Update, November 28, 2021
We are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. At this moment, we are still planning to hold the conference in person.
Wondering what you need to do to enter Canada or travel within Canada? Is your workplace asking you to complete a risk assessment for your trip prior to travel? We have curated a list of links to various pages that can help you. In general, Canada and Alberta are open for non-essential travelers, and once you are here, it is easy to carry on with a mostly normal life if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Requirements for Travel to Canada / Alberta:
Qualified fully vaccinated travelers may enter Canada without the need to quarantine. So long as they have not transited through a group of countries in southern Africa. Please see the CBSA pages for details. One current requirement is a negative molecular (e.g. PCR) COVID test result prior to travel. In the USA, these can be obtained for free from many pharmacies if you plan in advance. Note: at this time, rapid antigen tests are NOT accepted by CBSA.
For details on current documentation and other COVID-related travel requirements to enter Canada, please visit the Canadian Border Services Agency's COVID-19 Vaccinated travelers page.
COVID-19 in Alberta and Canmore:
Currently, many Albertan businesses, including our conference venue, are participating in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. This is basically a vaccine passport system which is voluntary. Those businesses subscribing to the program, basically ensure that all customers present proof of vaccination. They can then operate as normal with no restrictions other than wearing a mask. While this program is "voluntary" most non-essential businesses subscribe to the program so that they do not need to operate at reduced capacity.
Testing to Travel Home:
One of the barriers to travel for many is the need for a negative COVID test prior to boarding your flight home. We are working to make that easy for you. Our plan is to coordinate with a local pharmacy to have people on-site towards the end of the conference who can provide those who need them with rapid antigen COVID tests for a cost of about $40 (CAD). We are also investigating places in Canmore where a molecular test can be obtained if needed.