Social activities

Student Lunches

Join us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for BBQ lunches at the Windsor Castle bar, also known as the Grad House. Grab a beer, a hamburger and catch up with your peers over the lunch hour.

Tuesday May 20th

Icebreaker Welcome Reception
Time 7:00-10:00 p.m. – Exhibits Hall, Currie Center
Fredericton welcomes you! Come to meet and greet colleagues, visit the exhibit booths and posters, and enjoy complimentary snacks. Cash bar. Free attendance to all registrants (kilts optional).

Wednesday May 21st

GAC® Annual Luncheon
Time: Noon. – UNB Student Union Ballroom
$40 for professionals and $25 for student incl. tax
Following the Presidential Address, the Geological Association of Canada will enjoy their annual luncheon. The Logan Medal, the W.W. Hutchison Medal, the J. Willis Ambrose Medal and the E.R. Ward Neale Medal will be presented. Cash bar.

Wednesday night BBQ student-professional mixer
Time: 6:00 – UNB Student Union Cafeteria
$40 for professionals and $10 for student incl. tax

Catch up with old friends and network with your future colleagues. Student night features a BBQ hosted at the Student Union Building on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students who seek career advice, answers to their career questions, and tips for finding a job in your field are invited to attend. Professionals, please join us for the opportunity to interact with students and offer your career advice.

Thursday May 22nd

MAC Annual Luncheon
Time: Noon. – UNB Student Union Ballroom
$45 for professionals and $25 for student incl. tax
Join your fellow mineralogists at your special luncheon! The Mineralogical Association of Canada will present its Young Scientist Award, the Peacock Medal, the Hawley Medal, among other special presentations.

Bike Tour
Take a break from the conference and join us for a 1.5 hour afternoon bike tour of the St. John and Nashwaak rivers. We will be taking a slow-paced bike ride on paved and gravel bike paths out to Marysville. As a National Historic Site of Canada, Marysville, New Brunswick remains an intact 19th-century mill town that preserves a large cotton mill. Bike rental is $15.  Please contact the social events coordinator to reserve your spot for for more information.

Dinner at the King’s Head Inn, Kings Landing Historical settlement (up to 200 ppl/seating)
Time: Buses leave at 5:30 from Student Union Building (Pacey Drive); early return bus at 8:15, late buses at 8:45 for those who wish to take a stroll after dinner.
$75 for all attendees incl. tax
Join us for a special GAC®MAC dinner sitting at King’s Landing Historical Settlement (, located just west of Fredericton. The evening will feature scrumptious meal selections reflecting the appetites of the New Brunswick's first settlers. After dinner, stroll the settlement grounds or kick up your heels to listen to the live entertainment. Cash bar. Casual attire. Bring a light jacket and a big appetite.

Friday May 23rd

MDD Annual Luncheon
Time: Noon. – UNB Student Union Ballroom
$50 for professionals and $25 for student incl. tax
Enjoy the final luncheon of the conference with your colleagues of the Mineral Deposits Division of the GAC. The Duncan R. Derry Medal and William Harvey Gross Award will be presented.

Wind-up Evening
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. – "The Station" on York Street
Join us at “The Station” at 380 York Street, Fredericton, next to NB Liquor at 5:30 for a wind-up event featuring Fredericton’s Alex Baily Swing Band, complimentary pre-dinner snacks and a cash bar featuring local beers and a selection of regional wines. Please remember to bring your tickets and conference badge for admission to this ticketed event. This venue is conveniently located between UNB and the downtown restaurant district and promises to be a great wind-down after a busy conference. Warning: spontaneous dancing likely to occur. Sponsored by Australian Scientific Instruments ASI

Accompanying Guest Activities.

Interested guests should contact Crystal Laflamme the social activity coordinator directly to register for these activities.  These activities are offerred at cost and minimum participant numbers will be required for more expensive trips.

St. Andrews-by-the-Sea– Wednesday May 21st, 2014 – day trip

A coach bus will be taking a group to St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, one of the best preserved examples of colonial heritage in North America. While maintaining its charm, Saint Andrews is also a dynamic, prosperous community that features boutique shops and fine dining. St. Andrews is home to the Algonquin, one of Canada’s most luxurious and legendary resorts. The 27-acre Kingsbrae Gardens in the town was voted the top horticultural garden of Canada for 2013 by the Canadian Garden Tourism Awards (entrance charge extra).

City Bus Tour – Thursday May 22nd, 2014 - morning

Take a 90 minute guided bus tour of the city of Fredericton. Downtown Fredericton is a thriving and historic district overlooking the scenic St. John River. See why Fredericton was named one of the top ten places to live in North America.

Tour of Kings Landing – Thursday May 22nd, 2014 – afternoon

Take a 1.5 hour tour of the Kings Landing Historical Settlement prior to the GAC dinner. See the beautiful grounds along the St. John River and experience the 1800s in this Living History Museum. Learn interesting facts about the lifestyle of 19th century New Brunswickers and take part in activities such as butter-making and spinning wool!

Guided tour of two Fredericton Art Galleries – Friday May 23rd, 2014 – morning

This 2.5 hour tour will first take us to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery which displays paintings by a number of famous artists including Salvador Dali. We will then walk to Gallery 78 who are displaying a special geology inspired exhibition by Newfoundland printmaker Christine Koch.