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CONTENTS

2020 | ALBERTA BOUND

MEETINGPLACESAB

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TURNING HEADS IN EDMONTON CUTTING-EDGE ARCHITECTS CARVE BOLD NEW VENUES

CALGARY’S HOT NEW HOTELS

WRITING-ON-STONE WOWS UNESCO MEETING AND EVENT PLANNING IN ALBERTA

PRESIDENT: Alvin Brouwer EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER; VICE-PRESIDENT, GLACIER MEDIA: Kirk LaPointe EDITOR: Frank O’Brien DESIGN: Petra Kaksonen PRODUCTION: Rob Benac CONTRIBUTORS: Rob Alexander, Andrea Cox, Geoff Kirbyson, Frank O’Brien PROOFREADER: Meg Yamamoto DIRECTOR, SALES AND MARKETING : Pia Huynh SALES MANAGER: Laura Torrance ADVERTISING SALES: Blair Johnston, Corinne Tkachuk, Chris Wilson ADMINISTRATOR: Katherine Butler RESEARCH: Anna Liczmanska Meeting Places Alberta 2020 is published by BIV Magazines, a division of BIV Media Group, 303 Fifth Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1J6, 604-688-2398, fax 604-688-1963, biv.com. Copyright 2019 Business in Vancouver 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 publishers are not responsible in whole or in part for any errors or omissions in this publication. ISSN 1205-5662

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ASSOCIATION MESSAGES

ILEA CANADA | MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL At the International L ive Events Association (ILEA) we talk about #MyILEA moments. What it means to each of us to be a part of a professional association cultivated specifically for those in the event industry. MyILEA moment came when I was pursuing a

designation to help me move to the next level within the industry. The certified special event professional (CSEP) designation was perfect for me. It demonstrated my proficiency as an event professional, showed my competency level of industry standards a nd pra c t ic e s, h elp e d m e get the next great role and acknowledged high calibre

work. I fou nd my “fa m i ly” at the monthly ILEA meetings. I very quickly became a regular attendee and, in just a few short months, joined the Edmonton chapter board. I am returning this year for a second term as president and cannot wait to meet you at our award-winning education and programming events. Not a member yet? Not to

worry, ILEA offers general admission for all our events. Want to learn more about the membership advantage? Send me an email at ringmasterevents@hotmail.com. I would be happy to talk to you about everything ILEA has to offer. Jody Paulson, president, Edmonton chapter, International Live Events Association

MPI EDMONTON | WE’RE PART OF SOMETHING BIG Hello from t h e M e e ting Places International (MPI) Greater Edmonton chapter. MPI is not only the largest association for event professionals in Alberta; we’re the largest in the world. So I’m not exaggerating when I say “we’re

a part of something big.” M PI h as more t h a n 70 chapters across North and South America, Europe and Asia focusing on high-level education, busi ness best practices and building relationships that support you. If you are new to the industry, looking to expand your net work, or h ave b een a n

event professional for years and want to share your expertise, or somewhere in between, we want you to be a part of our global organization. You might want to take advantage of opportunities for educational scholarships to help you attain industry designations. Get connected with

like-minded professionals today. Visit.mpiedmonton. o rg o r o n s o c i a l m e d i a a t @mpiedmonton, or call me direct at 780-265-4668. Andrea Cliff, president, Greater Edmonton chapter, Meeting Professionals InternationalEdmonton chapter

PCMA | TAKE TIME TO RECHARGE Greetings to everyone from the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Canada West Chapter. As I write this, the summer is ending and the busy season for our industry is underway. W h i le we a re juggl i ng

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deadlines, business trips and back-to-back events, let’s always remind ourselves of the importance of recharging. Recharging is not just about going on vacation. Listen to a short meditation session in the morning; take a five- to10-minute walk after lunch; unplug a few minutes in the evening. Recharging is about building daily habits that can

help us retain energy, calm and motivation. Recha rg i ng is a lso about spending time to learn new things. The business event industry changes dramatically almost daily, and it is a constant struggle for event professionals to keep up with the latest trends or threats. Professional associations like PCMA are here to assist you

with that. Make a commitment this year to build a new habit of attending at least one local event, to connect with your colleagues and community. I hope to see you at the next event. Shawn Cheng, president, Canada, West Chapter Professional Convention Management Association

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EDMONTON GOES

BOLD

New Stanley A. Milner Library sparks debate as Alberta’s capital continues to create meeting places that define a contemporary city

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dmonton has embarked on a downtown architectural transformation that has ignited debate, challenged perceptions and created some of the most dynamic meeting places in Canada.

The modern era began in 2010 with the Art Gallery of Alberta, designed by Randall Stout. Its angular form was juxtaposed by a 190-metre flowing steel ribbon inspired by Alberta’s northern environment. It was followed by the much-anticipated ICE District and new Rogers Arena, developed by Katz Group, and the Royal Alberta Museum that opened last year. Also opened in 2019, the JW Marriott Edmonton in the heart of the ICE District is the second-tallest building in the city, the first luxury hotel built downtown in decades, with space geared towards contemporary conferences and meetings. The Marriott features 10 event rooms, nearly 16,000 square feet of total event space and 13 breakout-meeting rooms. Its largest space can accommodate 936 delegates, and the new $500 million hotel

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is walking distance to the Edmonton Convention Centre and the Citadel Theatre. Yet it is the renovation of the Stanley A. Milner pubic library that has grabbed attention as it angles towards its unveiling in February 2020. “The built environment is both a reflection of people’s spirit and a source of inspiration,” says Stephen Teeple, principal at the Toronto-based firm Teeple Architects and lead designer on the Milner library refresh. Teeple describes the design vision behind the renewed space as “connecting the library to the city.” The renovation will add space for audio recording and playing games, offer cooking classes in a 2,000-square-foot centre and introduce a space for hosting Indigenous ceremonies and other events.

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library will feature expanded meeting rooms with advanced audiovisual, all in a space naturally lit with 650 windows and six skylights • STEEPLE ARCHITECTS

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exterior design of Edmonton’s refreshed Stanley A. Milner Library has sparked a design debate in the city: visitors will have a chance to judge for themselves when it opens this February • STEEPLE ARCHITECTS

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Edmonton’s first Quidditch Canada National Championship will be held March 28-29 at the University of Alberta • QUIDDITCH CANADA

Its cutting-edge design, however, ignited a flurry of social media debate, with some saying it resembled a spaceship; others, that it evoked a military tank. Some critics focused on the cost: the original budget for the renovations was $62.5 million, but the cost increased to nearly $85 million when structual problems surfaced in the 52year old building. Teeple and the Edmonton mayor both urge citizens to await the opening. “Criticism is a sport here in Edmonton and so people indulge, but I’m going to wait until it’s done and especially until people get inside before passing final judgment,” Mayor Don Iveson told reporters. The new library will have greater square footage, expanded meeting spaces and advanced digital and community resources. “The renewal is about more than a building, it’s about a space where people can connect,

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learn, belong and thrive,” says Pilar Martinez, chief executive officer at the Edmonton Public Library. Martinez says that the new exterior design is certainly striking and lends a futuristic look and feel to the former brutalist architecture. “It’s reflective of a modern library,” she says. In addition to a strong sense of architectural flow in the interior spaces – the multi-storey glass and steel atrium flows up and through the expanse of the library, visually connecting the spaces – key connections from the interior to the exterior public domain are carved with ample glazing: there are 650 windows, including five skylights in the refurbished six-storey structure. “The new library will create opportunities for social interaction in a dynamic, sculptural setting – it will be an enriching spatial experience that unfolds as one moves through it,” explains Teeple. É

BIGGEST EVENTS IN EDMONTON 2020 More than 3,200 delegates are expected in Edmonton this October for the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, expected to be the largest conference event in the city in 2020. But it is quirky sport spectacles that could draw the greatest number of visitors, according to Explore Edmonton. These include Edmonton’s first Quidditch Canada National Championship (if you have to ask, talk to your grandchildren) March 28-29 at the University of Alberta. In April, also for the first time, the city will host the National Dodgeball Championships, an event expected to draw 300 athletes and hundreds of supporters from across the country.

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NEW HOTELS MEET HIGH DEMAND Fancy new hotels and meeting places arrive in the nick of time for bustling and welcoming Calgary FRANK O’BRIEN

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he Dorian is Calgary’s latest luxury hotel, ascending downtown on 5th Avenue boasting 27 floors and 300 rooms, with the opening scheduled for the autumn of 2020. It is being developed by PBA Land and Development.

