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2013 edition

Fresh ideas Popular venues get new looks Innovative encounters in team-building A guide for the conference-challenged

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LISTINGS: More than 350 venues around Alberta

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FEATURES Refreshing meetings Cover main image: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Left, top & bottom: Calgary skyline; Bird’s eye view of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; Bobsleigh run at the Olympic Park Publisher: Paul Harris Managing Publisher: Gail Clark Editor: Baila Lazarus Proofreader: Renate Preuss Writers: Curt Cherewayko, Peter DeVries, Noa Glouberman, Pamela Irving, Angela MacIsaac, Peter Mitham Production Manager: Don Schuetze Production: Carole Readman Sales Manager: Joan McGrogan Advertising Sales: Lori Borden, Corinne Tkachuk Administrator: Katherine Butler Senior Researcher: Anna Liczmanska Controller: Marlita Hodgens President, BIV Media LP: Paul Harris MEETINGPLACES 2013 is published by BIV Magazines, a division of BIV Media LP, 102-Fourth Avenue East, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 1G2, 604-688-2398, Fax 604-688-6058, www.businessinvancouver.com. BIV Media LP also publishes Business in Vancouver. Copyright 2012, BIV Magazines. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or incorporated into any information retrieval system without permission of BIV Magazines. The list of services provided in this publication is not necessarily a complete list of all such services available in Alberta. The publishers are not responsible in whole or in part for any errors or omissions in this publication. ISSN 1205-5662 PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENT NO: 40069240. REGISTRATION NO: 8876. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to Circulation Department: 102-Fourth Avenue East, Vancouver, B.C. V5T 1G2. E-mail: subscribe@biv.com

New developments in venue space give Alberta convention goers an expanded welcome—5 Innovative team-building trends

Authentic onsite activities reflect the nature of the venue and Alberta’s heritage—7 Changing hats

When you’re asked to plan a company meeting – but it’s not your main role – you may need to become the office event co-ordinator. How do you cope?—9

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ALBERTA REGIONAL MAP11 VENUES AT A GLANCE12 OVERVIEWS AND LISTINGS Calgary & area—15 Edmonton & area—28 Alberta Rockies—33 Central Alberta—37 Southern Alberta—40 Northern Alberta—43 COMPANY INDEX46

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PCMA: Educational excellence The mission of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to deliver breakthrough education and promote the value of professional convention management. As the premier provider of continuing education in the meetings management profession, PCMA focuses its education on current and relative industry issues and insights that professionals are seeking today. From the award-winning Convene magazine to PCMA’s annual meeting, members come away with the tools that they need to advance their careers. With 17 chapters and more than 6,000 members, professionals and suppliers come together to learn, network

and even participate in projects such as PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands. The Canada West chapter reaches from Manitoba to Vancouver Island with its membership, although the majority of our members are located in and around the Vancouver region. Generally meeting quarterly throughout a year, the Canada West chapter follows the practice of delivering high levels of education and networking and participates in local volunteerism. For further information, please visit our website at www.pcma.org or contact us directly for information on membership. Diana Reid, president, PCMA Canada West Chapter

MPI–Calgary: New engagement

MPI–Edmonton: A full resumé

This year, the Greater Calgary chapter’s National Meetings Industry Day (NMID) for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) focused on the theme of engagement. As the new president of the MPI Greater Calgary Chapter, I believe it is very important to celebrate our industry as a whole. Staying with the NMID theme, the prevailing question of the day was, How are you engaged in Calgary’s meeting and event industry. This question alone led to an energyfilled event, which brought forth many discussions and celebrations of our industry and the people who work in it. I was thrilled to hear that the concierge of a downtown hotel; the chef of a popular local restaurant; and the director of a meeting venue all had one thing in common: people are engaged in our city’s industry by involving themselves with their guests and with their MPI chapter and by remembering one very important detail – we all love what we do! My advice to our chapter this year? Get involved right away! Don’t sit back and wait for your membership to work for you; take action and work for your membership. You get what you put in – get active. Celebrate with the MPI Greater Calgary chapter and come enjoy the energy of our city. Cynthia J. Douwes, president, Greater Calgary Chapter

Edmonton’s thriving economy is providing great stability for our local meetings industry, and the upcoming 2012– 2013 year promises to be a strong year in all sectors. The MPI Greater Edmonton chapter is focusing on enhanced education and networking opportunities for our members, connecting them with tools and resources and equipping them for the expected increase in activity. Globally, Edmonton is receiving greater recognition as a financial hot spot and an environmentally desirable destination. Our waste-management system is a global benchmark, providing planners with a greater ability to manage the environmental impact of their meetings and events. Also on the CSR front, MPI Greater Edmonton continues to provide hands-on Events for Communities of Sustainability (ECOS) programs, allowing planners to experience firsthand Edmonton’s waste-management facility and community programs. Meetings mean business, and meetings change the world! We are also providing more opportunities for networking and partnering, to help build the strength of our collaborative efforts to deliver world-class events. Meeting Professionals International is the meeting industry’s largest collaborative community, and our new board of directors is ready to help members thrive at the strategic level, connecting them to the extensive resources offered by MPI globally. Diana Graling, president, Greater Edmonton Chapter

Professional associations for meeting and event planners Professional associations provide a means of pooling resources and giving a unified voice to working professionals who share common interests. They may represent broad national and international interests or cover specialty niches within the event-planning industry. In addition to providing forums for like-minded meeting and event-planning professionals, associations offer a wealth of resources, including newsletters, magazines and other reference materials. ĄAssociation of Destination Management Executives www.adme.org ĄBusiness Events Industry Coalition of Canada www.beicc.com ĄCanadian Association of Exposition Management www.caem.ca ĄCanadian Association of Professional Speakers www.canadianspeakers.org ĄCanadian Society of Professional Event Planners www.canspep.ca ĄCanadian Special Events Society www.cses.ca ĄCanadian University and College Conference Organizers Association www.cuccoa.org ĄCenter for Exhibition Industry Research www.ceir.org ĄConnected International Meeting Professionals Association www.cimpa.org ĄConvention Centres of Canada www.conventioncentrescanada.org ĄConvention Industry Council www.conventionindustry.org ĄCorporate Event Marketing Association www.cemaonline.com ĄDestination Marketing Association International www.destinationmarketing.org ĄEvent Service Professionals Association www.acomonline.org ĄExhibit Designers + Producers Association www.edpa.com ĄExhibition Services & Contractors Association www.esca.org ĄFinancial & Insurance Conference Planners www.ficpnet.com ĄGlobal Business Travel Association - Canada www2.nbta.org/canada ĄHealthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association www.hcea.org ĄInternational Association of Conference Centres www.iacconline.org ĄInternational Association of Congress Centres www.aipc.org ĄInternational Association of Exhibitions and Events www.iaee.com ĄInternational Association of Fairs and Expositions www.fairsandexpos.com ĄInternational Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals www.hispanicmeetingprofessionals.com ĄInternational Association of Professional Congress Organisers www.iapco.org ĄInternational Association of Venue Managers Inc www.iavm.org ĄInternational Festivals & Events Association www.ifea.com ĄInternational Hotel & Restaurant Association www.ih-ra.com ĄIncentive Marketing Association www.incentivemarketing.org ĄInternational Special Events Society www.ises.com ĄInternational Sport Show Producers Association www.sportshow.org ĄMeeting Professionals International www.mpiweb.org ĄNational Association of Consumer Shows www.publicshows.com ĄProfessional Convention Management Association www.pcma.org ĄReligious Conference Management Association www.rcmaweb.org ĄSociety of Event Organisers www.seoevent.co.uk ĄSociety of Independent Show Organizers www.siso.org ĄTrade Show Exhibitors Association www.tsea.org ĄWestern Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus www.wacvb.com ĄWestern Association of Exhibition Management www.waem.org

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Refreshing

meetings

New developments in venue space give Alberta convention goers an expanded welcome

Winsport Canada’s new Markin MacPhail Centre offers an off-site venue just 20 minutes from Calgary’s core

By Peter Mitham ith a booming economy, Alberta offers space for businesses to recharge and reflect on plans for the future. While the province’s two main cities offer headquarters, businesses frequently head out of town – or at least out of downtown – when it comes to time for some corporate R&R. While the oilsands keep the Alberta economy humming, traditional destinations within range of Calgary and Edmonton still attract the lion’s share of conference activity. Banff remains popular,

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while new construction has largely focused on upgrading existing facilities or expanding service options to handle a growing volume of business coming to a region that’s the economic leader of Western Canada.

“Canmore is the backyard, the playground for, ... Calgarians” – Ed Romanowski, president

Mountain retreat Banff has long been an internationally recognized retreat, with the Banff Centre attracting decision-makers from around Alberta and across Canada. The new Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, opened in 2010, is maintaining

and CEO, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

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A sports arena as well as six conference rooms ranging in size from 448 square feet to 1,250 square feet (or about 6,000 square feet total) provide flexible arrangements for meeting and event planners. The site itself is a legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics and is also home to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Total capacity is 500 to 600 people, making it ideal for smaller groups. “It can certainly be marketed well as an off-site venue,” says Heather Lundy, director of marketing, Meetings & Conventions Calgary. “The larger conventions will be in the downtown area, and they’re looking outside the downtown for various off-site venues, so this would be a perfect one.” Calgary is not overbuilt when it comes to meeting space, but the offering of smaller, unique spaces is welcomed by groups looking to experience more of Calgary than just downtown.

The renovated Sheraton Red Deer offers a full range of business services | SHERATON RED DEER

that status but nearby Canmore is also gaining favour. Bellstar Hotels and Resorts opened the Three Peaks Conference Centre at Solara Resort Spa in 2011, providing a venue for mid-sized groups. Previously, the Radisson Canmore was the main conference venue – but accommodated upwards of 600 people. A number of smaller venues also existed serving groups of 50 people or less. Three Peaks, with a 100-seat theatre and meeting space for up to 300 people, fills in the middle ground. Audiovisual capabilities were enhanced this year, and business is growing. “There was very little in the mid-market,” says Ed Romanowski, president and CEO of Bellstar. “We’ve actually been very, very successful in accommodating corporate Alberta, mainly from the Calgary head offices as well as Edmonton, and then of course the weddings, social functions, smaller conferences, workshops.” Just an hour from downtown Calgary, Canmore offers as much as Banff but

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fewer tourists. “The competitive edge is that, really, Canmore is the backyard, the playground for, largely, Calgarians, and the fact that it is outside the national park gives you many more options,” Romanowski says. A helicopter pad that’s homebase for local heli-tours – including those serving Banff – is minutes from the conference centre, while shopping and dining opportunities are less tourist-oriented than in Banff while still offering the same great setting. Or, as Romanowski says, “Canmore is the more natural, less commercialized, more laid-back destination than Banff.”

Olympic opportunity The Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport Canada (formerly Canada Olympic Park) is Calgary’s newest conference venue, offering more than 500,000 square feet of space. Perched high above the Bow Valley and overlooking Calgary, the centre offers stunning views of downtown as well as the mountains.

Situated midway between Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer is a natural venue for meetings. Changes at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel promise to renew one of the city’s main conference venues, with 55,000 square feet of meeting space upgraded both technologically and esthetically. After acquisition by Temple REIT of Winnipeg in 2008, a $10 million renovation program commenced in fall 2011 that saw tables, chairs and linens in the hotel’s meeting rooms replaced. The second phase, set to wrap up by spring 2013, will update the wood surround in the hotel’s ballroom, replace drapes and carpeting, and overhaul communications technology in all meeting rooms. A 1,200-square-foot boardroom and conference services office will also be developed, providing dedicated service to meeting planners and event attendees. “By the end of this second phase of the renovations, the Sheraton Red Deer will be able to offer a meetings’ product that is on a par or better than any other site in Calgary or Edmonton,” says Gil Vallee, general manager of the Sheraton Red Deer. “The various meeting spaces will offer the kind of flexibility meeting planners look for, whether for large or small events.” Ą

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Innovative

team-building trends

Authentic onsite activities reflect the nature of the venue and Alberta’s heritage

By Pamela Irving here was a time when conference planners had to outsource team-building activities months in advance. Today, the most competitive centres offer one-stopshop packages that include onsite experiential team-building exercises reflective of the nature of the venue. “Meeting and conference planning is done with more in-depth organization onsite,” says Brian Slot, Travel Alberta’s director of meetings, conventions and incentive travel. “It is cost effective, as it is established and ready to operate with little notice. The innovative team-building activities are authentic experiences that support Alberta’s culture whether in the arts, athletics, history or western heritage.”

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Craft work Experiential team-building workshops at the Banff Centre for the Arts incorporate ceramics with ceramics arts facilitator Ed Bamiling. “The facilitator brings the groups into the ceramics studio where they play with clay and build a project as a team, which incorporates all kinds of learning,” says Jill Sawyer, communications officer for the Banff Centre. Sawyer adds that the centre exposes the participants to a creative arts environment that brings in an added element to their experience. If looking for something a little more athletic, Winsport Canada in Calgary offers the penultimate experience: bobsleighing. Led by a professional driver, teams of three to four experience Olympic-class bobsleighing with speeds up to 90 kilometres per hour in summer and 120 kilometres

The public bobsleigh rides, available in winter and summer, provide the perfect complement to any conference or banquet. A professional driver pilots the sled down the same track as some of the world’s top bobsleigh drivers, with speeds topping 90 km/h in summer and 120 km/h in winter | WINSPORT CANADA

An innovative trend at Banff Centre is to offer leadership and team building activities using ceramic arts. The ceramic arts facilitator of Banff Centre, Ed Bamiling oversees a cerami workshop as part of the conference | CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION

per hour in winter. “Participants discover their capacity beyond their dreams,” says Dale Oviatt, communications director at Winsport. Other team-building exercises offered at Winsport include the high and low ropes, zip line, group skates and hockey. A large meeting room overlooks the Olympic ice rink where training or games take place. “It’s a great ‘ice breaker’ for more informal occasions while watching a hockey game,” says Oviatt.

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LEFT: The new Enjoy Centre in St. Albert is

an innovative multipurpose facility

“Innovative team-building activities are authentic experiences that support Alberta’s culture whether in the arts, Olympic Games, history or western heritage” – Brian Slot, director of meetings, conventions and incentive travel, Travel Alberta Team-building activities at the Heritage Ranch, Red Deer, might include haltering a horse | JOEL MARTENS

Ranch flavour Rafter Six in Kananaskis Country has always offered team-building exercises onsite because of their location and venue. Owner Gloria Cowley says that the lack of outside distractions makes people “get real.” “People shed their skin,” Cowley says. “We are more grassroots out here. Just being around animals seems to affect people. People leave feeling bonded and relaxed.” Team-building activities are tailor-made and a natural fit to incorporate what the ranch has to offer – trail riding, white water rafting and group campfires are a few of the authentic western experiences in summer, with winter sleigh rides and dog sledding in winter. In Red Deer, the Heritage Ranch introduced the Unleashed team-building experience in January 2012. Groups of up to 30 work with horses for half-day, one-day or two-day custom-designed programs. The team might build an obstacle course and

get a horse to go through it without speaking to each other or touching the horse. “It’s about learning from horses,” says Kylie Hateley, booking manager for the ranch. “They are perceptive animals. Horses pick up on an individual’s feelings and group dynamics. Working with our skilled facilitators, the net result can be a stronger team with better communication skills and a better understanding of each other’s points of view.”

