Guests of attendees are a special part of the PCIC Conferences. The Local Committee takes great care to help make their time at the Conference as pleasant and entertaining as possible by offering a variety of off-site activities while attendees participate in the daily sessions.
Who is a guest? A guest is a spouse/significant other, friend, or child that is not involved in an electrical industry related occupation. Authors, co-workers, or associates that are involved in any related industries may not be registered as a guest. Guests must be registered for the Conference to attend the Monday Social and to participate in guest-designated functions, such as the Guest Hospitality Suite, tours, vendor hospitality events, etc. Guests are not allowed to attend paper presentations or special meal functions (eg Authors, YEDS, or Emeritus meals). However, tickets for attendee luncheons are available for guests to purchase if they chose to do so.
Guest Tours are offered by the Local Committee on Saturday, September 7, and Monday through Wednesday, September 9-11. The tours allow the guest to experience local areas of interest. See below for tour details and pricing. Tour tickets are non-refundable, but may be exchanged or sold between guests. Exchange information will be made available in the Guest Hospitality Suite.
Fishing in Vancouver...really, you can fish right in Vancouver? These are some of the common remarks we hear all the time from people visiting the Vancouver area.
Who would ever imagine that some of the world’s best Sturgeon fishing grounds are right in the greater Vancouver area. Whether you live in the area or are visiting Vancouver and are looking at spending a fun and super-exciting day of fishing on the world-famous Fraser River, we highly recommend this trip. A short 30-45-minute drive from the downtown core will land you at the Port Mann Bridge where you can access prolific Sturgeon fishing grounds in as little as a few minutes from the boat launch. From here, you will have access to more than 40km of prime Sturgeon fishing water. Along your river travels, you will see and learn how humans interact with nature in a fine balance, and how the river is utilized by the different groups of people that live and work in this area.
You will be fishing for 4 hours on this trip. This area offers consistent Sturgeon fishing year-round but does have peak seasons that offer world-class Sturgeon fishing opportunities. Transportation, gratuities and lunch is included. PLEASE NOTE: a one-day tidal/pacific saltwater license is required for all guests. Licenses must be purchased online using the following link before this event:
1-day license…. $5.51 CAN resident…..$7.35 non-resident of Canada
The Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour is our most beloved day trip, voted the “Best Day Trip in the World in 2018” by TripAdvisor Users. Experience the wild beauty of the Pacific Coast with the splendour of British Columbia’s capital city.
Your adventure highlights some of this region’s best features. Sail aboard a local ferry along the rugged coastline and past the Southern Gulf Islands before arriving on Vancouver Island. Continue your journey into Victoria’s downtown where you can stroll the cobblestone streets, and explore the Inner Harbour. Visit the many boutique shops, museums and restaurants surrounded by picturesque architecture. Ask your guide for their favourite spots to grab lunch.
Your next stop is the famous Butchart Gardens. This national historic site showcases 55 acres of garden displays. During the summer month, ask about our ‘Early Butchart Gardens Shuttle.’ Perfect for those wishing to gain extra time in the gardens, and less downtown. Then return home with a relaxing evening sailing back to Vancouver’s mainland and on to your hotel. Gratuities included.
Explore the urban elements of downtown Vancouver and immerse yourself in the wilderness of Vancouver’s rugged North Shore. Combine the highlights of downtown Vancouver with a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and the Capilano Salmon Hatchery on our Vancouver Delights Tour.
Journey through the many different areas of Vancouver, including Chinatown and Gastown, the charming Vancouver Harbour, and scenic, ocean-side English Bay. Step off the bus in Stanley Park to visit the Indigenous Peoples’ story poles, as well as the stunning views of the Lions Gate Bridge at Prospect Point. Visit the famous farmer and artisan market at Granville Island and soak up the scenic 360-degree views of the skyline from the Vancouver Lookout’s Observation Deck (admission included).
In addition to exploring downtown Vancouver, continue over the Lions Gate Bridge into the coastal temperate rainforest on Vancouver’s North Shore. Learn about the lifecycle of the local salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. Finish your day of touring with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for a heart-pounding walk across the suspension bridge spanning 137 metres (450 feet) across and 73 metres (230 feet) above the river. Discover the other features of the park that include Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk. Gratuities included.
Tour 10 ~ Vancouver City Tour
Soar above the scenic city of Vancouver, enjoying a bird's eye view of its picturesque harbor and nearby mountain peaks, on this 20-minute, small-group seaplane flight. Hop aboard your seaplane as you leave the tourist crowds in downtown Vancouver behind, and glide above the city's beautiful skyline to take in an aerial view of its Olympic facilities. This flight is limited to just 14 guests to ensure personalized service.
Tour 14 ~ Fraser Valley Winery Tour
With so much fantastic coffee in Vancouver we would be crazy to let you skip it.
Your tour starts with a cupping, a tasting of a few different coffees. Why try one when you can try a few, right? Learn about what really goes into the making of that specialty cup of coffee. Now onto one of the biggest craze in the world of coffee - Cold Brew. Try a bit of Cold brew and learn about how it's different than your regular cup of joe.
What coffee tour would be complete without a shot of Vancouver's best espresso. Our final stop on the tour takes you to the top-rated coffee shop in Vancouver for espresso. Gratuities included.
Are you interested in taking your cooking skills to the next level, or interested in learning how to make a German inspired meal? This private interactive group cooking class will take place at Findlay Market in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati. Attendees will be divided into teams to make a specific course on the menu. The cooking stations will consist of beer and cheddar soup, classic schnitzel, bratwurst with apples, onions and sauerkraut, German potato salad, sweet and sour braised cabbage, and black forest cake. When the cooking is finished, everyone will sit and enjoy the meal together for lunch. 3 hour tour includes admission, lunch and transportation.