Venue and Travel Information
The conference is being held at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Convention Centre in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Our discounted room booking deadline has passed. However, the hotel may still be able to help you get some discounts if you contact them directly by email and beg.
The hotel now has paid parking. Conferees staying at the hotel have parking included in their stay. Remember to register your plate with the front desk. Those staying off-site will need to pay. See the final program for details.
Coast Canmore Hotel
Tourism Canmore Kananaskis / Paul Zizka
Canmore is located about an hour west of Calgary, about an hour and 15 minutes from Calgary International Airport (YYC).
Direct flights into Calgary are available from most major hubs in the US, as well as Mexico, Dublin, London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Rome. As air travel recovers and returns to pre-pandemic levels, other direct international routes are expected to return.
Brewster Express runs a regular shuttle service from Calgary International Airport to Canmore. Conferees are entitled to a 20% discount from Brewster's. The promo code to use when booking online or by phone is 20GCXGC23. For schedules, please see the operator's website. Their only stop in Canmore is conveniently at our venue.
Car rentals are available from Calgary Airport and in the city, though due to global rental fleet shortages, it is suggested you book your car rentals early.
NEW: Since Brewster's last shuttle leaves at 8pm from Calgary Airport, we're putting together a rideshare list aimed at matching up people arriving late with people who can offer a ride or share the cost of an Uber or other car hire.
Requirements for Travel to Canada / Alberta:
There are presently no restrictions on travel within Canada / Alberta. For entry into Canada, international visitors are referred to the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Government of Canada's travel page.
If you need a visa to enter Canada, you should leave yourself plenty of time to get your documents. If a letter from the conference is required to assist you in getting your visa, we will be happy to provide one once your registration is paid.
This year, we are privileged to be gathering in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Our maps show this place as Canmore, Alberta, Canada, but one of its traditional names is Chuwapchîpchiyan Kudebi (which means shooting at the willows in Stoney Nakoda). This place is located in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. It is the traditional home of the Îethka (Stoney Nakoda) as well as the Kootenay and Tsuut’ina First Nations and the Blackfoot Confederacy. The territory is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Through education about and acknowledgement of the traditional inhabitants of the land and the many injustices they have suffered, we can take a step towards living in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.
The Stoney Education Authority and the Tsuut’ina Nation have some good information about history, language, and culture of the region. More broadly, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Whose Land are two portals for information and resources relevant to Canada as a whole.
Being an international meeting, we of course have speakers joining us from all around the world, many residing in areas of the world where people are also grappling with the impacts of their colonial pasts. To learn more about traditional inhabitants of your region, Native Land Digital is an excellent starting point.
Other Attractions / Info:
Canmore/Kananaskis - Lots of outdoor adventures... mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, golf, rafting.
Pursuit's Banff - Jasper Collection of Tours - The operator providing shuttle service also runs a lot of tours
Banff - Just down the highway, Canada's first national park, established in 1885.
Other mountain parks - If you want to spend more time in UNESCO's Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site
Jasper National Park - Drive up the famous Icefields Parkway to Jasper by the most scenic route possible
Kootenay National Park - Drive Southwest towards Radium, British Columbia and the Radium Hot Springs
Southern Alberta - For those driving back south and/or east on their way home, there are stops worth making.
Dinosaur Provincial Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoodoos, bone beds, what's not to love?
Royal Tyrell Museum - Holder of 5 dinosaur-related world records, located in Drumheller, Alberta.
Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump - UNESCO World Heritage Site. 6000 years of Plains Buffalo culture.
Áísínai'pi / Writing on Stone - UNESCO World Heritage Site. 5000 years of Blackfoot culture and rock art.
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