Social Activities

Welcome to ACA 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario

Plan to participate in several of the conference social events; it is a great way to meet or reconnect with colleagues from across Canada as well as those from outside the country.

**Please note that the social activities offered by the ACA will be reached from the conference hotel by public transport or walking. Registrants are responsible for their own metro/ bus fare ($3.65 for 2 tickets if purchased at same time). If you wish to register for a social event but require alternative transportation due to mobility issues, please contact your Host Team ahead of the conference to make arrangements.**

View all of our conference activities, locations, and recommended sites with this map.




9:30-11:30 a.m.
LAC's Gatineau Preservation Centre

Join us for a tour of Library and Archives Canada’s Gatineau Preservation Centre, (GPC) a state-of-the-art facility housing the nation’s collection of documentary heritage. Built in 1997, the Gatineau Preservation Centre is an architectural marvel that was designed to last for at least 500 years. It includes 48 vaults housing a variety of archival records and publications, and individual laboratories for conservation treatment. The tour, which is not offered to the general public, explores the architectural features of the Preservation Centre, the work done by its expert staff, and some of the archival treasures housed within its walls.

Bus transport is provided from the Marriott to GPC and return; anyone attending the visit to Canada's Museum of History can be dropped at that location on the return trip.   

Cost for registration : $16.00
Maximum 30 people


10th Annual - TAATU - The Archives And Technology Unconference

9:30-4:30 p.m. City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr, Room 115

TAATU is a BarCamp for Archivists that takes place the day before the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists.  

A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. Content is entirely participant lead and driven. It is an intense event with discussions, presentations, demos, and interaction from attendees. It is a place where you can bring real-archives problems and work toward solving them with colleagues

Everyone who attends is expected to contribute. There are many ways to contribute: presenting, suggesting a brainstorming topic, recommending places to eat or organizing another aspect of the day. Please add your name to the Registration list and the Participation sign-up. 

You do not need to commit to the full day of TAATU to participate. Feel free to drop by for a portion of the day or sneak out for a bit to attend other SIS meetings!

Sign up now!

Maximum 40 ; no cost.Please sign in at the Security Desk. 


Sneak peek of Canadian History Hall

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Canadian Museum of History, 100 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC

Want a sneak peek at the most ambitious exhibition ever created on Canada’s history? Welcome to the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History! Be part of the select few to have special access to the Canadian History Hall before it’s official opening on July 1st! This tour will be self-directed, with a few staff on-hand to answer questions. Afterwards, visitors will be free to tour the rest of the Museum until closing.

No cost but pre-registration is required.



5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ottawa Marriott (Salon Sussex)

New to ACA? Join the ACA Board of Directors, Fellows, Mentors and your conference organizing committees at this reception to welcome you to the fold.

No cost but pre-registration is requested (limited to first time delegates)



6:30-8:00 p.m.
LAC Foyer, 395 Wellington St.

Join us for the official opening reception of ACA 2017!  This event is open to delegates as well as registered guests.

No cost. Pre-registration is required.



8:30 - midnight
Farm Team Cookhouse and Cellar, 208 Sparks Street

Basement is reserved for ACA

Farm Team Cookhouse and Cellar is located just a 3 minute walk from the conference hotel and serves homegrown and globally-inspired comfort foods in a cozy atmosphere. They use seasonal ingredients to create fresh and flavorful dishes from scratch. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Be sure to sample a pint of their house-brewed Barn Dog Ale and Barn Dog Red. The barfeatures a variety of international classics (Guinness, Stella, etc.) and domestic staples (Alexander Keith’s, Rolling Rock, etc.) as well as local microbrews such as Ottawa Valley favorites Beau’s Lug Tread and Kitchissippi.

See you there!



Movie Night

5:30 – 8:30 p.m
Mayfair Theatre
1074 Bank St

Grab your popcorn - archivists are going to the movies! At this event, we will screen Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley's moving and playful investigation into her family's secrets. Told through candid interviews and archival footage and documents, Polley's film navigates the thorny paths of truth and memory within the complex, messy and loving dynamics of families as she plays detective and filmmaker at once. The screening will be followed by a short talk and moderated discussion by archivist Grant Hurley on the film's uses of archival documents to both support and subvert the film's multiple narratives.

The screening will take place at the Mayfair Theatre, one of Canada's oldest surviving independent movie houses (pizza and concessions, including the best popcorn in Ottawa, will be available).

Cost: $15 per person

Pre-registration is not required and movie starts at 5:45 pm sharp, tickets available on the door

Maximum: 200 people



6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Tavern tour
Byward Market

Come hear about Ottawa's colourful history of scoundrels, assassins and spies over a pint of local craft beer or beverage of your choice as we visit 3 taverns/pubs in the Byward Market.  Meet in the Marriott lobby at 6 pm.

Cost for registration: bring $20 for your guide.
Minimum 10 & maximum 40 people

***SOLD OUT***


Official Conference Pub

Farm Team Cookhouse and Bar
208 Sparks Street

Basement is reserved for ACA



6:30-9:00p.m. East/West Softball Game

Strathcona Park Ball Diamond, Range Road

Another ACA Conference, another exciting Doughty Cup championship! The East / West softball game will surely be a conference highlight. Will team East prevail for another year? Plan to participate or just come to cheer for your favourite team.

Walking or by bus: meet in lobby at 6pm

Cab: meet in lobby at 6:10pm

First pitch at approx. 6:45pm

No cost but please bring your own glove!

Pizza tickets available at the Host Table



6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tour leaves from Human Rights Monument at Elgin St & Lisgar St

Our nation's capital is located on the land of the Anishinaabe Peoples. Join us for a walking tour through downtown Ottawa run by Indigenous Walks which will offer "awareness about social, political and cultural issues while exploring monuments, landscape, architecture and art through an Indigenous perspective."

Meet in lobby at 6pm or at the Human Rights Monument at 6:30pm

Cost : bring $15 for your tour guide.
Minimum 10 and maximum 30.


Official Conference Pub

Farm Team Cookhouse and Bar

208 Sparks Street

Basement is reserved for ACA



Friendly 5 km run or 3 km walk; meet in the lobby at 7:15 am

No cost; all runners & walkers welcome


6:00-7:30 p.m.
The Summit, Ottawa Marriott

Support your ACA Foundation through this annual raffle and silent auction.  Great prizes to be had and it’s all for a good cause!



7:30 p.m. to midnight
The Summit, Ottawa Marriott

Enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues over dinner in the The Summit, Ottawa Marriott, followed by music and dancing.