2022 Halifax Social Events

Pre-Convention & Convention Social Activities

Don’t miss our Social Activities, all are Welcome!

Get out on the Town and enjoy the Ocean Breeze and Start of the Fall Colours of Halifax.  Join your friends, colleagues, sponsors, speakers and partners for a variety of fun social events created for the group.   Choose and register for some of our social events that may interest you and/or your guest. Plus visit the many excellent restaurants available to you for your gatherings Thursday and Saturday Nights.


Kayaking with the Shaffner’s in Lunenburg

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 – Afternoon Arrival on Own to Lunenburg, NS.  Accommodations are at Mariner King Inn. 15 King Street, Box 1423, Lunenburg, N.S. BOJ 2CO
Toll free 1-800-565-8509 Telephone 902-634-8509
Website – https://marinerking.com/

Until 4:00 pm – Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Your Hosts for this Lunenburg experience will be Dr. Vernon & Dianne Shaffner. When you arrive in Halifax, you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to get to the Mariner King Inn. 15 King Street, Box 1423, Lunenburg, N.S. BOJ 2CO (We will book your rooms)

Dr. Shaffner: 902-452-4401 E-Mail: verndishaffner@yahoo.ca

The Mariner King Inn

Located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, The Mariner King Inn majestically stands in the heart of Old Town Lunenburg. The Inn, built in 1830, has undergone extensive renovations restoring the old and melding it with the needs of today’s travelers. The Inn has three rooms and two suites in the original building where you will be staying. All rooms have luxurious, environmentally conscious and allergy free queen or king size beds, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, TV, minibar, and air-conditioning. Other amenities include good morning breakfast package, business center, exercise room, cozy parlour, winter garden, and laundry facility.

Wednesday Night the Shaffner’s will treat you to a Lunenburg Dining Experience.  Thursday morning will begin with a breakfast at the Mariner King Inn. Then a short trip will start you on your kayaking adventure at 9:00 am ending around 4:00 pm.  Blue Rocks is a premier sea kayaking destination of Nova Scotia. Made up of stratified slate pushed upward by crustal folding, the fifty-plus islands in this archipelago are stunning to paddle through. This maze of islands has passageways that only kayakers can navigate. Blue Rocks offers many opportunities to see wildlife above and below it’s clear waters, including playful seals.

For more information, please visit:  www.pleasantpaddling.com

Fee:  $ 395.00 Per Person inclusive of Tax and Gratuities).

Registrant and/or Partner/Guest Event

Includes: One Night Accommodations, Arrival Dinner, Breakfast, Kayaking Tour, Snack, Water and Lunch and all taxes and Gratuities. 

Dress: Warm and casual – appropriate footwear, sunscreen and hats are recommended.

Deep Sea Fishing & Luncheon at Murphy’s on the Water

                                          Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 (8:30 am – 2:30 pm)

Experience isn’t required to join us on this fun, Deep Sea Fishing tour- a desire for a truly authentic East Coast experience is all you’ll need to get hooked! The experienced captains know exactly how to reach the very best fishing grounds, and when to move on to a new spot. With all gear onboard, including bait, rods and lures, you and your experienced and helpful crew are ready to set off in search of mackerel, cod, haddock, and Boston bluefish. Should you want to keep your catch, you’ll be delighted to know that the team will clean, filet and pack it on ice to-go. During this three-hour journey, guests will appreciate stunning views of the coastline and the grandeur of the Atlantic Ocean so have your cameras ready. The vessel is also fully licensed which means guests will be able to enjoy a cold beverage while trying to land the big one!  Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks Available.

Where to board:  The Deep-Sea Fishing tour departs from Sackville Wharf, 1655 Lower Water Street, Halifax. 

$ 165.00 Per Person (Includes Fishing Excursion on the Peggy’s Cove Express & luncheon at Murphy’s on the Water and all taxes and gratuities)

Guests Gather in the Main Lobby at 8:15 am. (The guests will walk to the Fishing Site.  Return on Own, Westin Hotel is a 12 Minute Walk

Walk to Wharf: 8:15 am

Board and Preparations 8:30 am

Deep Sea Fishing Tour 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Luncheon Murphy’s on the Water:  12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Dress: Warm casual, Layers.  Rain Coats recommended and suitable foot wear.

Shop Halifax On the Waterfront (On Own)

                                                              Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

                                                    (Behind the Westin Hotel, Walking on Own)

Join your friends and take a leisurely walk behind the Westin Hotel where you will find and variety of Unique Craft Artisans, Shops and Traditional Nova Scotia Fare.

