Post-conference Excursion

The post-conference tour is scheduled to be back in Toronto in the early evening of Saturday, August 17, but we cannot guarantee we'll be back by a particular time. 

  • We suggest you do not book any flights or other onward travel for the Saturday evening. 
  • We remind those going on the post-conference tour to make sure they have accommodation booked for Saturday night, August 17.

Royal Ontario Museum, Iroquoian village reconstruction and tree, lighthouse with sailboat on water in background, aerial view of a pier
Pictured left to right: Downtown Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum (by Pascal Huot), Iroquoian longhouse reconstruction at Crawford Lake Conservation Area (by Gilberto Mesquita), Port Dover lighthouse at Lake Erie (by Gilberto Mesquita), Aerial view of Burlington Pier (by Harold Stiver). All images via Adobe Stock.

Tentative Schedule

We are currently planning a two-day post-conference excursion, on August 16 and 17, 2024. The tentative schedule for the post-conference excursion is as follows:

Friday, August 16:

  • departure from Toronto at 7 a.m.
  • Royal Ontario Museum Natural History department-led tour of their fish specimen storage
  • ecologist- and archaeologist-led tour of the reconstructed Iroquoian village and the meromictic lake at Crawford Lake Conservation Area (which is on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve), including a picnic lunch
  • possibly visit to the beach and swimming in Lake Ontario at Burlington
  • buffet dinner at the Holiday Inn hotel in Burlington
  • socializing in the hotel bar (cash bar)

Saturday, August 17:

  • buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Indigenous ecologist- and archaeologist-led tour of the lower reaches of the Grand River
  • traditional fish-and-chips lunch in Port Dover, featuring Lake Erie walleye or yellow perch
  • to be confirmed: visit to the Normandale fish hatchery, which raises Atlantic salmon for the reintroduction programme in Lake Ontario (where there was a huge landlocked population that became extirpated in 1898)
  • possibly visiting the beach and swimming in Lake Erie at Turkey Point
  • return Toronto early evening

Tickets for post-conference excursion

Note: Tickets for the post-conference excursion are no longer available for purchase.

  • Tickets for the post-conference excursion include transportation, admissions, tour guide honoraria, and all four meals. 
  • Post-conference excursion attendees will have to book and pay for their hotel room themselves, by July 16.

Post-conference excursion hotel room information

We are holding a block of rooms for the night of August 16, in the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Ontario, until July 16. The cost per room is $193.05 Canadian incl. 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Participants wanting to share a room are free to arrange this among themselves prior to booking. To help the hotel with their planning, please book well before July 16 if you can. Below are the details and payment link provided by the hotel:

Guest rooms available for post-conference excursion August 16-17, 2024:

  • Standard Room with two queen beds - $165 (plus tax per evening)
  • Complimentary parking and Wi-Fi is included for all guests.
  • Guestrooms are fully equipped with Keurig Coffee Makers, and a mini fridge.

Cut Off Date:

  • In order to benefit from the discounted rate all reservations must be made by July 16, 2024.

Book by Internet:

Book by Phone:

  • Call the Hotel's Toll Free Reservation Line at 905-639-4443 and ask for reservations.
  • In order to receive the group rate, the caller must ask for FRWG 2024; Group Code FRW.