Whistler Alpine Excursion

Date:  Wednesday, July 14
Departure:  10:45am from Walter Gage Residence, along Student Union Boulevdard 
Return from Whistler: 1) 6:00pm;  2) 8:30pm
Meeting point:  UBC Campus; exact location/time will be announced during the Tuesday sessions
Cost per person:  $75.00 CAD (includes sales tax)
Tour includes:  Bus, tour guide and a boxed lunch

Following the Wednesday morning plenary session, you will travel to Whistler, one of North America's largest Ski and Outdoor resorts and co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.  In the summer, Whistler turns into a hikers' paradise.  A motorcoach will take you along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway which overlooks spectacular Howe Sound, with its striking views of the waterways and Coastal Mountains.  You will arrive in Whistler village at approximately 1:00 pm, and have the afternoon to alpine hike, explore the village, or hike in the valley.   A tour guide will be available to help participants identify possible activities and will offer a guided alpine hiking tour to those interested.
For alpine hiking (individual or guided), participants can take the gondola to the top of Whistler (2180 m), traverse on the Peak-to-Peak gondola and then hike around or down Blackcomb mountain.  The Peak-to-Peak gondola is the longest unsupported lift span in the world at 3 km and also the highest lift of its kind at 435 m above the ground. Tickets for the gondola will be purchased individually in Whistler and are avaiable at the base of the mountain.

Dragon Boat Adventure in Deep Cove

Date:  Wednesday, July 14

Departure:  10:45am from Walter Gage Residence, along Student Union Boulevdard 
Return: 4:00pm

Meeting point:  UBC Campus; exact location to be announced

Cost per person:  $84.00 CAD (includes sales tax)
Tour includes:  Bus, tour guide, lunch, Dragon Boat equipment rental and instruction

Dragon Boat racing began more than 2,000 years ago in southern China. Early dragon boat races were mock battles to awaken the hibernating Heavenly Dragon in order to ensure the growth of crops. Dragon Boat racing emerged as an international sport in the 1970s and came to Vancouver during Expo 86. Since then, the races have become an important part of Vancouver’s water activities during the summer months.  

A motorocoach will take you to Deep Cove, a beautiful village on Vancouver’s North Shore located along Indian Arm, a steep-sided glacial fjord that was formed during the last ice age. You will be instructed in Dragon Boat racing, its origins and techniques, and participate in a race along Indian Arm.  Participants are encouraged to form two groups before hand, suggestions include; students vs. professors, atomic/molecular/optical vs. condensed matter...

 Join in on this unique adventure!!

Free tour of TRIUMF (Tri-University Meson Facility)  

Date:  Wednesday, July 14

Time: Tours will take place at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm and will last approximately 90 minutes.  Each tour can accommodate 30 delegates.  Delegates are asked to sign-up for this tour using the registration page and choose their preferred tour time at the registration desk by Tuesday, July 13.

Transportation: Mini-coach transfers between Walter Gage Residence and TRIUMF will be available 15 minutes before and after each tour.  

Cost per person:  Please register for this tour FREE of charge to express your interest!!

TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories. It brings together dedicated physicists and interdisciplinary talent, sophisticated technical resources, and commercial partners in a way that has established the laboratory as a global model of success. Its user community is composed of international teams of scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The advances ensuing from TRIUMF’s research enhance the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians, launch new high-tech companies, create new high specificity drugs, help us to understand the environment, enable the development of new materials, and spur the imaginations of our children who want to know their place in the universe. 


- Is theworld's largest cyclotron. It is used to generate exotic atoms for unlocking the secrets of the stars and discovering the medical isotopes of the future.

- Is Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research and related sciences. It is a Canadian success story located on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

- Research at Triumf is based on several accelerator facilities – the original cyclotron meson factory, and, more recently, ISAC, a heavy ion accelerator. The cyclotron accelerates an H- ion beam to a maximum of 520 MeV and simultaneously extracts proton beams at various energies and currents, into numerous beamlines, for delivery to targets for designated experiments. Many experiments involve generation of exotic particles such as muons for use in techniques such as mSR (muon spin resonance). ISAC (Isotope Seperator and ACcelerator) is a superconducting linac used to accelerate heavy ions to relativistic energies. ISAC generates beams of stable or radioactive ions produced by ISAC target stations.

- Has a strong nuclear medicine program in positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging, including the development of PET radio-pharmaceuticals, commercialization of small hospital-based cyclotrons, and assisting other PET centres across Canada.

- Provides scientific and engineering leadership and support for Canadians participating in scientific experiments at other leading subatomic laboratories around the world.

- Is at the vanguard of scientific innovation. TRIUMF is committed to transferring advanced technical developments and skills to the Canadian commercial sector.