Pre & Post Tours

EXCELerate 2015 is pleased to offer Pre & Post Tours before and after the Conference (separate fee):

For those wishing to take full advantage of travelling to Vancouver, we have included information on recommended sites to visit both locally and in other regions.

Momo from Skyland Travel is taking care of the tour bookings.  She can inform you who has signed up for which tour, so that you can travel together with other members of the Conference.  Contact Momo at: momo@skyland.ca  or 604-685-6885 ext 527. 


Pre or Post Conference Tours: (Separate Fee)


Whistler & Shannon Falls

Home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler is an award winning, internationally renowned, year-round resort nestled in the Central Mountain range. The journey up the Sea to Sky Highway is just like it sounds–a winding spectacle of ocean and mountain scenery including the roaring Shannon Falls and cultural Squamish Adventure Centre. As the majestic backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain unveils before your eyes, the adventure at our Whistler Village destination is yours to create.

Price $140*

*Add-on the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola Alpine Experience, or a Spectacular Glacier Tour for additional fees.


Victoria & Butchart Gardens

It starts with a 90-minute cruise aboard BC Ferries, and just gets better. With scenery so jaw-dropping you won’t want to blink, relax and enjoy the voyage through Juan de Fuca Straight and the Gulf Islands. From exploring the Inner Harbour of BC’s capital city of Victoria–named after British monarch Queen Victoria–to Butchart Gardens 22 breathtaking hectares (55 acres) of meticulously manicured beauty, this tour delivers a royally spectacular day-trip to remember.

Price $199*

*Add-on Tea at the Fairmont Express Hotel, Whale Watching, or return by seaplane options for additional fees.



Craft Breweries of Vancouver

Vancouver has the largest concentration of craft breweries in Canada and is quickly becoming world famous as a must-visit destination for craft beer lovers. Our knowledgeable guides will take you through 3 or 4 hand picked local craft breweries where you’ll get an in-depth brewery walkthrough and an opportunity to meet the brewers. Whether you’re a first timer or beer connoisseur, this tour will quench your thirst and your curiosity!

Price $80


Granville Island Market Tour

20 Tastings, 10 Stories, 2 Hours of Canadian Delights:  A Food and Cultural Tour featuring Fresh, Local Gastronomic Delights

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is Canada’s second most-visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering fresh, local, seasonal produce, alongside a slice of local life, this is where guests rub elbows with Vancouver’s chefs as they shop for tonight’s menu.

During the tour, guests will savour a cornucopia of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans throughout Vancouver and beyond, from duck confit and cheeses to locally-made charcuterie, melt-in-your-mouth donuts, to world-class coffee and chai. Touring the Granville Island Public Market will be one of the most authentic ways to experience Vancouver — after all, what better way to feel the pulse of a city than to immerse yourself in the action?

Price $49


Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Walking Tour

5 Courses, 14 Tastings, 8 Stories & 3 Hours of Pure Bliss!

Our gastronomic adventure begins with savoring dim sum from none other than Kirin Chinese Restaurant – Winner of Vancouver’s Best Dim Sum for six consecutive years by Vancouver Magazine. You’ll visit Vancouver’s gourmet specialty grocer where you will taste award winning cheese and chocolate paired with a local wine.

Next, we take you to Vancouver’s most popular Italian Restaurant where you’ll savor their Signature Meatball and fresh burrata paired with 2012 Tinhorn Gewurztraminer. We then take you on a short stroll along Vancouver’s gourmet restaurant street and trendy shopping neighborhood.

Then we hop across the street to Hubbub, creator of Vancouver’s top 10 sandwiches for their Pulled Pork Sandwich and beer pairing. You’ll learn how this amazing sandwich is made and experience firsthand the magnetic appeal of this majestic sandwich.

Finally, happy bellies are treated to a sweet ending with the best gelato and sorbetto at Bella Gelateria, winner of the World’s best gelato in Florence, Italy.

Price $69 (additional $20 for optional alcoholic pairings)


Okanagan Wine Tour

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a Studio Suite at The Summerland Waterfront Resort
  • Tastings at 4-5 wineries in the beautiful Okanagan Falls area .
  • Some of the Wineries Participating are: See Ya Later Ranch, Noble Ridge, Wild Goose, Liquidity, Meyers, Blasted Church, Painted Rock, Stags Hollow
  • Lunch
  • Deluxe transportation to/from wineries with experienced and knowledgeable guide. They will entertain and entice you with fun facts , local stories and an in depth knowledge of wine making and tasting tips.
  • 10% off boat rentals booked through Summerland Waterfront Resort

Price $299 per person based on double occupancy.  Transportation between Vancouver & Okanagan is not included.

Optional Add ons

  • Extra nights
  • Upgrade to one or two bedroom suites if staying at the Summerland Waterfront Resort
  • Add the Summerland Wine Tour or Naramata Wine Tour

Lake Louise and Banff, Rockies Discovery & Glacier Adventure

Enjoy both of Canada’s oldest and largest national parks! Connected by the Icefields Parkway, Jasper and Banff National Parks are home to alpine glaciers, turquoise lakes and a variety of mountain wildlife.

At the Columbia Icefield, experience our all-terrain Ice Explorer that travels onto the mighty Athabasca Glacier. Complete your adventure with a 5-minute shuttle to the Glacier Skywalk – Canada’s first attraction of its kind! Gain a unique perspective of nature at its finest as you stand 280 metres (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley.

Transportation is available from most Banff hotels and a hot lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre.

Prices start at $800 per person based on double occupancy depending on accommodation choice and include 2 night’s accommodation.  Air between Vancouver and Calgary is not included.  Prices are subject to change without notice.


OTHER Options:

While you are in the City, you may want to visit some special places in the City on your own time.

  • City Tour – Vancouver Trolley Attractions Loop Tour
  • Stanley Park
  • The Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park
  • The Museum of Anthropology
  • The Bill Reid Gallery
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Robson Street (high end shopping downtown)
  • Yaletown (great pubs, restaurants, shopping)
  • Harbour Tour by Boat
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