Venue and Travel

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Westin Calgary
320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2S6​
http://www.westincalgary.com

Plan an unforgettable visit to Calgary, Alberta – and discover the extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts that define this remarka​ble city.  Tucked within the heart of the downtown district, The Westin Calgary invites you to relax, explore, and enhance your well-being.

Accommodations​
If you require accommodations contact Reservations at 1-888-627-8417 (toll-free in North America) and be sure to indicate the group name Canadian interRAI 2018 or PMS CE13AC to secure a special room rate.  You can also click here to book your reservations directly online.

Hotel Guest Room Rates (single/double occupancy):
Traditional Guest Rooms - $225.00
Double and King Traditional rooms are available.​

Be sure to ma
ke your reservation by Friday, April 20, 2018 as accommodations for that time period is limited.

*Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event dates; includes complimentary wireless internet and access to their Wellness Fitness Centre.

Hotel Parking
When you arrive at the hotel, let the belldesk know you are self-parking your vehicle. They will provide you with directions to parking lots based on availability.

Self-Parking rate for registered hotel guests is:
Sunday - Thursday: $28 + tax/night

To valet park, simply pull up to the front entrance of the hotel.
Sunday - Thursday: $38 + tax/night​

Travel to and within Calgary

Visa and Passport Information
Canadians travelling within Canada will need identification such as a passport or driver’s license.
ALL visitors to Canada must have a valid passport. Some visitors must also have a Canadian visa, and some must fulfill other requirements. Click here for complete information on who is eligible to visit Canada.

Canadian Visa
Citizens of the US and many other countries do not need a visa to enter Canada.  Also, no visa is required for persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence. Click here for complete information on Canadian Visa requirements.

Processing time can take up to six months (view current processing time). Start the process early, don't be disappointed. Click here for complete information on how-to apply for a Canadian Visa.  

Travel Options
Air
Calgary International Airport (YYC) is one of Canada’s largest airports. Click here ​to access the Calgary Airport website.  Check below for special offers.

Train
Via Rail

Canada’s passenger train service, Via Rail, offers numerous daily departures from all major cities across Canada. The train terminal is located in Edmonton and Jasper with additional travel to Calgary by motorcoach.  Visit Via Rail to access information on Calgary’s train station.  For more information on booking your ticket, please visit: www.viarail.ca.

Bus
Bus transportation is provided through several Intercity Bus companies operating out of the Calgary Coach Terminal including those listed below.
For more information on ticket purchases, please call or visit the websites noted below:
Greyhound Canada
Toll-free in Canada: 1-800-661-8747
www.greyhound.ca
Coach Canada
Toll-free in Canada: 1-800-461-7661
www.coachcanada.com

Special Travel Deals and Rates

Special travel rates are available for individuals attending the conference. When making travel reservations, please be sure to inform reservations staff that you will be attending the 2018 Canadian interRAI Conference, and mention the travel codes below in order to qualify for these special rates.

Car Rental
Hertz - Rates not yet available for 2018.  Coming Soon!

Flights
Air Canada
Air Canada will offer a Meeting and Conventions special fare discount on all fares at the time of booking (except Tango fares) by mentioning the conference p​romotional code.  To make reservations, please call 1-888-247-2262 (toll-free) or book online at www.aircanada.com

​Promo Code: 99CC8H61
Travel from: May 7, 2018 to May 24, 2018​

WestJet ​

We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming Canadian interRAI Conference, we are able to offer 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares* for travel between Calgar​y and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes listed below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. If you have questions about how to complete a booking with your discount codes, please check out their frequently asked questions. 

​Coupon Code: GX4VJGA
Promo Code: YYC02
Travel from: May 7, 2018 to May 24, 2018
Blackout dates: May 17 – 22, 2017
Book until: May 14, 2018

In and around Calgary!  Feel free to take advantage of some of Calgary's city and culture when in town.

Calgary Tower – The best way to see the city with one of the most outstanding views. Open Daily until 9pm, be sure to opt for the individual guided tour that is included in the admission price. It is a small portable device with head phones that gives you great commentary as you view the city. http://www.calgarytower.com/

Contemporary Calgary – Downtown Calgary's only free admission Art Gallery that is committed to displaying Calgarian Art. Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 to 6 pm. http://www.contemporarycalgary.com/

Calgary Zoo - From the splendor of the Rocky Mountains to the heart of Destination Africa, The Calgary Zoo takes you to see almost 900 animals from around the world. Trek through the gorilla's rainforest, safari over the Savannah to watch the hippos swim, or climb the Canadian Wilds to see a grizzly bear. Cool off and get beak to nose with 4 species of penguins in our popular Penguin Plunge or visit endangered red pandas and amur tigers in Eurasia! Wind down your trip with a walk through our fragrant Dorothy Harvie Gardens or sit with the butterflies in ENMAX Conservatory. You'll love knowing that every visit helps protect endangered animals at home and in the wild. http://www.calgaryzoo.com/

Calgary Walks Tour – 
Calgary Walks is an excellent walking tour of downtown Calgary. It goes into the history of Calgary, the art scene, and the general lay out of downtown. http://www.calgarywalks.com/contact-us/

Kensington Village – Calgary's urban village provides shopping and entertainment for over 250 unique shops. With coffee and tea markets, art stores, and restaurants, Kensington Village is a great place to meander in the afternoon.

Brewery Tour of Calgary -
Experience our good-natured breweries and eateries with people who enjoy a satisfying brew as much as you. During the tour you will witness the region's rich history and realize the crazy lengths our brewers go for their love and passion of craft beer. (Also available are Spirits Tours of local distilleries) http://www.calgarybrewerytours.beer/

Food Tour of Calgary –
With different tours offered daily, Calgary Food Tours provides excellent food along with one of a kind experiences, often going behind the scenes to find out how some of Calgary's most beloved food is made. http://calgaryfoodtours.com/

Stephen Avenue Walk
– A pedestrian walkway in downtown Calgary, adorned with a historic sandstone façade, it hosts a number of shops, restaurants and businesses http://www.visitcalgary.com/node/31792

17th Avenue Shopping District – a modern and trendy avenue with an assortment of boutiques and restaurants along it.

Studio Bell - Studio Bell is the new home of the National Music Centre in Calgary and a place for Canadians to connect with the history and future of music. Studio Bell is a landmark attraction for music fans and architecture lovers. Explore exhibitions that celebrate the story of music in Canada and feature international artifacts and memorabilia from icons like Elton John, Deadmau5, Rolling Stones, Shania Twain, and much more. http://studiobell.ca/visit/

​Inglewood Historic Neighbourhood - Inglewood's main drag — 9 Ave SE — was once the city's original downtown thoroughfare. Now just across the Elbow River from the current city center, it has retained much of its Old Calgary charm. The neighbourhood has become a home décor and antiques mecca that's more recently known for its fine dining and entertainment spots. This relatively small area is chock-a-block with home décor, antique shops and unique stores like The Silk Road Spice Merchant, Kent of Inglewood and Knifeware. Inglewood's numerous historic buildings house several of the city's top restaurants

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary - A beautiful bird sanctuary that is both indoor and outdoor, a must visit for nature lovers. Admission is free and it is open daily until sunset. http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/SE-parks/Inglewood-Bird-Sanctuary.aspx