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Day of IMPACT 

Policy Tour and Dine Around: 
Elevate Our Collective Thinking on Sustainable Food Tourism

Sunday, May 8, 2022 - Depart VCC at 8:00am and return to Victoria Conference Centre at approximately 6:00pm

  

$199.00 per person

 

Delegates will not only learn from a variety of case studies and speakers but will taste and sample local fresh and creatively-prepared cuisine and libations throughout the day. 

 

This day of adventure requires some preplanning as all good days of adventure do!  Therefore please be sure to layer your clothing and wear sensible footwear to prepare for a morning on the ocean, a walk on a farm with uneven ground in places, a meander through a world class attraction and finally a tipple at an orchard.  All this in preparation for a good night's sleep after an exhilarating day.  We look forward to welcoming you. Oh and yes...please bring your reusable full water bottle with you…we will be sure to have water stations available throughout the day.

 

 

Day of IMPACT Itinerary & Description

Continuing our tradition of including a value-added day of networking and dialogue, this year we invite you to experience the vibrant Saanich Peninsula, known as Vancouver Island’s "Provence”, an area rich with potential and home to many purpose driven businesses who are working with nature to build successful models based on regenerative practices. 

Enjoy an unforgettable Day of IMPACT, which begins on the Salish Sea, as a guest with Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours and Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures. Board your vessel at 8:30 a.m. in Victoria’s inner harbour and take a scenic two-hour cruise north to Sidney-by-the-Sea where you will be transported for a day of discovery. Along the way, you’ll learn about this spectacular inland sea and its rich cultural history, and comprehensive bio-diversity.

While on board, learn from Cascadia Seaweed -- the largest cultivator of seawood in North America -- that by simply cultivating seaweed in the ocean, we can help solve some of the biggest challenges humanity is facing today; climate change, economic instability and food security.

Upon our arrival in Sidney, enjoy a day of discovery, designed to inspire, energize, connect passionate minds, and share opportunities, where we’ll explore the link between sustainable destination management, sustainable food production, food security, local sourcing, competitiveness, destination differentiation and brand halo. This is an invaluable strategic recipe for destination innovation which ultimately drives visitor satisfaction and loyalty through local food tourism.

Coach transportation for the Day of IMPACT will be provided by Wilson's Transportation Ltd. During the tour we will visit the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture, located on 83 acres of field, forest and wetland in the Saanich Peninsula. It is a hub to help foster the next generation of farmers, host teaching and research, offer community food growing, enhance biodiversity, and give lots of opportunities to fall in love with local food! Following best practices in regenerative agriculture, The Sandown Centre is on a mission to heal the land and water, while helping to build an incredible local food system that is good for our taste buds, our health, the land, and our collective future. Sandown’s passionate team of Farmpreneurs have big dreams -- learn about their regenerative journey to date and what’s ahead! Experience the beauty of Sandown and its community while getting your hands a bit dirty.

Truffles Catering, Victoria's leading professional caterer for events and special occasions, will provide a delicious, sustainably and locally sourced repast to keep you fueled as you continue the day of adventure. Learn how Truffles Catering is baking sustainability into its business model from serving only Ocean Wise certified seafood to diverting 95% of waste through composting and recycling. Truffles will be working with the Nulla Project during this tour.

You'll experience a visit to The Butchart Gardens and learn that beyond nurturing the gardens, a mindful approach to minimizing the impact of daily operations can be seen through the implementation of environmental initiatives. From comprehensive Integrated Pest Management, to developing healthy and productive soil through a rigorous composting program, to a gardens wide recycling program, including recycling water from streams, all facilities have initiatives in place. Single-use water bottles have been eradicated, with water refill stations put in place. All Food Services venues operate with consideration of sourcing local ingredients, composting all food waste and take away packaging. Both behind the scenes, as well as what the visitor sees, a conscientious effort is made to maintain a sustainable operation. 

While visiting Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse we will be treated to a treat for the mind and taste buds! Once at the Ciderhouse, you will enjoy a cider tasting of award winning artisan ciders, and the opportunity to tour Sea Cider’s stunning farm-based cidery and orchard. Hear from Kristen Jordan, Sea Cider Owner, about the three key pillars of her business’ philosophy and mission: sociability, sustainability, and community involvement. Learn how Sea Cider’s ten-acres of farm and orchard and award-winning ciders are making a splash in the world of sustainability.  

 

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We at IMPACT are committed to keeping our guests safe while practicing all COVID 19 protocols for gathering together. 

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