Visit the Seaport Farmer’s Market, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and Shops, Plus the Shops at the Cruise Pavilion, Pier 22 and don’t forget to make a stop at the Garrison Craft Brewery, East Coast Lifestyle and several Art Galleries. All Directly behind the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel!

Then take a stroll along the waterfront on the Boardwalk where you will find additional activities, shops and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Walk to the end of the Boardwalk and visit Casino Nova Scotia to round out your fun filled afternoon!

Afternoon Peggy’s Cove Tour

                                                                Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

                                                                              1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

About This Tour:  En route to this seaside village pass-by the Halifax Public Gardens, a quiet oasis amid a cosmopolitan city; see the Citadel National Historic Site, a fort perched high above the city; the Old Town Clock, a gift given to the city by Prince Edward the Duke of Kent in 1803; as well as other notable landmarks such as Province House, the naval dockyards and the famous Halifax waterfront boardwalk. As you travel along the winding coastal highway of the Lighthouse Route to the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, it is little wonder it has been an inspiration for artists and an irresistible lure for budding and seasoned adventurers for generation after generation. The colorful houses and fishing shacks perched atop the solid stone rocky outcrop that overlooks the restless waters of the Atlantic exhibit the wear and tear of the ocean and its punishing storms. Yet they endure, much like the small population of approximately 32 people who are year-round residents.

$ 70.00 Per Person (Includes Transportation to and from Peggy’s Cove, Guided Tour and all taxes and gratuities)

Guests Gather in the Main Lobby at 12:45 pm. (The guests will Board the Motor Coach at the Westin NS Halifax Hotel. Dress: Warm casual and suitable foot wear.

Welcome Reception - Appy's and Drinks with Sponsors

                                              Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

                                                       Westin Nova Scotian Hotel – (All Welcome!)
                                                                       Commonwealth Ballroom

Plan to experience the many Restaurants in Halifax and reacquaint with your friends and colleagues after the opening reception!  (Pre-Dinner Reception, Dinner on Own!)

Plan to be in Halifax early to kick off the 2020 CARDP Scientific Meeting and Don’t Miss the Hands-on Course with Dr. David Clark

Welcome to Halifax!  To kick off our 28th Annual Scientific Meeting we will join our meeting sponsors other delegates and guests to rekindle old acquaintances and make new.  This year we have continued with the change in format and will feature a Reception Style event hosted early in the Sponsor Trade show area, allowing you the chance to then experience the various excellent Restaurants, Halifax has to offer.  The Welcome Reception will be hosted on the first floor of the Westin Hotel, in the Commonwealth Ballroom.

Cost: Complimentary with Registration

Dress:  Business Casual

Art Feast with Alan Bateman and Holly Carr

                                                        Halifax Partner’s Program

                                                     Friday, September 23rd, 2022

                                                    (8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Meet in the Lobby at 8:15 am)

About the Artists

ALAN BATEMAN: Alan Bateman is forging a reputation as one of Canada’s finest realists. He comes from a rich artistic legacy, where painting was a natural pastime. He has inherited the artistic gifts of both his father, internationally known artist Robert Bateman and his mother, Suzanne Lewis, also a superb watercolourist, Alan Bateman was born in Nigeria in 1965, grew up in Burlington, Ontario and moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at the age of eight with his mother, sister and brother. Summers were spent with his father in Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. He received formal training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the mid 1980’s. Influenced by the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Bateman’s work also invokes prominent East Coast realist painters; Alex Coville, Tom Forestall and Christopher and Mary Pratt.
Not surprisingly, for Bateman, life and work are intertwined in a natural process of discovery. He paints by observing familiar objects until they become part of him, and intuitive feeling that embodies his understanding of some place, some part of himself. ”To paint, I have to live in a place for some time, so I can absorb my surroundings – I’m not comfortable driving around the countryside looking for subjects. Nor am I sure how the evolution works – it just happens while I’m doing things in my day-to-day life. Something worth painting will suddenly become apparent to me – shadows of elm trees against the house, light on a wall, and the colours on a hardwood floor. Time and place are as important to me as the central object.” He now lives in a 200 year-old farmhouse near Canning, Nova Scotia with his wife, artist Holly Carr and their two children, finding inspiration in the surrounding rural terrain of the Annapolis Valley, in addition to his summers in Haliburton.
Alan Bateman is a two-time recipient of The Elizabeth Greenshields Award. He’s been very active with fourteen solo exhibitions and eighteen group exhibitions to his credit. He has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, including shows in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria.  https://alanbateman.weebly.com/