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as seen from Prince’s Island Park, where the 40th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival will attract performers from around the world from July 23 to July 26 • TOURISM CALGARY

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Dorian on 5th Avenue is Calgary’s newest luxury hotel. Opening this autumn, the $100 million complex boasts 300 rooms and extensive conference facilities • PBA LAND AND DEVELOPMENT

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Designed with a British influence, the hotel will feature a main-floor restaurant, conference facilities, a fitness facility and a top-floor restaurant-lounge with an outdoor patio. “We can help do more than get this city back on its feet; we can help it rise to even greater heights,” says PBA CEO Patricia Phillips. The $100 million hotel will employ more than 150 people, providing an envious level of service. The Dorian joins the Residence Inn by Marriott, a 35-storey, 90-room hotel that opened last year on 10th Avenue at 5th Street by Atlific Hotels. Designed for the corporate group market, the new Marriott has 6,000 square feet of meeting space with built-in multimedia technology that can welcome up to 175 delegates. Meeting rooms of various sizes on the conference level of the hotel can be used for lunches, breakout sessions and intimate discussions. The fresh accommodation will be needed this year in Calgary, which is becoming a major conference and event destination, says David Woodward, executive director of Meetings and Conventions Calgary. This June, the giant Global Petroleum Show 2020 is among the largest events, with an estimated 53,000 attendees, representatives from 22,500 companies and more than 1,000 exhibitors at Stampede Park June 9-11. Of course the famous Calgary Stampede is an annual highlight and will held July 3-12, 2020. Last year posted a record-snapping Stampede attendance of more than 1.27 million, and this year promises to be even bigger and better, organizers say. Woodward manages a team of 12 responsible for persuading organizations to hold their larger meetings and conventions in this city.

Two of his sales staff cover the U.S. market, two concentrate on Canada and another specializes in international organizations. Each year, overnight visitors contribute about $2 billion to local businesses, Woodward notes, and it takes long-range planning to keep visitors coming. An example is the Rotary International Convention that is expected to draw more than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries in 2025. The Rotarians will need plenty of hotel rooms, but by then a planned 650-room hotel on the Stampede grounds will be open, part of a massive redevelopment of the iconic site. 2020 EVENTS

There are many exciting events booked for early 2020 that should keep Calgary’s new hotels hopping. These include a high-performance “arts rodeo” in January, billed as Canada’s largest international festival of the arts. The Chinese New Year Festival in late January will light up Calgary’s Chinatown with live performances and fireworks. Calgary’s Chinese Cultural Centre is the largest facility of its kind in North America. Winefest in February promises “as many samples of wine as you can drink” and will be hosted in venues across the city. The Classic IV show-jumping competition will be held February 23-24 at Spruce Meadows, the internationally recognized equestrian event space, and visitors can watch from the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Equi-Plex. And, as in all years, this final event of the show-jumping season has free admission and free parking. É

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HOW THE WEST ONCE WAS While there are many new sights and venues in Calgary, a perennial favourite is the Heritage Park Historical Village, where visitors can see and feel the past come to life before their eyes. This park’s unique attractions and exhibits span western Canadian history from the 1860s to the 1950s. Visitors will see the story of the settlement of the West not only preserved but presented live with costumed actors and authentic buildings and experiences. With more than 180 exhibits on 127 acres of land – and a paddlewheel boat for river tours – Canada’s largest living history museum offers an unforgettable experience. Stroll the historical village and vist the entire park grounds, open from the spring to October 15.

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Ashton leads the service team at the world’s largest Residence Inn by Marriott by Atlific Hotels. The new Calgary corporatecalibre hotel has 390 rooms and extensive meeting facilities • WESTERN INVESTOR

Heritage Park in Calgary invites visitors back to how the West once was with an authentic Main Street, an operating steam engine train and even a paddleboat for river tours • HERITAGE PARK

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How to use Meeting Places’ region-by-region directories of venues and services MEETING PLACES AT A GLANCE Q If you’re looking for details of specific venues, start with “Meeting places at a glance,” below. First check the Alberta map on page 14 to confirm which region your event is in, then browse the listings under that region.

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 14 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 offers 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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REGIONAL MAP OF ALBERTA

N.W.T . CALGARY & AREA—15 Balzac—17 Bragg Creek—17 Calgary—17 High River—18 Okotoks—18

EDMONTON & AREA—19 Ardrossan—21 Beaumont—21 Edmonton—21 Leduc—22 Nisku—22 Parkland—22 Sherwood Park—22 Spruce Grove—22 St Albert—22 Stony Plain—22

High Level

Northern Alberta—P30

ALBERTA ROCKIES—23 Banff—25 Canmore—25 Hinton—25 Jasper—25 Kananaskis—25 Lake Louise—25

Fort McMurray

Peace River Grimshaw

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CENTRAL ALBERTA—26 Bonnyville—27 Camrose—27 Drayton Valley—27 Lacombe—27 Lloydminste—27 Olds—27 Red Deer—27 Rocky Mountain House—27 Sylvan Lake—27 Three Hills—27 Vermilion—27 Wetaskiwin—27 Whitecourt—27

High Prairie

Clairmont

Slave Lake Grande Prairie

Fox Creek

St. Paul

Grande Cache

Ardrossan Parkland St. Albert Sherwood Park

Darwell Evansburg Fallis Spruce Grove Stony Plain

Edson Hinton

Drayton Valley Jasper

Central Alberta—P26 Rocky Mountain House

NORTHERN ALBERTA—30 Fort McMurray—31 Grande Prairie—31 Grimshaw—31 High Level—31 Peace River—31

Bonnyville Westlock

Whitecourt

SOUTHERN ALBERTA—28 Brooks—29 Drumheller—29 Lethbridge—29 Medicine Hat—29 Pincher Creek—29 Rosebud—29 Taber—29

Lac La Biche Edmonton Cold Lake & area—P19

Athabasca

Edmonton

Leduc

Sherwood Park Beaumont Nisku

Vermilion

Kitscoty

Lloydminster

Camrose Westerose

Wetaskiwin New Norway

Wainwright

Rimbey Lacombe

Sylvan Lake

Provost

Stettler

Red Deer Innisfail

Nordegg Sundre Lake Louise

Alberta Rockies—P23

Heinsburg

Olds

Three Hills

Carstairs Morley Cochrane

Banff Canmore Kananaskis

Bragg Creek Priddis

Drumheller Airdrie

Rosebud

Balzac Calgary Strathmore

Patricia

Okotoks

Brooks

High River

Calgary & area—P15

Parkland Claresholm

BRITISH C OL U MB I A

Southern Alberta—P28

Medicine Hat Picture Butte

Fort Macleod Coleman

Taber

Bow Island

Lethbridge

Pincher Creek

Waterton Park

WASHINGTON

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CALGARY: A CITY IN TUNE

Studio Bell and a remake of the BMO Centre usher in a new era for conferences and meetings in Alberta’s biggest and most youthful city

ANDREA COX

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algary is a city in transition and in tune, evolving to meet a fresh identity, one that embraces its entrepreneurial spirit and builds upon it, putting less emphasis on the energy industry and more on the arts, sports and economics sectors that often include sustainable, environmental or green components.

With a young population (the median age is 36.9 years), Canada’s sunniest city has garnered all sorts of accolades from the world’s fifth-ranked Ultimate Sports City and Canada’s top multi-year ranking as one of the five most livable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It’s a city of choice for the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs. The pulse and vibrancy of this urban centre combined with an ideal location in the eastern foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains make it a top destination for corporate

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events and meetings. And what better place to host than in one of the city’s most innovative and significant artistic venues? Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, one of 15 or so buildings that define the city as a powerhouse of innovative architecture, houses the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio where big-name greats like Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and the studio’s namesake – the Rolling Stones – recorded classic albums. It offers a collection of meeting rooms and

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create at Calgary’s Studio Bell. The National Music Centre venue can host town halls for 250 people or receptions for up to 1,200 guests • NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

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Saddledome arena will be replaced by a new $550 million stadium in an effort that includes a multimillion-dollar expansion of the BMO Centre into one million square feet of meeting and conference space •TOURISM CALGARY

Studio Bell can host town-hall-style meetings for 250 or receptions for up to 1,200 guests and includes sophisticated dining spaces • NEIL ZILLER, NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

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event spaces designed by architect Brad Cloepfil. Here one can screen a film, dance the night away or host a private cocktail reception. The rooftop amenity terrace at the King Eddy, the adjacent hotel, features jaw-dropping views of downtown and the Stampede grounds and an up-close look at the architecture of Studio Bell. “The National Music Centre is a central part in Calgary’s transformation as an emerging hub for music in Canada,” says Cynthia Klaassen, the National Music Centre’s senior manager of business development. “Studio Bell is a completely unique building with fabulous architecture inspired by musical instruments and the surrounding Canadian landscape. We have the ability to host corporate town halls for 250 people to special receptions for up to 1,200 guests. Because we are a music museum and live performance space, if an event has a live component then we have all of the in-house expertise to facilitate that.” For those looking for some adrenalin pumping activities, WinSport, the site of the first Canadian Winter Olympics in 1988, features a myriad of meeting, dining and team-building opportunities that can be uniquely designed to incorporate many of the facility’s top-notch offerings. Whoosh down a zip line at 140 kilometres per hour, test out a bobsled or navigate through the ropes course and finish up the day with cocktails and dinner in the award-winning on-site restaurant.

