Field Tours

Friday, June 1, 2018    

All field tours leave from the Pomeroy Hotel, Fort St. John

7:30 - 8:00 am    Registration

If registered for the Friday field tour ONLY, please check in at the Registration table first.  

8:00 am - 4:30 pm     Field Tours     

All field tour participants must meet outside the Pomeroy Hotel entrance. 15 minutes prior to departure. Tours leave at the time posted.  If you miss your tour, we will do our best to place you into another tour.  If you are departing on a Friday evening flight, please be sure to select a field tour with an earlier return time.  (Field tour =5 PD hours)

Field Tour #1        W.A.C. Bennett Dam Tour        

Departure at 8:00 am    Approximate 4:30 pm   
Leaving Fort St. John by bus, you will arrive at the public viewpoint of BC Hydro’s Site C Project, a third hydroelectric dam under construction on the Peace River located 7 kilometers southwest of Fort St. John. You will disembark at the view point for a discussion about the construction site and the various works that are underway. The tour will then drive 1.5 hours through the Peace Valley to the W.A.C. Bennett dam.  There will be a tour inside the G.M. Shrum generating station at the W.A.C Bennett dam.  Lunch will be supplied at Ella’s Café at the visitor’s centre. Limit 40.

Learn more about the construction of  the W.A.C. Bennett Dam  


Field Tour #2        Integration of Agriculture and Oil & Gas    

Departure at 8:15 am     Approximate 4:00 pm  
This tour will visit a variety of location through the south Peace region with the focus being on the integration of agriculture and oil and gas activities.  The tour may include the Encana Tower Lake water reservoir facility, a pipeline re-vegetation project, a farm that works with oil and gas on annual cropping and Shell’s recycled water pipeline from Dawson.  Will be an interesting day of learning and discovering how agriculture and oil and gas work together.
Brian Levers will talk about sustainable water uses.  From there travel to the oil pipeline where Trevor O’dwyer will demonstrate examples of revegetation on the pipeline. Rod Strasky, who is working with oil and gas and annual cropping will show you Shell’s recycled water pipeline from Dawson.  Enjoy a lunch at Tower Lake hall.

Field Tour #3        Peace Region Local Agriculture Tour    

Departure at 8:30 am. Return 4:00 pm    
This tour will visit several local agricultural operations near and around the Fort St. John area.  Examples of locations to be visited are a local Apiary, a Permaculture location (Whiskey Creek Ranch), BC Grain Producers Association Field Crop Variety Performance Plots and a Horticulture / Market Garden through Hip Peace Produce. 
Stops will include:  

Hip Peace Produce provides a wide and vibrant array of fruits and vegetables for sale to local communities through farm stand sales as well as local markets and co-operatives. Above and beyond the business of farming, we hope to teach about the possibilities of the Peace River Valley and it's unique micro-climate and rich soil. Find them on Facebook @HipPeaceProduce  

BC Grain Producers Association Research Plots Tour the Fort St John Research Farm where the research mandate is to secure funding and support for research that is specifically relevant to the Peace River area grains and oilseed industry for the purpose of improving profitability and long-term viability.  Every year the association publishes Annual Variety Reports summarizing research findings.  More information can be found here

MacKay Farms Learn about the history of honey production and the importance of theses pollinators for the BC Peace.  Marty MacKay will display top bar beekeeping, traditional langstroth beehives and starter nucleus colonies.   We will discuss queen rearing and possibly extract some fresh honey if the weather and flowers agree!  Find them on Facebook @mackayfarmsM6

Whiskey Creek Ranch is a first generation farm in Rose Prairie (north of FSJ).  With a deliberate focus on seasonality and direct marketing, this 160 acre poly-culture farm produces pastured meats (beef, pork, turkey, and chicken) and eggs, a small market garden and apiary.  They are proud to be one of two producers in the northeast who hold a Class E slaughter license for poultry through Northern Health/Ministry of Agriculture and also hold a completed Environmental Farm Plan. Find them on Facebook @whiskeycreekranchroseprairie