56th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association

2024 CAA Events and Tours

Events and Tours are subject to change! Minimum numbers are needed in order for any excursion to go ahead. More details will be added as they become available!


Pre-Conference Tours

Bison Walk with Dr. Ernie Walker at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Depart: 1:30 pm from Delta Marriott
Return: 5:00 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $40 (bus transportation incl.)

Registration – Minimum 20 participants, Maximum 30 participants

The preconference tour at Wanuskewin Heritage Park will consist of a guided tour hosted by Dr. Ernie Walker, park co-founder and chief archaeologist. Wanuskewin, meaning seeking peace of mind or living in harmony, has been a gathering place on the Northern Great Plains since time immemorial and is an excellent example of the relationships held between people, animals, and the land. Archaeologically, the area that is now known as Wanuskewin encompasses 21 archaeological sites dating as early as 6,400 BP through contact. Bison were returned to the park in late 2019 and have since become even more intertwined into the fabric of Wanuskewin. This tour will give participants an in-depth understanding of the bison, their role at Wanuskewin, and the impact their return has had from a cultural and ecological standpoint. Access to the whole Wanuskewin site is included with the tour and attendees are welcome to explore the visitor center, art galleries, and walking trails before or after.

*Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Bison Walk with Dr. Ernie Walker at Wanuskewin Heritage ParkBison Walk with Dr. Ernie Walker at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Canadian Light Source Tour

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Depart: 1:30 pm from Delta Marriott
Return: 3:30 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $25 (bus transportation incl.)

Registration – Maximum 20 participants

*If there is enough interest a second tour could be scheduled for Friday, May 3.

Take a tour of Canada's only synchrotron research facility! The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is one of the largest science projects in Canada’s history. Our facility speeds up electrons to produce intensely bright synchrotron light that allows scientists to study materials at a molecular level. Over 1,000 researchers from around the world use the CLS every year. On your tour, you'll learn about our history, how our machine works, and examples of how researchers have used our facility to conduct groundbreaking research in the fields of health, agriculture, the environment, and advanced materials. This tour will include discussions on the archaeological research that has been undertaken at the CLS.

Canadian Light Source TourCanadian Light Source Tour

Regular Tours

Ukrainian Museum of Canada Tour

Friday May 3
5:00-6:00 pm
Location: 910 Spadina Crescent
Ticket Price: $5

Registration – Maximum 30 participants

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada (UMC), in downtown Saskatoon, SK, features three galleries dedicated to celebrating and promoting the arts, culture, and legacy of the Ukrainian Canadian community. We also house archives, a library, community spaces, and a shop carrying a range of authentic Ukrainian giftwares, clothing, and crafts. Join us for a guided tour of the museum!

Ukrainian Museum of Canada

Remai Modern Tour

Friday May 3
7:30-9:00 pm
Location: 102 Spadina Crescent East
Ticket Price: $15

Registration – Minimum 20 participants, Maximum 30 participants

Come along on a guided tour of the Remai Modern! Remai Modern presents and collects local and international modern and contemporary art that connects, inspires, and challenges diverse audiences through equitable and accessible programs. The museum aims to be a welcoming and inclusive public gathering place where we recognize the past, engage with the present, and envision new futures together through art. Finish off your tour with an art-making activity!

Remai Modern

Post-Conference Tours

Historic Saskatoon

Sunday, May 5, 2024
Depart: 10:00 am from Delta Marriott
Return: 12:00 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $50 (bus transportation incl.)

Registration – Maximum 20 participants

Hop aboard this historic trolley bus! Historian Dianne Wilson will be our on-board host as we travel around downtown Saskatoon and into Nutana (the original settlement) learning about archaeology and history as well as the history of some of its buildings and settlers. Transportation provided by Living Skies Limousine.

Historic SaskatoonHistoric Saskatoon

Between the Rivers Archaeological Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2024
Depart: 9:00 am from Delta Marriott
Return: approximately 5:00 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $150 (bus transportation incl.)