Adding to the meeting spaces pool, Calgary is expanding and breathing new life into veteran spaces. Take, for example, Victoria Park and the Stampede Grounds, a 30-acre (12-hectare) refresh project spearheaded by the city’s development arm, Calgary Municipal Land Corp., and the Calgary Stampede. The redo, dubbed the Rivers District Master Plan, will establish a culture and entertainment district and include residential densification, plenty of upscale and local shopping, a new sports arena and expanded conference facilities, starting with the BMO Centre. The refresh, designed by S2 Architecture, will double the BMO Centre space to more than one million square feet. Just down the road from Victoria Park, Fort Calgary, established in 1875 at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers by the NorthWest Mounted Police, is also undergoing an overhaul, one that will uplevel its dated meeting spaces while adding a brand new cultural component. Part of the broader revitalization of The Rivers District Master Plan, Make History is a three-phase design that includes a new 12,750-square-foot museum. Designed by Calgary’s Nyhoff Architecture, it allows for future addition or expansion and will link to Fort Calgary’s Barracks/Business Centre, which will also experience a renovation, creating new meeting spaces for groups eager to re-discover Calgary. É

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Balzac Hotels and Motels Days Inn Calgary North Balzac 292243 Wagon Wheel Blvd, Balzac T4A 0E2 Elise Shorting..... p: 403-516-3297 f: 587-535-2348 e: daysinncalgarynorthbalzac@d3h.ca daysinncalgarynorthbalzac.ca

Bragg Creek Banquet Facilities Italian Farmhouse Restaurant & Bar, The 20 Balsam Ave Box 1094, Bragg Creek T0K 0K0 Pamela Risk .................................. p: 403-949-2750 e: info@theitalianfarmhouse.ca theitalianfarmhouse.ca

Calgary Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres MPI - Greater Calgary Chapter 815 17 Ave SW Suite 100 PO Box 16061 Lower Mount Royal, Calgary T2T 5H7 .................................................................... e: info@mpi-gcc.org mpi-gcc.org Banquet Facilities Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre 1316 33 St NE, Calgary T2A 6B6 ......................................... p: 403-248-8888 e: info@calgaryplaza.com calgaryplaza.com

Bus Services MC Limousine Chauffeured Transportation Calgary Cory Goodman .............................. p: 403-269-5466 e: info@mclimo.com mclimo.com Caterers A Splendid Affair 10 Coachway Rd SW Suite 143, Calgary T3H 1E5 Beat Schmassmann ...................... p: 403-228-6280 e: beat@asplendidaffair.com asplendidaffair.com Community Halls Winston Heights-Mountview Community Centre 520 27 Ave NE, Calgary T2E 2A6 ........................................ p: 403-276-5474 e: hallmanager@winstonheights.ca winstonheights.ca Conference Organizers/Planners/Trade Show Consultants Details Convention & Event Management 305 4625 Varsity Dr NW Suite 400, Calgary T3A 0Z9 Niesa Silzer....................................p: 403-277-7377 e: info@detailsinc.ca detailsinc.ca Decor and Design Services OneWest Events Inc 3620 50 Ave SE, Calgary T2B 3N9 Ren e Pittet ................................... p: 877-598-9378 e: info@onewestevents.com onewestevents.com

Display Designers & Builders Nexus Exhibits Ltd 2424 2 Ave SE, Calgary T2E 6J9 Milena Radakovic ...................... p: 403-262-8030 f: 403-266-3414 e: info@nexusexhibits.com nexusexhibits.com Employment Agencies/Event StafďŹ ng

BBW International Inc Calgary ..........................................p: 866-984-0352 e: sales@bbwinternational.com bbwinternational.com Local Calgary and Edmonton event staff for conference registration, cashiers, booth hostesses and experiential marketing brand ambassadors. Entertainment Services PM Gigs 4722 1 St SW Suite 200, Calgary T2G 0A2 Patrick McGannon ..................... p: 403-276-4447 f: 403-276-4447 e: pat@pmgigs.com pmgigs.com

Tee Breeze Entertainment Ltd 3551 78 Ave SE Bay C, Calgary T2C 1J7 Ryan Eubank ................................. p: 403-216-3070 e: info@teebreeze.com party-dj.ca Event Insurance PAL Insurance Brokers Canada Ltd 1400 1 St SW Suite 200, Calgary T2R 0V8 .............. p: 403-261-3900 f: 403-261-3903 palcanada.com Event Planners e=mc2 events 1207 11 Ave SW Suite 620, Calgary T2C 0M5 Jocelyn Flanagan .......................... p: 403-770-1383 e: jocelyn@emc2events.com emc2events.com Epic Events 11651 40 St SE Unit 9, Calgary T2Z 4M8 Faye Lewchak ............................... p: 403-589-3900 e: faye@epic-events.ca epic-events.ca Event Group, The 2424 4 St SW Suite 900, Calgary T2S 2T4 David Howard .... p: 403-543-1509 f: 403-543-1516 e: dave@eventgroup.ca eventgroup.ca POP Kollaborative Inc 237 8 Ave SE Suite 250, Calgary T2G 5C3 Kenneth Kristoffersen................... p: 403-703-4675 e: info@pophasemail.com pophasawebsite.com Simply Elegant 3600 19 St NE Unit 7, Calgary T2E 6V2 Sharon Barwick.. p: 403-242-0598 f: 403-291-0568 e: contact@secorp.ca simplyelegantcorp.com

Calling all party animals.

Host your holiday event at the zoo. Book now at calgaryzoo.com/events

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Hotels and Motels Acclaim Hotel by Clique Calgary Airport 123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary T3N 0A3.............. p: 403-291-8000 f: 403-532-9400 e: catering@acclaimhotel.ca acclaimhotel.ca Aloft Calgary University 2359 Banff Trail NW, Calgary T2M 4L2...............p: 403-289-1973 f: 403-282-1241 e: events@aloftcalgaryuniversity.com aloftcalgaryuniversity.com Best Western Plus Port O’ Call Hotel 1935 McKnight Blvd NE, Calgary T2E 6V4 Lisa Marthaller ...p: 403-291-4600 f: 403-250-6827 e: info@bwportocallhotel.com bwportocallhotel.com Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre 1316 33 St NE, Calgary T2A 6B6 ......................................... p: 403-248-8888 e: info@calgaryplaza.com calgaryplaza.com Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites 86 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary T3J 5J9 Randy Hollick ......p: 403-264-9650 f: 403-264-9651 e: info@bestwesterncalgary.com bestwesterncalgary.com Best Western Village Park Inn 1804 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary T2M 3Y7 Tracey Currie .......p: 403-289-1804 f: 403-289-4645 e: catering@villageparkinn.com villageparkinn.com Calgary Marriott Downtown 110 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 5A6 ...............p: 403-266-7331 f: 403-262-8442 marriott.com Carriage House Inn 9030 Macleod Trail S, Calgary T2H 0M4 Pamela Currie .... p: 403-640-7533 f: 403-640-7526 e: pcurrie@carriagehouse.net carriagehouse.net Comfort Inn & Suites Airport North 147 Freeport Cres NE, Calgary T3J 0t3................ p: 587-349-7289 f: 587-349-7280 choicehotels.com Comfort Inn & Suites Calgary Airport 3111 26 St NE, Calgary T1Y 7E4 ...............p: 403-735-1966 f: 403-735-1955 e: airport@comfortinncalgary.com comfortinncalgary.com/airport Comfort Inn & Suites South 4611 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary T2G 0A6 ...............p: 403-287-7070 f: 403-287-8855 e: gm.cn385@choicehotels.com comfortinncalgary.com/south Comfort Inn & Suites University 2369 Banff Trail NW, Calgary T2M 4L2 ..............p: 403-289-2581 f: 403-284-3897 e: gm.cn387@choicehotels.com comfortinncalgary.com/university

Days Inn by Wyndham Calgary South 3828 Macleod Trail S, Calgary T2G 2R2 Rio Marcon .........p: 403-243-5531 f: 403-243-6962 e: meetings@daysinn-calgarysouth.com daysinn-calgarysouth.com Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South 135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary T2J 5X5............... p: 403-225-8631 f: 403-225-5813 marriott.com/hotels/travel/yycdc-delta-hotelscalgary-south Delta Hotels Calgary Airport-in-Terminal 2001 Airport Rd NE, Calgary T2E 6Z8 ................p: 403-291-2600 f: 403-250-6121 e: dca.sales.sm@deltahotels.com marriott.com/hotels/travel/yycca-delta-calgaryairport Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University 2231 Banff Trail NW, Calgary T2M 4L2 Ken Perreault ..... p: 403-289-1921 f: 403-282-2149 e: innandsuites@econolodgecalgary.com econolodgecalgary.com Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre, The 1000 Glenmore Crt SE, Calgary T2C 2E6 Brenda Davidson p: 403-720-5292 f: 403-236-8035 e: reservations@glenmoreinn.com glenmoreinn.com Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown 711 4 St SE, Calgary T2G 1N3.............. p: 587-352-2020 f: 587-352-2024 hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com Hotel Arts 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary T2R 0G8 Fraser Abbott ..... p: 403-266-4611 f: 403-237-0978 e: events@hotelarts.ca hotelarts.ca Hotel Arts Kensington 1126 Memorial Dr NW, Calgary T2N 3E3 Fraser Abbott ..... p: 403-228-4442 f: 403-228-9608 e: kensington@hotelarts.ca hotelartskensington.com Hotel Blackfoot 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary T2H 2B5 .............. p: 403-252-2253 f: 403-252-3574 e: sales@hotelblackfoot.com hotelblackfoot.com Hyatt Place Calgary Airport 10 Aero Cres NE, Calgary T2E 7Y5.......................................... p: 587-747-1234 hyattplace.com Hyatt Regency Calgary 700 Centre St SE, Calgary T2G 5P6 ..............p: 403-717-1234 f: 403-537-4487 e: salescalrc@hyatt.com calgary.regency.hyatt.com Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Calgary Airport Hotel & Conference Centre 3515 26 St NE, Calgary T1Y 7E3............... p: 403-250-8855 f: 403-250-8050 e: ramadaplazayyc@kudosholding.com wyndhamhotels.com

Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown 708 8 Ave SW, Calgary T2P 1H2 Kayla Anderson...p: 403-218-3030 f: 403-237-6127 e: cateringmgr@ramadacalgary.com ramadacalgary.com Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel 2620 32 Ave NE, Calgary T1Y 6B8 Tracy Johansen .. p: 403-250-6300 f: 403-250-6349 e: sales@sheratoncalgary.ca sheratoncavaliercalgary.com Westin Calgary 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary T2P 2S6 Andrea Fernando p: 403-508-5206 f: 403-265-7908 e: andrea.fernando@westin.com westincalgary.com Regional Convention Spaces Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ......p: 403-261-0282 f: 403-261-0421 e: gnewton@calgarystampede.com calgarystampede.com/venues Calgary Telus Convention Centre 120 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G OP3 .............. p: 403-261-8500 f: 403-261-8510 e: sales@calgary-convention.com calgary-convention.com Restaurants Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub 140 10 Ave SW, Calgary T2R 0A3 Jennifer Allan..... p: 403-263-7900 f: 403-266-6630 e: info@bottlescrewbill.com bottlescrewbill.com Speakers/Facilitators Ballyhoo Concepts Inc 159 Woodfield Rd SW, Calgary T2W 5K5 Andrea Davis.......p: 403-281-0140 f: 403-281-0102 e: speakerandreadavis@ballyhooconcepts.com andreadaviscostaconcordia.com Tourist Attractions - Major

Scotiabank Saddledome 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Julie Mirdoch ......p: 403-777-3687 f: 403-777-2171 e: saddledome@calgaryflames.com scotiabanksaddledome.com Teatro Restaurant 200 8 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 0K7 Brittany Rondeau p: 403-290-1012 f: 403-290-1082 e: info@teatro.ca teatrogroup.ca WinSport 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary T3B 5R5 ......................................... p: 403-202-6578 winsport.ca Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Bank and Baron Pub, The 125 8 Ave SW, Calgary T2P 1B4.......................................... p: 587-293-9688 e: info@bankandbaronpub.com bankandbaronpub.com Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ......p: 403-261-0282 f: 403-261-0421 e: gnewton@calgarystampede.com calgarystampede.com/venues Fort Calgary 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2P 2M5 ............. p: 403-290-1875 f: 403-265-6534 e: info@fortcalgary.com fortcalgary.com Glenbow Museum 130 9 Ave SE, Calgary T2G 0P3 Carling Middlestead .................. p: 403-268-4132 f: 403-262-4045 e: cmiddlestead@glenbow.org glenbow.org

High River Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 1104 11 Ave SE, High River T1V 1M4 Dean Lambourn...p: 403-652-3834 f: 403-652-4432 e: gm.highriver@heritageinn.net heritageinn.net/locations/high-river-ab

Okotoks

Calgary Zoo 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary T2E 7V6................p: 403-232-7770 f: 403-232-7582 e: salesinfo@calgaryzoo.com calgaryzoo.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary T2G 2W1 Greg Newton ......p: 403-261-0282 f: 403-261-0421 e: gnewton@calgarystampede.com calgarystampede.com/venues

Golf Courses & Country Clubs D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club 376 D’Arcy Ranch Dr, Okotoks T1S 1A5 Barb Binkley ........p: 403-938-5522 f: 403-938-6352 e: bbinkley@darcyranchgolf.com darcyranchgolf.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Lynnwood Ranch Event Venue Box 328 Stn Main, Okotoks T1S 1A6 Wendy Keller LeDuc ..................... p: 403-938-2203 e: info@lynnwoodranch.com lynnwoodranch.com

TTO O BOOK YOUR 2020 MEETING PLACES AD Call 604-688-2398 or email ads@biv.com Ca Space Close: September 12, 2020

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EDMONTON’S TOP EIGHT There is plenty to do in Edmonton, but here are eight not-to-miss highlights in Alberta’s vibrant capital city

FRANK O’BRIEN

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he opening of the JW Marriott hotel in Edmonton’s ICE District, the downtown playground, is likely the big news for those planning events in Alberta’s capital city, which is why we place it No. 1 on our list of eight great places to experience in the city.

Now open, the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District features more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and conference spaces, including downtown Edmonton’s largest ballroom at 10,500 square feet. As befitting a 346-room, 55-storey giant that overlooks Edmonton’s Rogers Place arena, the JW Marriott has named the ballroom after Wayne Gretzky – the world’s greatest hockey player – but nine of the hotel’s meeting spaces are also named after Edmonton Oiler hockey legends, including Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Grant Fuhr and Al Hamilton. Your next conference may be hosted at the JW Marriott,

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one of Edmonton’s other fine hotels, or at such venues as the Edmonton Convention Centre, the gigantic Edmonton Expo Centre or the Oasis Centre, which itself can accommodate 1,000 guests, but the city is so packed with sights and delights that you must tear yourself awau for a day of discovery. Our No. 2 stop on the Edmonton tour is the stunning Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). Designed by Randall Stout, the iconic building was likely inspired by the work of Frank Gehry, who Stout worked with for many years. Stout juxtaposed angular windows against a winding 620-foot-long steel ribbon that references the forms of the North Saskatchewan River and the aurora borealis, which often lights Edmonton’s northern sky.

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your skis to the Edmonton conference: the gigantic River Valley Parks system offers a seasonal escape, including cross-country skiing in the winter and golf in the summer • TRAVEL ALBERTA

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The 85,000zz-square-foot AGA is a worldclass centre for the presentation of regional, national and international art. It also features the 150-seat Ledcor Theatre and a number of unique meeting spaces. No. 3 is a tour through Edmonton’s thriving craft beer scene. Organized tours for up to 14 tipplers visits five local breweries and tasting rooms, but informal visits are encouraged. Destination No. 4 is to go shopping at the largest mall in North America. With nearly 5.2 million square feet – 114 acres – the West Edmonton Mall boasts more than 800 stores and services. It is home to a golf course, a skating rink, four movie theatres, a massive entertainment complex and its new Asian Village. The mall welcomes 32 million shoppers, and visitors, every year. Our next must-see will take more than a day. No. 5 is the River Valley Parks system, which combines a score of distinct and interconnected parks that together are 22 times larger than Central Park in New York City. A great escape from the nearby city centre, the River Valley Parks feature 11 lakes, golf courses and nature centres. Watch for wildlife: the parks are known as a natrual corridor for deer, moose and other wild critters.

Back in the city, the newly completed Royal Alberta Museum is a must-visit No. 6 on our Edmonton to-do list. At 419,000 square feet, it is the largest museum in Western Canada. The $375 million museum boasts inspiring architecture, more than two million artifacts, and plenty of well-equpped meeting rooms for events large and small. Get funky and fun with our No. 7 recommendation, a visit to Edmonton’s historic Strathcona district. Once Edmonton’s commercial centre, it is now a vibrant entertainment zone with great brew pubs and restaurants, all backdropped by turn-of-the-last-century architecture, including the Canadian Pacific Railway Station and the South Side Post Office. No. 8 on our list is the all-season, all-time celebration in Edmonton, which has long been nicknamed Canada’s Festival City. No matter when you arrive, you will likely find a festival to greet you. From June to July is time for the Works Art & Design Festival. August welcomes the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. November rolls in with Farmfair International, where visitors can see rodeo action and live livestock auctions – and plan their next visit to Alberta’s non-stop capital city. É

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55-storey JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District looks out over Rogers Place arena in the heart of the city • SUBMITTED

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stunning Royal Albert Museum is No. 6 on our list. At 419,000 square feet, it is the largest – and latest – museum in Western Canada • TRAVEL ALBERTA

Ardrossan Display Designers & Builders Exhibit Installation Services Inc 53028 Range Rd 224, Ardrossan T8E 2M1 Brad Henderson ..p: 780-922-4966 f: 780-922-2297 e: info@exhibitinstallation.ca exhibitinstallation.ca

Beaumont Team Building Powerful Play Experiences, Positive Workplace Mental Health...For Teams 4103 46 St, Beaumont T4X 1G1 Robert Manolson .......................... p: 780-297-4103 e: robert@powerfulplay.ca powerfulplay.ca

Edmonton Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Edmonton Tourism 9990 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton T5J 1P7 Terri Nielsen...................................p: 780-901-8957 e: tnielsen@exploreedmonton.com exploreedmonton.com/meetings