Skill-testing problems Just minutes from downtown Edmonton, the new Enjoy Centre in St. Albert is the capital region’s newest and most innovative multi-purpose facility, with nine onsite lifestyle-oriented retail partners. Teams at the Enjoy Centre can “get their hands dirty” by planting an herb planter, highlighting the different skills inherent in the group. “Someone might be good at design, another a gardener and another a great cook who knows what three to five herbs are needed for an Italian planter,” says

A group gains confidence and trust as they walk across elevated rungs at WinSport’s high ropes course, which is perfect for team-building for any group size | WINSPORT CANADA

events manager Laura Gadowsky. Facilitator Sandra Irving also conducts workshops at the onsite spa, where teams can learn a 15-minute yoga session. This builds team inside the classroom, as attendees learn to instruct a short segment, and back at the office where they can practice yoga without leaving their desks. If good old-fashioned game playing is your cup of tea, then the Heritage Park Village in Calgary is perfect for your team. Bocce ball, potato sack and three-legged races get the team to co-operate while enjoying themselves. A vintage group photo decked out in saloon or gun-slinging gear is a fun memento of the day that can be hung up on the office wall. “Most people played these games when they were kids so it really takes them back,” says Barb Munro, Heritage Park communications specialist. “Even though Heritage Park Historical Village is within city limits, it feels like you are in a different era. That in itself is refreshing.” Ą

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Changing hats

When you’re asked to plan a company meeting – but it’s not your main role – you may need to become the office event co-ordinator. How do you cope? By Noa Glouberman s a merchandiser for a national clothing chain, Christine Track’s job duties include market research and product placement. So when she was asked to organize a meeting for senior management, she had no idea where to start. Track had less than a month to book a venue, finalize an agenda and arrange accommodation for out-of-town staff. After confirming the budget with her boss, she looked into how previous company meetings had been planned. “With the time crunch it was easier to go with what we knew,” she explains. “The venue was nice – I hadn’t heard any complaints – and had space when we needed it. But if I’m asked to help again, I’d like more time to shop around.” According to Niesa Silzer, creative director at Details Convention & Event Management Inc. in Calgary, Track’s conundrum is common. “Where larger companies used to have in-house planners, many have eliminated those positions,” she says. “Now administrative assistants or even managers, who may not have any experience, are asked to step in and fill the role – and it does take certain knowledge and skills to do it right.” others asked to put on the planner hat – “They don’t know about meeting setup, can do to make the task less daunting. food and beverage, how many guest rooms to put aside or how to make the most of a dollar,” adds Carol Mackenzie, Do your homework who does client relations for MCI Group “Research what you can and can’t negotiate Canada Inc. in Vancouver. “When an before you settle on a venue or vendors,” employee is asked to plan a meeting, you Silzer says. “A lot of money can get wasted lose the advantage of working with a prowhen a company has someone inexperifessional organizer.” enced planning a meeting, because he or Luckily, there are things that Track – and she will often book without knowing.”

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“Let’s face it. Most people aren’t meeting planners” – Carol Mackenzie, client relations, MCI Group Canada

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Meeting planning 101 “There’s lots of opportunity to gain knowledge in this area,” says Niesa Silzer of programs and courses in meeting and event planning. Check out the following education options in B.C., Alberta and online.

Niesa Silzer, creative director, Details Convention & Event Management: “It does take certain knowledge and skills to do it right”

Carol Mackenzie, client relations, MCI Group Canada: “When an employee is asked to plan a meeting, you lose the advantage of working with a professional organizer”

British Columbia (including distance learning)

Ą Canadian Management Centre (www.cmctraining.org): Meeting and event planning workshop (also in Calgary and Edmonton)

Take audiovisual (AV) equipment. “If you just rely on an in-house supplier, you’re probably paying too much. In-house suppliers at, say, a convention hotel tend to charge more money or additional fees. I’m amazed at how in-house AV companies are the most expensive options, more amazed that people just go with them.” The same goes for caterers and other vendors. “It might be less costly to go with an outside supplier, if that’s an option,” she says. “Check with the venue to see if it is. If not, you may want to look at other options that will let you bring in your own suppliers.”

Ą Vancouver Community College (www.vcc.ca): Wedding and event management certificate

Collaborate with your venue and vendors

Ą The Art Institute of Vancouver (www.artinstitutes.edu): Event management diploma program Ą British Columbia Institute of Technology (www.bcit.ca): Event marketing associate certificate Ą Capilano University (www. capilanou.ca): Continuing education courses on convention management, special events as fundraisers, and catering and event planning

Alberta (including distance learning) Ą Mount Royal University (www. mtroyal.ca): Event management extension certificate Ą University of Calgary (www. ucalgary.com): Corporate event planning continuing education course

Distance learning Ą Centennial College (www. centennialcollege.ca): Event planning/meeting management certificate Ą Fleming College (www. flemingcollege.ca): Principles of convention and meeting planning Ą Professional Convention Management Association (www. softconference.com): Scheduled seminars and self-paced instruction Ą St. Clair College (www. stclaircollege.ca): Principles of convention and meeting planning

With most vendors happy to “step in and help” with the planning process, it may be wise to engage them rather than keep them at arm’s length. “What generally happens is the hotel saves their bacon,” says Mackenzie, pointing that most venues with meeting space have event planners on staff. The advice, however, comes with a word of warning. “On the flip side, in-house meeting planners may not be in it to save you money,” says Silzer. “Go online and make some phone calls to compare prices for yourself. And, again, if the venue you’re thinking of won’t allow you to work with outside vendors and suppliers, it may not be the right space to hold your meeting.”

Read the fine print “Someone inexperienced [in event planning] may not understand that the contract is the big one,” says Silzer. “If you don’t know what an attrition clause is, you may gloss over the phrase. That could lose you – or, rather, your company – thousands of dollars if you book, say, 100 rooms at a

hotel and only end up using 60 of them.” “You wouldn’t buy a new house without having a professional read over the terms,” Mackenzie confirms. “You really need to know how to navigate the legalese because the client is ultimately responsible for what’s in that document.”

Go with a pro “Let’s face it. Most people aren’t meeting planners,” says Mackenzie, who recommends partnering with a professional planner to execute a successful meeting within budget. “We spend years establishing relationships with hotels, equipment-rental companies, caterers, convention and conference centres and more. We know who to call and when, and will schedule every last detail that needs to be arranged. The support of a professional will make your job easier, and that alone can pay for itself.”

Enhance your skills Preparation is the best medicine. If you have the time, why not brush up on your meeting-planning skills by taking a course or seminar? “For many of our students, [meeting planning] has become part of their job and they want to get better at it and understand it more,” says Silzer, who is also an instructor in Mount Royal University’s event management program. “The industry is so full of different facets, it’s good to get more information on it if you can.” Online and evening courses in the subject are widely available and “great for people who work full time and are simply looking to supplement their knowledge.” Even if meeting planning isn’t a hat you want to wear full time, “it’s a next step in your training, where you’re furthering your education and improving yourself. I think there’s always value in that.” Ą

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REGIONAL MAP OF ALBERTA NW T Calgary & Area—15 Airdrie—25 Bragg Creek— 25 Calgary— 25 High River—26 Okotoks— 26 Turner Valley— 26 Edmonton & Area—28 Acheson—31 Bruderheim—31 Edmonton—31 Fort Saskatchewan—32 Leduc—32 Nisku—32 Sherwood Park—32 Spruce Grove—32 St Albert—32 Stony Plain—32

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Alberta Rockies—33 Banff—35 Canmore—35 Hinton—35 Jasper—35 Kananaskis—35 Lake Louise—35 New Norway—35 Nordegg—35 Central Alberta—37 Bonnyville—39 Camrose—39 Cold Lake—39 Drayton Valley—39 Edson—39 Heinsburg—39 Kitscoty—39 Lac La Biche—39 Lloydminster—39 Olds—39 Red Deer—39 Rocky Mountain House—39 Sylvan Lake—39 Three Hills—39 Wainwright—39 Westlock—39 Whitecourt—39

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MEETING PLACES AT A GLANCE

How to use Meeting Places’ region-by-region directories of venues and services

Meeting Places at a Glance

Regional Directories

Company Index

If you’re looking for details of speciďŹ c venues, start with Meeting Places at a Glance, below. First check the Alberta map on page 11 to conďŹ rm which region your event is in, then browse the listings under that region.

Refer to the Alberta map on page 11 for the page numbers of individual regional directories. The introductory pages will update you on the latest news: new conference or convention facilities that have come on-line in the past year, or signiďŹ cant meeting-venue renovations. The directories that ensue list the services available in each of the region’s towns and cities.

If you already know the company you want for the job, simply turn to the company index at the back of the regional directories. You’ll ďŹ nd an alphabetized listing of every company, referring you to the page that includes a description of the company and contact information.

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Welcome to the meeting planners’ resource section of Meeting Places, including directories of all the resources you’ll need for planning meetings, conferences, conventions and trade shows throughout Alberta. Start by using the colour-coded map of Alberta on page 11 to identify the region of your intended event. Then use the two main sections of the Meeting Places resource guide: Meeting Places at a Glance, which oers details of meeting venues in each region; and regional directories, which guide you to all the services you’ll need wherever you are holding your event.

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By Angela MacIsaac e still love our beef. As Calgary restaurateurs explore the reaches of culinary delights, the most talented chefs in the world are staying true to Alberta beef but breaking the mould of steak and potatoes. At Rouge, world-renowned chef Paul Rogalski is serving a Steak Spring Roll. Ox and Angela visitors sample Spanish tapas and feast upon local ribeye with authentic side sauces. Charcut chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson feature heart steak with duck fat poutine, a twist on the standard pile of mashed potatoes. It’s changing the way event planners create conference and convention itineraries. “Our local chefs and restaurants are putting us on the map as a culinary destination,” says Hala Dehais, public relations manager at Tourism Calgary. “We’ve really

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come on in the last few years, opening some really interesting places that are well done. “We have a ton of options – from casual dining like Model Milk to French cuisine at Rouge.” Rogalski, she says, truly started the food movement in Calgary, challenging diners to expand their palates, and DeSousa’s finalist performance on Top Chef Canada thrust good ole meat-and-potatoes Cowtown into the spotlight.

Then there are the food trucks that offer restaurant-quality food on wheels. The food truck explosion started in Calgary one year ago. The city is now home to 34 food trucks, currently the maximum number allowed by city council. Each one offers a different variety of cuisine, from perogies to authentic Indian food and from gelato to gourmet jelly doughnuts. “The trucks add a unique layer and make dining fun,” Dehais says. “They take good

cuisine to the streets and they’re also a good representation of what Calgary has become. They’re a diverse range of vegetarian, gluten-free and more.” The new variety also challenges convention caterers and hotel chefs to be more creative, she adds. The culinary explosion also adds a new way for Tourism Calgary to promote itself to event planners. In March, the organization worked with Calgary Hotel Association, Calgary

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“Event planners can rent out the 15,000square-foot patio at West Restaurant and Bar for a summer event or they can head to the oyster bar at the Hyatt Regency, a convention hotel. An oyster bar … in landlocked Alberta!” Following are some great host sites for conventions, conferences and other events in Calgary.

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Economic Development and Travel Alberta to host Calgary Night Out. The event brought together America’s top travel and lifestyle journalists to meet with tourism destination marketers from across Canada. Calgary’s top chefs showcased their work, opening eyes to the value of

adding culinary adventures to conference planning. “It means there’s a myriad of options for networking outside the formal event,” says Dehais. “Our downtown restaurants provide a great backdrop for getting together in a less formal structure.

Host an event and help families in need The Cardel Theatre plays an important role in the Cardel Foundations charity initiative. We’re pleased to provide the theatre to registered not-for-profit organizations and charities in exchange for food bank donations from event attendees. Business groups and events charging admission are required to make a donation to Cardel Foundations to benefit local charities.

BMO Centre is Calgary’s largest convention venue with 450,000 square feet of space. Located on the Calgary Stampede grounds, it’s a hotspot for consumer and industrial trade shows. It has 25 meeting rooms, with the largest at 150,000 square feet. The Stampede organization hosts more than 700,000 guests every year, offering its own special brand of western hospitality.

With seating for 150, the Cardel Theatre features state-of-the-art HD projection on a massive screen and full theatrical Dolby Surround audio – perfect for film screenings and multimedia events. WiFi and tablet arm seats can make your event truly interactive, while a baby grand piano and two cast change rooms set the stage for unforgettable live performances.

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Telus Convention Centre The Telus Convention Centre is located in Calgary’s downtown core on historic Stephen Avenue. It’s walking distance from many of the city’s top restaurants and several five-star hotels, including the Fairmont Palliser, Hyatt Regency and Westin Calgary. It holds 122,000 square feet of total meeting room space, including 36 meeting rooms, 47,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom and five pre-function areas.

Calgary Zoo The Calgary Zoo offers a unique way to host a convention or conference, offering your guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature. Schedule a tour and visit with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. The Zoo has a variety of inspiring meeting spaces. Choose from the ESSO Auditorium, the Safari Lodge with Africaninspired decor, the Elephant Crossing Tent or the ENMAX Conservatory. The Zoo also features CTrain access on its doorstep.

Commonwealth Centre Stay close to the airport and hold your event in a versatile, unique venue. The Commonwealth Centre offers up to 15,200 square feet of meeting space that can be divided into three rooms. It holds 720 people for a classroom function, 1,000 for banquets, 1,250 for a

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Hyatt Regency Calgary The Hyatt Regency is a unique location nestled in the heart of downtown Calgary. You’ll step into historic luxury. The Hyatt was built in 1866 and has been decorated with more than 500 original western Canadian objets d’art. The hotel has 355 guest rooms and 33,000 square feet of meeting space. All 22 meeting and banquet rooms offer unobstructed views, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, individual controls for heat/air conditioning, telephones, multiple electrical/microphone outlets, audiovisual equipment, and 100V and 220V electrical outlets.

Westin Calgary The Westin recently completed a four-year, $35 million renovation. That means every room and every meeting space has been refreshed and revitalized. It’s home to 525 guest rooms and suites. All 25 updated meeting rooms are 100 per cent wind-powered and combine for more than 26,000 square feet of space. The hotel is also attached to the Metropolitan Convention Centre for access to additional meeting facilities. The Westin can host a reception for 1,200 people or a banquet for 608. Ą

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Bragg Creek

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Bragg Creek & Area Chamber of Commerce Box 216, Bragg Creek T0L 0K0 .... 403-949-0004  info@visitbraggcreek.ca  www.braggcreekchamber.ca

Banquet Facilities Infusion Contemporary Cuisine Restaurant 23 Balsam Ave PO Box 1149, Bragg Creek T0L 0K0 ............403-949-3898 403-949-2435  theinfusion@hotmail.com  www.infusionbraggcreek.com

Resorts/Retreats Riverside Chateau 104 White Ave Box 1319, Bragg Creek T0L 0K0 ....................................... 403-835-6032  info@riversidechateau.com  www.riversidechateau.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Bragg Creek Community Centre 23 White Ave Box 39, Bragg Creek T0L 0K0 ............403-949-4277 403-949-2397  specialevents@braggcreekca.com  www.braggcreekcentre.com The CountryWood at Bragg Creek 36 White Ave PO Box 1199, Bragg Creek T0L 0K0 Heather O’Bray ........................... 403-949-8466  www.countrywood.ca

Calgary

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres International Special Events Society (ISES) – Calgary Chapter Box 67045 Northland Village PO, Calgary T2L 2L2  info@isescalgary.com  www.isescalgary.com Meeting Professionals International – Greater Calgary Chapter Box 61203 Kensington RPO, Calgary T2N 4S6 ...........403-835-1601 403-266-6709  info@mpi-gcc.org  www.mpi-gcc.org Travel Alberta 1601 9th Ave SE Suite 400, Calgary T2G 0H4 Brian Slot.........403-648-1080 403-648-1111  brian.slot@travelalberta.com  www.travelalberta.com/meetings

Audiovisual Services MEDIACO The Presentation Company 1220 28th St NE Suite 114, Calgary T2A 6A2 Peter Cornforth ....403-278-1200 403-278-1232  pwebber@mediaco.ca  www.mediaco.ca

Banquet Facilities Buchanans Chop House and Whisky Bar 738 3 Ave SW, Calgary T2P 0G7 Carol Buchanan .......................... 403-261-4646 403-294-1080  buchananschophouse@shaw.ca  www.buchanans.ca

Caesar’s Steak House & Lounge 512 4th Ave. SW, Calgary T2P 0J6 Gus Giannoulis ....403-264-1222 403-264-9933  info@caesarssteakhouse.com  www.caesarssteakhouse.com Newport Grill on Lake Bonavista 747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE Suite 205, Calgary T2J 0N2 Carla Paleck.....403-271-6711 403-225-1490  general.manager@newportgrill.com  www.newportgrill.com

Hotels & Motels

Delta Bow Valley Hotel 209 4th Ave SE, Calgary T2G 0C6 ...........403-205-5415 403-266-0007  www.deltahotels.com Delta Calgary Airport 2001 Airport Rd NE, Calgary T2E 6Z8 Michelle Janke ...403-291-2600 403-291-3419  michelle.janke@deltahotels.com  www.deltacalgaryairport.com

Hotel Blackfoot 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary T2H 2B5 Carrie LaRose....403-252-2253 403-252-3574  sales@hotelblackfoot.com  www.hotelblackfoot.com

Hotels and Motels

Service Plus Inns & Suites Calgary 3503 114 Ave SE, Calgary T2Z 3X2 ............403-256-5352 403-256-5321  reservations@spis.ca  www.serviceplusinns.com

