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May 2-5, 2010
Telus Convention Center
& Marriot Hotel
Calgary, Alberta,

Travel Information

Calgary is a cosmopolitan city set in the rolling foothills of the western province of Alberta which is located directly north of the State of Montana, USA. The majestic Canadian Rockies are less than an hour's drive from the city centre of Calgary.  Calgary is known for its sunny skies and a moderate four-season climate making it a travel destination for all ages. Alberta receives more hours of sunshine yearly than any other province in Canada. These wide-open blue skies and moderate climate beckons year-round outdoor enthusiasts from golfing to hiking, fishing to mountain biking, skiing to dog-sledding.

If you choose to travel outside the city, you do not have to travel far to see the spectacular Rockies with snow caps, accented by trees and swiftly flowing creeks.  Calgary enjoys a semi arid climate moderated by the influence of warm winter breezes referred to as Chinooks.  Afternoons are moderate and evenings are cool, the average May temperature is 10 C. Since Calgary lies in the shadows of the Canadian Rockies weather patterns can change abruptly, sunshine to snow with temperature swings of as much of 20 degrees Celsius in 12 hours, so come prepared for a variety of possibilities.

Calgary is located at 51.6N; 114.1W at an elevation of 1084.1 meters (3556.8 feet) above sea level.  The City covers 746 square kilometers but is beautifully self-contained, with parks that offer some of the finest natural areas in North America.  

Getting Here - Airlines

Calgary’s International Airport is home to over 20 airlines from all over the world.  Air Canada and Westjet provide direct access to Calgary from Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.  Calgary also has non-stop travel from such US destinations Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York and Orlando via one or more of the following airlines: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines, U.S. Airways & United Airlines.  Calgary offers seamless international travel with direct service to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Mexico City via the following airlines: British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa & Mexicana.

Airport services include numerous restaurants, gift shops and duty-free shops for international travelers.  There are six car rental agencies on site and off site providing easy vehicle pick up and drop-offs of rental vehicles, if wanted, can even rent a RV.  There are a of public pay parking options and lots are operated 24-hours per day, 7 days per week.  There are seven taxi and four limousine services available for hire. Airport limousine service and charter aircraft are also available.  Rates to downtown range from $40 to $50.

Getting Here - Highways

For those who may wish to drive to Calgary is approximately 6 hrs from Saskatoon, 7 hrs from Regina, 3hrs from Edmonton and 10 hours from Vancouver.

Staying Here

The host hotels of CCECE 2010 are the Marriot – Calgary Downtown and the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. Both hotels are situated in the heart of downtown Calgary and are directly connected to the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. These world-class hotels offers a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet access, fitness facilities, fine dining, and spectacular surroundings.

Calgary’s Urban Playground

With a growing interest in experiencing not only natural splendor, but local culture, arts, historic and heritage activities, travelers are enjoying Calgary’s vibrant tourism scene. As Canada’s newest urban playground, you will find a wealth of cultural attractions, festivals, diverse restaurants, parks and city pathways, live performances, shopping, specialty boutiques and trendy night spots.

Rich culture blossoms in Calgary providing exciting choices of live performances all year long: from ballet, opera, philharmonic orchestra and musicals to cutting-edge theatre and dance. Indulge your passion for art with a visit to Calgary’s many sophisticated galleries and museums. Festivals and events enliven Calgary’s celebration of film, jazz, art, antiques, music, wine and food, artisans and much more.

Calgary’s Downtown is a destination in and of itself. Complementing modern day architecture are historical sandstone buildings.

Our cuisine offers something for every craving. Allow Calgary’s 6,000 restaurateurs to pamper your taste buds by enjoying extensive wine cellars, private dining rooms, creative menus and outstanding service.

Calgary is a shopper’s paradise. Local gemstones, handmade arts and crafts, antiques, Inuit art and designer Western wear are just some of the treasures you will find in the many shopping and trendy areas of the city. And the best news of all – Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax making it a shopping haven!

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