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MPI - Greater Edmonton Chapter 11007 Jasper Ave NW Unit 93, Edmonton T5K 0K6 Andrea Cliff ................................... p: 780-444-3773 e: mpiedmonton@gmail.com mpiedmonton.org Audiovisual Services Event Technology Solutions 18112 105 Ave Suite 101, Edmonton T5S 2T4 Brent Taylor................................... p: 780-444-6776 e: av@eventtech.ca eventtech.ca Vincent Henry Audio Visual Systems Ltd 10593 106 St, Edmonton T5H 2X5 Brian Bagnall ..... p: 780-423-1989 f: 780-423-1214 e: vincenthenry@shaw.ca vincenthenry.ca Banquet Facilities Polish Hall 10960 104 St NW, Edmonton T5H 2W6 Stan Wilk ............p: 780-426-1856 f: 780-425-1887 e: info@polishhall.ca polishhall.ca Union Bank Inn 10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton T5J 1S5 .............. p: 780-401-2214 f: 780-401-2213 e: sales@unionbankinn.com unionbankinn.com Conference Organizers/Planners/Trade Show Consultants Family Productions Inc 4634 90A Ave Suite 200, Edmonton T6B 2P9 Louise Reinich.....p: 780-490-0215 f: 780-450-3757 e: info@edmontonshows.com edmontonshows.com Timewise Event Management Inc 18112 105 Ave NW Suite 101, Edmonton T5S 2T4 Arlene Schilke ............................... p: 780-444-3773 e: info@timewise.biz timewise.biz

Destination Management/Marketing

Edmonton Tourism 9990 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton T5J 1P7 Terri Nielsen...................................p: 780-901-8957 e: tnielsen@exploreedmonton.com exploreedmonton.com/meetings Entertainment Services Advanced DJ Services 4204 40 Ave, Edmonton T6L 5T4 Tarcy Schindelka ........................... p: 780-235-3866 e: booking@advanceddj.ca advanceddj.ca Equipment and Supply Rentals Special Event Rentals & Sales Ltd 6010 99 St, Edmonton T6E 3P2 Lars Erickson ...... p: 780-435-2211 f: 780-437-4964 e: info@specialeventrentals.com specialeventrentals.com Event Planners ComLinks Events & Marketing 10924 107 Ave Suite 300, Edmonton T5H 0X5 Lisa Pasin ........... p: 780-448-5945 f: 780-428-1030 e: info@comlinks.ca comlinks.ca

Hotels and Motels Best Western Cedar Park Inn 5116 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton T6H 2H4 .............. p: 780-434-7411 f: 780-437-4836 e: sales@cedarparkinn.com bestwestern.com Chateau Lacombe Hotel 10111 Bellamy Hill NW, Edmonton T5J 1N7 .............. p: 780-428-6611 f: 780-425-6564 e: cledmcatering@chateaulacombe.com chateaulacombe.com Days Inn by Wyndham Edmonton Downtown 10041 106 St, Edmonton T5J 1G3 Freida Valji ..........p: 780-423-1925 f: 780-424-5302 e: gm@daysinn-downtownedmonton.com daysinn-downtownedmonton.com Fairfield by Marriott Edmonton International Airport 4545 Airport Perimeter Rd, Edmonton T9E 0V6................p: 780-739-2200 f: 780-739-1177 marriott.com Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, The 10065 100 St, Edmonton T5J 0N6 ..............p: 780-429-6406 f: 780-424-8017 e: hotelmacdonald@fairmont.com fairmont.com/macdonald Holiday Inn Express Edmonton Downtown 10010 104 St NW, Edmonton T5J 0Z1 Melissa Del Rosario .................. p: 780-701-3314 f: 780-425-1783 e: sales@hiexedmonton.com hiexdowntown.com Matrix Hotel 10640 100 Ave, Edmonton T5J 3N8 ...............p: 780-429-2861 f: 780-420-4962 e: sales@matrixedmonton.com matrixedmonton.com

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Quality Inn West Edmonton 17803 Stony Plain Rd, Edmonton T5S 1B4 Vivian Basaraba . p: 780-484-8000 f: 780-486-6060 e: sales.qie@royalhotelgroup.ca qualityinnwestedmonton.com Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre 4520 76 Ave NW, Edmonton T6B 0A5 Sales and Catering Manager..... p: 780-462-5511 f: 780-466-0451 e: catering@hiccedmonton.com radisson.com Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel 4236 36 St E, Edmonton T9E 0V4................p: 780-488-7159 f: 780-488-6372 e: rhi.yegbr.sales@marriott.com marriott.com/hotels/travel/yegbr-renaissanceedmonton-airport-hotel Royal Hotel West Edmonton, Trademark Collection by Wyndham 10010 178 St, Edmonton T5S 1T3 Dave Lindop ....... p: 780-930-6862 f: 780-489-2900 e: regionalsales.ab@royalhotelgroup.ca wyndham.com Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South 4235 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton T6J 5H2 Daniel Montenegro.................... p: 780-438-1222 f: 780-438-0906 e: dmontenegro@sawridge.com sawridge.com Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton 10235 101 St, Edmonton T5J 3E9 ............... p: 780-428-7111 f: 780-441-3099 e: sales_edmonton@suttonplace.com suttonplace.com

Union Bank Inn 10053 Jasper Ave, Edmonton T5J 1S5 .............. p: 780-401-2214 f: 780-401-2213 e: sales@unionbankinn.com unionbankinn.com Westin Edmonton, The 10135 100 St, Edmonton T5J 0N7 ..............p: 780-426-3636 f: 780-424-1525 e: sales@thewestinedmonton.com thewestinedmonton.com Meeting Planners MS Productions Inc 13103 124 St NW, Edmonton T5L 0P9 Milena Santoro ............................. p: 780-999-5799 e: milena@milenasantoro.com milenasantoro.com Regional Convention Spaces Edmonton Convention Centre 9797 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton T5J 1N9 ......................................... p: 780-969-0409 e: sccsales@edmonton.com edmontonconventioncentre.com Taxi/Limo Kalay Limos 228 Kulaway Dr NW, Edmonton T6L 7E5 .......................................... p: 780-965-4193 e: info@kalaylimo.com kalaylimo.com

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West Edmonton Mall 8882 170 St, Edmonton T5T 4M2 Shannon McEwen......................... p: 780-444-5308 e: groups@wem.ca wem.ca/groups Universities and Colleges MacEwan University Conference & Event Services 10700 104 Ave PO Box 1796, Edmonton T5J 4S2 Erin Walton ........ p: 780-497-5032 f: 780-497-4264 e: meet@macewan.ca macewan.ca/conference Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre 11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton T5G 3A1 ............. p: 780-452-7770 f: 780-454-3436 chateaulouis.com City of Edmonton 10111 104 Ave Suite 1900 Edmonton Tower, Edmonton T5J 0J4 Marlene Walsh ............................. p: 780-442-0688 e: marlene.walsh@edmonton.ca edmonton.ca/facilityrentals

Fantasyland Hotel 17700 87 Ave NW, Edmonton T5T 4V4.......................................... p: 780-444-5500 e: groups@h.ca h.ca German Canadian Cultural Centre 8310 Roper Rd NW, Edmonton T6E 6E3 Tim Zibrowski ................................ p: 780-466-4000 e: mail@gcca.ca gcca.ca Oasis Centre - Conferences, Weddings & Events, The 10930 177 St NW, Edmonton T5S 2X7 Christine Dimler . p: 780-451-9227 f: 780-486-7870 e: events@oasiscentre.com oasiscentre.com Providence Renewal Centre 3005 119 St NW, Edmonton T6J 5R5 Yvonne Bachteram ........................ p: 780-701-1858 e: ybachteram.providencerenewal.ca providencerenewal.ca World Trade Centre Edmonton Conference Facilities 9990 Jasper Ave Suite 600, Edmonton T5J 1P7 ............... p: 780-426-4620 f: 780-424-7946 e: reception@edmontonchamber.com wtca.org/world-trade-center-edmonton

Leduc Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Edmonton Airport 5705 50 St, Leduc T9E 6Z8 ................p: 780-986-6550 f: 780-986-7885 e: 61097@hotel.bestwestern.com bestwestern.com

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Best Western Premier Denham Inn & Suites 5207 50 Ave, Leduc T9E 6V3 Carol Borowic .....p: 780-986-2241 f: 780-986-1511 e: catering@denhaminn.com bestwesterndenham.com Days Inn & Suites Edmonton Airport 8116 Sparrow Cres, Leduc T9E 8B7 ...............p: 780-986-1760 f: 780-986-1782 e: gm.erl@royalhotelgroup.ca royalhotelgroup.ca/days-inn-suites-edmontonairport Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel 4236 36 St E, Leduc T9E 0V4................p: 780-488-7159 f: 780-488-6372 e: info@pltinv.com renaissanceedmonton.com Royal Hotel Edmonton Airport 8450 Sparrow Dr, Leduc T9E 7G4 Paul Gabrielson.. p: 780-980-6736 f: 780-986-1864 e: catering.rha@royalhotelgroup.ca royalhoteledmontonairport.ca Promotional Items/Novelties/Corporate Gifts/Gift Baskets In Any Event... Inc 49547 Range Rd 243 Suite 90, Leduc T4X 1Z8 Lauryann Tessier ............................p: 780-986-7197 e: ltessier@inanyevent.ca inanyevent.ca

Nisku Hotels and Motels Coast Nisku Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton Airport 1101 4 St, Nisku T9E 7N1 .............. p: 780-955-7744 f: 780-955-7743 e: sales@niskuinn.com niskuinn.com Comfort Inn Edmonton International Airport 203 19 Ave, Nisku T9E 0W8 ............. p: 780-955-8007 f: 780-955-8893 e: gm.cna41@telus.net choicehotels.com Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton International Airport 403 11 Ave, Nisku T9E 7N2 .............. p: 780-770-9099 f: 780-770-9098 fourpointsedmontonairport.com Quality Inn & Suites Edmonton International Airport 501 11 Ave, Nisku T9E 7N5 ............. p: 780-955-3001 f: 780-955-3006 e: gm@qualityinnairport.com qualityinnairport.com