HOLLY CARR:  Holly has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally.  Holly has designed for theatre productions and large scale public installation. Her most ambitious installation to date is a larger than life environment created out of painted silk, “Light in the Forest” for Acadia University Art Gallery.  Her work has been widely used in advertising and illustration, including her first children’s book “What is Pink”.  Holly presently is working on 3 new books. In recent years Holly has branched out in to performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Working with numerous musicians and performers including a cross Canada tour with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café, as well as performances with world renowned violinist Min Lee in Singapore and the National Art Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.  Holly has also had successful performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and her own show with Symphony Nova Scotia where she painted an 8 x 32 foot painting live with the orchestra. Holly is looking forward to a number of upcoming performances including performances with the Toledo Symphony in Ohio. Holly graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a BFA and B.A.Ed.  Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.  https://hollycarr.weebly.com/

About Their Home

Holly and Alan live on 11 acres of Annapolis Valley farm land.  Their home is over 200 years old. Through the generations it has been a place of worship, a cabbage storage site and a family farm. Holly and Alan moved to this property in 1990. They started the unending task of renovating; what to change, what to save. Scraps of old negatives found in the attic, mouse shredded letters and layers of wall paper. They are a small part of the story of this home.

$ 295.00 Per Person (Includes Transfer to and from a 200 Year Old Home in Canning Nova Scotia, Welcome snacks and coffee, complete Art Program, Luncheon and Entertainment and all taxes and gratuities)

Guests Gather in the Main Lobby at 8:15 am. Motor Coach Tour

Dress: Warm casual. 

Friday Night President’s Party at Pier 21 National Historic Site

                                                                  Friday, September 23rd, 2022

                           Meet in Lobby of the Westin NS Hotel or at Pier 21 located behind the Hotel

                                                 Reception and Dinner in Kenneth Rowe Hall

                                                            (Meet in the Lobby at 6:45 pm) 

7:00 pm Reception

7:45 pm Dinner

9:00 pm – 12:00 am Finish

                                             All Welcome, Speakers, Sponsors, Delegates & Guests

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 368,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. Today, Pier 21 hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21—Atlantic Canada’s only national museum!

Learn more about what there is to see and do at the Museum by clicking here!

The Museums Act establishes the Mandate of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21:

The purpose of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, of the vital role immigration has played in the building of Canada and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life.

The Evening:  After a short walk from the Westin Hotel, you will enjoy a Reception and be able to wander the Pier 21 Museum Exhibits.  Then we’ll enjoy a Traditional Surf and Turf Dinner with Steak and Lobster and additional Maritime Favourites. While being entertained by Steve Dooks who has treated our Halifax Conferences to traditional Ceilidh’s for the past several Halifax Conferences.  There will be a variety of Maritime Music offered during dinner and then after dinner the group will treat you to a variety of Traditional Dance Tunes to complete the evening.

$ 235.00 Per Person (Facility, Dinner, Entertainment and taxes and gratuity included)

Dress:  Business Casual

Partner’s Program - To Follow

Saturday, September 24th, 2022
Program to be confirmed

Group Dinner at Café Chianti

                               Saturday, September 24th, 2022 – (All Welcome!)

                                                       7:00 pm – Finish

                 Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 6:45 pm (Or Meet Onsite 7:00 pm)

                        ( New Location 1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7)

To wrap up our 2022 CARDP Conference, Join your Friends and Colleagues for a Group Dinner at Café Chianti.  You will enjoy Northern Italian Cuisine, some good Wine and Great Conversation.  Just a 3-minute walk from the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, this restaurant offers a rustic Italian décor and superb Cuisine.  From Farm to Table, Cafe Chianti chooses the freshest ingredients from local farms to create the perfect Italian dishes.

Chef Ross Welcomes You

Chef Graham’s passion for cooking was developed at early age growing up on his family farm in Cape Breton’s beautiful Margaree Valley. Having an abundance of fresh produce, meat and eggs inspired his creativity in food. A natural succession for him was to attend and graduate from The Culinary Institute of Prince Edward Island. Graham’s apprenticeship was under multiple Olympic Gold Medalist and Canada Grand Master Chef David Emmanuel in Edmonton Alberta. After a long stretch in Western Canada kitchens, his love of the maritime lifestyle and strong family roots settled him in the Pasta Kitchen at Café Chianti as Executive Chef.

Cost: $ 105.00 p.p. (Dinner, Tax and Gratuity Included) Beverages Charged on Own. Three Minute Walk from the Hotel on the Waterfront.


Join your friends and colleagues for a Group Gathering or explore some of Halifax’s finest restaurants.