a replica fire detection tower, and various interpretive trails throughout the forest.
The Centre is located in the southeast area of Manitoba which has the longest history of forestry activity in the province. Tour participants will be taken around the Centre’s historical buildings, which tell many interesting stories of the province’s forest industry throughout the years. The centre’s newly redeveloped SFI/Pine Ridge Trail will have its unveiling for the first time since it was closed for construction. If time permits, participants will be taken along the Sagimay Trail, which features beautiful chainsaw carvings in standing dead trees.
For more information about the Sandilands Forest Discovery Centre, click here.
Second Stop: Pineland Forest Nursery
Next, we will stop at Pineland Forest Nursery to tour their various operations, including their new bioenergy system. Pineland provides seedlings and seed services for reforestation programs across western Canada, Northwestern Ontario, and the North Central States in the USA. Tour participants will be guided by Trevor Stanley, General Manager of Pineland and speaker at the 2013 CIF/IFC AGM & Conference. Participants will also see a recently established assisted migration trail developed by the University of Winnipeg.
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Third Stop: Caribou Bog
Our last stop is 38 km south of Highway 1 at the Caribou Bog, where peat operations are carried out by Premier Horticulture. This is a unique opportunity to tour a peat extraction site and learn about reclamation.
For those participating in the pre-conference tour, we have arranged a special guest room rate at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg. Please make your reservation by calling 1-204-885-6240 or 1-800-441-1414, and let them know you are with the Canadian Institute of Forestry. Reservations must be made by August 11, 2015 to qualify for the group rate!
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