Parkland Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Devonian Botanic Garden 51227 Hwy 60, Parkland T7Y 1C5 ...............p: 780-987-3054 f: 780-987-4141 e: dbg.info@ualberta.ca devonian.ualberta.ca

Sherwood Park Golf Courses & Country Clubs Legends Golf & Country Club 53541 Range Rd 232, Sherwood Park T8A 4V2 ...............p: 780-449-4911 f: 780-449-3957 e: boh@shaw.ca thelegends.ca Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Sherwood Park Inn & Suites 300 Lakeland Dr, Sherwood Park T8H 0N6.............. p: 780-416-7800 f: 780-467-8879 e: gm@bestwesternsherwoodpark.com bestwestern.com Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre 2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park T8H 2G4 .............. p: 780-464-4900 f: 780-464-4796 e: gmsherwood@aumhotels.com clarionhotelsherwoodpark.com

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sherwood Park 201 Palisades Way, Sherwood Park T8H 0N3.............. p: 780-570-8080 f: 780-570-5999 e: info@remaihospitality.com daysinnsherwoodpark.ca Park Centre & Hotel 2016 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park T8A 3X3 ...............p: 780-467-1234 f: 780-467-3907 e: info@parkcentrehotel.com parkcentrehotel.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park T8A 5T2 Peggy Thomas.... p: 780-410-8567 f: 780-449-0743 e: peggy.thomas@strathcona.ca festivalplace.ab.ca Millennium Place 2000 Premier Way, Sherwood Park T8H 2G4 Jordan Naturkach....................... p: 780-464-8244 f: 780-416-7200 e: millenniumplace@strathcona.ca strathcona.ca Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Strathcona Wilderness Centre 2001 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park T8A 0W7..............p: 780-922-3939 f: 780-922-6415 e: swcinfo@strathcona.ca strathcona.ca/wildernesscentre

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

St Albert Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres St Albert & District Chamber of Commerce 71 St Albert Trail, St Albert T8N 6L5 ...............p: 780-458-2833 f: 780-458-6515 e: events@stalbertchamber.com stalbertchamber.com Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus The Inn at St Albert 460 St Albert Trail, St Albert T8N 5J9 .............. p: 780-470-3800 f: 780-470-0038 e: gm@bestwesternstalbert.com bestwesternstalbert.com St Albert Inn & Suites 156 St Albert Rd, St Albert T8N 0P5 ...............p: 780-459-5551 f: 780-460-7687 e: info@stalbertinn.com stalbertinn.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Enjoy Centre, The 101 Riel Dr, St Albert T8N 3X4 ...............p: 780-419-6800 f: 780-459-6042 e: info@enjoycentre.ca enjoycentre.ca

Stony Plain Hotels and Motels Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites 3101 43 Ave, Stony Plain T7Z 1L1 Melissa Martineau .................... p: 780-968-1716 f: 780-968-1724 e: melissa@bestwesternstonyplain.com bestwesternalberta.com Ramada Inn & Suites Stony Plain 3301 43 Ave, Stony Plain T7Z 1L1 Melissa Martineau .................... p: 780-963-0222 f: 780-963-6030 e: melissa@bestwesternstonyplain.com ramada.ca

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HIGH IN THE ROCKIES The Alberta Rockies welcomes with sophisticated venues, peak adventures and awe-inspiring beauty

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visit to Alberta would not be complete without experiencing the Rockies, which includes Lake Louise Ski Resort, third largest in Canada, the après-ski adventures to be found in Banff and the huge selection of accommodation and meeting venues in Canmore.

And the Rockies, if you can believe it, are about to get even better. Last year Parks Canada approved a long-range plan for Lake Louise Ski Resort. Ski hill officials say the plan allows for growth and improved experiences to accommodate up to 9,000 skiers and riders a day, but also includes moving summer use away from grizzly bear habitat and removing about 1,200 acres from the leasehold to improve wildlife habitat and corridors. Meanwhile, there is plenty to experience for anyone lucky enough to attend a conference or meeting high in the Alberta Rockies. In Canmore, the gateway to the Rockies and about a 90-minute drive from Calgary, the Malcolm Hotel opened in 2019 in time to host the annual Highland Games in luxury.

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With 124 rooms and 8,800 square feet of event space, the Malcolm also has a banquet room that can seat 350, plus six breakout rooms. But Canmore has also thought of budget-conscious travellers, with the recent opening of two hostels, the Canmore Hotel Hostel and the Canmore Downtown Hostel. “Growing up in Alberta, we have fallen in love with this part of the world over the years and want to share the experience with many people from different parts of the world at an affordable price,” says Robby Aurora, owner of the 75-bed Canmore Hotel Hostel, located on Main Street. The hostel includes five private rooms. With rates of $55 or less per night, the Canmore Hotel Hostel offers complimentary linens, blankets, pillows, a private locker, free Wi-Fi, a full-service kitchen and a common area.

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Malcolm Hotel in Canmore offers luxury lodging and is the guest hotel for the annual Highland Games, but the mountain resort town now also boasts low-cost hostel accommodations • SUBMITTED

Guided horseback riding tours allow visitors to explore the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park • TRAVEL ALBERTA

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Banff National Park is ranked one of the best courses in Canada • TRAVEL ALBERTA

The 80-bed Canmore Downtown Hostel has nine dorm rooms with shared and private bathroom options. In Banff, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel offers a peak Rockies experience with conference and team-building opportunities along with a spa, golf course and a menu of sophisticated restaurants. Banff continues as one of the most sought-after destinations in Canada during the winter, with up to 86 per cent occupancy in the nearly 5,000 hotel rooms available in a resort town nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s first national park. The completely renovated Mount Royal Hotel in Banff is also a must-see, and not only because of the breath-catching views from its rooftop patio. At Lake Louise, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, situated on the lakefront, offers an entire conference wing with more than 36,000 square feet of meeting space for large and small conventions. The Alberta Rockies provides extensive opportunities for team challenges, group exploring or flat-out adventures, including guided trips to the Columbia icefield, helicopter tours, hiking, horseback riding and world-class golf and skiing. É

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Banff Banquet Facilities Banff Ptarmigan Inn 337 Banff Ave Box 1070, Banff T1L 1H8 ...........................................p: 403-762-2207 banffptarmiganinn.com Bus Services Banff Airporter 141 Eagle Cres Box 2524, Banff T1L 1C3 Mark Yawney ......p: 403-762-3330 f: 403-763-1677 e: aaron@banffairporter.com banffairporter.com Decor and Design Services Mountainscape Events 150 Eagle Cres, Banff T1L 1B9 ................p: 403-760-5436 f: 403-760-2412 e: info@mountainevents.ca mountainevents.ca Destination Management/Marketing Banff DMC Inc Box 2217, Banff T1L 1B9 Danielle Powell ..............................p: 403-760-1904 e: imagination@banffdmc.com banffdmc.com Discover Group 147 Eagle Cres PO Box 1566, Banff T1L 1B5 Lindsey Sinclair ...p: 800-496-9958 f: 403-760-7651 e: groups@discoverdm.com banfftours.com Event Planners Mountainscape Events 150 Eagle Cres, Banff T1L 1B9 ................p: 403-760-5436 f: 403-760-2412 e: info@mountainevents.ca mountainevents.ca Hotels and Motels Banff Aspen Lodge 401 Banff Ave PO Box 1017, Banff T1L 1A9 Monique Hendrickx .................... p: 403-760-7284 f: 403-762-5905 e: sales@banffaspenlodge.com banffaspenlodge.com Fox Hotel & Suites 461 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1H8 ...........................................p: 403-760-8500 foxhotelandsuites.com Inns of Banff 600 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1H8 ...........................................p: 403-762-4581 innsofbanff.com Irwin’s Mountain Inn 429 Banff Ave PO Box 1198, Banff T1L 1B2 Matthew Steinberg .................... p: 403-762-4566 f: 403-762-8220 e: rdm@irwinsmountaininn.com irwinsmountaininn.com Moose Hotel & Suites 345 Banff Ave, Banff T1L 1H8 ...........................................p: 403-760-8570 e: events@bestofbanff.com moosehotelandsuites.com Rocky Mountain Resort Hotel & Conference Centre 1029 Banff Ave N Box 1070, Banff T1L 1H8 ...........................................p: 403-762-5531 rockymountainresort.com Resorts/Retreats Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa 521 Banff Ave Box 1070, Banff T1L 1B7 ...........................................p: 403-762-5887 banffcariboulodge.com Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre 222 Lynx St Box 2200, Banff T1L 1K5 ...............p: 403-760-3265 f: 403-762-4740 e: sales@banffparklodge.com banffparklodge.com Fairmont Banff Springs 405 Spray Ave Box 960, Banff T1L 1J4 ................p: 403-762-2211 f: 403-762-5755 e: banffsprings@fairmont.com fairmont.com/banffsprings

