Networking Extras

Whether you are attending for one day, or for the full conference, there are numerous formal and informal opportunities for you to meet, mingle, collaborate, and innovate with peers, vendors, industry leaders, and partners. They include social activities, and formal events.

Click on the links below to learn more about the social networking opportunities:

Or view the Program Guide for complete details.

Tuesday, April 28

Welcome Reception, sponsored by HDR

  • Tues, Apr 28, 6 – 9 pm
  • Location: The Sticky Wicket (919 Douglas Street, Victoria)

Join us at the Welcome Reception, sponsored by HDR for some networking, and merriment. Meet up early with friends and colleages, enjoy some light refreshments and pick up your registration package at The Sticky Wicket.

All delegates are welcome.


Wednesday, April 29

Marketplace Expo

• Various times

The Marketplace Expo features vendors and suppliers who specialise in serving the recreation and parks sector. Visit the Marketplace Expo throughout the day for the opportunity to source new products and services, and learn about the latest innovations.

Marketplace Expo hours:

  • Marketplace Expo, Lunch & Networking  •  11:45 am – 1:15 pm
  • Marketplace Expo + Transition Break  •  2:15 – 2:30 pm
  • Marketplace Expo Happy Hour  •  3:30 – 5:30 pm
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Recreation + Parks Active Sessions

• 5:30 – 7 pm

This year's optional Recreation + Parks Active Sessions include a guided cycling tour, guided walking tour, and disc golf in Banfield Park. Get energized and inspired by Victoria’s beautiful outdoors (rain or shine). Additional fees apply, for cost recovery. Space is limited. Registration is required.  All roads lead to Spinnakers Pub afterwards.

  • Tour de BCRPA, sponsored by Carscadden, Stokes, McDonald Architects Inc.

The guided bike tour, led by The Pedaler Bike Tours, will lead you on a spectacular customized tour of the harbour front, with scenic vistas, and remarkable cycling trails. All levels are welcome! The tour will end at the nearby Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses for an evening of networking. Tour de BCRPA participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

  • Rum Runners to Craft Brewers: A Different look at Victoria’s History and Culture Tour  

Enjoy a guided tour about the rum runners' era of Victoria woven into a compelling narrative about Old Town and Chinatown. Hear stories about harbour development and land culture. Participants will be given the choice to end the tour at Spinnakers to meet up with the bike tour group, or continue back to the hotel. 

  • Disc Golf at Banfield Park

Join us for nine holes of disc golf, hosted by Innova Disc Golf and AceRunners Disc Golf (no experience required!). Play a game and discover why Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and Europe. Disc golf participants will receive their very own golf disc. Round-trip shuttle service will be provided.

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Thursday, April 30

Awards and AGM Luncheon

•  12:00 – 1:45 pm

Celebrate the sector's most innovative projects from around the province. Then enjoy hearing from both BCRPA’s President, and CEO on the exciting year that was 2019, and the plans ahead for 2020!

Langara College Celebrates 50 Years of Recreation

• 5:30 – 6:30 pm

In celebration of 50 years at Langara College, the Recreation Studies Department will be hosting a reception to bring together the Recreation Studies Community. Come and mingle with fellow graduates, faculty and industry partners. The first 20 registrants will receive one (1) free drink ticket, plus every alumni in attendance will receive a small gift. Come and raise a glass to the past, present, and future of the Recreation Studies Department! Are you interested in advancing your career in recreation? Come and talk to staff and faculty about the Recreation Leadership Diploma and the Bachelor of Recreation Management Degree.

Registration is required.

Banquet & Dance, sponsored by MAIS Software Inc.

• 6:30 – Midnight

Have fun playing, eating, drinking, and dancing together with new and old friends at the “Mad Hatter Tea Party” themed Banquet & Dance, sponsored by MAIS Software Inc. We’ll have a blast putting a twist on a crazed tea party. Put on your wildly embellished hats, Cheshire Cat smiles, and bold coloured Victorian and Victoria-inspired attire!

Strut your stuff, impress our judges, and win a prize. They'll be choosing best team, best individual, and overall best in show.

Please note:

  • Full Delegate registration includes the Banquet & Dance.
  • Daily delegates, and guests may purchase a Banquet ticket through the Registration link.

Reception starts at 6 pm.

Mad Hatter Party Invitation

Friday, May 1

Closing Comments & Draw Prizes

• 12:30 – 12:45 pm

Symposium always ends with some fun and a thank you to our delegates!

Stay until the end for the closing comments and a chance to win some fun prizes. You never know what you might win - but you must be in attendance!

2020 Symp Guide Cover View the Program Guide for complete details.