Social Events

All social events will meet in front of Miller Hall at the times indicated.
Kingston has a lot to offer to visitors, and most accommodations are in the downtown core. As such, many social events will take advantage of our historical roots.
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Activities include:

Sunday, May 14 

The Ice Breaker—6-8pm in the ARC

Prince Edward County Wine Tours

The Prince Edward County is Ontario’s fastest growing Wine Region with over 40 vineyards and new ones starting up every year. This region is most popular for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but continues to use innovative techniques to produce many other types such as Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Baco Noir, Merlot, and many more.  The county is a one-hour drive from Kingston. Sunday, May 14. $158.20. The itinerary will be as follows:

  • 9:15 Depart Queen’s University, Miller Hall
  • 10:30 – 11:00 (arrival time) County Cider Company, tasting & visit
  • 12:00 – 12:15 (arrival time) The Waupoos Market Pub for lunch with glass of wine, beer or cider included
  • 1:30 – 1:45 (arrival time) Rosehall Run Vineyards, tasting in the barrel room with tour
  • 2:30 – 1:45 (arrival time) Hinterland Wine Company, tasting and tour, sparkling wines
  • 4:30 Arrive back at Queen’s University

For more information follow this link

Monday, May 15

Geological Association of Canada Luncheon— 12:30-2pm, Levana Room, $55 (Professionals)/ $25 (Students)

Pub crawl Through History: $0.

Kingston 1000 Island Dinner Cruise

The Sunset Dinner Cruise, aboard the glass-topped Bateau Mouche-style vessel Island Star, will depart from Kingston Harbor at 1745, sail through the scenic Thousand Islands region (a cottage and boating paradise), and return at 2115 (approx.). The Islands are outcroppings of Grenville-age basement rocks of the Frontenac Arch where it is transected by the Saint Lawrence River. Enjoy a three-course meal with spectacular scenery and good fellowship. (Cash bar)

Shuttle-bus transportation will be available between the Queen’s campus and the dock before departure and after arrival. The trolley shuttles will pick up passengers in front of Miller Hall (36 Union St., near the intersection with Division St.). Trolleys will depart at 5:00 pm and at 5:15 pm.

Alternatively, participants may make their own way to the boat dock, which is located at Crawford Wharf at the foot of Brock Street in downtown Kingston (near City Hall). The distance from the Queen’s campus is approximately 1.6 km (a pleasant stroll of approx. 15-20 minutes). Please see the street map on page 5 of the GAC-MAC 2017 Program booklet.

Following the cruise, a trolley will be available to return participants to the Queen’s campus.

Registration for the cruise will close 5:00 pm on Sunday May 14 : or tickets will be available for purchase at the registration booth.

Tuesday, May 16

Mineralogical Association of Canada Luncheon—12:30-2pm, Levana Room, $55 (non-student)/ $25( students)

Fort Henry Dinner Banquet

Situated just across the Cataraqui River to the east of the City Centre, Old Fort Henry is a stunning reminder of Kingston’s origins as an important part of British North America. The Fort was constructed between 1832-1837 to defend the Rideau Canal, which extends between Lake Ontario at Kingston and the Ottawa River at Ottawa. The Fort and the Rideau Canal comprise Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Fort is a living museum with exhibits that are both fun and educational, and include activities such as meeting key characters of Canadian history, learning about the military strategies of the day, and other interactive ways to experience history.

The GAC-MAC Conference dinner banquet will be held at the Fort, and will include great food as well as a variety of beer and wine. Based on a proposal that we have received from the Fort’s catering firm, Jessup Food & Heritage (see attached), the cost is anticipated to be approximately $80 per person. To this we will need to add a small surcharge to cover the cost of transporting participants to/from the Fort by chartered busses. For more information about Old Fort Henry, please follow this link:

Wednesday, May 17

Mineral Deposits Division Luncheon—12:30-2pm, Levana Room, $65


Activities available throughout the conference:

Kingston Haunted Walks Tours

Tours with the Haunted Walks will take you on a walking tour of Kingston, lead by a guide who will share all of the spookiest stories of the area. From haunted hotels to grave robbings, these stories will amaze and intrigue you. A special offer on the weekend includes Haunted Walking Tours of Fort Henry. May 13-16. $22.60.

For more information follow this link:

Kingston Trolley

Kingston Trolley provides 80-minute tours that stop at all of the city’s best known tourist locations such as the Penitentiary Museum, Bellevue House, and the Royal Military College of Canada. At each stop, you may jump off the trolley and tour the area and simply hop onto the next trolley and continue the tour. From May 15. $23.

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