Caterers Distinctive Catering 2828 18 St NE Suite 1, Calgary T2E 7B1 Connie Quinton........................... 403-256-4380  sales@distinctivecatering.ca Raw Canvas Catering 838 19th Ave SW Suite 116, Calgary T2T 6H2 Kristen Kaethler ......................... 403-397-7349  kristen@rawcanvascatering.com  www.rawcanvascatering.com

Conference Organizers/Planners/ Tradeshow Consultants ConventionALL Management 4905 102 Ave SE Bay 3 Second Fl, Calgary T2C 2X7 Kate Cheney ....403-244-7821 866-808-0366  info@conventionall.com  www.conventionall.com Delisle Marketing & Events Inc 3617 Blackburn Rd SE Suite 1, Calgary T2G 4A3 Charlene Delisle ......................... 403-203-9243 403-236-0524  cdelisle@dmeinc.ca  www.dmeinc.ca Marketplace Events 5920 Macleod Trail SW Suite 103, Calgary T2H 0K2 Terri Higgins ....403-253-1177 403-253-7878  www.calgaryhomeshow.com

Destination Management/Marketing Meetings & Conventions Calgary 120 9 Ave SW, Calgary T2G 0P3 .....403-261-8569  info@meetingscalgary.com  www.meetingscalgary.com

Display Designers & Builders Nexus Exhibits Ltd 2424 2 Ave SE, Calgary T2E 6J9 Milena Radakovic....................... 403-262-8030 403-266-3414  marketing@nexusexhibits.com  www.nexusexhibits.com

Event Planners The Event Group 1235 17 Ave SW Suite 210, Calgary T2T 0C2 David Howard .....403-543-1509 403-543-1516  dave@eventgroup.ca  www.eventgroup.ca JEF Event Services 1811 34 Ave SW Suite 302, Calgary T2T 2B9 Jane Ellen Forbes ....................... 403-971-5714  janeellen.forbes@gmail.com  www.jefeventservices.ca OneWest Events Inc 616 36th Ave NE, Calgary T2E 2L7 Afton Koutzun ...877-598-9378 866-684-3533  info@onewestevents.com  www.onewestevents.com

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport 123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary T3N 0A3 Farra Gillis .......403-291-8000 403-532-9400  farra@clique.ca  www.acclaimhotel.ca BEST WESTERN PLUS Port O’ Call Hotel 1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary T2E 6V4 ............403-291-4600 403-250-6827  info@bwportocallhotel.com  www.bwportocallhotel.com Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites 86 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary T3J 5J9 Elise Shorting....403-264-9650 403-264-9651  info@bestwesterncalgary.com  www.bestwesterncalgary.com Best Western Suites Downtown Calgary 1330 8 St SW, Calgary T2R 1B6 ..........403-228-6900 403-228-5535  info@bestwesternsuitescalgary.com  www.bestwesternsuitescalgary.com Best Western Village Park Inn 1804 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary T2M 3Y7 ..........403-289-0241 403-289-4645  catering@villageparkinn.com  www.villageparkinn.com Calgary Marriott Hotel 110 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 5A6 ...........403-266-7331 403-262-8442  www.marriott.com

Carriage House Inn 9030 Macleod Trail S, Calgary T2H 0M4 ..........800-661-9566 403-640-7526  sales@carriagehouse.net  www.carriagehouse.net Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre 1316 33 St NE, Calgary T2A 6B6 ...........800-661-1464 403-248-0749  info@calgaryplaza.com  www.calgaryplaza.com Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Calgary Airport 2481 39 Ave NE, Calgary T2E 8V8 Krista Salik ......403-250-1800 403-250-2121  cx_clgr@countryinns.com  www.countryinns.com/calgaryab Days Inn Calgary South 3828 Macleod Trail S, Calgary T2G 2R2 ...........403-243-5531 403-243-6962  meetings@daysinn-calgarysouth.com  www.daysinn-calgarysouth.com

Floral Design and Plants Pushing Petals Flowers Inc 1209 5th Ave NW, Calgary T2N 0S1 ...................................... 403-263-3070  info@pushingpetals.com  www.pushingpetals.com

Deerfoot Inn & Casino 11500 35 St SE Suite 1000, Calgary T2Z 3W4 Michael Seguin ....403-236-7529403-252-4767  mseguin@dfic.ca  www.deerfootinn.com

Delta Calgary South 135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary T2J 5X5 Grant Erickson .....403-225-8620 403-225-5813  gerickson@deltacalgarysouth.com  www.deltacalgarysouth.com The Executive Royal Inn Hotel & Conference Centre 2828 23 St NE, Calgary T2E 8T4 ...........403-219-7480 403-291-2019  northcalgary@royalinn.com  www.executivehotels.net/calgary

Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary T2C 2E6 ............403-279-8611 403-236-8035  carmenszeto@glenmoreinn.com  www.glenmoreinn.com Greenwood Inn & Suites Calgary 3515 26 St NE, Calgary T1Y 7E3 ............403-250-8855 403-250-8050  calgary@greenwoodinn.ca  www.greenwoodinn.ca Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Calgary University 2231 Banff Trail NW, Calgary T2M 4L2 Jennifer Khan ...888-432-6777 403-289-9200  hsuites@shaw.ca  www.hamptoncalgary.com Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport 2335 Pegasus Rd NE, Calgary T2E 8C3 Jane Douglas ......403-717-1999 403-717-1901  jane.douglas@hilton.com  www.calgaryairport.gardeninn.com Holiday Inn Calgary – MacLeod Trail South 4206 MacLeod Trail S, Calgary T2G 2R7 Lori Jennison ...403-287-2700 403-243-4721  lori.jennison@whg.com  www.hihotelcalgary.ca Hotel Alma at the University of Calgary 169 University Gate NW, Calgary T2N 1N4 ..........403-220-3202 403-284-4184  stay@hotelalma.ca  www.hotelalma.ca Hotel Arts 119 12th Ave SW, Calgary T2R 0G8 ...........403-266-7680 403-237-0978  events@hotelarts.ca  www.hotelarts.ca International Hotel Suites Calgary 220 4 Ave SW, Calgary T2P 0H5 Natasha Sadowy ........................ 403-290-7850 403-290-7885  catering@internationalhotel.ca  www.internationalhotel.ca Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport 2622 39th Ave NE, Calgary T1Y 7J9 Tanya M Wills .....403-735-3230 403-735-1121  salesmgr@lakeviewsuitescalgary.com  www.lakeviewsuitescalgary.com Nuvo Hotel and Suites 827 12th Ave SW, Calgary T2R 0J1 Sarah Webb ....403-452-6789 403-764-0902  reservations@nuvohotelsuites.com  www.nuvohotelsuites.com

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CALGARY & AREA Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary Airport 25 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary T3J 4V7 ...........403-219-2475 403-219-2476  salescalair@sandman.ca  www.sandmanhotels.com

Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South 8001 11 St SE, Calgary T2H 0B8 ...........403-252-7263 403-252-7225  sales_calsouth@sandman.ca  www.sandman.ca Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West 125 Bowridge Dr NW, Calgary T3B 3R6 ..........403-288-6033 403-288-6063  sales_calwest@sandman.ca  www.sandmanhotels.com Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre 888 7th Ave SW, Calgary T2P 3J3 ............403-513-2544 403-264-4256  www.sandmanhotels.com

Regional Convention Spaces

Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ....403-261-0282 403-261-0421  gnewton@calgarystampede.com  www.calgarystampede.com/venues Calgary TELUS Convention Centre 120 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G OP3 ...........403-261-8500 403-261-8510  sales@calgary-convention.com  www.calgary-convention.com

Cardel Theatre 180 Quarry Park Blvd SW, Calgary T2C 3G3 Chris Cassady ...403-258-8484 403-252-3376  theatreinfo@cardelhomes.com  www.cardeltheatre.com Gerry Thomas Gallery 602 11th Ave SW Suite 100, Calgary T2R 1M7 Corry McGregor ...403-265-1630 403-265-1634  www.gerrythomasgallery.com

Speakers/Facilitators Workplace Speaker Network 27 Coach Manor Rise SW, Calgary T3H 1C5 Denise Baril ................................ 403-620-5010  denise@workplacespeakernetwork.com  www.workplacespeakernetwork.com

Service Plus Inns & Suites Calgary 3503 114 Ave SE, Calgary T2Z 3X2 ............403-256-5352 403-256-5321  reservations@spis.ca  www.serviceplusinns.com Travelodge Hotel Calgary Airport 2750 Sunridge Blvd NE, Calgary T1Y 3C2 ...........403-291-1260 403-291-9170  whg7102@whg.com  www.calgarytravelodge.com Westin Calgary 320 4th Ave SW, Calgary T2P 2S6 Lindsay Sandomirsky.................. 403-266-1611 403-265-7908  lindsay.sandomirsky@westin.com  www.westincalgary.com Wingate By Wyndham Calgary 400 Midpark Way SE, Calgary T2X 3S4 Pam Sayese .....403-514-0099 403-514-0090  meetings@wingatebywyndhamcalgary.com  www.wingatebywyndhamcalgary.com

Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park 1300 Zoo Rd NE , Calgary T2E 7V6 ............403-232-9300 403-232-7582  sales@calgaryzoo.ab.ca  www.calgaryzoo.ca

Meeting Planners

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities

Tourist Attractions

Heritage Park Historical Village 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary T2V 0A1 Sandra Kam .....403-268-8500 403-268-8501  kam@heritagepark.ab.ca  www.heritagepark.ab.ca Hyatt Regency Calgary 700 Centre St SE, Calgary T2G 5P6 Danielle Durand ......................... 403-717-1234 403-262-3490  salescalrc@hyatt.com  www.hyattregencycalgary.com Kahanoff Conference Centre 1202 Centre St SE Suite 200, Calgary T2G 5A5 ...........403-262-1224 403-263-7101  meetings@thekahanoffcentre.com  www.kahanoffconference.com Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport 2120 16 Ave NE, Calgary T2E 1L4 Kerrie Buist......403-291-4666 403-291-6498  kbuist@silverbirchhotels.com  www.radisson.com/calgaryca_airport Scotiabank Saddledome 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Julie Mirdoch....403-777-3687 403-777-3695  saddledome@calgaryflames.com  www.scotiabanksaddledome.com Theatre Junction GRAND 608 1 St SW, Calgary T2P 1M6 Tod Petersen....403-205-2922 403-263-3605  events@theatrejunction.com  www.theatrejunction.com Travelodge Calgary University 2227 Banff Trail NW, Calgary T2M 4L2 Kobbie Larbi ....403-289-6600 403-289-6767  travelodgeuniversity@gmail.com

Glenbow Museum 130 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 0P3 Allison Ainsley ....403-268-4162 403-262-4045  aainsley@glenbow.org  www.glenbow.org Royal Canadian Pacific 201 9th Ave SW, Calgary T2P 1K3 Katie Hill..........403-508-1401 403-508-1409  katie_hill@cpr.ca  www.royalcanadianpacific.com

High River

Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre High River 1104 11 Ave SE, High River T1V 1M4 Rick Bart ..........403-652-3834 403-652-4432  info.highriver@heritageinn.net  www.heritageinn.net Ramada High River 1512 13th Ave SE, High River T1V 2B1 ...........403-603-3183 403-603-3187  gm@ramadahighriver.com  www.ramada.com Super 8 High River 1601 13 Ave SE, High River T1V 2B1 ...........403-652-4448 403-652-4649  gm@super8highriver.com

Okotoks

Caterers Don’s Good Time Catering Donald Buehler........................... 403-606-1247  info@goodtimecatering.ca  www.goodtimecatering.ca

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Crystal Ridge Golf Course 9 Crystal Green Ln, Okotoks T1S 1A4 ...................................... 403-995-5563  www.crystalridgegolf.com

Photography – Event/Videography Neil Koven Photography 608 25 Ave NE, Calgary T2E 1Y5 ....................................... 403-276-6335  neil@neilkoven.com  www.neilkoven.com Picture This Event Photo Entertainment Inc 1716 16 Ave NW Suite 200, Calgary T2M 0L7 Raylene Habstritt ....................... 403-282-9490  sales@picturethisdigital.com  www.picturethisdigital.com

Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ...403-261-0282 403-261-0421  gnewton@calgarystampede.com  www.calgarystampede.com/venues

Restaurants

Hotel Blackfoot 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary T2H 2B5 Carrie LaRose....403-252-2253 403-252-3574  sales@hotelblackfoot.com  www.hotelblackfoot.com

Capitol Conferences Inc PO Box 75008 Cambrian, Calgary T2K 6J8 Amanda Barber .......................... 403-210-0596 403-220-9361  capitol@shaw.ca  www.capitolconferences.com

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor

Turner Valley

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ...403-261-0282 403-261-0421  gnewton@calgarystampede.com  www.calgarystampede.com/venues

WinSport Canada 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary T3B 5R5 Greg Pasechnik........................... 403-247-5452 403-286-7213  info@winsportcanada.ca  www.winsportcanada.ca

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Turner Valley Golf Club 700 Imperial Dr, Turner Valley T0L 2A0 Gary Taylor ......403-933-4721 403-933-2212  admin@turnervalleygolf.com  www.turnervalleygolf.com

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A carnival of fun Year-round festivals entice event planners to Edmonton

Drummers give a new beat to the World Conference for Women’s Shelters at the Shaw Conference Centre

By Angela MacIsaac t’s cold in Edmonton. There’s nothing to do in Edmonton. Oil and gas are the only reason to be in Edmonton. Or maybe we should take another look at Alberta’s capital – a vibrant, modern metropolis that’s bursting at the seams with arts and culture. People in the city figure the arts and culture scene has been one of its bestkept secrets. The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is changing that by broadcasting the news far and wide. EEDC came up with the Edmonton Festival City in a Box program, designed to showcase the city’s arts and culture and bring the festival experience to locals and out-of-town visitors. “Underpinning the program is the belief that the best way to sell a destination is by experiencing it,” says Jenifer Christenson, EEDC executive director of external relations. With more than 30 major festivals

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occurring each year, event planners can choose from the largest Fringe Festival in the world outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, winter and ski festivals, music festivals of almost any genre, rodeos, comedy, film, performance art and more. The multi-award-winning program encourages conference and event planners to weave festival themes throughout a convention or event and includes a menu of festival ideas to theme keynote addresses, breakout sessions, team building, entertainment, decor, catering and receptions. The entire experience becomes more interactive for conference participants and creates a long-lasting impression, says Christenson. “The Festival City in a Box program has assisted us in positioning the region as a festival destination for leisure and business travellers locally, nationally and internationally,” she says. “For planners who integrate the program into their conference, we bring together a diverse group of the region’s finest festival performers to

showcase our arts and culture scene.” The EEDC also created the Festival City Road Show, a multidisciplinary arts showcase featuring some of Edmonton’s finest talent. The entertainers engage conference and convention audiences through drama, music, dance and circus performances, customized by a client’s needs. The Road Show has appeared at the Gala Opening of the Alberta Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Pacific Northwest Region Economic Region’s 16th annual summit, the Canadian Society of Association Executives and Travel Alberta’s industry conference. “We received accolades all around and we’re still hearing the buzz from those in attendance [at our conference] from across Canada,” says Rita Plaskett from the Canadian Society of Association Executives. “It was great to be able to integrate this innovative program into our conference.” The customized show appeared at the Association of Canadian Community

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Edmonton by the numbers Estimated annual attendance at major festivals: two to three million people Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival: more than 100 troupes perform 1,000 live performances in 10 days Festivals receive: 154,000 hours of volunteer work from 12,000 volunteers The Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival follows the historic legend of the original Birkebeiner (Viking skiers) from more than 800 years ago

The Festival City in a Box road show opened the Alberta Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Colleges (ACCC) conference. “The closing dinner and entertainment were awesome and truly showcased Edmonton,” says Gail Mulhall, manager of events and special initiatives for ACCC. “It was absolutely fantastic and second to none.”

The Festival City in a Box program is supported by Edmontonian hospitality and an network of conference and convention facilities. Following are some host sites for conventions, conferences and other events in Edmonton.

Convention facilities: the largest in the province and the largest west of Toronto Total area of convention facilities: more than 1.3 million square feet Average hotel room rate: lower than that in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa Guest rooms available citywide: 13,000 Hotels in the city: 59+

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EDMONTON & AREA Edmonton acrobats perform at the You’re Welcome Edmonton Awards at the Shaw Conference Centre

Shaw Conference Centre The Shaw Conference Centre puts your event in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Your delegates get an amazing view of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley and access to more than 2,000 downtown hotel rooms, plus shopping, entertainment, dining and transportation. The Shaw hosts about 650 events every year, offering 190,000 square feet of meeting room space. Its largest classroom can hold 2,300 guests, while the banquet room seats 3,600.

