IGS’19 – Sea Ice at the Interface

IGS co-hosts a sea ice symposium every 5 years. The Centre for Earth Observation (University of Manitoba) is excited to be hosting the first to be held in Canada.


Social Events

Exciting networking opportunities

Social Events

Our Social Team is busy planning a wide range of mid-week excursions to highlight our city’s diverse and culturally rich attractions. Keep checking back regularly for more information.

Confirmed social events during #IGSWPG2019


The IGS Welcome Reception will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:30pm in the Mezzanine at the Fort Garry Hotel.



The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists would like you to save-the-date for this meet-and-greet networking event – Monday, August 19, 2019 following the Poster Session. Location to be confirmed, but it will be at one of the nearby restaurants/pubs



The IGS Banquet will be held Thursday, August 22, 2019 in the Grand Ball room at the Fort Garry Hotel.  Reception will start at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner, a guest speaker and entertainment.


University of Manitoba Visit

Tour of the Centre for Earth Observation Science and Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility; and the Sea-Ice Environmental Facility (SERF) – Friday, August 23 – after sessions; sign up at symposium. Buses leave from Fort Garry Hotel lobby at 1:30pm.



On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, there will be a wide range of mid-week excursions to choose from when you register (cost included in your registration fee).  Departing Fort Garry Hotel (222 Broadway Avenue) at 12:00 noon. Options include:


Sandilands Provincial Forest

For those wanting to get away from the city and out into nature we invite you to put on your hikers and join our trip out to the Sandilands Provincial Forest. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking through the Boreal Forest and Canadian Shield. Covering over 3,000 km2 of forest, wetlands and sand hills, the Sandilands Forest is managed land that provides public access for hiking, camping and hunting. There are several short ascents and descents which will give your legs a well-deserved mid-conference stretch. We will visit the Sandilands Forest Discovery centre which provides an outdoor teaching facility where visitors can learn about forests in a natural setting. See the tree planting rail car which is a travelling museum, fire tower, suspension bridge and more. A day with nature is a day well spent. On the way back to the city you will be treated to a short tour and dinner at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach Manitoba. Here you will get a sense of what life on the prairies was like for the first settlers and taste their traditional cuisine.



Assiniboine Park Zoo – Behind the scenes tour of the Journey to Churchill

Come explore the Assiniboine Park Zoo which features over 2000 animals across a variety of exhibits that focus on local prairie wildlife and animals from Canada’s North. The Zoo’s award-winning ‘Journey to Churchill’ exhibit recreates the feel of the Polar Bear Capital of the World – Churchill, Manitoba. This exhibit is home to Wolves, Muskox, Ringed Seals, Arctic Fox, Caribou, Snowy Owls and of course Polar Bears.  A key component of the Journey to Churchill exhibit is the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre which serves as a hub for environmental and wildlife education, research and conservation, and cares for orphaned cubs. You will be treated to a tour through the main exhibits and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Conservation center with Dr. Stephen Petersen, the Head of Conservation and Research at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.  It is an educational classroom unlike any other as you are transformed to the Arctic and all the wonders it has to offer. The tour is followed up with refreshments and snacks outside the MeFeeters Heavy Horse Centre. Enjoy an afternoon outside in heart of Winnipeg’s largest city park.



Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canada’s newest national museum rises from the prairies earth in Winnipeg at the Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on ancestral lands; a historic meeting place for thousands of years. From the moment you enter through its massive stone roots, to the time you emerge in its light-filled Tower of Hope, you will be moved by the power of human rights. The symbolism of this architectural wonder parallels the long road to freedom and human rights that so many who have travelled before us, leaving behind a legacy and their powerful stories. The only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness and education, it stands as a beacon for visitors from around the globe. Ramps of glowing alabaster criss-cross galleries designed to challenge, motivate and uplift. Multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens. An amazing encounter with human rights awaits families, tourists and scholar alike. This is an experience you will not soon forget. Join us on a guided tour through the exhibits that showcase the galleries and relax with refreshments in the Garden of Contemplation. After this you are free to explore the museum at your leisure



Winnipeg Walking tour

Join us for an afternoon discovering the historical secrets, symbols and hidden meanings behind the mystical design of one of Winnipeg’s grandest buildings; the Winnipeg Legislative Building. During this Canadian signature experience, uncover trails of occult clues hidden in the building’s architecture including: hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerical codes and Freemasonic symbols that have escaped historians and visitors for nearly 100 years. We will take a break at one of Winnipeg’s outstanding brew pubs and then begin our second journey walking through the historical exchange district. This national historical site features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North” the exchange features massive stone and brick warehouses, narrow angled streets as well as cobblestone paths and alleyways. This guided tour highlights not only architecture but also the legends of power, corruption and heroism painting a glimpse into Winnipeg’s history.




For the adventurous, a post-symposium 4-day excursion to Churchill, Manitoba, will be available for a maximum of 20–30 people, on a first-come basis (additional cost). Located on the shore of the sub-Arctic Hudson Bay, Churchill is a world-class tourist destination for viewing polar bears, beluga whales and the Aurora Borealis. This trip will include a visit to the Town of Churchill, the new Churchill Marine Observatory research facility, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a beluga tour at the mouth of the Churchill River, a tour of the Prince of Whales Fort National Historic Site, interpretive dog carting excursion, and an afternoon on the tundra ending with a sunset dinner on the famous Tundra Buggies.

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