UELAC 2010 Conference

2010 UELAC Conference in British Columbia

I will not be able to be there with our Loyalist Books vendor table, but I encourage all to attend and support each branch of the UELAC to continue the edication of our heritage. Please make your plans now. Thank you, Paul

Hear ye, hear ye!

By order of the Constitution of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada,
you are hereby invited to attend the 96th Annual General Meeting.

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Beyond The Mountains 2010

A look at the fascinating pioneer history of British Columbia and the
role played by the United Empire Loyalist descendants in its founding.
Taking place in the beautiful North Okanagan city of Vernon, British Columbia.

Thursday, June 3 - Sunday, June 6, 2010

Presented by Pacific Region chapters of Chilliwack, Vancouver and Victoria.
Hosted by the Thompson-Okanagan branch of the UELAC.

The conference is to take place in the 4½-star Prestige Inn and Conference Centre.
Special rates are available exclusively to UELAC members.


 

Schedule

Thursday, June 3


12 noon

Registration opens



1:30


Gold Trails and Ghost Towns

A special presentation from local historian and broadcaster Mike Roberts, producer and host of CHBC's documentary series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns.


3:00 - 5:30pm

Geneaologists' Workshop


7:00 - 10:00pm

Welcome reception (cash bar)

Friday, June 4


8:00 - 9:00am

Registration continues

   
 

Option 1: Wine tour

  wine country

A tour of Okanagan Wine Country is being arranged.

Stay tuned for details.

   
 

Option 2: Morning presentations

 

The Lure of Gold, presented by Dave Sayer, brings to life the story of John ‘Cariboo' Cameron, one of the most fascinating characters in the history of the province. Sayer, whose own family arrived in the province in 1863, created his Cariboo Cameron show in 1990 for the historic town of Barkerville, and has performed it more than 1,000 times.

 

Christine Pilgrim presents The Overlanders, the story of the hardships endured by the migrants who came with Thomas McMicking, UE, through the wild Rocky Mountains, from Canada, in a Red River cart in 1862. Visit Christine's website.

 

Peter Moogk, UE, PhD, and author of La Nouvelle France, will discuss the Loyalist descendants who helped shape British Columbia. Peter is a professor emeritus in history at UBC, and an active member of the Vancouver branch of the association. He is currently conducting research for his next book.

  12 noon

Join us for lunch during a tour of the charming country fair and gardens at the beautiful Davison Orchards.

   

4:00pm
cowboy

Cowboy Dinner Show with Rob Dinwoodie and Friends at the historic O'Keefe Ranch. Visit the oldest ranch in the Interior of British Columbia, see black powder demonstrations, and try your hand at gold-panning with the Vernon Placer Miners. Our guest speaker is O'Keefe Ranch curator Ken Mather.

Allergy sufferers, please be forewarned - this is a working ranch in hay season!


10:00pm

Hospitality Suite is open

Saturday, June 5

Delegates & Members

9:00am: 96th Annual General Meeting of the UELAC is open to all members of the association.

The meeting will take place in the Prestige Inn & Conference Centre.

Following the AGM, the Dominion Council will meet in an adjoining room.

12 noon: Lunch

For Guests

Tour downtown Vernon and take part in some of the local attractions. Besides nearby shopping, the other possibilities include:

- The 36th annual Creative Chaos Craft Fair, the largest event of its kind in Western Canada, featuring over 200 artisans in three buildings and FREE admission.

- Vernon's Heritage Murals: 27 building-sized tributes to the people, events and geography that helped to shape the gorgeous Northern Okanagan.

- The Vernon Museum and Archives specializes in the rich history of the Northern Okanagan Valley. Home to the Interior Salish for thousands of years, the valley was explored by fur traders in the early 1800s, who led the way for gold miners, missionaries and ranchers, who recognized the untapped beauty of the region.


5:30pm

Social Hour


6:30pm

UELAC Gala Banquet featuring Christine Pilgrim performing "Journey of a Loyalist to the West"


10:00pm

Hospitality Suite is open

Sunday, June 6


10:00am

Worship Service (UEL Style) at Trinity United Church.


11:00am

Lunch


2:00pm

Bus returns to the Prestige Inn for check-out.

Special Add-On


June 1

See the Rocky Mountains

Start your journey westward with a bus tour of the Rocky Mountains on West Trek Tours. Departing from Calgary on June 1, this adventure includes two overnight stops, with visits to a variety of spectacular locations en route to your arrival in Vernon for the start of the UELAC convention. Tour highlights range from Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields, Mount Robson (the tallest peak in BC), the Othello Tunnels, Lake Minnewanka, Dawson Falls, and Helmken Falls, depending on interest.

* Price approximately $399. Minimum of 15 people needed, interested parties should contact Wendy Cosby at wendycosby@shaw.ca.