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The Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (PCAG) strives to support the objectives of The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) in the encouragement of geographical study, teaching, research and application of geographic knowledge in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, northern Ontario, and North Dakota.  All members in good standing of the Canadian Association of Geographers residing in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the American state of North Dakota, or affiliated with Lakehead University are automatically registered as members of the Division. Membership may also be accorded to other members of the Canadian Association of Geographers upon request to the Secretary/Treasurer of the PCAG


The Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba is excited to host the 42nd Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (PCAG 2018) Annual General Meeting from September 28-30, 2018 at Lakeview Hecla Resort, Hecla, Manitoba.

A block of rooms has been set aside for PCAG2018 at Lakeview Hecla Resort (Phone: 204.279.2041; Given that there is a limited number of rooms in addition to other events occurring that weekend at the Lakeview Hecla Resort, we recommend that you make your room reservation as soon as possible.  Reservations need to be made via phone (indicate that a block of rooms has been set aside for PCAG while making your reservation).

Call for Abstracts:
We are now accepting abstract submissions for presentations that communicate the results of original geographic research in all fields of Geography. Graduate and undergraduate student participation is strongly encouraged. Submission for abstract deadline has been extended to September 17, 2018.

More information regarding abstracts is available here.

Registrations for PCAG2018 are now being accepted . Completed registration forms can be emailed to Janna Wilson ( or faxed or mailed to:

Department of Environment and Geography
University of Manitoba
220 Sinnott Building, 70A Dyart Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

Registration forms can be downloaded here:

Early bird registration has been extended to September 17, 2018.

Keynote speaker:
PCAG 2018 is pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Genevieve Ali from the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her talk is titled:

“Failure to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg? Understanding the role of water connectivity and legacy contamination”

Genevieve Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her primary area of specialization is watershed hydrology, and her recent focus has been on engineered prairie landscapes where natural hydrological processes are significantly altered by surface drains, tile drains, storage ponds, farm dams, and wetland loss. Her other areas of specialization include ecohydrology, hydrobiogeochemistry and hydropedology as she studies water and nutrient sources and pathways from terrestrial to aquatic ecosystems. Her research on water and material connectivity is especially important for guiding science-based policy making and for improving the prediction of floods, droughts and water pollution.

PCAG 2018 Photo Competition:
Enter your digital pictures in the PCAG Photo Competition. You may enter one digital image, taken by yourself, in each of the following categories:

1.     Human landscape – people at work, at play or at rest.
2.     Physical landscape – Natural features of Canada.
3.     Prairie Landscapes – Scenes from the Canadian prairies
4.     People and Places – People enjoying Canada's urban and natural spaces
5.     Humorous – use your imagination

Photos must me in original form (no content alteration to digital photos). Please include the category, a caption, the name of the photographer and affiliation. The photo competition will take place during the Saturday Evening banquet. Following tradition, winning photos will be based on audience applause.  Prizes will be awarded in each category. Please submit your images by September 28th via email:  or at the conference registration desk (please bring picture on a flash drive).

Field Trip:

Explore Hecla’s Hidden Stories  
September 29, 2018 from 12:30 – 4:30 PM

There are two field trip options that you can register for as an add on to the conference registration.

Field Trip Details

  • Both field trips will meet outside of the Front Entrance to Lakeview Hecla Resort at 12:30 PM for both field trip options
  • Bag lunch provided
  • Please bring sturdy walking shoes, water, hat, sunscreen
  • Optional: binoculars for the physical geography field trip
  • Return to Lakeview Hecla Resort no later than 4:30 PM
  • Participants must sign a field trip waiver form (which will be available at the registration desk)

1.     Cultural Geography Field Trip ($35 + gst)

This group will head by bus down to Hecla Village to join Manitoba Parks Interpreter, David Hems after a break for lunch along the lakeshore. David will lead the group on a fun and informative walk through the history of Hecla Island. Learn about the Icelandic immigrants who made the island their home in 1887. Discover what life was like on the island as you explore a number of restored buildings, full of fascinating artifacts and stories. 

2.     Physical Geography Field Trip ($35 + gst)

This group will head by bus for a tour of the highlights of the island. Starting at the North Point, we will break for lunch before enjoying panoramic views of Lake Winnipeg from a tower above the tree canopy. Then, after a short walk to take in the wonders of the boreal forest, we will head to the East Quarry to hunt for fossils along the cliffs. Then, the bus will head to Grassy Narrows Marsh for participants to explore the wetland from a boardwalk among the cattails before heading to Hecla Village to meet up with the other group. Both groups will enjoy a light snack in the village before returning to the resort. 

Field Trip Facilitator:  Heather Hinam, Second Nature

Naturalist, artist, and educator, Dr. Heather Hinam is passionate about stewarding, and sharing, the wonders of the natural world. She combines a Ph.D. in ecology with over 20 years of experience as a nature and heritage interpreter, and as an award winning artist and photographer. Through her business, Second Nature, Heather strives to help people reconnect with the world around them and discover the awe and wonder of nature all around us.

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