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UELAC Annual Conference

Upcoming conferences | Past conferences

Upcoming Conferences

Each year one of the UELAC Branches organizes a conference. This event is normally four days but may be longer or shorter. The UELAC Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday this year, a change from the usual Saturday meeting.

  • 2023: “Where the Sea Meets the Sky” (June 1-4, 2023; Richmond, BC)

    Hosted by the four Pacific Region Branches of the UELAC

    Meetings have started and plans are well underway for the conference in 2023.

    This conference will be a hybrid or combined style of conference as it will offer in-person and on-line events.

    For in-person, the hotel will be: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Hwy., Richmond, BC

    Mark these dates on your calendar!

Past Conferences

  • 2022: “From Heartbreak to Hope in the Heart of the Continent” (May 25-29, 2022)

    Conference 2022 will be hosted by Manitoba Branch.

    This will be a virtual conference showcasing several heritage tour sites such as the Manitoba Museum, the Museum of Human Rights and the Manitoba Legislature.

    Speakers have come forward from five universitities across the country on a variety of heritage topics.

  • 2021: Join the rEvolution – Come Be Part of the Story (May 27-31, 2021)
    An interactive and memorable conference & historical event with multimedia and live elements, hosted by Bridge Annex Branch with partners including Cornwall Tourism.

    Read the press release, view the poster, and watch the video:

    Please visit if the embedded video player doesn't work.

  • 2020: Eyes on the Heart of the Continent”: Cancelled 23 March 2020 due to Covid-19 Coronavirus – was to have been held June 24 - 28, 2020 at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Winnipeg MB, hosted by Manitoba Branch.
    2020 AGM: Eyes on the Heart of the Continent (June 24 - 28, 2020)

  • 2019:The Capital Calls” – May 30 - June 2, 2019, at DoubleTree by Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa, 1170 chemin Aylmer, Gatineau, Quebec, hosted by Sir Guy Carleton Branch.

    Ottawa 2019 UELAC AGM and Conference: May 30 - June 2, 2019

  • 2018: Loyalist Ties Under Living Skies – June 7-10 at Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, hosted by Saskatchewan Branch.

    Saskatchewan 2018 UELAC Conference

  • 2017: June 22-25, 2017, at the Delta Armoury Hotel in London, ON, co-hosted by London & Western Ontario Branch and Grand River Branch.

    London 2017 UELAC AGM and Conference: June 22 - 25, 2017

  • 2016:Loyalists, Lighthouses & Lobsters” – Thursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10, 2016, in Summerside, PEI, hosted by the Branches of the Atlantic Region: Abegweit, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

    Loyalists, Lighthouses, Lobsters - 2016 UELAC AGM and Conference

  • 2015: "Loyalists Come West": Thursday May 28 - Sunday May 31, 2015 at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina, Victoria BC, hosted by Victoria Branch. Click for conference itinerary.
    Loyalists Come West

  • 2014: "UELAC: A Centennial Celebration 1914 - 2014" at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto ON on June 5-8, hosted by Toronto Branch

    A Centennial Celebration

  • 2013: “Welcome to the Head of Lake Ontario” (Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2) hosted by Hamilton Branch
    The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Burlington. Discover the heroic stories of the early people of The Head of the Lake and to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Stoney Creek.
    Read a conference summary, written by Conference Chair Ruth Nicholson.
    UELAC 'Welcome to the Head of Lake Ontario' 2013 Conference

  • 2012: “Conference at the Confluence” (June 7 - 10) hosted by Manitoba Branch.
    The event will take place at Hotel Fort Garry, Winnipeg, Manitoba and will commence June 7, 2012 with an opening reception and registration. The conference will run through Sunday June 10, 2012 wrapping up with a church parade and concluding brunch.
    UELAC's 'Conference at the Confluence' 2012

  • 2011 "Catch the Spirit" (June 2 - 5, 2011) in Brockville, Ontario
    was hosted by the Col. Edward Jessup Branch.
    To bring back memories, or to see what took place, watch this video (7:30 minutes).
    Catch The Spirit: UELAC 97th annual general meeting and Conference

  • 2010 "Beyond the Mountains 2010" (Thursday June 3 - Sunday June 6) in Vernon BC hosted by Pacific Region. Read Fred Hayward's report about the Conference, with several pictures.
    Beyond The Mountains 2010: UELAC 96th annual general meeting

  • 2009: "Loyalist Settlement Experience 225" (Thursday June 11 - Sunday June 14) in Adolphustown and Napanee ON hosted by Bay of Quinte Branch.
    Read the report by nearby Kingston Branch on the "Encampment and Conference" (with photos).
    Bay of Quinte - Loyalist Settlement Experience 225

  • 2008: "Saint John 225" (Thursday July 10 - Sunday July 13) hosted by New Brunswick Branch in Saint John
    Conference Report by Peter Johnson

  • 2007 (May 31 - June 3): "At the End of the Trail" hosted by Bicentennial Branch in Windsor.

  • 2006 (June 1-4): "A capital Experience" by Gov Simcoe Branch & Toronto Branch. "A Capital Experience" in Toronto was packed with an exciting three days of Loyalist history, genealogy and networking. The group learned from our top genealogy and history seminar speakers, toured old town Toronto where the remains of the First Parliament Buildings lie, visited St. James and were entertained at Fort York. Reenactor, historian, author and honorary vice president Gavin Watt spoke at the banquet and the Conference wound down at the Sunday church service and luncheon at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
    Read the Conference Coverage and incoming President Peter Johnson's message from the 2006 Fall Gazette

  • 2005 (June 1-5): "Westward Ho!" in Regina by Regina Branch.

  • 2004 (June 3-6): Kawartha Branch — in Peterborough, ON.

  • 2003 (June 5-8): Manitoba Branch — in Winnipeg, MB.

  • 2002 (June 7-10): St. Lawrence Branch — in Cornwall, ON.

  • 2001 (June 6-9): Grand River Branch — in Waterloo, ON.

  • 2000 (May 4-7): Col. John Butler Niagara Branch — in Niagara Falls, ON.

  • 1989 (May 18-22): Heritage and Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch — Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec.