Water Innovation Lab
WIL Canada Accommodations
Queen’s University Biological Station
QUBS (pronounces cubes), in Elgin, Ontario is one of the premier scientific field stations in Canada. For almost 70 years, researchers and students have gathered at QUBS to conduct leading edge research ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science.
Accepted participants will be in shared cabins with participants of the same gender.
The Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS), Canada’s largest university-based, inland field station, for 70 years has welcomed researchers and students from universities across Canada, the United States and around the world. The station has grown from its modest beginnings in 1945, on a small peninsula on Lake Opinicon, to encompass over 34 square kilometres, including 20 kms of shoreline, 9 entire lakes, and over 20 kms of trails. It is unique among field Canadian stations in being part of both a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (‘Frontenac Arch’) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (‘Rideau Canal Waterway’) reflecting its rich cultural history and natural diversity. QUBS houses over 30 species of conservation concern, and the properties are managed to ensure their persistence.
The core mandate of QUBS is to facilitate excellence in research and teaching spanning themes in biology, the environmental sciences, and related disciplines. The Station serves as the base for field laboratories for large, classroom-based courses (with over 200 students) taught at Queen’s University main campus. Research conducted at QUBS has thus far resulted in over 350 graduate and undergraduate theses and over 1100 peer-reviewed articles. Our usage now well exceeds 12,000 ‘user days’ per year. Our new Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre is the focus of QUBS’ expanding public outreach with programs seeking to engage public and high school students, and workshops and small conferences.
The Eco-Adventure Camp, now in its fourth year, employs Queen’s undergraduates who develop activities to engage young people aged 10 to 14 years of age in outdoor activities that expand their knowledge of ecology and environmental issues. Workshops, open houses, and retreats afford opportunities for the public to learn about nature, biodiversity conservation, and environmental issues, as well as expose them the leading edge research being done at QUBS and Queen’s University.
WIL Canada has beautiful alignment with the mission of QUBS and are delighted to host the event here in September 2018.