Registration opens April 17

The Early-Bird Registration Deadline is May 15  has been extended until June 1!  Rates increase after May 15  June 1.

Follow the link to register (the on-line registration site will open in a new window): On-line Conference Registration

At the on-line registration site, you will need to select from several registration options, summarized below:

Registration Rates (GST/HST will be added)

    Early-Bird (before May 15 June 1) Full Rate (after May 15 June 1
Members Regular $300 $330
Student/Postdoc $160 $185
Non-Members Regular $375 $405
Student/Postdoc $185 $210


Other Registration Options

                        Registration Type Rate (plus HST)
Members Regular 1-day $155
Student/Postdoc 1-day $85
Regular Half-day $80
Student/PDF Half-day $45
Non-Members Regular 1-day $190
Student/Postdoc 1-day $95
Regular Half-day $95
Student/PDF Half-day $50
Botanical Artists of Canada $50


Optional Registration Items:

Optional Registration Items Cost (plus HST)
Banquet (July 7), plus optional tour of the Royal Botanical Garden, Burlington, ON $85 Price includes transportation to and from RBG, dinner, and optional tour
BBQ dinner and auction (July 6) $30
Teaching Workshop: Tips for Better Botanical Drawing $38 Participants will learn to improve their observation and drawing skills. Registration fees cover the cost of all supplies for this hands-on workshop. Space is limited.
Field Trip (July 8) $75 Choose one of 3 field trips on July 8 (see descriptions below)
T-shirts Approx. $15 Conference t-shirts are not available for pre-order. But you have the opportunity to indicate if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt on site, so we can make the appropriate number available at the meeting. The cost is expected to be approximately $15.


Optional Field Trips, Saturday, July 8

All field trips cost $75, include the costs of transportation and a box lunch

Field Trip 1 – Inglis Falls and Bruce Peninsula National Park

This will be a full- (and long!) day trip for the botanist who is willing to put up with a long drive to see many habitats and plant species. Inglis Falls is located south of Owen Sound, at the base of Bruce Peninsula, and besides the attraction provided by the cascade formed by Sydenham River, it has a unique limestone karst geology, with glacial potholes and crevices that provide a habitat for a high diversity of ferns, including Asplenium scolopedrium var. americanum and A. rhizophyllum. Bruce Peninsula National Park is found at the tip of the peninsula and it is one of the floristic gems of Ontario and Canada in general. This is because in a relatively small area, Bruce has an unusually rich diversity of habitats: mixed forests, alvars, rocky cliffs, sand dunes, fens, and bogs. Most of the day will be spent botanizing at “Singing Sands”, on the shore of Huron Lake. There will be plants to satisfy all the botanical desires: from gorgeous orchids, strange carnivorous and parasitic plants, to technical sedges and grasses. The field trip will end with a visit to beautiful “Little Cove”, on the shore of Georgian Bay. For a visual sampling of the flora please go to Phytoimages (; type “Bruce Peninsula” in “Key words or locality”, hit “search”, and then browse the images by family.

Leaving at approx. 7 a.m.; returning at ~ 8 p.m.

Box lunch and water provided; dress for warm weather

Hiking difficulty: moderate

Field Trip 2 – American Ginseng experimental plots and Backus Woods

We will first visit the experimental plots of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) from St-Williams, Norfolk Co. where researchers from OMAFRA attempt to find cultivation solutions for a number of soil diseases that attack ginseng roots. Then, we will continue to Backus Woods, located at ca. 20 km north of Port Rowan and Long Point Provincial Park. Backus Woods include some spectacular remnants of old-growth Carolinian forest, which have been recently awarded a World Biosphere Reserve status. Carolinian trees and shrubs will be seen, including towering specimens of tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), eastern flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), and black gum (Nyssa sylvatica). Backus Woods still contains vegetative specimens of sweet chestnut (Castanea dentata), nearly wiped out in North America by the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica), as well as the endangered butternut (Juglans cinerea). Among the many herbaceous plants present worth mentioning are: the beechfern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera), yellow mandarin (Prosartes lanuginosa), and horse balm (Collinsonia canadensis). Interspersed among the forest stands are a few well conserved tallgrass prairie areas dominated by Schizachyrium scoparium, Monarda fistulosa and Pycnanthemum virginianum.

Leaving at approx. 8 a.m.; returning at  ~ 5 p.m.

Box lunch and water provided; dress for warm weather

Hiking difficulty: easy to moderate

Field Trip 3 – Grand River Rafting Trip, Paris, Ontario

This is a 3-4 hour guided rafting tour on a slow moving section with easy rapid of the Grand River. The trip is a scenic 13 km that starts at the Paris Dam, Paris and ends at the Brant Conservation Area, Brantford. It features a panoramic view of the Grand River Valleys and includes various activities such as visiting a gypsum mine from 1830, drinking from springs, seeing a nesting area for Blue Herons, hiking to a lookout where we learn about edible plants, First Nation’s history and having lunch overlooking the valley. Participants will also have a chance to observe the aquatic vegetation on the Grand River. This tour is ideal for first time paddlers and non-swimmers; however, there are numerous swim spots as well as a 400-meter body surf spot along the river for those who are more adventurous.

Leaving at approx. 9:30 a.m.; returning at approx. 4:00 p.m.

Box lunch and water provided