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Hidden Ridge Resort 901 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff T1L 1H1 ..........................................p: 403-762-3544 banffhiddenridge.com Rimrock Resort Hotel 300 Mountain Ave PO Box 1110, Banff T1L 1J2 Jim Leavens ........p: 800-661-1587 f: 403-762-1842 e: sales@rimrockresort.com rimrockresort.com Taxi/Limo Alpine Limousine & Tours PO Box 2235, Banff T1L 1B9 Andreas Lindner .............................p: 403-762-5558 e: info@alpinelimo.ca alpinelimo.ca Banff Sedan 141 Eagle Cres Box 2524, Banff T1L 1C3 Mark Yawney .................................p: 800-587-9958 e: info@banffsedan.com banffsedan.com Tourist Attractions - Major Banff Gondola 1 Mountain Ave PO Box 1258, Banff T1L 1B2 ................p: 403-762-2523 f: 403-762-7493 banffjaspercollection.com/attractions/banffgondola Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Banff Centre 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr Box 1020, Banff T1L 1H5 ................p: 403-763-6712 f: 403-762-6202 e: conferences@banffcentre.ca banffcentre.ca/conferences Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, The 100 Mt Norquay Rd PO Box 1260, Banff T1L 1A1 Marie-Eve Jackson.........................p: 403-985-9014 e: rentals@banff.ca banff.ca/thefenlands

Canmore Caterers Bow Valley Gourmet PO Box 8703, Canmore T1W 0B9 Michael Anderson ...................... p: 403-679-8470 f: 403-678-0085 e: chef@bowvalleygourmet.ca bowvalleygourmet.ca Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Pocaterra Inn 1725 Mountain Ave, Canmore T1W 2W1.............p: 403-678-4334 f: 403-678-3999 e: sales.bwp@royalhotelgroup.ca pocaterrainn.com Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N7..............p: 403-609-5432 f: 403-678-5534 coastcanmore.com Photography - Event/Videography Aydin Productions Ltd Box 8052, Canmore T1W 2T8 Aydin Odyakmaz .............................p: 403-678-0339 e: aydin@aydin.ca aydin.ca Resorts/Retreats Basecamp Lodge 1002 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore T1W 1N6.........................................p: 855-219-4707 e: lodge@basecampresorts.com basecampresorts.com/lodge Blackstone Mountain Lodge 170 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T1W 2A8 ..............p: 403-609-8098 f: 403-679-7098 e: groupsales@blackstonelodge.ca blackstonelodge.ca Falcon Crest Lodge 190 Kananaskis Way, Canmore T1W 3K5 Terri Liu................p: 403-678-6150 f: 403-678-6148 e: terri@falconcrestlodge.ca falconcrestlodge.ca StoneRidge Mountain Resort 30 Lincoln Park, Canmore T1W 3E9 ..............p: 403-961-5039 f: 403-675-5002 e: groupsales@stoneridgeresort.ca stoneridgeresort.ca

Taxi/Limo Canmore Limousine & Tours 111 Coyote Way, Canmore T1W 1C3 .........................................p: 403-762-5558 e: info@canmorelimo.com canmorelimo.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Canmore Recreation Centre 1900 8 Ave, Canmore T1W 1Y2 Muriel Davidson ..p: 403-678-0808 f: 403-678-6661 e: facilitybookings@canmore.ca canmore.ca

Hinton Golf Courses & Country Clubs Hinton Golf Club 760 Keil Dr, Hinton T7V 0B2 ...............p: 780-865-2904 f: 780-865-2906 e: events@hintongolfclub.com hintongolfclub.com Hotels and Motels Lakeview Inn & Suites Hinton 500 Smith St, Hinton T7V 2A1 ..............p: 780-865-2575 f: 780-865-2976 e: hinton@lakeviewhotels.com lakeviewhotels.com Quality Inn & Suites Hinton 782 Carmichael Ln, Hinton T7V 0A6 ...............p: 780-865-5255 f: 780-865-5818 e: qualityinnhinton@gmail.com choicehotels.ca Resorts/Retreats Black Cat Guest Ranch 50508 Range Rd 271A Box 6267, Hinton T7V 1X6 Amber Hayward ..p: 780-865-3084 f: 780-865-1924 e: mail@blackcatguestranch.ca blackcatguestranch.ca Overlander Mountain Lodge 27010 Hwy 16 Box 6118, Hinton T7V 1X5 ...............p: 877-866-2330 f: 780-866-2332 e: events@overlandermountainlodge.com overlandermountainlodge.com

Jasper Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce 409 Patricia St (Robson House) Box 98, Jasper T0E 1E0 ...........................................p: 780-852-4621 e: manager@jpcc.ca jasperparkchamber.ca Hotels and Motels Chateau Jasper 96 Geikie St PO Box 1200, Jasper T0E 1E0 Christine Merrick p: 780-991-9941 f: 888-864-2737 e: christine.merrick@mpljasper.com mpljasper.com Jasper Inn & Suites 98 Geikie St PO Box 871, Jasper T0E 1E0 ................p: 780-852-4461 f: 780-852-5916 e: groups@jasperinn.com jasperinn.com Lobstick Lodge 94 Geikie St Box 1200, Jasper T0E 1E0 Christine Merrick p: 780-991-9941 f: 888-864-2737 e: christine.merrick@mpljasper.com mpljasper.com Marmot Lodge 86 Connaught Dr Box 1200, Jasper T0E 1E0 Christine Merrick p: 780-991-9941 f: 888-864-2737 e: christine.merrick@mpljasper.com mpljasper.com Resorts/Retreats Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 1 Lodge Rd Box 40, Jasper T0E 1E0 ................p: 780-852-3301 f: 780-852-5107 e: jasperparklodge@fairmont.com fairmont.com/jasper Pyramid Lake Resort PO Box 1200, Jasper T0E 1E0 Christine Merrick p: 780-991-9941 f: 888-864-2737 e: christine.merrick@mpljasper.com mpljasper.com

Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Crimson Jasper, The 200 Connaught Dr Box 1200, Jasper T0E 1E0 Christine Merrick p: 780-991-9941 f: 888-864-2737 e: christine.merrick@mpljasper.com mpljasper.com Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Jasper Planetarium 1 Old Lodge Rd (at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge), Jasper T0E 1E0 Peter McMahon .............................p: 780-931-3275 e: info@jasperplanetarium.com jasperplanetarium.com

Kananaskis Hotels and Motels Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis T0L 2H0 ...........................................p: 403-591-7711 e: sales@lodgeatkananaskis.com lodgeatkananaskis.com Resorts/Retreats

Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 888 Nakoda Way, Kananaskis T0L 1N0 Chris Grimes ........p: 403-881-2830 f: 403-881-2831 e: events@stoneynakodaresort.com stoneynakodaresort.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino 888 Nakoda Way, Kananaskis T0L 1N0 Chris Grimes ........p: 403-881-2830 f: 403-881-2831 e: events@stoneynakodaresort.com stoneynakodaresort.com Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Boundary Ranch 2 Guinn’s Rd Hwy 40 Box 44, Kananaskis T0L 2H0 Haylie Guinn ........p: 403-591-7171 f: 403-591-7326 e: haylie@boundaryranch.com boundaryranch.com

Lake Louise Resorts/Retreats Baker Creek Mountain Resort Bow Valley Pky Box 66, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ................p: 403-522-3761 f: 403-522-2270 e: bakerinfo@bakercreek.com bakercreek.com Deer Lodge 109 Lake Louise Dr Box 100, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ................p: 403-781-8131 f: 403-410-7406 e: dlmanager@crmr.com crmr.com/deer Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ................p: 403-522-3511 f: 403-522-3834 e: chateaulakelouise@fairmont.com fairmont.com/lakelouise Lake Louise Inn 210 Village Rd Box 209, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ................p: 800-661-9237 f: 403-522-2018 e: events@lakelouiseinn.com lakelouiseinn.com Tourist Attractions - Major Lake Louise Gondola & Interpretive Centre PO Box 5, Lake Louise T0L 1E0 ...........................................p: 403-522-1341 e: groups@skilouise.com lakelouisegondola.com

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Central Alberta blends Prairie history with warm western hospitality and cosmopolitan meeting venues GEOFF KIRBYSON

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reg Newton, the director of business development at the Calgary Stampede, would like to see the international meeting and convention business look beyond the traditional sites of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (MTV) when making bookings. Instead, he wants his AMTV, as in Alberta. From a Canadian perspective, it’s only fair for larger events to include the West, he says, and that includes Calgary and surrounding Central Alberta. There are 101 hotels in Calgary with some 15,500 rooms, including 2,600 that have been added in the last year, so there is no shortage of meeting places. Ninety minutes to the north, Red Deer’s two biggest hotel properties are also busy with renovations. The Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer added a new 4,800-square-foot ballroom last year as well as a new 75-seat restaurant. Its public space is also being refreshed and the guest rooms are getting new furniture, carpet and paint. Corey King, its assistant general manager, says when the economy turns against you, you’ve got to get creative to get heads on your pillows. “When there are tournaments in Red Deer, we’re contacting groups instead of waiting for them to find us. With curling, we know there are bonspiels all the time so we reach out to every curling club in Alberta so they know when they come to Red Deer, we’re the place to be because we’re less than a block from the rink,” he says. The Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre is only a year into its rebranding from the Sheraton banner. Lisa Francoeur, its director of sales and marketing, said it has recently completed a “soft” renovation in its guest rooms and an upgrade to its public areas. She’s hoping to make a bigger renovation announcement in the not-too-distant future. Because the hotel is an independent property, her staff is eager to showcase the Cambridge’s unique features, including its outdoor patio, two night clubs, two

