Banff Scenery

Getting to Calgary

Calgary International Airport (YYC) is served by most major airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, KLM, United, WestJet, and more. As one of the largest cities in western Canada, Calgary boasts a population of 1.2 million people. The city, which hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, is situated in the foothills along the Bow River, with the alluring backdrop of the Canadian Rockies to the west. On a clear day, you will get a good view of the Rockies on your approach into YYC.

Banff is located about 90 kilometers west of Calgary. Autumn is a wonderful time to be in Banff, as the leaves change colour, the tourist hordes wane, and the local wildlife roams about. You can assume comfortable weather in Banff for the conference, but you should expect cool evenings because of the mountain elevation. Snow is unlikely in mid-to-late September, though you might see a bit on some of the highest surrounding mountain peaks.

Getting to Banff

Upon arrival in Calgary, your first decision will involve how to get to Banff. These are some of your options:

As an added bonus, entry into all of Canada's national parks, including Banff National Park, is free in calendar year 2017, as part of the celebration for Canada's 150th birthday. Enjoy!

Things to Do

There is WAY too much to do in Banff, so don't plan to do it all in one trip! From the conference location, you are just minutes away from dining, shopping, sight-seeing, hiking, biking, swimming, horseback riding, art, history, music, and more. You can always ask your local conference hosts or the Banff Centre staff about what to see and do in the area.

Banff Avenue

Dining

Banff is a tourist town, with an amazing array of eateries to tempt your palate. Whether you are seeking Alberta beef, fresh seafood, pizza, pasta, fondue, sushi, vegan, or gluten-free, Banff has something for you. Below is a short list of some Banff favourites:

Check out the "Where" magazine in your guest room for a more complete listing, or ask your conference hosts for further suggestions.

Hiking

If hiking is your thing, some highlights close to the Banff Centre include:

Johnston Canyon

Slightly farther afoot (or by taxi) within the Banff townsite you will find:

Moraine Lake

Within an hour's drive outside of Banff are the following:

Sunshine Meadows