Social Activities

Given the spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the RE3 event by a full year to 19-24 June 2021.
If you previously registered and/or had an accepted abstract, symposium, workshop or training course proposal, click here
Thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.
RE3 2020 – Organizing Committee
Line Rochefort, PhD, Université Lava

Evening Ice-Breaker - Free for all participants

Sunday June 7th, 2020 from 19:00 to 22:00
Let's meet and have a chat with other participants, appetizers and drinks will be served!
More details to come.

Yoga morning sessions - Free for all participants

Monday June 8th, Tuesday June 9th and Thursday June 11th, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00

Yoga is ideal for preparing one's body and mind for a long day of training and meetings. This type of class is ideal for connecting with your body, focusing your thoughts and fill your body and soul with renewed energy to be even more productive during the day to come.


Happy Hour for Students and Professionals - Free for all participants

Monday June 8th, 2020 from 19:30 to 22:00
Looking forward to the RE3 Restore-Reclaim-Rewild Conference in Quebec City to connect with fellow students and young working professionals? Take your networking game to the next level and kick off this conference by joining us on Monday evening at the "Les 3 Brasseurs" Pub to discuss your studies and latest research with other participants, while snacking on delicious finger foods and enjoying a glass of locally brewed beer.

Banquet - 98 (CAN$)

Thursday June 11th, 2020 from 18:00 to 21:30

Join us at the Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury, a national heritage site and home of reserve infantry unit Les Voltigeurs de Québec, the oldest French-Canadian regiment! During this memorable evening, you will enjoy a three-course meal with a wild performance by the Painchaud family.


As with many cities, Québec’s urban fabric was woven over time around a central core. For a long time, the armoury site remained vacant.

During the Seven Years War, known in North America as the French and Indian War, the site was still unused, although some skirmishes took place there during the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham. In a 1764 map of Québec City drawn by cartographer Jacques‑Nicolas Bellin, we can see that the site is still unoccupied.

In the 19th century, the British army started looking for a site for a new and bigger parade ground where its regular and reserve troops could drill.

In 1863, a wooden drill hall was built for Les Voltigeurs de Québec. The reserve regiment had just been officially established the previous year (1862) and is the oldest French Canadian military unit still active in Canada. Back then, the grounds around the hall were used for military man oeuvres and drills.

The building was so modest that in 1879, it wasn’t even included in the City of Québec’s insurance policy.

A training ground for Les Voltigeurs

In 1883, architect Eugène-Étienne Taché is requested to design a building that would replace the old wooden drill hall. Twenty years of use had taken their toll and the regiment needed a home base worthy of its occupants.

Taché, who also designed Québec City’s parliament buildings and courthouse, came up with a bold design inspired by the Loire chateaux of the 15th–17th centuries. It was the first time the Château style had been used in Québec City. It would not be the last.

Construction started in 1885 and two years later, Les Voltigeurs moved in. The building was officially inaugurated in 1888 by none other than sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Canada.

A landmark building in Québec City

Although first and foremost a military building, the drill hall has played an active role in civilian life. Tourists could visit, and local residents gathered there for a variety of events.

Over the years, the facility has been used for balls, classical music concerts, Bastille Day celebrations, and a high‑profile military music festival. Provincial agricultural exhibitions, horticultural exhibitions, book fairs, and other major events have also taken place within its walls. From the moment it was built, the armoury became a signature social and cultural space for the people of Québec City.

Expanded in 1913 and maintained in pristine condition, the drill hall was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1986. With its turrets, barbican windows, and numerous exuberant architectural details, the Château‑style military building is the only one of its kind in the country.

The area in front of the armoury, which was renamed Place George V in 1917, is one the few drill hall parade grounds remaining in Canada.

Like a phoenix, rising from the ashes

During the night of April 4–5, 2008, a fire engulfed the armoury, burning it down to its stone walls. Ironically, Québec City was celebrating its 400th anniversary that same year and a number of ceremonies were scheduled to take place there. But the building was in cinders.

The flames consumed the building’s largely wooden interior, leaving only the stone façade. Fortunately, most of the Voltigeurs military museum collection was saved from the blaze, but a huge amount of work lay ahead if the armoury was to be rebuilt.

So here we are in 2018, with a restored armoury, all ready to welcome new guests! The big drill hall is a near replica of the original and boasts a large multipurpose space. A vast but welcoming wood‑and‑brick structure, it is the perfect setting for events of all kinds and can be partitioned in two sections for more intimate occasions.

Dance Evening 1980's - Free for all participants

Thursday June 11th, 2020 from 21:30 to 01:00

Once dinner is over, all participants are invited to join the Armoury for an evening of dancing with 80's music in honor of SWS's 40th year as a society!
More details to come.


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Important Preliminary Dates

Conference Postponed
June  19-24, 2021

Deadline to Update 2020 existing abstract
November 13, 2020

New Call for Symposia and Workshops
August 3rd, 2020