Guest Connection

The 2023 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition isn’t just for scaffold and access industry professionals – it’s also an opportunity for their guests to attend and experience the event and host city!



 9:00 a.m.  Coffee with the Concierge
 5 - 7 p.m.                Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 10:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*  Guest Connection Tour (details below)
 5 - 7 p.m.  Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 10:30 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    Guest Connection Tour (details below)
 6 - 7:30 p.m.  President's Gala Reception
 7:30  - 9 p.m.  President's Gala Dinner & Awards
 9 - 11 p.m.  President's Gala After Party


 8 - 10 a.m.  Farewell Breakfast                  

*The return time for this tour will depend on how far out the boat goes to find the whales - latest return would be 6:00pm, but could be earlier.

Overall Schedule subject to change.


Wednesday, October 18 - 

Whale-Watching Tour

10:30am-Bus departs hotel to head to the boat; 12 noon-boat departs from dock; 5-6pm approximate return time to hotel

Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks. Look for orcas, porpoises, sea lions, seals, eagles and more! Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan island chains Accompanied by a professional naturalist. 


Thursday, October 19 - 11:00am-3:00pm

Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Followed by Lunch and Shopping on Robstan Street

10:40am-Bus departs hotel to head to Stanley Park; 11:00-12 noon horse-drawn carriage ride through Stanley Park;12noon-1:30 lunch at a quintessential Vancouver restaurant;1:30-free time for shopping along Robstan Street; 3:00pm bus returns to hotel (or stay and shop longer, it is just over a mile nice walk back to the hotel)

Discover the natural beauty of Vancouver’s Stanley Park aboard a horse-drawn carriage on this charming 1-hour tour. Sit back and relax as your trusty steed clops along Park Drive overlooking the Seawall. An informative guide shares engaging commentary on the sights, including the Rose Garden, Girl in a Wetsuit Statue and the famous First Nations totem poles. Snap memorable photos of Vancouver and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. It’s a great way to experience the fresh air of Stanley Park without tiring your feet! 1-hour tour of Stanley Park in Vancouver by horse-drawn carriage See the top attractions of the park aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicle Travel along Park Drive and admire the Seawall Learn about the totem Poles, Girl in a Wetsuit Statue, Rose Garden and more Enjoy views of North Vancouver and the Lion’s Gate Bridge

With BC Place Stadium at one end, Stanley Park at the other, and the city’s best-known shopping precinct in between, Robson Street is a must-stroll for most visitors to Vancouver. One of Vancouver’s oldest commercial streets, it was once known as Robsonstrasse for the sheer number of German and European stores that opened up after the Second World War. The international character of the street still exists. Being right in the heart of the downtown core, you’ll find yourself walking right alongside locals on their way to the office, sports fans heading to the game, and students lining up outside noodle shops.