Oasis Centre EXPO Centre The Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre has space and amenities that are unmatched in the province. It has 522,000 square feet of functional, adaptable space for the biggest trade and consumer shows, conferences and special events.

Meeting & Banquet Facilities

It has four new exhibit halls, a grand ballroom and world-class conference and catering services. The EXPO Centre also holds new gallery spaces that connect the halls and offer state-of-the-art technology and business services.

Guestrooms

Fine Dining

The Oasis is just minutes away from worldclass shopping, dining and hotels at the West Edmonton Mall. When your guests walk in, they’re greeted by a stunning marble foyer and floor-to-ceiling windows, making the Oasis an elegant sophisticated space for trade shows, meetings and conferences. It has theatre-style or table seating in the Grand Hall, a natural-light auditorium with rock crystal chandeliers, dual 12-foot projection screens with broadcast and recording options, an indoor pond, outdoor grounds and ample free parking.

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald Take a step back in time and hold your conference in the charm and classic elegance of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, built in 1915. In addition to its hotel facilities, the Fairmont holds more than 13,000 square feet of versatile function and exhibit space with meeting and conference rooms as beautiful as the building’s classic exterior.

Mayfield Trade Centre

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For large groups who want their conference in the same spot as their hotel room, take a look at the Mayfield Inn & Suites Trade Centre. With 68,000 square feet of flexible space, it is well suited for trade shows, exhibits, meetings and other special occasions. Guests will be treated to a deluxe continental breakfast and on-site catering can accommodate dinners for up to 1,200 people. Ą

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Caterers

Hotels and Motels

Hotels and Motels Nova Inn Acheson 26302 Township Rd 531A Suite 1, Acheson T7X 5A3 Elise Coppens ......780-278-6155 780-732-5719  elise_c@novahotels.ca  www.novahotels.ca

Zinc Catering at the Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Edmonton T5J 2C1 Elisa De Fazio ......780-392-2505 780-392-2485  elisa.defazio@compass-canada.com  www.zincrestaurant.ca

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Conference Organizers/Planners/ Tradeshow Consultants

Campus Tower Suite Hotel 11145 87 Ave, Edmonton T6G 0Y1 Kate Maxwell......780-431-4558 780-433-4410  k.maxwell@coasthotels.com  www.campustower.com Canterra Suites Hotel 11010 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton T5K 0K9 Maria Macedo ....780-421-1212 780-421-1211  info@canterrasuites.com  www.canterrasuites.com Chateau Nova Kingsway 159 Airport Rd, Edmonton T5G 0W6 Elise Coppens ...780-278-6155 780-424-6683  elise_c@novahotels.ca  www.novahotels.ca Coast Edmonton House 10205 100 Ave, Edmonton T5J 4B5 Jason Wilson ....780-420-4000 780-420-4363  ja.wilson@coasthotels.com  www.coastedmontonhouse.com Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel 10155 105 St, Edmonton T5J 1E2 Monica Zeniuk ....780-423-4811 780-425-5882  m.zeniuk@coasthotels.com  www.coastedmontonplaza.com Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown 1 Thornton Crt, Edmonton T5J 2E7 Celia Daniel .....780-945-4735 780-945-4731  c.daniel@concordhotels.com  www.courtyardedmontondowntown.com Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe 10111 Bellamy Hill NW, Edmonton T5J 1N7 Sean Mainville ....780-420-8363 780-420-8379  smainville@chateaulacombe.com  www.chateaulacombe.com Days Inn Downtown Edmonton 10041 106 St, Edmonton T5J 1G3 Freida Valji ......780-423-1925 780-424-5302  gm@daysinn-downtownedmonton.com  www.daysinn-downtownedmonton.com Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel 10222 102 St, Edmonton T5J 4C5 Steven Walton ....780-429-3900 780-426-0562  swalton@deltahotels.com  www.deltaedmontoncentre.ca Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton T6H 5C2 ...........780-434-6415 780-434-5298  www.deltaedmonton.com Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton 10010 178 St, Edmonton T5S 1T3 ...........780-930-6852 780-930-6869  innsales@royalinn.com  www.executivehotels.net Fairmont Hotel Macdonald 10065 100 St, Edmonton T5J 0N6 Lana Uytterhagen ....................... 780-429-6406 780-424-8017  lana.uytterhagen@fairmont.com  www.fairmont.com/macdonald Fantasyland Hotel 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton T5T 4V4 Director of Sales....800-737-3783 780-444-3294  rooms@fantasylandhotel.com  www.fantasylandhotel.com

Resorts/Retreats Van Es Camp & Conference Centre PO Box 551, Bruderheim T0B 0S0 ...........780-922-2457 780-796-3065  van-escamp@shaw.ca  www.vanescamp.com

Edmonton

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Edmonton Tourism 9990 Jasper Ave NW Suite 400, Edmonton T5J 1P7 Brent Beatty ........780-917-7625 780-426-0535  bbeatty@edmonton.com  www.edmonton.com Meeting Professionals International – Greater Edmonton Chapter 11215 Jasper Ave NW Unit 93, Edmonton T5K 0L5 ....................................... 780-909-4006  mpiedmonton@gmail.com  www.mpiedmonton.org

Audiovisual Services Cine Audio Visual 10251 106 St NW, Edmonton T5J 1H5 Ken Kirsch .......780-423-5081 780-424-0309  info@cineav.com  www.CineAV.com

Banquet Facilities Bennett Environmental Education Centre 9703 94 St, Edmonton T6C 3W1 Robin Kramar...780-468-1439 780-466-3370  bennett.centre@epsb.ca  www.bennettcentre.epsb.ca Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre 11050 90 St NW, Edmonton T5H 1S5 Carmela Carson .......................... 780-426-5026 780-426-5030  smgc@telusplanet.net  www.santamariagoretticentre.com

BUKSA Strategic Conference Services 10328 81 Ave NW Suite 307, Edmonton T6E 1X2 Kate Bailey ......866-436-0983 780-401-3184  info@buksa.com  www.buksa.com Buzz Events 12812 200 St, Edmonton T5S 0E6 Cheryl Renzenbrink..................... 780-909-4006 780-401-3391  www.buzzevents.ca JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, Events & Conferences 9303 34 Ave NW Suite 220, Edmonton T6E 5W8 Ian MacGillivray ......................... 780-944-9333 780-944-9500  ian@junewarren-nickles.com  www.junewarren-nickles.com Prismatic Group Inc 3132 Parsons Rd Suite 205, Edmonton T6N 1L6 Sheryl Burns ....780-495-0200 780-439-2369  sheryl.burns@prismatic.ca  www.prismatic.ca Timewise Event Management Inc 17008 90 Ave NW Suite 456, Edmonton T5T 1L6 ...................................... 780-444-3773  info@timewiseevents.com  www.timewiseevents.com

Decor and Design Services Etc Event Styling and Decor 11355 105 Ave, Edmonton T5H 3Y3 Anne Finzer......780-425-1240 780-429-1591  info@etceventstyling.com  www.etceventstyling.com

Destination Management/Marketing Foster Associates 9768 170 St Suite 367, Edmonton T5T 5L4 Mandy Foster ............................. 780-914-9972  fosterassociates@shaw.ca  www.fosterassociatesglobal.com

Equipment and Supply Rentals Special Event Rentals & Sales Ltd 6010 99 St, Edmonton T6E 3P2 Lars Erickson .....780-435-2211 780-437-4964  info@specialeventrentals.com  www.specialeventrentals.com

Event Marketing Shaw Conference Centre 9797 Jasper Ave NW , Edmonton T5J 1N9 Lisanne Lewis ...780-917-7607 780-425-5121  llewis@edmonton.com  www.shawconferencecentre.com Union Bank Inn 10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton T5J 1S5 Christa Hammond....................... 780-401-2209 780-401-2213  catering@unionbankinn.com  www.unionbankinn.com

ThinkTANK 17834 106A Ave Suite 101, Edmonton T5S 1V3 Edward Langer ....780-423-5869 780-452-8265  info@thinktankads.com  www.thinktankads.com

Event Planners Currie Communications Ltd 10471 178 St Suite 202, Edmonton T5S 1R5 Joan Currie ......780-413-9570 780-486-0285  jcurrie@curriecom.com  www.curriecom.com

Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South 7230 Argyll Rd, Edmonton T6C 4A6 ...........780-465-7931 780-485-0611  www.fourpoints.com/edmonton Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South 4485 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton T6H 5C3 Emmanuel Shakir ....................... 780-432-1200 780-432-2016  HI-Edmonton@fortisproperties.com  www.holiday inn.com/edmontonsouth Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edmonton North 13742 50 St, Edmonton T5A 5J6 ...........780-476-9898 780-476-9899  www.hiexpress.com/edmontonnorth Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Downtown 10010 104 St NW, Edmonton T5J 0Z1 ............780-701-3314 780-425-1783  sales@hiexedmonton.com  www.hiexdowntown.com Matrix Hotel 10640 100 Ave, Edmonton T5J 3N8 Jane Jess ........780-429-2861 780-420-4962  info@matrixedmonton.com  www.matrixedmonton.com Metterra Hotel on Whyte 10454 82 Ave, Edmonton T6E 4Z7 ...........780-465-8150 780-465-8162  sales@metterra.com  www.metterra.com Quality Inn West Harvest Edmonton 17803 Stony Plain Rd, Edmonton T5S 1B4 Vivian Basaraba.....780-484-8000 780-486-6060  vivian.basaraba@westharvest.ca  www.qualityinnwestharvest.com Radisson Hotel Edmonton South 4440 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton T6H 5C2 Susan Thomson .......................... 780-437-6010 780-431-5802  rhi_esal@radisson.com  www.radisson.com Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway, Edmonton T5G 3J5 Roberto Medrano ....................... 780-453-7343 780-453-7324  ramadaedmontonres@silverbirchhotels.com  www.ramadaedmonton.com Rosslyn Inn & Suites 13620 97 St NW, Edmonton T5E 4E2 Denise Heinrichs ........................ 780-476-6241 780-473-3021  sales@rosslyninnandsuites.com  www.rosslyninnandsuites.com Sawridge Inn Edmonton South 4235 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton T6J 5H2 Ashley Heinaranta...................... 780-438-1222 780-438-0906  aheinaranta@sawridge.com  www.sawridgeedmonton.com

Union Bank Inn 10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton T5J 1S5 Christa Hammond....................... 780-401-2209 780-401-2213  catering@unionbankinn.com  www.unionbankinn.com

Whether your function is for 10 or 450, let us make it an exceptional experience! Great facilities, service and location - it’s all here at the Dow Centennial Centre.

Located only 15 minutes from Edmonton in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, contact our Special Events Supervisor at 780.992.6406 and book your function today. www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre Business in Vancouver Magazine Division

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EDMONTON & AREA Production Companies/Live/Staging FM Systems Edmonton 14729 123 Ave, Edmonton T5L 2Y6 Blair E McEwen .......................... 780-451-1353 780-451-2868  blairm@fmsystems.net  www.fmsystems.net

The Oasis Centre – Conferencing & Events 10930 177 St, Edmonton T5S 2X7 Christine Dimler ......................... 780-451-9227 780-486-7870  info@oasiscentre.com  www.oasiscentre.com

Props/Backdrops

Shaw Conference Centre 9797 Jasper Ave NW , Edmonton T5J 1N9 Lisanne Lewis......780-917-7607 780-425-5121  llewis@edmonton.com  www.shawconferencecentre.com

Team Building

Fort Saskatchewan

Affinity Consulting and Training (ACT) 215 Blackburn Dr E Suite 105, Edmonton T6W 1B9 Brian Ward ................................. 877-432-8182  info@affinitymc.com  www.affinitymc.com

Banquet Facilities

Conference Services – University of Alberta 1-047 Lister Centre, Edmonton T6G 2H6 ...........780-492-6057 780-492-5297  conference.services@ualberta.ca  www.ualberta.ca/conferenceservices

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Edmonton 8882 170 St Unit 2690, Edmonton T5T 4J2 Kelly Franchi ....780-484-2424 780-489-3942  corpsales.edm@jubilations.ca  www.jubilations.ca Myer Horowitz Theatre 8900 114 St, Edmonton T6G 2J7 Kristen Ostrowski ....................... 780-492-4764 780-492-4643  theatre@su.ualberta.ca  www.horowitztheatre.com

Golf Courses & Country Clubs

Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre Shaw Conference Centre 9797 Jasper Ave NW , Edmonton T5J 1N9 Lisanne Lewis ...780-917-7607 780-425-5121  llewis@edmonton.com  www. shawconferencecentre.com TELUS World of Science – Edmonton 11211 142 St NW, Edmonton T5M 4A1 ..........780-452-9100 780-455-5882  bookings@telusworldofscienceedmonton.com  www.telusworldofscience.com/edmonton Winspear Centre 9720 102 Ave NW, Edmonton T5J 4B2 Diana de Sousa .......................... 780-401-2522 780-425-0167  ddesousa@winspearcentre.com  www.winspearcentre.com

Universities and Colleges

Nisku

Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Production Companies/Live/Staging

imaginations & concepts 8205 151 St, Edmonton T5R 1H5 Barbara Bird Day ........................ 780-437-8560 780-435-1829  barbara@imaginationsandconcepts.com  www.imaginationsandconcepts.com

Regional Convention Spaces

Meeting Planners

Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Conference Organizers/Planners/ Tradeshow Consultants Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Event Planners Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

SA N TA M A RIA

GORETTI CENTRE

Regional Convention Spaces Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Speakers/Facilitators Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Team Building Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

RedTail Landing Golf Club 435 Airport Perimeter Rd Suite 7, Nisku T9E 0V4 Dean Stefanic......780-890-7886 780-890-7887  chef@redtaillanding.com  www.redtaillanding.com

Sherwood Park

Floral Design and Plants Flowers in the Park 134 Pembina Rd Suite 108, Sherwood Park T8H 0M2 Willy Lin ..........780-417-0293 780-417-0295  info@flowersinthepark.com  www.flowersinthepark.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Coast Edmonton East Hotel 2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park T8H 2G4 Vinu Nambiar ....780-464-4900 780-464-4796  v.nambiar@aumhotels.com  www.coasthotels.com Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park T8A 5T2 Peggy Thomas .....780-410-8567 780-449-0743  thomasp@strathcona.ab.ca  www.festivalplace.ab.ca

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor Strathcona Wilderness Centre 2025 Oak St, Sherwood Park T8A 0W9 Bjorn Taylor .....780-922-3939 780-922-6415  swcinfo@strathcona.ab.ca  www.strathcona.ab.ca/wildernesscentre

Spruce Grove

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities

Caterers

Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan T8L 4P5 Barb Shuman ...780-992-6409 780-992-3150  bshuman@fortsask.ca  www.fortsask.ca/dowcentre

Premium Catering Services Inc 101E Main St, Spruce Grove T7X 3X2 Kelly Schriever ........................... 780-906-3934  www.premiumcateringservices.com

Leduc

Devonian Botanic Garden 51227 Hwy 60, Spruce Grove T7Y 1C5 Kerry Mulholland........................ 780-987-3054 780-987-4141  kerry.mulholland@ales.ualberta.ca  www.devonian.ualberta.ca

Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Denham Inn & Suites 5207 50 Ave, Leduc T9E 6V3 ............780-986-2241 780-986-1511  info@bestwesterndenham.com  www.bestwesterndenham.com Days Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton Airport 5705 50 St, Leduc T9E 6Z8 ............780-986-6550 780-986-7885  gm@daysinnedmontonairport.com  www.daysinnedmontonairport.com Executive Royal Inn Leduc-Nisku 8450 Sparrow Dr, Leduc T9E 7G4 Shannon Zambon ....................... 780-986-1840 780-986-1864  edmontonairport@royalinn.com  www.executivehotels.net

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities

PREMIUM BANQUET FACILITY WEDDINGS, PARTIES, MEETINGS JOIN US FOR OUR FAMOUS SUNDAY PRANZO (LUNCH) 11 AM – 2 PM

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor

St Albert

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club 25114 Sturgeon Rd Box 95, St Albert T8N 1N2 ..........780-973-6705 780-973-3199  svgcc@shawbiz.ca  www.sturgeonvalleygolfclub.com

Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus The Inn at St Albert 460 St Albert Trail, St Albert T8N 5J9 ...........780-470-3800 780-470-0038  gm@bestwesternstalbert.com  www.bestwesternstalbert.com St Albert Inn & Suites 156 St Albert Rd, St Albert T8N 0P5 ...........780-459-5551 780-460-7687  info@stalbertinn.com  www.stalbertinn.com

Stony Plain

Promotional Items/Novelties/ Corporate Gifts/Gift Baskets

780-426-5026

City of Leduc 1 Alexandra Park, Leduc T9E 4C4 ............780-980-7177 780-980-7127  info@leduc.ca  www.leduc.ca

www.santamariagoretticentre.com

NWT Promotions Inc 7 Boulder Blvd Suite 103, Stony Plain T7Z 1V6 Randy Strocki ....780-968-8700 780-968-8799  randy@nwtpromotions.com  www.nwtpromotions.com

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ALBERTA ROCKIES

Climbing the mountains around Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise provides an amazing bird’s-eye view

Rocky mountain sigh Soaring peaks and all-natural vistas inspire hosts

By Peter DeVries rom the turquoise waters of Lake Louise to the granite peaks that encircle Kananaskis Country, the Alberta Rockies embody grandeur and grace. Their inspiring vistas offer a rich environment for hosting meetings and conventions. Over time, the region’s mountain retreats have cultivated a style that blends rugged nature with modern comfort, satisfying every business need while providing a world-class playground to explore when the work is done.

