Social Program

Rose Garden Welcome Reception/Ice Breaker
sponsored by Nu Instruments
Date: Sunday 13 July 2008
Time: 5pm
Venue: MacInnes Field, UBC
Cost: Free to registered delegates ($30 CAD for accompanying guests)

All delegates are invited and encouraged to attend the Goldschmidt2008 Welcome Reception. The conference will be officially opened at the reception, with a welcome address from the conference organizers and UBC officials. The Ice Breaker is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and form new friendships!

Anthropology Conference Barbeque
Date: Wednesday 16 July 2008 18:00-22:30
Venue: Museum of Anthropology, UBC
Cost: $30 CAD ($20 CAD for student registrants and $60 CAD for accompanying guests)

The Conference Barbeque will be partly subsidized by the conference and through sponsorship to make this event affordable for all delegates. It will be held at the stunning and world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. This event will feature West Coast-themed cuisine, including fresh barbecued salmon. Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your Conference Barbeque ticket on the on-line registration form.

Cruise Post-Conference Dinner
Date: Friday 18 July 2008 18:00-23:00
Venue: Vancouver Harbour Cruise
Cost: $110 CAD (registered delegates and accompanying guests)

There is no better way to enjoy Vancouver than on the water! Join your fellow delegates and their guests for the Conference Dinner on a Vancouver Harbour cruise. As you enjoy a gourmet meal, watch the stunning vistas of Vancouver drift by. Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your Conference Dinner ticket on the on-line registration form.

Gondola Wednesday Afternoon Tours
Date: Wednesday 16 July 2008
Venue: Leaving from Walter Gage Residence for Vancouver and North Shore
Cost: $45 CAD for Vancouver tour and $95 CAD for the North Shore tour
Bookings: Either of these tours may be booked directly with Venue West on their website.

City Tour: A deluxe motorcoach with full tour commentary will show delegates the beauty and artistic diversity of the city. The adventure begins with a drive through world famous Stanley Park, a 1,000 acre forest set in the heart of downtown. The Park's scenic drive includes Lost Lagoon, a stop at the Totem Poles and Prospect Point, Brockton Oval plus much more, and provides excellent views of the city, harbour and shoreline. The tour continues via seaside beaches to Queen Elizabeth Park to view the sunken gardens and adjoining Bloedel Conservatory; home of a rich assortment of flowers and plants from the tropical rainforest. Other tour highlights include exotic Chinatown, the second largest such community in North America and nearby Gastown with its quaint cobblestone streets, steam clock and unique shops all housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. This tour promises a diverse and interesting sampling of the city sights.

North Shore Tour: Join us for a tour guaranteed to have you feeling on top of the world! Our luxury motor coach makes its way via Stanley Park and the impressive Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, winding up the Capilano Canyon to the base of Grouse Mountain, where we leave the coach and ascend by gondola to Grouse's 3,700 foot high vantage point. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands as you explore the summit. Grouse Mountain offers the best local day and night skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability in winter time. In addition, other highlights include a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Nature Park.