IGCA Congress 2024
The Canadian Garden Centre Industry welcomes you to IGCA 2024. Between Sunday, August, 25th and Saturday, August 31st you will experience the unique Québecois culture, visiting two beautiful cities and a mix of fantastic garden centres and garden tourism destinations.
Enhance your experience by signing up for the 2024 Congress Pre-Tour
The IGCA Congress offers three (3) different tour formats for delegates to choose from. The itinerary for all formats is virtually the same, but the level of interaction is the main difference between them. Your tour option choice must be made PRIOR to Congress at the time of booking.
Option 1: Interactive Tour - The interactive tour expands on the popular study tour of the past - but all ages can participate. Your bus will have a mix of countries, with delegates eager to participate in discussions and gain the most out of their experience. You will be sent some information prior to the congress to help you prepare for the discussion topics. Discussions on the interactive tour will be in English.
Option 2: Next Generation Study Tour (includes a "Meet & Greet Activity" on the Sunday afternoon)
This tour is only open to delegates between the ages of 18-40. It is a learning experience to encourage the younger generation into the garden retail industry and to connect new networks and contacts from delegates all around the world. Active participation is essential.
Option 3: Non-Interactive Tour - This is a leisure tour where no formal engagement or discussions are organized for buses. It typically will include a range of delegates from different countries and is open to all groups.
Daily Business Sessions
Mornings, throughout the week. These optional sessions will take place after breakfast, before the tour leaves (example time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am). They will include special presenters to talk about trends in Canada & around the world.
Delegates will be treated to a visit to the Montréal Botanical Garden, an oasis in the middle of the city for over 80 years, recognized as one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. Looking for some traditional Québecois food, music and dancing? Join us at the Sugar Shack! For some true Canadian nature, delegates will visit Montmorency Falls - at 83 meters (272 ft.) it’s 30 meters (nearly 100 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls!
During the 2024 Congress, we will take you to some of the best garden centres in Québec. Brand new large centres, like Archipel, and smaller family-run centres. From restaurants and cafes to pet shops and display gardens, we will show you a large variety of garden centres - all with a main focus on quality plants!
During the IGCA 2024 Congress, you can use the IGCA app, sponsored by Garden Connect, to stay in touch with other delegates. Share images, comments and ideas via the app. Participate in polls, and quizzes and give comments on other in-app posts. We will also keep you up to date on your personal inbox.
The app will be available in March 2024 for free on iOS and Android.