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Nature’s playground A national park, Banff is a world-class destination for outdoor sports that features

extensive hiking, biking and skiing areas. The Banff Centre administers 60 meeting facilities, lecture theatres and auditoriums for up to 500 people, including the Max Bell building’s 330-seat theatre and the TransCanada Pipelines Pavilion, which offers 10 meeting rooms for between 30 and 50 people. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a castle built in 1887 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, offers views of the ancient tilted seabeds that comprise the slopes of Mount Rundle. This breathtaking hotel offers more than 76,000 square feet of versatile meeting space and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. The Banff Park Lodge Hotel and

Conference Centre offers 18,897 square feet of meeting space, boardrooms and hospitality suites. Banff Lodging Company oversees nine properties, including Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, which hosts 70 to 140 people. It also runs Banff Ptarmigan Inn, whose atrium is three storeys tall and whose banquet room accommodates 175 people, and Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa, whose Red Earth Summit Room can accommodate 20 to 50. The Mount Royal Hotel in the centre of Banff hosts groups of 50, while the Brewster Mountain Lodge has a boardroom for up to 30. Irwin’s Mountain Inn provides a meeting space that can accommodate up to 75.

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ALBERTA ROCKIES

Designed like an old Scottish castle, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel makes guests feel like royalty

The majestic Rockies soar toward the sky behind Solara Resort & Spa

Conveniently secluded

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is set among pristine mountain lakes

Reflect in style The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxury lakeside hotel with 36,000 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business centre and many options for team activities. Only 10 minutes away, the Lake Louise Ski Area hosts the Downhill World Cup every December. The Lake Louise Inn offers 247 guest rooms in a mountain lodge with three restaurants as well as meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 200. Nearby, the former Lake Louise Station has been rebuilt into a modern meeting facility with a style reminiscent of the turn of the century. Host your meeting in the Stationmaster’s Room, which boasts original fittings, or capture the spirit of the Roaring Twenties in the Delamere Dining Car. 34

Located just outside Banff National Park boundary, Canmore is a mountain retreat just one hour’s drive from Calgary. Bellstar Hotels and Resorts operates three conference facilities in Canmore. Solara Resort & Spa is their newest property and features a variety of meeting rooms for up to 200 people. It also boasts a 96-seat theatre, which is the only venue in Canmore that offers a large projection screen with movie-quality sound and retractable seating. Blackstone Mountain Lodge’s meeting room, designed for up to 80 people, has large windows and access to an open mountain courtyard for which there is built-in surround sound.

Expansive luxury A UNESCO world heritage site showcasing the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, numerous hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest in the Rockies. It spans 10,878 square kilometres and is home to scores of mountain wildlife species, including grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, wolves and mountain lions.

A four-hour drive from both Edmonton and Calgary, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s 26,500 square feet of meeting space can accommodate 15 to 600 people and boasts Canada’s top-rated resort golf course. Amethyst Lodge has indoor rooms that will accommodate up to 200 people. Outside, the western-themed Pyramid Gazebo holds 90 people, and the surrounding grounds can host up to 400.

Steppingstone to adventure Nestled in the foothills of the Rockies on the banks of the Athabasca River, Hinton is an outdoor adventure destination. With an 8,000-square-foot Grand Hall that seats 900, two smaller salons and three well-equipped boardrooms for business conventions and board meetings of all sizes, Hinton Centre is the region’s largest facility. Twenty kilometres away, the Black Cat Guest Ranch is a quiet, private venue for productive retreats or conferences. Its modern 16-room lodge has two meeting rooms accommodating eight to 32.

Mountain escape Less than a 90-minute drive from Calgary, Kananaskis National Park feels a world away from the bustle of the city. The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis offers a number of meeting rooms for 50 to 600 people, and seven dining facilities. Nestled in Kananaskis Valley, the Boundary Ranch hosts meetings and events for up to 1,000, offering off-site activities such as guided trail rides, Wild West rodeos and staged gunfights. Ą

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ALBERTA ROCKIES Banff

Taxi/Limo

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Alpine Limousine & Tours PO Box 2235, Banff T1L 1B9 Andreas Lindner ......................... 403-762-5558 888-370-5238  info@alpinelimo.ca  www.alpinelimo.ca

Banff Lake Louise Tourism PO Box 1298, Banff T1L 1B3 Jan Desrosiers ....403-760-1210 403-762-8545  jan@banfflakelouise.com  www.banfflakelouise.com

Banquet Facilities Banff Ptarmigan Inn 337 Banff Ave Box 1070, Banff T1L 1H8 Claire Young ....403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com

Hotels and Motels Banff Aspen Lodge 401 Banff Ave PO Box 1017, Banff T1L 1A9 Christy Clare ....403-762-4401 403-762-5905  info@banffaspenlodge.com  www.banffaspenlodge.com Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Hotel & Conference Centre 1029 Banff Ave N Box 1070, Banff T1L 1H8 Claire Young ....403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com Banff Voyager Inn/Spruce Grove Inn 555 Banff Ave Box 1540, Banff T1L 1B5 Georgina Raso.....800-879-1991 403-760-7792  sales@banffvoyargerinn.com  www.banffvoyagerinn.com Fox Hotel & Suites 461 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1H8 Claire Young ....403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com Inns of Banff 600 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1H8 Claire Young ....403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com The Juniper Hotel & Bistro 1 Timberline Way & Mt Norquay Rd Box 3449, Banff T1L 1E1 ............403-762-2281 403-762-8331  events@thejuniper.com  www.thejuniper.com Rimrock Resort Hotel 300 Mountain Ave PO Box 1110, Banff T1L 1J2 Shavon Stonier....403-762-1852 403-762-1842  sales@rimrockresort.com  www.rimrockresort.com

Photography – Event/Videography Banff Photography 101 Banff Ave PO Box 430, Banff T1L 1A6 Douglas Otto .............................. 403-762-3562  info@banffphotography.com  www.banffphotography.com

Resorts/Retreats Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa 521 Banff Ave Box 1070, Banff T1L 1B7 Claire Young ....403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre 222 Lynx St Box 2200, Banff T1L 1K5 Steve Orchin ....403-760-3265 403-762-4740  sales@banffparklodge.com  www.banffparklodge.com Buffalo Mountain Lodge 700 Tunnel Mountain Rd Box 1326, Banff T1L 1B3 ............403-781-8131 403-410-7406  bmlmanager@crmr.com  www.crmr.com Hidden Ridge Resort 901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff T1L 1H1 ...........403-561-9152 403-592-1441  cyoung@bestofbanff.com  www.bestofbanff.com

Restaurants Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon 201 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1C4 ....................................... 403-762-0333  wildbills@bestofbanff.com  www.wbsaloon.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Banff Centre 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr Box 1020, Banff T1L 1H5 Tracey Hebenton ........................ 403-762-6435 403-762-6202  conferences@banffcentre.ca  www.banffcentre.ca/conferences

Canmore

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Tourism Canmore Kananaskis 907 7th Ave, Canmore T1W 2V3 Patrick Twomey .......................... 403-678-1295 403-678-1296  sales@tourismcanmore.com  www.tourismcanmore.com

Caterers Bow Valley Gourmet PO Box 8703, Canmore T1W 0B9 Michael Anderson ...................... 403-679-8470 403-678-0085  chef@bowvalleygourmet.ca  www.bowvalleygourmet.ca

Equipment and Supply Rentals Bow Valley Tuxedos 105 Bow Meadows Cres Unit 200, Canmore T1W 2W9.........403-678-2811 403-609-3929  info@bvtux.com  www.bvtux.com

Helicopter Services Alpine Helicopters Ltd 91 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N8..........403-678-4802 403-678-2176  canmore@alpinehelicopters.com  www.alpinehelicopters.com

Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn 1725 Mountain Ave, Canmore T1W 2W1.........403-678-4334 403-678-3999  sales@pocaterrainn.com  www.pocaterrainn.com Econo Lodge Canmore 1602 2nd Ave, Canmore T1W 1M8 .........403-678-5488 403-678-2670  info@canmoremountainlodge.com  www.canmoremountainlodge.com Georgetown Inn 1101 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N4 Judy Hoar ........866-695-5955 403-678-6909  judy@waymarker.ca  www.georgetowninn.ca The Grande Rockies Resort 901 Mountain St, Canmore T1W 0C9 ..........403-678-8880 403-678-6022  sales@granderockies.com  www.granderockies.com Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools 140 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T2W 2X2 Judy Hoar ........866-446-9784 403-609-0264  sales@bellstar.ca  www.mysticsprings.ca Quality Resort Chateau Canmore 1718 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 2X3 .........403-678-6699 403-678-6954  info@chateaucanmore.com  www.chateaucanmore.com Ramada Inn & Suites Canmore 1402 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N5..........403-609-5402 403-609-2773  conference@ramadacanmore.com  www.ramadacanmore.com Silver Creek Lodge 1818 Mountain Ave, Canmore T1W 3M3 Judy Hoar ........403-678-4242 403-678-4228  judy@waymarker.ca  www.silvercreekcanmore.ca

Windtower Lodge & Suites 160 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T1W 3E2 Vikki Ellis .........403-609-6600 403-609-6666  vikki@windtower.ca

Photography – Event/Videography Mountain Light Studio 703 Main St Suite 202, Canmore T1W 2B2 Colin Ferguson............................ 403-678-0432  info@mountainlightstudio.com  www.mountainlightstudio.com Richard Brown Photography 135 15 St, Canmore T1W 1M1 ................................... 403-678-3237  jolimon@telusplanet.net  www.richardbrownphoto.ca

Resorts/Retreats Blackstone Mountain Lodge 170 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T1W 2A8 Donna Fahey....403-609-8098 403-679-7098  donnaf@bellstar.ca  www.blackstonecanmore.ca Mount Engadine Lodge Box 40025, Canmore T1W 3H9 Shari-Lynn Williams ................... 403-678-4080 403-678-4020  lodge@mountengadine.com  www.mountengadine.com Solara Resort & Spa 187 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T1W 0A3 Donna Fahey....403-609-3600 403-609-3455  donnaf@bellstar.ca  www.solararesort.ca StoneRidge Mountain Resort 30 Lincoln Park, Canmore T1W 3E9 Natasha Huggins........................ 403-675-5000 403-675-5002  natasha@stoneridgeresort.ca  www.stoneridgeresort.ca

Resorts/Retreats Black Cat Guest Ranch 50508 Range Rd 271A Box 6267, Hinton T7V 1X6 Amber Hayward ......................... 780-865-3084 780-865-1924  mail@blackcatguestranch.ca  www.blackcatguestranch.ca Blue Lake Centre Box 6700 Hwy 40 North 52125, Hinton T7V 2G2 Leo Slutter .......780-865-4789 780-865-4739  info@bluelakealberta.ca  www.bluelakealberta.ca

Jasper

Hotels and Motels Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites 98 Geikie St PO Box 871, Jasper T0E 1E0 Sally Ruttiman .....780-852-4461 780-852-5916  groups@jasperinn.com  www.bestwesternjasperinn.com The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 1 Lodge Rd Box 40, Jasper T0E 1E0 ............780-852-6007 780-852-2120  www.fairmont.com/jasper Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper 76 Connaught Dr PO Box 2080, Jasper T0E 1E0 Pierre Frigon ....780-852-6587 780-852-5942  pfrigon@sawridge.com  www.sawridgejasper.com

Resorts/Retreats Coast Pyramid Lake Resort PO Box 388, Jasper T0E 1E0 ...........780-852-4900 780-852-7007  info@coasthotels.com  www.coasthotels.com

Taxi/Limo

Kananaskis

Canmore Limousine & Tours 405 Canyon Close, Canmore T1W 1H4 ..........403-609-1680 888-370-5238  info@canmorelimo.com  www.canmorelimo.com

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Canmore Recreation Centre 1900 8th Ave, Canmore T1W 1Y2 Muriel Davidson ......................... 403-678-0808 403-678-6661  facility_bookings@canmore.ca  www.canmore.ca Elevation Place 700 Railway Ave, Canmore T1W 1P4 Muriel Davidson ......................... 403-678-0808 403-676-6661  facility_bookings@canmore.ca  www.canmore.ca Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N7 Kerrie Buist......403-678-3625 403-678-5534  kbuist@silverbirchhotels.com  www.radisson.com/canmoreca

Hinton

Hotels and Motels Holiday Inn Express Suites Hinton 462 Smith St, Hinton T7V 2A1 Alison Poiron ...780-865-2048 780-865-2049  hintonholidayinnexpress@shaw.ca  www.hiexpress.com Holiday Inn Hinton 393 Gregg Ave, Hinton T7V 1N1 ...........780-865-3321 780-865-7856  hintonholidayinn@shaw.ca  www.hintonholidayinn.com Lakeview Inn & Suites Hinton 500 Smith St, Hinton T7V 2A1 ..........780-865-2575 780-865-2976  hinton@lakeviewhotels.com  www.lakeviewhotels.com Super 8 Hinton 284 Smith St, Hinton T7V 2A1 ..........780-817-2228 780-817-2880  super8hinton@gmail.com  www.super8hinton.com

Boundary Ranch 2 Guinn’s Rd Hwy 40 Box 44, Kananaskis T0L 2H0 Alyssa Richards .......................... 403-591-7171 403-591-7326  aly@boundaryranch.com  www.boundaryranch.com

Lake Louise

Hotels and Motels Lake Louise Inn 210 Village Rd Box 209, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 Kelly Anne Yeaman .................... 403-522-3791 403-522-2950  salesmanager@lakelouiseinn.com  www.lakelouiseinn.com

Resorts/Retreats Baker Creek Mountain Resort Bow Valley Parkway Box 66, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ............403-522-3761 403-522-2270  bakerinfo@bakercreek.com  www.bakercreek.com Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge Box 39, Lake Louise T0L1E0 Rossel Sabourin ......................... 403-522-2167 403-522-2425  ntjinfo@num-ti-jah.com  www.num-ti-jah.com

New Norway

Decor and Design Services Above the Rest Balloons Box 121, New Norway T0B 3L0 Lynn Sheila Johnson .................. 780-608-6132  syriamom1963@yahoo.ca

Nordegg

Resorts/Retreats Goldeye Centre Box 26, Nordegg T0M 2H0 Don Rilling .......403-721-2102 403-721-3966  reservations@goldeye.org  www.goldeye.org

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Variety in the heartland

Central for all your meeting needs, large or small, any time of year The new Galloway Station Museum in Edson is clearly visible and easily accessible from Highway 16, with plenty of parking

By Pamela Irving hen planning your next meeting, think out of the city box and follow your heart to Alberta’s heartland for top-quality venues with the great outdoors on your doorstep year-round.

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The white way Whitecourt is just 170 kilometres from Edmonton on Highway 43, with a population of 10,000 and limitless lakes and trails for off-conference pleasure. The 7,300-square-foot Forest Interpretive Centre has three meeting spaces with audiovisual hookups. The auditorium holds 76 with theatre-style seating, the boardroom accommodates 50 and there is a smaller boardroom for up to 10 people. The centre has picnic tables and paved walking trails right outside the door for refreshing leg stretches. The Eagle River Casino, at the junction of Highway 32 north and Highway 43, has been in operation for four years and

is owned by the Alexis First Nation and managed by Paragon Gaming. The main meeting room is good for 50 people, and the foyer handles up to 80. The facility has Wi-Fi, teleconferencing and video conferencing capacity. There is full catering onsite, from soup and sandwiches to special plate dinners. The casino partners with hotels in Whitecourt to arrange accommodation.