Registration – Minimum 25 participants, Maximum 50 participants

Join archaeologists and historians on this day-long excursion through the Saskatchewan Rivers Valley area north of Saskatoon. Start with a tour at the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI). GDI has developed one of the largest Métis artifact collections held by a Métis organization. This collection of artifacts, which includes numerous fine examples of Métis artistic expression and historical items as well as the world’s largest collection of art by Métis artist Christi Belcourt, the Dennis and Jean Fisher Collection (about Batoche and the 1885 Resistance), and the Olive Dickason Collection, can also be viewed at this location.Learn more about the 1885 Resistance as we journey to sites like Tourond’s Coulee/Fish Creek and Duck Lake. This tour will make stops at sites such as Batoche National Historic Site and Fort Carlton National Historic Site. Learn more about Métis life at villages such as Petite Ville. Bus transportation via Engelheim Charter on a Deluxe Model Couch Bus with free onboard Wi-Fi. Lunch is included in the cost of the tour.

*Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Between the Rivers Archaeological Tour Gabriel Dumont Institute


Evening Reception at Wanuskewin

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Depart: starting at 6:30 pm from Delta Marriott
Return: starting at 9:30 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $35 (bus transportation incl.)

Spend an evening enjoying the galleries and exhibits at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (https://wanuskewin.com/our-story/). Dr. Ernest G. Walker will give a presentation on the history of the Park and the 20+ years of archaeology undertaken there. Light refreshments will be served.

Evening Reception at WanuskewinEvening Reception at Wanuskewin

The Fair Field Foundation Event for Women in Archaeology

Thursday May 2
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Parlor (236 2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon)
Ticket Price: Free

Registration – 30 participants maximum

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone wishing to attend an intimate happy hour focusing on the experiences of women in archaeology. The event will be hosted at Parlor, a favourite venue for those in the know in Saskatoon. This event is a great opportunity to network and connect with other professionals who may have similar experiences working in the industry. The focus will be on discussing career paths, struggles, highlights, favourite parts of working in archaeology, and how it looks day-to-day for women in the field. A light appetizer and one drink will be provided to all participants; a cash bar will also be available. This is a free event, courtesy of The Fair Field Foundation. Registration is required, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parlor is a woman-owned business and a Saskatoon staple. The speakeasy setting has a well-curated cocktail menu, put together by award-winning bartenders who often source local ingredients when creating their craft cocktails.

The Fair Field Foundation

Pub Crawl

Friday, May 3, 2024
Depart: starting at 7:00 pm from Delta Marriott
Return: starting at 10:00 pm to Delta Marriott
Ticket Price: $10 (bus transportation incl.)

Registration - Minimum 25 participants

Join the University of Saskatchewan’s Anthropology Students Association on a wild pub crawl through some of Saskatoon’s drinking holes! Drink prices are not included. Transportation by Red Tiger Racing. Includes stops at Stumbletown Distilling, High Key Brewing Company, and Prairie Sun Brewery.

Pub Crawl: Transportation by Red Tiger Racing

Saturday Keynote Address Only

Saturday, May 4, 2024
Location: Delta Mariott Saskatoon Downtown
Ticket Price: $10

Listen to the keynote presentation.

Saturday Night Emcee: Alex Brown

Alex Brown

For more than a decade, Alex Brown has been delighting audiences across Canada with her bubbly personality and quick wit as a host and news anchor on CTV, and online as a social media personality.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Alex now calls Saskatoon home. She moved to Pickering, Ontario with her family in 2004, and attended Toronto Metropolitan University (formally known as Ryerson University) for Radio and Television Arts from 2010 to 2014. In 2013, she took on an internship at CTV Regina, before being hired as a chase producer for CTV Morning Live. From 2014 to 2018, she worked as a producer, web writer, live reporter, anchor, weather presenter, and social media host in Regina, before taking on a new role in 2018 at CTV Morning Live Winnipeg. There, she took on the role of Traffic Reporter, along with live reporting, crime reporting, and backfill hosting.
In spring of 2020, she finally landed her dream job as a news anchor and co-host on CTV Morning Live Saskatoon, where she spent four years cultivating a trusted relationship with her audience, both on television and online.

Alex now lives in Saskatoon with her partner Brad and their curious cat Luna. They love exploring the prairies, filming adventure videos and finding hidden gems around Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon Soaps Improv Comedy Est. 1984

Wrap up the conference with a lighthearted and fun evening of improv comedy from a Saskatoon institution!

Over the past three decades the Soaps have been making audiences laugh across Canada. We’re very proud of our Sask roots and have played host to some of Canada’s best improvisors, such as Colin Mochrie, Catherine O’Hara, Scott Thompson, Bruce McCullough, and Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Bad Blood). https://saskatoonsoaps.com/

Saskatoon Soaps

*If you register for a workshop and a scheduling conflict arises with you chairing a session, or presenting, we will refund the workshop registration fee.