CHS Annual Conference

Annual conferences are usually held on a Friday evening to Monday in early to mid-September. Each year, conferences are held at a different location across Canada.

Members are encouraged to give presentations or submit posters on all aspects of herpetological conservation (e.g. stewardship projects, population management, education) and research (e.g. population dynamics, genetics, disease). Some annual general conferences will have symposia or workshops that address specific issues relevant to amphibian and reptile research and conservation.

Conferences are accompanied with a field trip, usually on the Monday. The Field trip provides members with an exciting opportunity to see and learn about local species and their habitat.

If you would like more information on the annual conferences and are not on the CHS mailing list, please send your questions, as well as your e-mail and telephone number to the .



2017 CHS Conference

The 2017 CHS conference will take place from Friday September 15th to Monday September 18th at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba. The conference will include a wine and cheese reception on the evening of September 15th at Prairie Firehouse. There will be platform and poster sessions on September 16th and 17th, and a banquet on the evening of September 16th at Brandon University.

On September 18th we are hosting a field trip to the Spirit Sands in Sprucewoods Provincial Park. This region is home to one of the few areas of sand dunes in Canada, and contains many unique plants and animals; including cacti, Northern Prairie Skinks and Western Hognose Snakes.

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Brandon has an airport with a daily direct flight to and from Calgary. Flights land in Brandon at 12:45pm and depart at 1:15pm. The airport is a 15-minute drive from the city center. Enterprise Car Rental is available at the Brandon airport; we recommend booking a car in advance. In addition, there are several taxi companies available: 1 Rainbow Taxi (204-717-4000), 1-United Taxi Group (204-571-1111), 4-Way Taxi (204-727-2500 or 1-866-741-2500), ABC TAXI (204-726-1600), Brandon Sunset Taxi (204-729-9000), or Tasmanian Taxi (204-728-9003).

Alternatively, there are many flight options into Winnipeg. There is a shuttle between Brandon and the Winnipeg Airport. The shuttle leaves the Winnipeg Airport 3 times per day (11:30am, 3:30pm, and 8pm), and leaves Brandon 3 times per day (7am, 10am, and 2:30pm) and should be booked in advance. Brandon is approximately a 2.5h drive from the Winnipeg Airport.


Conference participants will need to make their own hotel reservation. A special group rate of $121 (single) or $131 (double; 2 or more people) will be available (until August 1st) for conference participants for Sept 15-17 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Victoria Inn; 204-725-1532; Victoria Ave, Brandon, MB). This rate includes one complimentary breakfast for single, and two complimentary breakfasts (double); additional breakfast tickets can also be purchased for $10 each. When you make your reservation, provide the name of the event (Brandon University Canadian Herpetological Society Annual Conference) and conference code (363121). The hotel is a 5-minute drive (30-minute walk) from Brandon University.

There are also 2 other hotels within 20-30 minute walking distance from Brandon University: Clarion Hotel and CanadInns. They are all approximately $100-$125/night.

Parking and Campus Map

Parking at Brandon University is free on weekends in all staff, student, meter and ticket-dispenser areas. The conference talks will be held in Room 204 Clark Hall, which is closest to Lot 4 (see Brandon University map).

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