Rock & Roll. A conference about the formation of a UNESCO Geo Park for Georgian Bay - Killarney Mountain Lodge

Rock & Roll. A conference about the formation of a UNESCO Geo Park for Georgian Bay

You are invited to join us on October 11-12, 2023 at Killarney Mountain Lodge and Canada House, the world’s largest log conference centre.

Unesco Geo Parks provide education, research, stewardship and public understanding of the earth’s dynamic history as well as the promotion of Geotourism. There are 195 UNESCO Global Geo Parks in 48 countries and 5 Geo Parks in Canada. Georgian Bay sits on a 2.5 billion year old record of geologic time and would be one of the largest and most significant Geo Parks in the world.

About the conference

The development of this world-class designation is being directed by a group of dedicated professionals who, along with Destination Northern Ontario, will present the unique story of “Deep Time” that reveals itself around Georgian Bay and the opportunities for stakeholders, partners and anyone who wants to explore it.
Open to a diverse group of participants, each with their own unique interests in Georgian Bay, we invite you to contribute your expertise and ideas.

Wednesday October 11th, 2023

  • Join us inside Canada House at 1:30pm. Presentations will be followed by a cocktail reception and dinner in the Ranch House.

Thursday October 12th, 2023

  • After a continental breakfast, join us for open discussion and idea session where we look for your input. A Geo Tour with Professor Nick Eyles around the local Killarney Geo Sites is optional before you depart.

Accommodations are offered at a preferred rate and include:

  • Presentations
  • Guest Speaker
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dinner in the Ranch House
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Geo Tour with Nick Eyles

Book your seat

To attend without accommodations, please rsvp to:

Presentations include:

Professor Nick Eyles

Nick is an award-winning author of the ‘Rocks’ series of books published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside such as ‘Toronto Rocks’ (1998 with L. Clinton), ‘Ontario Rocks’ (2002, reprinted 2010) and ‘Canada Rocks: The Geologic Journey’ (2007) with Andrew Miall (Toronto Star ‘Science Book of the Year’ and reprinted in 2018), ‘Canadian Shield – The Rocks that Made Canada’ (2011), ‘Road Rocks – Geological Wonders of Ontario’ (awarded ‘Best Field Guide’ by the Geoscience Information Society for 2012). and Georgian Bay: A unique North American Ecosystem (edited: 2018 which was awarded the Floyd. S. Chalmers Medal by the Champlain Society). A biography of J. Tuzo Wilson (Unlikely Revolutionary: J. Tuzo Wilson and Plate Tectonics) has just been published by University of Toronto Press.

Nick is a founding member and visionary of the Georgian Bay Geopark and his role is to co lead the initiative overall, to shape the Geological narrative and research and play a critical role in communications and education.

Guest Speaker Jonathan Tourtellot

Consultant, speaker, editor, and writer/photographer, Jonathan Tourtellot specializes in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship. He works to help destinations and NGOs combine tourism, stewardship, and sense of place into a sustainable strategy and communicate it accordingly. Jonathan runs the non-profit Destination Stewardship Center (DSC), as written for National Geographic Voices and other media, and edits the online quarterly Destination Stewardship Report. The Center’s mission statement is “To help protect the world’s distinctive places by supporting wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.” While at National Geographic, he founded and directed the DSC’s predecessor Center for Sustainable Destinations, 2001-2010, where he initiated and conducted the annual Destination Stewardship surveys in National Geographic Traveler magazine. He originated the concept of the geotourism approach, “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, geology, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” He instituted National Geographic’s participatory Geotourism MapGuide program. He is primary author of the Geotourism Charter and helped the U.S. Travel Association develop the landmark study “Geotourism: The New Trend in Travel,”​ a 2002 survey of traveler sustainability attitudes.

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