The heart of the matter The new Galloway Station Museum and Travel Centre is conveniently located between Edmonton and Jasper along Highway 16 in Edson, the “Heart of the Yellowhead.” The museum boasts a conference rental space seating up to 100 with the portable wall open and up to 50 with the wall closed. The museum has a list available of caterers but there is access to a coffee bar, partially covered deck, state-of-theart barbecue and fully equipped kitchen. The museum has free Internet, a portable

Smartboard and high-quality furnishings, all at reasonable rates. The Edson Recreation Complex has a variety of rooms. The Weyerhaeuser room seats 500 theatre-style, the Sundance Room seats 100, the North Lounge seats 48 and the Talisman Room seats 14. Catering and bar service is available for all but the Talisman Room. The Red Brick Arts Centre, unique to Edson, is an old schoolhouse converted into a theatre with a meeting room seating 30, kitchen area for about 25 people and studio rooms for physical activities. Catering is available.

Grand views year-round Grande Cache, a bustling town of 4,300 northwest of Edson on Highway 40, is a year-round meeting destination. “Grande Cache offers spectacular views and outdoor recreation opportunities. This, combined with quality food and accommodation, makes our community an ideal

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The courtyard of the cafeteria at Lakeland College in Lloydminster is a great place to host a meeting break or an outdoor session

location for meetings and conferences,” says Mayor Louise Krewusik. The Grande Cache Tourism Centre has two conference rooms: the Chamber Room for up to 50 and the Theatre Room for up to 40. The Grande Cache Golf and Country Club has one large conference room seating 100. The Grande Cache Best Western Inn’s 145 rooms offer stunning mountain views with two conference rooms, one for up to 250 and the other for up to 50. Catering is onsite through Milo’s restaurant, offering a full menu. Onsite amenities include free Wi-Fi, business centre, exercise room, sauna, hot tub and cocktail lounge for after-meeting mingles. The Grande Cache Recreation Centre has meeting rooms and arena floor space with event tents, stage, sound

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system, movie screen and helpers, barbecues, tables and chairs available for rent, depending on your meeting needs. Take advantage of the onsite curling or climbing cave for corporate team building and swimming and indoor play room for family friendly events.

Country charm Just 50 minutes from both Edmonton and Red Deer, Village Creek Inn at Pigeon Lake has 35 well-appointed rooms oozing with country charm. The inn is popular for corporate retreats, with meeting rooms seating up to 62 and patio doors opening onto private decks equipped with barbecues. Free Wi-Fi and business centre is available, while spa treatments can be factored into the occasion. Pappa’s Cookhouse caters Mediterranean cuisine.

Any size, any style Lloydminster sits on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Highway 16. With a population of 27,840 and 12 hotels and motels, Lloydminster has plenty of services. The Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre has completed a major face-lift to create a modern and sophisticated venue. Celebrating its centennial year in 2013, Lakeland College caters to a large spectrum of events; several meeting rooms, lecture halls, a theatrical stage and gymnasium are just a few of the spaces available. The Lloydminster Exhibition grounds have over 800 event days per year. Renowned for agricultural events, the “Ex” can cater to any kind of event or group. Says Katlin Pegg, Lloydminster’s economic development officer: “Lloydminster is open for business all year.” Ą

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CENTRAL ALBERTA Bonnyville

Drayton Valley

Hotels and Motels

Rocky Mountain House

Golf Courses & Country Clubs

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Holiday Inn & Suites Lloydminster 5612 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0B6 Kelly Mayner.....780-870-5050 780-875-9759  kelly@hilloydminster.com  www.hilloydminster.com

Banquet Facilities

Bonnyville Golf & Country Club Box 6885, Bonnyville T9N 2H3 Randy Gallop ...780-826-4886 780-826-7965  bonnyvillegolf@mcsnet.ca  www.bonnyvillegolfclub.com

Hotels and Motels Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 5011 66th St, Bonnyville T9N 2L9 Richard Wurst .....780-826-3300 780-826-7541  info@neighbourhoodinn.com  www.neighbourhoodinn.com Days Inn Bonnyville 5810 50th Ave, Bonnyville T9N 2N6 ..........780-815-4843 780-815-4853  info@bonnyvillehotel.com  www.bonnyvillehotel.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities

BONNYVILLE & DISTRICT

Brazeau Regional Tourism 6009 44 Ave Box 6401, Drayton Valley T7A 1R4 Brenda Lynn Jabs ....................... 780-542-7529 780-542-7523  info@brazeautourism.ca  www.brazeautourism.ca

Hotels and Motels Ramada Drayton Valley 2051 50th St, Drayton Valley T7A 1S5 ...........780-514-7861 780-514-7863  gm@ramadadraytonvalley.com  www.ramada.com

Wayside Inn & Suites Lloydminster 5411 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0A9 Michelle Holowaychuk............... 780-875-4404 780-875-7210  banquets@bwwis.com  www.bwwis.com

Edson

West Harvest Express 1402 50 Ave, Lloydminster T9V 2K5 Marlene Neumann ..................... 780-875-8884 780-875-3719  whel@westharvest.ca  www.westharvest.ca

Hotels and Motels Best Western High Road Inn 300 52 St, Edson T7E 1X8 ............780-712-2378 780-723-1868  gm@highroadinn.com  www.highroadinn.com Nova Inn Edson 5625 2nd Ave, Edson T7E 1L6 Elise Coppens ...780-278-6155 780-732-5719  elise_c@novahotels.ca  www.novahotels.ca

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre 4313 50th Ave Unit 1003, Bonnyville T9N 0B4 ...........780-812-3400 780-826-7816  events@centennialcentre.ca  www.centennialcentre.ca

Camrose

Event Planners Premiere Event Management 5407 52 St, Camrose T4V 3C7 Ashley Morton............................ 780-781-7272  info@premiere-event-management.com  www.premiere-event-management.com

Tropical Inn Hotel & Conference Centre 5621 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0B2 ...........780-875-7000 780-875-7828  tropinn@shaw.ca  www.tropicalinns.com

Edson & District Recreation Complex 1 Golf Course Rd Hwy 16 PO Box 6427, Edson T7E 1T3 ...........780-723-3311 780-723-4025  edsonrec@moradnet.ca  www.edsonrecreationcomplex.com

West Harvest Inn Lloydminster 5620 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0B6 Marlene Neumann ..................... 780-875-6113 780-875-2265  whl@westharvest.ca  www.westharvest.ca

New Norway

Decor and Design Services Above the Rest Balloons Box 121, New Norway T0B 3L0 Lynn Sheila Johnson .................. 780-608-6132  syriamom1963@yahoo.ca

Olds Heinsburg

Community Halls Heinsburg Community Development Society PO Box 64, Heinsburg T0A 1X0 Marge C Scott ............................ 780-943-3148 780-943-3469

Universities and Colleges Olds College Conference Services 4500 50 St, Olds T4H 1R6 Connie Conley .....403-556-8359 403-507-7786  cconley@oldscollege.ca  www.oldscollege.ca

Kitscoty

Red Deer

Hotels and Motels

Community Halls

Audiovisual Services

Ramada Inn Camrose 4702 73 St, Camrose T4V 0E5 Lisa Gaumont ....780-672-5220 780-672-5299  gm@ramadacamrose.com Super 8 Camrose 4710 73 St, Camrose T4V 0E5 Lisa Keough .....780-672-7303 780-672-7347  gm@super8camrose.com  www.super8.com

Kitscoty Hall 5202 51 St, Kitscoty T0B 2P0 ....................................... 780-872-9465  kitscotycommunityhall@hotmail.com

Vold Audio Group Inc 166 37428 Range Road 273 Suite 6, Red Deer T4E 0A1 John Vold ........403-348-5800 403-346-5803  www.voldaudio.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Camrose Regional Exhibition 4250 Exhibition Dr, Camrose T4V 4Z8 Jennifer Filip ...780-672-3640 780-672-8140  jfilip@cre.ab.ca  www.cre.ab.ca Chuck MacLean Arts Centre 4809 52 St, Camrose T4V 1T9 Jane Cherry Lemire .................... 780-672-9949 780-608-8740  jcherry@camrose.ca  www.camrose.ca

Lac La Biche

Hotels and Motels Ramada Lac La Biche 9305 100 St, Lac La Biche T0A 2C0 ...........780-623-2250 780-623-2257  www.canaltahotels.com

Lloydminster

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Cold Lake

Hotels and Motels Lakeland Inn 5411 55 St, Cold Lake T9M 1P3 ..........780-594-3311 780-594-3770  lakeinn@telusplanet.net  www.lakelandinn.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Casino Dene PO Box 1859 Stn Main, Cold Lake T9M 1P4 ..........780-594-7900 780-594-7902  admin@casinodene.com  www.casinodene.com

Lloydminster Economic Development Corp 5420 50th Ave, Lloydminster T9V 0X1 ...........780-875-8881 780-875-8882  tourism@lloydminster.ca  www.lloydminstertourism.com

Equipment and Supply Rentals The Tent Guys PO Box 10087, Lloydminster T9V 3A2 George Quickstad ....................... 780-205-7368  thetentguys@hotmail.com  www.thetentguys.net

Hotels and Motels Black Knight Inn 2929 50 Ave, Red Deer T4R 1H1 Arlene Veldhuis Cooper ............. 403-343-7669 403-755-6620  sales@blackknightinn.ca  www.blackknightinn.ca iHotel 67 Street 6500 67 St, Red Deer T4P 1A2 Sandeep Ghosh .......................... 403-357-1110 403-357-1116  sandeep@hi67.com  www.hi67.com Quality Inn North Hill 7150 50 Ave (Gaetz Ave), Red Deer T4N 6A5 ...........800-662-7152 403-346-8690  info@qualityinnnorthhill.com  www.qualityinnnorthhill.com Sheraton Red Deer Hotel 3310 50 Ave, Red Deer T4N 3X9 Lisa Francoeur .....403-755-1150 403-346-4790  sales@sheratonreddeer.com  www.sheratonhotelreddeer.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Westerner Park 4847A 19 St, Red Deer T4R 2N7 Meghan Gustum......................... 403-343-7800 403-341-4699  askus@westerner.ab.ca  www.westernpark.ca

Walking Eagle Inn & Lodge 4915 45 St Hwy 11 PO Box 1317, Rocky Mountain House T4T 1A9 Colleen Dwyer ............................ 403-845-2804 403-845-3685  info@walkingeagle.net  www.walkingeagle.net

Sylvan Lake

Hotels and Motels Chateau Suites at Sylvan Bay 5100 Lakeshore Dr, Sylvan Lake T4S 2L7 Susan Fisher ....403-887-6699 403-887-2355  reservations@chateausuites.ca  www.chateausuites.ca

Three Hills

Hotels and Motels Best Western Diamond Inn 351 7th Ave N Box 1348, Three Hills T0M 2A0 .........403-443-7889 403-443-7233  gmbwdi@telus.net  www.bwdiamondinn.com Super 8 Three Hills 208 18th Ave N, Three Hills T0M 2A0 Louise Frances Alberts ............... 403-443-8888 403-443-8889  lfalbert2@gmail.com  www.super8threehills.com

Wainwright

Hotels and Motels Best Western Wainwright Inn & Suites 1209 27 St, Wainwright T9W 0A2 ..........780-845-9934 780-842-3672  www.bestwesternwainwright.com Ramada Wainwright 1510 27 St, Wainwright T9W 0A4 Sophia Frey......780-842-5010 780-842-5166  gm@ramadawainwright.com

Westlock

Hotels and Motels Ramada Westlock 11311 100 St, Westlock T7P 2R8 Renée Glenn ....888-319-2245 780-349-2254  gm@ramadawestlock.com Westlock Inn and Conference Centre 10411 100 St, Westlock T7P 2G7 ...........780-349-4483 780-349-6503  innfo@westlockinn.com  www.westlockinn.com

Whitecourt

Banquet Facilities Eagle River Casino Junction Highway 43 & 32 N PO Box 10, Whitecourt T7S 1N3 Eris Moncur .....780-779-2727 780-778-6978  gm@eaglerivercasino.ca  www.eaglerivercasino.ca

Hotels and Motels Admiral Inn & Suites 5003 50 St PO Box 1230, Whitecourt T7S 1P1 ...........780-778-2216 780-778-4733  admiral@whitecourtadmiral.com  www.whitecourtadmiral.com Holiday Inn Express & Suites Whitecourt 4721 49 St Box 359, Whitecourt T7S 1N5 ...........780-778-2512 780-778-2516  gm@hiewhitecourt.com  www.hiewhitecourt.com Lakeview Inns & Suites Whitecourt 3325 Caxton St Box 1257, Whitecourt T7S 1P2 Trudy Malanowich...................... 780-706-3349 780-706-2242  whitecourt@lakeviewhotels.com  www.lakeviewhotels.com/ab-whitecourt.php Super 8 Whitecourt 4121 Kepler St, Whitecourt T7S 1P6 .......................................780-778-8908  780-778-6064  www.super8whitecourt.com

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Escaping it all Southern Alberta offers stunning destinations and cultural getaways

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

By Curt Cherewayko outhern Alberta is one of the few places in the world that can boast having three UNESCO World Heritage sites within a few hours’ drive of each other. Visitors can imagine the province’s rich past by visiting glacial forms, fossil beds and frontier lands. The variety of venues allows for a range of meeting experiences at places like Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Dinosaur Provincial Park – just a few of the many ways to richly colour a trip to the region. Located a little more than two hours south of Calgary, Lethbridge, Alberta’s third largest city, has become a major meetings and events destination – as a result of the abundance of venues and diversity of cultural and natural attractions it has to offer.

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Authentic experience The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, built during Canada’s Centennial in 1967 to recognize contributions made to the community by citizens of Japanese ancestry, is a study in authenticity. Structural components like the tea house, bell tower and bridges were handcrafted in Kyoto, then dismantled and shipped across the ocean to Canada. Once here, they were re-assembled under the guidance of five master tradesmen from Kyoto. A quick drive from Lethbridge lies Fort Whoop Up, a trading post built in 1869 that still trades with the aboriginal Blackfoot tribes of Southern Alberta, supplying ceremonial goods, hides, sweetgrass and other items. Air Canada has daily flights between Lethbridge and Calgary, although WestJet has yet to follow suit. Mayor Magrath Drive, situated a five-

minute drive east of downtown, is the city’s hotel strip. There you’ll find Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre, which was originally built in the 1950s but underwent a complete renovation in 2010 under new ownership. With six meeting venues, including a 9,000-square-foot grand ballroom, the Coast can accommodate 10 to 850 event attendees.

Horsing around A five-minute drive from the hotel strip is the Rocky Mountain Turf Club (RMTC), which is home to the city’s horse track and plays host to any and all types of meetings and events. The RMTC’s tarmac, infield and picnic area are suited for larger public events like fairs, auctions, antique shows and auto shows. It also has five indoor meeting spaces, the largest of which is 10,465 square feet, capable of hosting 600 event attendees. The RMTC is

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Offering a great place to unwind at the end of a day in Brooks, the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre’s tropical atrium includes a Japanese garden

adjacent to a casino. Medicine Hat, in the southeast of the province, has more than 90 kilometres of hiking and biking trails that link five major parks. Historically, Medicine Hat’s famous clay factories distributed stoneware and pottery as far away as Australia. Today, the iconic 1912 Medalta Potteries factory and beehive kilns are part of a 150-acre National Historic Site. The Medicine Hat Lodge Resort is the largest meeting and events venue in the city, with nine meeting rooms ranging from 260 to 6,380 square feet. Its largest ballroom can accommodate 600 attendees. Enhancing any stay are its spa and massage centre, fitness centre, casino and waterpark. If you require a venue in Medicine Hat that can host more than 600, look to the grounds of the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, which has 10 different venues and can host events with as many as 1,700 attendees. Located a half hour south of Medicine Hat in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, the Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort has a conference room and a community hall that can seat 90 guests and 225 guests respectively. The lodge and resort also provides off-site catering and has a salt-water pool. Its spa and massage centre offers hot stone therapy, wraps and full body exfoliation treatments. Cypress Hills is officially recognized as a dark sky preserve, which for visitors results in some of best star-gazing in the world. Like many destinations in Southern Alberta, Brooks, situated an hour’s drive to the west of Medicine Hat on the TransCanada Highway, is surrounded by unique natural wonders.

