VSAWC 2015

Victorian Bodies

VSAWC 2015 Conference: Manteo Lakeside Resort: 10-11 April 2015

Writing Workshop runs from 9 April 2015 (all day)
until noon on 12 April 2015

VSAWC will host its 2015 conference in Kelowna, British Columbia, in the heart of BC wine country.

The preliminary program for VSAWC 2015 is available here.

Conference sponsors include:

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBCO, UNBC and UBCO, Victorian Review, VSAWC, Massey College, and


The Manteo Resort in Kelowna, BC

To reach the conference hotel, The Manteo, call 1 (800) 445-5255 or email address refresh[at]manteo.com. The room rates for the conference are based on the view and they range from $99/night (or $119/double occupancy) to $109/night ($129/double occupancy).

The rooms are on hold until February 8th. So make sure to book your stay before then!

To ensure that you receive the special room rate for the conference, identify yourself as a participant attending the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada 2015 Conference.

The rooms are on hold until February 8th. So make sure to book your stay before then!

While staying in Kelowna, there are a number of local attractions and great restaurants that you may want to explore while in Kelowna. Click here for a printable PDF. You can browse the interactive Google Map below. Thanks are owed to Reba Ouimet for creating this helpful resource!


Flying to Kelowna: A number of American and Canadian airlines serve the Kelowna International Airport. Make sure your book your flight to arrive at YLW! For information on travel to and from the airport, check out YLW’s guide on travel to and from the airport.

Driving to Kelowna: If you plan to drive to Kelowna, be aware that there may still be snow on the highways, especially the mountain passes, in April. While you are no longer required to have winter tires or carry snow chains after March 31, it may be a good idea to keep those winter supplies handy if you are taking a VSAWC road trip.

The conference program will start with a reception the evening of April 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Waterfront Room II.

Post-Conference Wine Tour

Welcome to Wine Country! Mission Hill Family Estate

The VSAWC team has arranged an Okanagan Valley wine tour. Please join us for a tour of the Westside Bench, overlooking Lake Okanagan.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 1:15 PM to 6:00 PM


1:15 Tour guide and bus arrives at the Manteo Waterfront Resort

1:30 Depart the Manteo

2:00 Mission Hill Family Estate private tour and tastings

3:30 Quails Gate Winery wine tastings and snack

4:10 Little Straw Vineyards wine tastings

4:50 Volcanic Hills Estate Winery wine tastings

6:00 Drop off at the Manteo

Cost: $82.95 per person, including tax.

To reserve a spot on the tour, please call Distinctly Kelowna Tours at 866-979-1211 or email info[at]distinctlykelownatours.ca. If you plan to send an email Distinctly Kelowna Tours requests that you include the name of each guest, a cell phone number if possible, and a credit card number with expiry date to hold the reservation.

Space is limited—please reserve by March 25th.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey confirming which time you would like the tour.

About the Wineries

Enjoy a guided tour of the dramatic Mission Hill Family Estate winery named Canadian Winery of the Year at the 2013 Winealign National Wine Awards. The tour of the winery explores the wine culture, underground barrel cellars and distinctive wines of this exquisite landmark winery. Taste Mission Hill’s featured wines surrounded by stunning architecture and gardens. The winery wins top awards including gold medals for their 2011 Reserve Riesling Ice-wine, 2010 Perpetua and 2011 Reserve Chardonnay.

Experience the award-winning Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, British Columbia’s Winery of the Year for 2004 and one of Canada’s leading wineries. Enjoy a tasting and visit their spectacular Hospitality Centre with stunning views. At the Chardonnay du Monde 2013 Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious Chardonnay competitions, Quails’ Gate was awarded a Gold Medal for their 2010 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay.

Enjoy the unique red and white wines at family-owned Little Straw Vineyards, located at the foot of Mt. Boucherie. Winemaker Peter Slamka is known for his exceptional Pinot Noirs and for producing the only Auxerrois Icewine in Canada. They produce a complete range of wines with something to suit most every taste. Little Straw always features breathtaking art by local artists in their beautifully spacious tasting room. In 2013 the Intervin International Wine Awards awarded Little Straw Vineyards Bronze Medals for their 2011 La Petite Paille Cuvee Blanc and their 2012 La Petite Paille Sauvignon Blanc.

At Volcanic Hills Estate Winery the Gidda Family has crafted wines with layers of complexity. Enjoy the tastings of wines made from 100% B.C. grapes from the family’s own vineyard. Their diverse portfolio of wines offers quality, selection, great value and affordability. There’s a wonderful selection of unique gift ideas, specialty food items, local art and books, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Volcanic Hills has won several awards including “best in their class” for their Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer at the 2012 Fall Okanagan Wine Festival’s People’s Choice Awards.