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Add to Your Registration - Pre-Conference Excursion to Banff National Park      

*Additional registration fee required. 
Saturday, May 11
8:30am - 5:00pm
$250 CAD per person

We're thrilled to offer a specially curated pre-conference excursion to Banff National Park. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Canadian wilderness before the formal proceedings begin. The excursion is designed not only to showcase the splendor of Banff's natural landscape but also to foster networking and collaboration in an informal, inspiring setting. Participants will experience a guided tour encompassing the charming ambiance of the town of Banff and the stunning vistas from Sulphur Mountain via the gondola ride. This prelude to the conference promises to be both a memorable adventure and a perfect icebreaker, setting the stage for a productive and engaging conference.

Tour Itinerary
8:30am        Depart the Westin Calgary via Private Shuttle

10:40am    Arrive in Banff National Park - Gondola Ride up Sulphur Mountain 
For a panoramic experience that encapsulates the essence of Banff National Park, the gondola ride on Sulphur Mountain is an absolute must. This unique journey elevates you above the tree line to a breathtaking vista point, where the entirety of the Rockies stretches out before you in an endless display of natural grandeur. Once at the summit, visitors can explore the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk, which leads to the Cosmic Ray Station - a National Historic Site of Canada. The gondola ride not only offers unforgettable views but also provides a moment of reflection on the sheer beauty and vastness of the natural world surrounding Banff.

12:15pm    Banff National Park Guided Tour with Stops at Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls
Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains, Banff offers visitors a realm of awe-inspiring beauty and adventure. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Banff Springs Hotel, officially known as the Fairmont Banff Springs, stands as a luxurious beacon of hospitality. This iconic hotel, with its stunning castle-like architecture, offers guests a unique blend of opulence and the rugged beauty of its natural surroundings. Just a short walk from the hotel, Bow Falls adds to the enchantment of the area with its cascading waters and breathtaking views. 

Adjacent to the Bow Falls and the majestic Banff Springs Hotel is the less known but equally captivating Surprise Corner. This hidden gem offers an exceptional vantage point that frames the hotel against the backdrop of the towering Rocky Mountains, presenting a scene so picturesque it seems almost unreal. This spot, named for the astonishment it often draws from first-time viewers, serves as a testament to the unforgettable experiences that await in Banff National Park. 

1:15pm    Free time in Banff for Shopping and Lunch
Moving beyond the natural wonders, the town of Banff itself is a jewel nestled in the heart of the national park. Often referred to as the gateway to the Rockies, Banff is a vibrant community that exudes an inviting, rustic charm alongside modern amenities. Strolling through the main streets, visitors are greeted by an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Each establishment reflects the spirit of the Canadian Rockies, offering everything from local crafts and artworks to culinary delights that feature regional ingredients. A stop at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies provides an insightful glimpse into the area's cultural heritage, showcasing art, artifacts, and historical exhibits that narrate the story of Banff and its people. Whether you're savoring a hot chocolate in a cozy café or exploring boutique stores, the town of Banff offers a delightful blend of outdoor adventure and quaint, small-town appeal.

3:15pm    Depart Banff for The Westin Calgary

Additional Details:
The $250 CAD per person price includes the following:
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Guided commentary from an expert tour guide
  • The entrance fee to Banff National Park ($9.50 CAD value)
  • The ticket for the gondola ride ($70.00 CAD value)
  • Gratuities
Costs associated with lunch and shopping are not included and will be incurred at individual's expense.

Minimum Participants for Tour:    10
Maximum Participants for Tour:    20

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