Test your golf game in the footprints of dinosaurs at Dinosaur Trail Golf & Country Club near Drumheller | CANADIAN BADLANDS

Lake Newell has become a busy watersports playground for residents of nearby Brooks and the surrounding area | CANADIAN BADLANDS

A groundswell of history Dinosaur Provincial Park, a half-hour drive from Brooks, is home to one of the richest dino-fossil beds in the world. Thousands of years of erosion has sculpted awe-inspiring canyons and badlands throughout the park. Nearby Lake Newell has become a busy watersports playground for residents of Brooks and the surrounding area. The largest meeting venue in Brooks is the Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, which can host up to 600 in its largest of six meeting spaces. It has 106 sleeping rooms, and its nearby affiliate, the

Heritage Inn & Suites, has 61 rooms for handling guest overflow. The Heritage’s tropical atrium, which includes a Japanese garden with a koi fish pond and tropical plants, is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. The Heritage Inn Hotels chain also has hotels in Taber and Pincher Creek – two communities in Southern Alberta that are smaller and off the beaten path. Yet, like every town in the region, they take pride in offering that famous Albertan hospitality and charm that makes any visitor’s stay a memorable one. Ą

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Banquet Facilities

Hotels and Motels

Regent Restaurant 1255 3rd Ave S, Lethbridge T1J 0K1 ............403-328-7800 403-328-0250  www.regentrestaurant.ca

Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Brooks 1217 2nd St W, Brooks T1R 1P7 Eric Deringer....403-362-6666 403-362-7319  gm.brooks@heritageinn.net  www.heritageinn.net Lakeview Inn & Suites Brooks 1307 2 St W, Brooks T1R 1P7 Sarah Weir ......403-362-7440 403-362-7477  sweir@lakeviewhotels.com  www.lakeviewhotels.com Super 8 Brooks 115 15 Ave W, Brooks T1R 0V5 ...........403-363-0080 403-363-0088  gm@super8brooks.com  www.super8brooks.com

Coleman

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor Country Encounters 7701 17th Ave PO Box 655, Coleman T0K 0M0 Dawn Rigby .....403-563-5299 403-582-1149  thepass@shaw.ca  www.countryencounters.com

Drumheller

Hotels and Motels Drumheller Inn & Suites 100 S Railway Ave Box 3100, Drumheller T0J 0Y0 ............403-823-8400 403-823-5020  info@drumhellerinn.com  www.drumhellerinn.com

Fort Macleod

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities The Empress Theatre Society 235 Main St PO Box 99, Fort Macleod T0L 0Z0 Neena O Yellow Face ................. 403-553-4404 403-553-4210  administration@empresstheatre.ab.ca  www.empresstheatre.ab.ca

Lethbridge

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Economic Development Lethbridge/ Convention & Event Development 308 Stafford Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 2L1 Kerry Lowe ......403-331-0022 403-331-0202  kerry@chooselethbridge.ca  www.chooselethbridge.ca

Ric’s Grill & The Mix by Ric’s Lounge in the Watertower 103 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4Y8 Jonas Taleon .............................. 403-317-7427  lethbridge@ricsgrill.com  www.ricsgrill.com

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Henderson Lake Golf Club 2727 South Parkside Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 0C6 Michael Plouffe .......................... 403-327-3652 403-327-7233  hlgcgolf@gmail.com  www.hendersonlakegolfclub.com Paradise Canyon Golf Resort 185 Canyon Blvd W, Lethbridge T1K 6V1 ...........403-381-6400 403-381-4300  food&beverage@playinparadise.com  www.playinparadise.com

Hotels and Motels Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre 526 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 3M2 Curtis Burton ...403-327-5701 403-327-5075  c.burton@coasthotels.com  www.coasthotels.com Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 1124 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 2P8 Vina Coles .......403-328-5591 403-380-4873  buddies1960@yahoo.ca  www.econolodge-lethbridge.com Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lethbridge 120 Stafford Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4W4 Sacha Johnson....403-394-9292 403-394-9202  hielethbridge.gm@gmail.com  www.hielethbridge.ca Holiday Inn Lethbridge 2375 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 7M1 Candace McKenzie..................... 403-359-5612 403-380-5051  candacemckenzie@fortisproperties.com  www.holidayinn.com/lethbridge-ab Quality Inn & Suites Lethbridge 4070 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge T1J 3Z2 Lilly George .....403-331-6440 403-331-6442  gm.cn828@choicehotels.com  www.choicehotels.com

Sandman Hotel Lethbridge 421 Mayor Magrath Dr, Lethbridge T1J 3L8 ............403-328-1111 403-329-9488  sls_lethbridge@sandman.ca  www.sandmanhotels.com Travelodge Lethbridge 1009 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 2P7 Brian Um..........403-328-2366 403-328-5933  travelodgeleth@gmail.com

Regional Convention Spaces Lethbridge & District Exhibition Park 3401 Parkside Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4R3 Nevis Goruk .....403-317-3211 403-320-8139  nevis@exhibitionpark.ca  www.exhibitionpark.ca

Universities and Colleges University of Lethbridge Conference & Event Services 4401 University Dr W, Lethbridge T1K 3M4 Erin Crane ........403-329-2244 403-329-5166  cnf@uleth.ca  www.uleth.ca/conference

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Southern Alberta Art Gallery 601 3rd Ave S, Lethbridge T1J 0H4 ...........403-327-8770 403-328-3913  info@saag.ca  www.saag.ca

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor Galt Museum & Archives 502 1 St S, Lethbridge T1J 0P6 Lea-Ann Owsley ......................... 403-320-4247 403-329-4958  facilityrentals@galtmuseum.com  www.galtmuseum.com

Medicine Hat

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Tourism Medicine Hat 8 Gehring Rd SW, Medicine Hat T1B 4W1 ..........403-527-6422 403-528-2682  events@tourismmedicinehat.com  www.tourismmedicinehat.com

Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Sun Country 722 Redcliff Dr SW, Medicine Hat T1A 5E3 ...........403-527-3700 403-526-8689  61020@hotel.bestwestern.com  www.bestwestern.com/ca/innmedicinehat Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat 2317 Trans Canada Way SE, Medicine Hat T1B 4E9 ............403-504-1700 403-527-1579  info@comfortinnmedicinehat.com  www.comfortinnmedicinehat.com Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medicine Hat 9 Strachan Bay, Medicine Hat T1B 4Y2 Nicole Daffy ....403-504-5151 403-504-0055  ndaffy@fortisproperties.com  www.hiexpress.com/medhat Medicine Hat Lodge Resort 1051 Ross Glen Dr SE, Medicine Hat T1B 3T8 Melanie Beals ............................ 403-502-8194 403-528-4075  sales@medhatlodge.com  www.medhatlodge.com Ramada Limited Medicine Hat 773 8 St SW, Medicine Hat T1A 4M5 ..........403-526-5955 403-526-3319  medhatramada@gmail.com  www.medicinehatramada.com

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Restaurants Twist Medicine Hat Restaurant & Wine Bar 531 3rd St SE, Medicine Hat T1A 0H2 ...................................... 403-528-2188  twistwinetapas@shaw.ca  www.twistmedicinehat.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities City of Medicine Hat – Arenas 155 Ash Ave SE, Medicine Hat T1A 3B1 Terra Petryshyn........................... 403-502-8745 403-529-1112  terpet@medicinehat.ca  www.medicinehat.ca

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 2055 21 Ave SE Box 1298, Medicine Hat T1A 7N1 Jodi Churla ......403-527-1234 403-529-6553  mhstampede@mhstampede.com  www.mhstampede.com

Medicine Hat

Banquet Facilities Kinplex Social Room 2055 21 Ave SE, Medicine Hat T1A 3Y4 Terra Petryshyn........................... 403-502-8745 403-529-1112  terpet@medicinehat.ca  www.medicinehat.ca

Pincher Creek

Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Pincher Creek 919 Waterton Ave Box 399, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 Claire Layton ...403-627-5000 403-627-3936  info.pinchercreek@heritageinn.net  www.heritageinn.net

Rosebud

Venues – Historical or Themed or Outdoor Rosebud Theatre 102 Railway Ave, Rosebud T0J 2T0 ............403-677-2001 403-677-2390  www.rosebudtheatre.com

Taber

Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Taber 4830 46 Ave, Taber T1G 2A4 Tyrel McLelland .......................... 403-223-4424 403-223-1733  info.taber@heritageinn.net  www.heritageinn.net

Waterton Park

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Waterton Lakes Golf Course Box 65 Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton Park T0K 2M0 Derrick Hawes ............................ 403-859-2114 403-859-2223  proshop@golfwaterton.com  www.golfwaterton.com

Resorts/Retreats Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort 101 Clematis Ave PO Box 100, Waterton Park T0K 2M0 Alex Benova ....403-859-2106 403-859-2105  alex@waymarker.ca  www.watertonlakeslodge.com

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Northern delights

As Alberta’s economy diversifies, new options open up for meeting venues and experiences Astotin Lake, Alberta

By Curt Cherewayko he oilsands are the economic engine powering Northern Alberta, but the region’s natural settings, growing tourist infrastructure and diversifying economy ensure that there are a variety of experiences to enrich one’s visit.

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Multiple personalities The first stop on the drive north from Edmonton is Athabasca, located 140 kilometres from the province’s capital. Athabasca enjoys the best of two worlds: it is located in the oilsands and thus enjoys the fruits of the resource boom, yet its proximity to Edmonton allows it to maintain a certain urban charm. Situated on the Athabasca River and surrounded by lakes and hills, the town is an extremeadventure hub. Boating, fishing and other summer activities give way to snowmobiling and downhill skiing in the winter.

Close to downtown and to a number of golf courses, the Days Inn has two meeting spaces with capacity of up to 30 and a 24-hour business centre that includes free copy and print services and free access to a PC. Travelling northeast through the Alberta energy corridor, you reach Fort McMurray, 435 kilometres from Edmonton. Numerous operators provide tours showcasing the fascinating history and operations of the oilsands. A glimpse of heavy industry can be contrasted by seeing the area’s natural beauty – sand dunes, the confluence of four rivers, hills, hiking trails and spectacular views of the northern lights.

A clear winner The Stillbrook Spa within the Clearwater Suite Hotel makes the Clearwater, situated in the heart of downtown, a sensual draw. Spend your time between massage

therapy, signature facials and body treatments in the spa’s whirlpool, sauna or steam room. The largest of Clearwater’s five meeting rooms has space for groups of up to 40, with full catering available. The hotel’s business centre has free 24-hour Internet as well as workstations, a scanner and a printer. Also situated downtown, Merit Hotel & Suites has three banquet rooms. It can accommodate groups as small as 12 and as large as 175. The hotel has negotiated a substantial discount for deluxe limousine transportation to and from the airport; the fare is just $22. If you’re staying in downtown Fort McMurray, you’ll be conveniently located minutes from MacDonald Island Park, a natural park that is home to diverse wildlife, a golf course, hiking trails and the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. The park has eight versatile meeting venues, ranging from

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The Best Western Mirage Hotel & Resort in High Level – dubbed the “Little Vegas of the North” – offers elegance suitable for prestigious events such as Alberta’s Premiers Dinner, held there in 2010

It has enjoyed its own resource boom, thanks to nearby oil and gas reserves. Agriculture remains vital to the surrounding Peace Country – which has close to four million hectares of farmland. And three major forestry operators maintain large presences in the city. The city is 464 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. WestJet and Air Canada Jazz make regular flights to and from its airport. In addition to signature Northern Alberta attractions such as golf, hiking, fishing and outdoor adventure, Grande Prairie has some unique draws. The nearby town of Sexsmith has been frozen in time, offering visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the 1920s, including a blacksmith shop and a log barn railway station. Pipestone Creek was a popular Indian campground over the centuries and is home to one of the richest dinosaur-bone beds in Canada. The Podollan Inn & Spa in Grande Prairie is home to the L Spa & Wellness Centre, named one of the top 50 spas in Canada. Soaker tubs, separate spacious walk-in showers, complimentary fitness centre passes, and the elegant ambience of the Jax Grill & Lounge enhance a stay at the Podollan. Its banquet room holds 60 people, while its boardroom holds up to 20 people.

On the level

The L Spa & Wellness Centre in the Podollan Inn & Spa Grande Prairie has been rated one the top 50 spas in Canada

576 to 14,400 square feet. In July 2012, local government approved a $127 million expansion of the park, including an expansion of its conference centre. A stay in Fort McMurray can be rounded out with an evening at the 23,500-squarefoot Boomtown Casino located downtown. Careful, managed expansion is a hot 44

topic in Fort McMurray these days. The airport, which has flights to and from Calgary and Edmonton via Air Canada and WestJet, is also planning a major renovation.

Time travel and soaker tubs Grande Prairie, Northern Alberta’s largest city and Canada’s seventh fastest growing city, is situated in the west of the province.

If you’re looking to truly get away from it all, High Level doesn’t get much farther away from it all. The trade-off for High Level’s isolation – it’s located nearly 800 kilometres north of Edmonton – is pristine, unspoiled nature, including awe-inspiring waterfalls located a day-trip away. The hotel industry has dubbed the town “Little Vegas of the North.” Places to stay such as the Sahara Motor Inn, the Flamingo Inn and the Stardust Motor Inn transport visitors back to Las Vegas’ golden age. Opened in 2009, the Best Western Mirage Hotel & Resort offers elegance suitable for prestigious events such as the Alberta’s Premiers Dinner, which was held there in 2010. It has four meeting and event venues, the largest of which – its conference centre – can host events with up to 500 attendees. Ą

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Golf Courses & Country Clubs Athabasca Golf & Country Club PO Box 2225, Athabasca T9S 2B7 Kyle Stewart....780-675-4599 780-675-7027  gm@athagolf.com  www.athagolf.com

Hotels and Motels Athabasca Super 8 4820 Woodheights Rd, Athabasca T9S 1V4 ...........780-675-8888 780-675-8889  gm@super8athabasca.com  www.super8athabasca.com

Clairmont

Hotels and Motels Redwood Inn and Suites 8117 99 St, Clairmont T0H 0W0 ..........866-567-2427 780-357-1847  gpinfo@redwoodinnandsuites.com  www.redwoodinnandsuites.com

Fairview

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Fairview & District Chamber of Commerce 10912 103 Ave PO Box 1034, Fairview T0H 1L0 ...........780-835-5999 780-835-5991  executivedirector@fairviewchamber.com  www.fairviewchamber.com

Fort McMurray

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Events Wood Buffalo 151 CA Knight Way, Fort McMurray T9H 5C5 Joanne Hlina ...780-791-1600 780-791-2898  info@eventswoodbuffalo.com  www.eventswoodbuffalo.com Fort McMurray Tourism 400 Sakitawaw Trail, Fort McMurray T9H 4Z3 ...........780-791-4336 780-790-9509  info@fortmcmurraytourism.com  www.fortmcmurraytourism.com

Hotels and Motels Bridgeport Inn 10021 Biggs Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 1S4 ..........780-790-2600 780-790-6060  thebridgeportinn@shaw.ca  www.bridgeportinn.ca Chateau Nova Fort McMurray Mod 3 Comp 9 RR1, Fort McMurray T9H 5B5 Elise Coppens ............................. 780-278-6155 780-732-5719  elise_c@novahotels.ca  www.novahotels.ca Clearwater Suite Hotel & Spa 4 Haineault St, Fort McMurray T9H 1R6 ...........780-799-7676 780-799-4501  catering@clearwaterfortmcmurray.com  www.clearwaterfortmcmurray.com Franklin Suite Hotel 10300 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 2H9 ...........780-788-2199 780-788-2159  info@franklinfortmcmurray.com  www.franklinfortmcmurray.com Merit Hotel & Suites 8200 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 2H9 ...........780-714-9444 780-714-9440  hotelinfo@meritfortmcmurray.com  www.meritfortmcmurray.com Nomad Hotel & Suites 10006 MacDonald Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 1S8 ..........780-791-4770 780-790-1684  info@nomadfortmcmurray.com  www.nomadfortmcmurray.com Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Fort McMurray 424 Gregoire Dr, Fort McMurray T9H 3R2 Gina Gouthro ...780-713-3335 780-790-1658  ggouthro@silverbirchhotels.com  www.qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray 435 Gregoire Dr, Fort McMurray T9H 4K7 ...........780-743-2400 780-743-2448  gm@radissonfortmcmurray.com  www.radissonfortmcmurray.com

Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Fort McMurray 530 MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray T9H 4C8 Gail MacQueen .......................... 780-799-7410 780-799-7444  gmacqueen@sawridge.com  www.sawridgefortmcmurray.com Super 8 Fort McMurray 321 Sakitawaw Trail, Fort McMurray T9H 5E7 ...........780-799-8450 780-799-8464  reservations@super8fortmcmurray.com  www.super8fortmcmurray.com Vantage Inn & Suites 200 Parent Way, Fort McMurray T9H 5E6 ..........780-713-4111 780-713-4042  info@vantagefortmcmurray.com  www.vantagefortmcmurray.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities MacDonald Island Recreation Park 1 CA Knight Way, Fort McMurray T9H 5C5 Adam Hardiman ......................... 780-791-0070 780-791-2898  adam.hardiman@macdonaldisland.ca  www.macdonaldisland.ca

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Grande Prairie 9816 107 St, Grande Prairie T8V 8E7 ............780-402-6886 780-402-6835  banquets@higrandeprairie.com  www.higrandeprairie.com Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Grande Prairie 11201 100 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 5M6 Lisa O’Brien .....800-661-7954 780-532-1961  lo’brien@silverbirchhotels.com  www.choicehotels.ca Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie 9805 100 St, Grande Prairie T8V 6X3 Pauline Lyman ............................ 780-513-5555 780-513-5131  grandeprairiecatering@sandman.ca  www.sandmanhotels.com Stanford Hotel Grande Prairie 11401 100th Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 5M6 ..........780-539-5678 780-538-3913  reservations@stanfordhospitality.com  www.grandeprairiestanfordhotel.com Stonebridge Hotel Grande Prairie 12102 100 St, Grande Prairie T8V 5P1 ............780-539-5561 780-538-4636  cateringmanager@stonebridgehotel.ca  www.stonebridgegrandeprairie.com

Grande Prairie

Regional Convention Spaces

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Evergreen Park PO Box 370, Grande Prairie T8V 3A5 Debbie Gamble........................... 780-357-2849 780-539-0373  dgamble@evergreenpark.ca  www.evergreenpark.ca

Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association 11330 106 St Suite 114, Grande Prairie T8V 7X9 Ainsley Lamontagne................... 780-539-7688 780-539-0905  info@gptourism.ca  www.gptourism.ca

Golf Courses & Country Clubs The Dunes Golf & Winter Club 60042 TWP Rd 704A RR3 Site 4 Box 1, Grande Prairie T8V 5N3 Jackie Wallan ............................ 780-538-4321 780-532-9101  jackiewallan@thedunes.ca  www.thedunes.ca

Hotels and Motels Grande Prairie Inn 11633 100 St, Grande Prairie T8V 3Y4 Sara Hoath ......780-532-5221 780-532-5441  catering@gpinn.com  www.gpinn.com Holiday Inn Express Suites Grande Prairie 10226 117 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 7S5 ..........780-814-9446 780-814-9684  fdhiexgp@pomeroygroup.ca  www.holiday-inn.com

Venues – Event or Meeting Facilities Centre 2000 Tourism & Trade 11330 106 St, Grande Prairie T8V 7X9 Amanda Frayn ............................ 780-513-0240 780-532-2926  info@centre2000.ca  www.centre2000.ca Crystal Centre 10017 99 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 0R7 Candace Guise ........................... 780-830-5006 780-539-9935  cguise@cityofgp.com  www.crystalcentre.com

High Level

Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres High Level & District Chamber of Commerce 10803 96 St Mon, High Level T0H 1Z0 ..........780-926-2470 780-926-4017  hlchambr@incentre.net  www.highlevelchamber.com

Hotels and Motels Executive House Suites Hotel & Conference Centre 9815 101 St, High Level T0H 1Z0 ...................................... 780-926-3311 780-926-4745  reservations@executivehousesuites.com  www.executivehousesuites.com

Regional Convention Spaces Best Western Mirage Hotel & Resort 9616 Highway 58, High Level T0H 1Z0 Celine Morad.............................. 780-821-1000 780-821-8300  info@bestwesternhighlevel.com  www.bestwesternhighlevel.com

Peace River

Hotels and Motels Peace Valley Inns Hotel and Conference Centre 9609 101 St PO Box 6388, Peace River T8S 1S3 ...........780-624-2020 780-624-2099  info@peacevalleyinns.com  www.peacevalleyinns.com Sawridge Inn Peace River 9510 100 St, Peace River T8S 1S9 Len Wurst ................................... 780-624-3621 780-624-4855  cateringPR@sawridge.com  www.sawridgepeaceriver.com

Slave Lake

Hotels and Motels Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Slave Lake 1551 Main St SE, Slave Lake T0P 2G0 Tiffany Osborn ............................ 780-849-4819 780-849-5045  fom@hieslavelake.com  www.hieslavelake.com Northwest Inn 801 Main St SE Box 2459, Slave Lake T0G 2A0 ...........780-849-3300 780-849-2667  www.northwestinnslavelake.com Super 8 Slave Lake 101 14 Ave SW, Slave Lake T0G 2A0 ...........780-805-3100 780-805-3140  gm@super8motelslavelake.com  www.super8motelslavelake.com

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INDEX A Above the Rest Balloons, 35, 39 Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport, 25 Admiral Inn & Suites, 39 Affinity Consulting and Training (ACT), 32 Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, 25 Alpine Helicopters Ltd, 35 Alpine Limousine & Tours, 35 Athabasca Golf & Country Club, 45 Athabasca Super 8, 45 B Baker Creek Mountain Resort, 35 Banff Aspen Lodge, 35 Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, 35 Banff Centre, 35 Banff Lake Louise Tourism, 35 Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre, 35 Banff Photography, 35 Banff Ptarmigan Inn, 35 Banff Rocky Mountain Resort Hotel & Conference Centre, 35 Banff Voyager Inn/Spruce Grove Inn, 35 Bennett Environmental Education Centre, 31 Best Western Diamond Inn, 39 Best Western High Road Inn, 39 Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites, 35 Best Western Mirage Hotel & Resort, 45 Best Western Plus Denham Inn & Suites, 32 Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn, 35 Best Western Plus Port O’ Call Hotel, 25 Best Western Plus Sun Country, 42 Best Western Plus The Inn at St Albert, 32 Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites, 25 Best Western Suites Downtown Calgary, 25 Best Western Village Park Inn, 25 Best Western Wainwright Inn & Suites, 39 Black Cat Guest Ranch, 35 Black Knight Inn, 39 Blackstone Mountain Lodge, 35 Blue Lake Centre, 35 Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre, 39 Bonnyville Golf & Country Club, 39 Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn, 39 Boundary Ranch, 35 Bow Valley Gourmet, 35 Bow Valley Tuxedos, 35 Bragg Creek & Area Chamber of Commerce, 25 Bragg Creek Community Centre, 25 Brazeau Regional Tourism, 39 Bridgeport Inn, 45 Buchanans Chop House and Whisky Bar, 25 Buffalo Mountain Lodge, 35 BUKSA Strategic Conference Services, 31 Buzz Events, 31 C Caesar’s Steak House & Lounge, 25 Calgary Marriott Hotel, 25 Calgary Stampede, 26 Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, 26 Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park, 26 Campus Tower Suite Hotel, 31 Camrose Regional Exhibition, 39 Canmore Limousine & Tours, 35 Canmore Recreation Centre, 35 Canterra Suites Hotel, 31 Capitol Conferences Inc, 26 Cardel Theatre, 26 Carriage House Inn, 25 Casino Dene, 39 Centre 2000 Tourism & Trade, 45 Chateau Nova Fort McMurray, 45 Chateau Nova Kingsway, 31 Chateau Suites at Sylvan Bay, 39 Chuck MacLean Arts Centre, 39 Cine Audio Visual, 31 City of Leduc, 32 City of Medicine Hat – Arenas, 42 Clearwater Suite Hotel & Spa, 45 Coast Edmonton East Hotel, 32 Coast Edmonton House, 31 Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 31 Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre, 42 Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 25 Coast Pyramid Lake Resort, 35 Comfort Inn & Suites Airdrie, 25 Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat, 42 Conference Services – University of Alberta, 32 ConventionALL Management, 25 Country Encounters, 42 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Calgary Airport, 25 The CountryWood at Bragg Creek, 25 Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton Downtown, 31 Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe, 31 Crystal Centre, 45 Crystal Ridge Golf Course, 26 Currie Communications Ltd, 31

D Days Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton Airport, 32 Days Inn Bonnyville, 39 Days Inn Calgary South, 25 Days Inn Downtown Edmonton, 31 Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 25 Delisle Marketing & Events Inc, 25 Delta Bow Valley Hotel, 25 Delta Calgary Airport, 25 Delta Calgary South, 25 Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel, 31 Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre, 31 Devonian Botanic Garden, 32 Distinctive Catering, 25 Don’s Good Time Catering, 26 Dow Centennial Centre – City of Fort Saskatchewan, 32 Drumheller Inn & Suites, 42 The Dunes Golf & Winter Club, 45 E Eagle River Casino, 39 Econo Lodge Canmore, 35 Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 42 Economic Development Lethbridge/Convention & Event Development, 42 Edmonton Tourism, 31 Edson & District Recreation Complex, 39 Elevation Place, 35 The Empress Theatre Society, 42 Etc Event Styling and Decor, 31 The Event Group, 25 Events Wood Buffalo, 45 Evergreen Park, 45 Executive House Suites Hotel & Conference Centre, 45 The Executive Royal Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, 25 Executive Royal Inn Leduc-Nisku, 32 Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton, 31 F Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 31 The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, 35 Fairview & District Chamber of Commerce, 45 Fantasyland Hotel, 31 Festival Place, 32 Flowers in the Park, 32 FM Systems Edmonton, 32 Fort McMurray Tourism, 45 Foster Associates, 31 Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton South, 31 Fox Hotel & Suites, 35 Franklin Suite Hotel, 45 G Galt Museum & Archives, 42 Georgetown Inn, 35 Gerry Thomas Gallery, 26 Glenbow Museum, 26 Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre, 25 Goldeye Centre, 35 Grande Prairie Inn, 45 Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, 45 The Grande Rockies Resort, 35 Greenwood Inn & Suites Calgary, 25 H Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Calgary University, 25 Heinsburg Community Development Society, 39 Henderson Lake Golf Club, 42 Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Brooks, 42 Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre High River, 26 Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Pincher Creek, 42 Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Taber, 42 Heritage Park Historical Village, 26 Hidden Ridge Resort, 35 High Level & District Chamber of Commerce, 45 Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport, 25 Holiday Inn & Suites Lloydminster, 39 Holiday Inn Calgary – MacLeod Trail South, 25 Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South, 31 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edmonton North, 31 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medicine Hat, 42 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Whitecourt, 39 Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Downtown, 31 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Calgary North, 25 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lethbridge, 42 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Slave Lake, 45 Holiday Inn Express Suites Grande Prairie, 45 Holiday Inn Express Suites Hinton, 35 Holiday Inn Hinton, 35 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Grande Prairie, 45 Holiday Inn Lethbridge, 42 Hotel Alma at the University of Calgary, 25

Hotel Arts, 25 Hotel Blackfoot, 25, 26 Hyatt Regency Calgary, 26 I iHotel 67 Street, 39 imaginations & concepts, 32 Infusion Contemporary Cuisine Restaurant, 25 Inns of Banff, 35 International Hotel Suites Calgary, 25 International Special Events Society (ISES) – Calgary Chapter, 25 J JEF Event Services, 25 Jubilations Dinner Theatre – Edmonton, 32 JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, Events & Conferences, 31 The Juniper Hotel & Bistro, 35 K Kahanoff Conference Centre, 26 Kinplex Social Room, 42 Kitscoty Hall, 39 L Lake Louise Inn, 35 Lakeland Inn, 39 Lakeview Inn & Suites Brooks, 42 Lakeview Inn & Suites Hinton, 35 Lakeview Inns & Suites Whitecourt, 39 Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport, 25 Lethbridge & District Exhibition Park, 42 Lloydminster Economic Development Corp, 39 M MacDonald Island Recreation Park, 45 Marketplace Events, 25 Matrix Hotel, 31 MEDIACO The Presentation Company, 25 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede, 42 Medicine Hat Lodge Resort, 42 Meeting Professionals International – Greater Calgary Chapter, 25 Meeting Professionals International – Greater Edmonton Chapter, 31 Meetings & Conventions Calgary, 25 Merit Hotel & Suites, 45 Metterra Hotel on Whyte, 31 Mount Engadine Lodge, 35 Mountain Light Studio, 35 Myer Horowitz Theatre, 32 Mystic Springs Chalets & Hot Pools, 35 N Neil Koven Photography, 26 Newport Grill on Lake Bonavista, 25 Nexus Exhibits Ltd, 25 Nomad Hotel & Suites, 45 Northwest Inn, 45 Nova Inn Acheson, 31 Nova Inn Edson, 39 Nuvo Hotel and Suites, 25 NWT Promotions Inc, 32 O The Oasis Centre – Conferencing & Events, 32 Olds College Conference Services, 39 OneWest Events Inc, 25 P Paradise Canyon Golf Resort, 42 Peace Valley Inns Hotel and Conference Centre, 45 Picture This Event Photo Entertainment Inc, 26 Premiere Event Management, 39 Premium Catering Services Inc, 32 Prismatic Group Inc, 31 Pushing Petals Flowers Inc, 25 Q Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Fort McMurray, 45 Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Grande Prairie, 45 Quality Inn & Suites Lethbridge, 42 Quality Inn North Hill, 39 Quality Inn West Harvest Edmonton, 31 Quality Resort Chateau Canmore, 35 R Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, 35 Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray, 45 Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport, 26 Radisson Hotel Edmonton South, 31 Ramada Drayton Valley, 39 Ramada High River, 26 Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre, 31 Ramada Inn & Suites Airdrie, 25 Ramada Inn & Suites Canmore, 35 Ramada Inn Camrose, 39 Ramada Lac La Biche, 39

Ramada Limited Medicine Hat, 42 Ramada Wainwright, 39 Ramada Westlock, 39 Raw Canvas Catering, 25 RedTail Landing Golf Club, 32 Redwood Inn and Suites, 45 Regent Restaurant, 42 Ric’s Grill & The Mix by Ric’s Lounge in the Watertower, 42 Richard Brown Photography, 35 Rimrock Resort Hotel, 35 Riverside Chateau, 25 Rosebud Theatre, 42 Rosslyn Inn & Suites, 31 Royal Canadian Pacific, 26 S Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary Airport, 26 Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South, 26 Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West, 26 Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre, 26 Sandman Hotel Grande Prairie, 45 Sandman Hotel Lethbridge, 42 Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre, 31 Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Fort McMurray, 45 Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper, 35 Sawridge Inn Edmonton South, 31 Sawridge Inn Peace River, 45 Scotiabank Saddledome, 26 Service Plus Inns & Suites Calgary, 25, 26 Shaw Conference Centre, 31, 32 Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, 39 Silver Creek Lodge, 35 Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, 35 Solara Resort & Spa, 35 Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 42 Special Event Rentals & Sales Ltd, 31 St Albert Inn & Suites, 32 Stanford Hotel Grande Prairie, 45 Stonebridge Hotel Grande Prairie, 45 StoneRidge Mountain Resort, 35 Strathcona Wilderness Centre, 32 Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club, 32 Super 8 Brooks, 42 Super 8 Camrose, 39 Super 8 Fort McMurray, 45 Super 8 High River, 26 Super 8 Hinton, 35 Super 8 Slave Lake, 45 Super 8 Three Hills, 39 Super 8 Whitecourt, 39 T TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, 32 The Tent Guys, 39 Theatre Junction GRAND, 26 ThinkTANK, 31 Timewise Event Management Inc, 31 Tourism Canmore Kananaskis, 35 Tourism Medicine Hat, 42 Travel Alberta, 25 Travelodge Calgary University, 26 Travelodge Hotel Calgary Airport, 26 Travelodge Lethbridge, 42 Tropical Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, 39 Turner Valley Golf Club, 26 Twist Medicine Hat Restaurant & Wine Bar, 42 U Union Bank Inn, 31 University of Lethbridge Conference & Event Services, 42 V Van Es Camp & Conference Centre, 31 Vantage Inn & Suites, 45 Vold Audio Group Inc, 39 W Walking Eagle Inn & Lodge, 39 Waterton Lakes Golf Course, 42 Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort, 42 Wayside Inn & Suites Lloydminster, 39 West Harvest Express, 39 West Harvest Inn Lloydminster, 39 Westerner Park, 39 Westin Calgary, 26 Westlock Inn and Conference Centre, 39 Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon, 35 Windtower Lodge & Suites, 35 Wingate By Wyndham Calgary, 26 Winspear Centre, 32 WinSport Canada, 26 Workplace Speaker Network, 26 Z Zinc Catering at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 31

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