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Red Deer hosts the

Canadian Finals Rodeo, the national professional rodeo championship, this November at Westerner Park as the climax event of the rodeo season • TRAVEL ALBERTA

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The elegant concourse

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restaurants and a liquor store, in addition to its 53,000 square feet of meeting space and 241 guest rooms. “We didn’t have a lot of crew or oil and gas business before the downturn. Now we’re going after new [customers] like financial services companies, insurance companies and the cannabis industry,” she says. Red Deer also boasts Westerner Park, the largest convention, trade show and sport facility in Central Alberta, with 4,200 parking spaces and a full-service recreational vehicle park. The park welcomes the sixday Canadian Finals Rodeo this year. Olds College in Olds opens up 450 student-housing units during the summer season for guests to rent. The college also has an 85-room hotel on its campus and even rents out its century-old barn and stables for casual encounters. Olds officials say they welcome conferences at a much lower price than in big-city Alberta. É

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Bonnyville Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Bonnyville & District Chamber of Commerce 46300 Twp Rd 611A Unit 2 Box 6054, Bonnyville T9N 2G7...............p: 780-826-3252 f: 780-826-4525 e: info@bonnyvillechamber.com bonnyvillechamber.com Hotels and Motels Best Western Bonnyville Inn & Suites 5401 43 St PO Box 4988, Bonnyville T9N 0H3.............. p: 780-826-6226 f: 780-826-6270 e: gm@bestwesternbonnyville.com bestwesternbonnyville.com Bonnyville Neighbourhood Inn 5011 66 St, Bonnyville T9N 2L9 ..............p: 780-826-3300 f: 780-826-7541 e: info@neighbourhoodinn.com neighbourhoodinn.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre 4313 50 Ave Unit 1003, Bonnyville T9N 0B4 Sue Wojcik ......... p: 780-812-3400 f: 780-826-7816 e: events@centennialcentre.ca centennialcentre.ca

Camrose Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Tourism Camrose Box 1483, Camrose T4V 1X4 ......................................... p: 780-672-4255 e: contact@tourismcamrose.com tourismcamrose.com Event Planners Premiere Event Management 5407 52 St, Camrose T4V 3C7 Ashley Meadahl .............................p: 780-781-7272 e: info@premiereeventmanagement.ca premiereeventmanagement.ca Hotels and Motels Norsemen Inn 6505 48 Ave, Camrose T4V 3K3 .............. p: 780-672-9171 f: 780-608-1789 e: catering@norsemeninn.com norsemeninn.com Resorts/Retreats Hotel Camrose Resort Casino - a Best Western Premier Collection Property 3201 48 Ave, Camrose T4V 0K9 Dawn Anderson ..p: 780-679-2376 f: 780-679-0992 e: danderson@camroseresortcasino.com camroseresortcasino.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Camrose Regional Exhibition 4250 Exhibition Dr, Camrose T4V 4Z8............... p: 780-672-3640 f: 780-672-8140 e: cre@cre.ab.ca cre.ab.ca

Lloydminster Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce 4419 52 Ave, Lloydminster T9V 0Y8 ...............p: 780-875-9013 f: 780-875-0755 e: info@lloydminsterchamber.com lloydminsterchamber.com Equipment and Supply Rentals Tent Guys, The PO Box 10087, Lloydminster T9V 3A2 Pamela Becotte............................. p: 780-205-7368 e: office@thetentguys.net thetentguys.net Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Meridian Lloydminster 1402 50 Ave, Lloydminster T9V 2K5 Marlene Neumann..................... p: 780-875-8884 f: 780-875-3719 e: gm.bwm@royalhotelgroup.ca bestwestern.com Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Lloydminster 5411 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0A9 .............. p: 780-875-4404 f: 780-875-7210 e: catering@dayslloydminsterhotel.com dayslloydminsterhotel.com Hampton Inn by Hilton 8288 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 3R8 .............. p: 780-874-1118 f: 780-874-1108 lloydminster.hamptonbyhilton.com Holiday Inn & Suites Lloydminster 5612 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0B6 .............. p: 780-870-5050 f: 780-875-9759 e: info-hilloyd@apxhotels.com ihg.com Royal Hotel Lloydminster 5620 44 St, Lloydminster T9V 0B6 Kristine Bruce .....p: 780-875-6113 f: 780-875-2265 e: info.rhl@royalhotelgroup.ca royalhotellloyd.ca Regional Convention Spaces Lloydminster Exhibition Association 5521 49 Ave Box 690, Lloydminster S9V 0Y7 ...............p: 306-825-5571 f: 306-825-7017 e: reception@lloydexh.com lloydexh.com

Olds Regional Convention Spaces Olds Regional Exhibition 5116 54 St PO Box 3751, Olds T4H 1P5 Tracy Gardner ..... p: 403-556-3770 f: 403-556-3333 e: office@oldsregionalexhibition.com oldsregionalexhibition.com

Red Deer Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres

Drayton Valley Banquet Facilities MacKenzie Conference Centre 5745 45 Ave, Drayton Valley T7A 1A1 Kim Verheul ....... p: 780-514-2233 f: 780-542-4336 e: kverheul@draytonvalley.ca draytonvalley.ca Hotels and Motels Ramada by Wyndham Drayton Valley 2051 50 St, Drayton Valley T7A 1S5 Ryan Fynn........... p: 780-514-7861 f: 780-514-7863 e: ramadadraytonvalley@canalta.com ramada.com

Lacombe Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Lacombe Regional Tourism 5005 50 Ave Suite 100, Lacombe T4L 2L1 .......................................... p: 403-782-1046 e: info@lacombetourism.com lacombetourism.com Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn & Suites 4751 63 St, Lacombe T4L 1K7 Jacquie Corkery.. p: 403-782-3535 f: 403-786-2270 e: gm@bestwesternlacombe.com bestwesternlacombe.com

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Hotels Red Deer 4819C 48 Ave Unit 350, Red Deer T4N 3T2 Dawn Mellings-Kynoch ............. p: 403-304-4050 f: 403-346-5081 e: execdirector@hotelsreddeer.ca hotelsreddeer.ca Tourism Red Deer 4200 Hwy 2 Suite 101, Red Deer T4N 1E3 Liz Taylor ....................................... p: 403-346-0180 e: info@tourismreddeer.com visitreddeer.com Audiovisual Services Vold Audio Group Inc 4819C 48 Ave Suite 106, Red Deer T4N 3T2 John Vold ...................................... p: 403-348-5800 e: info@voldaudio.com voldaudio.com

Bus Services Prairie Bus Lines Ltd 5310 54 St, Red Deer T4N 6N1 Scott Hucal ........ p: 403-342-6390 f: 403-342-2199 e: dispatch@prairie.pwt.ca prairiebus.com Community Halls Festival Hall 4214 58 St, Red Deer T4N 2L6 .............. p: 403-346-0055 f: 403-347-8759 e: rdchs@telus.net rdchs.com Decor and Design Services Elegant Event Designs & Decor Red Deer Christine Aldous ............................p: 403-302-7782 e: christine@eleganteventdesigns.ca eleganteventdesigns.ca Entertainment Services On The Mark Productions RR 3, Red Deer T4N 5E3 Mark Linton................................... p: 403-346-6275 e: onthemarkdj@hotmail.com onthemarkdj.com Hotels and Motels Baymont by Wyndham Red Deer 4311 49 Ave, Red Deer T4N 5Y7 ............. p: 800-661-1657 f: 403-341-3220 e: sales@baymont.ca baymontinns.com Best Western Plus Inn & Suites 6839 66 St, Red Deer T4P 3T5 Sherrie Luxton............................... p: 403-346-3555 e: manager@bestwesternreddeer.com bestwesternreddeer.com Black Knight Inn 2929 50 Ave, Red Deer T4R 1H1 ......................................... p: 403-343-6666 e: sales@blackknightinn.ca blackknightinn.ca Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre 3310 50 Ave, Red Deer T4N 3X9 Lisa Francoeur.... p: 403-755-1150 f: 403-346-4790 e: sales@cambridgereddeer.com cambridgereddeer.com Comfort Inn & Suites Red Deer 6846 66 St, Red Deer T4P 3T5 Samantha Stairs p: 403-348-0025 f: 403-348-0026 e: sams@genesishospitality.ca comfortinnreddeer.com Days Inn Red Deer 5001 19 St Suite 1000, Red Deer T4R 3R1 Robert Sampath . p: 403-340-3297 f: 403-340-3274 e: bsampath@d3h.ca daysinnreddeer.ca Empire Inn & Suites 23 Gasoline Alley E, Red Deer T4E 1B3................p: 403-346-4188 f: 403-346-8225 e: empirerd@shaw.ca empirereddeer.ca Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Red Deer 128 Leva Ave, Red Deer T4E 1B9............... p: 403-967-1002 f: 403-341-9996 e: lisa.klein@hilton.com reddeersuites.hamptoninnbyhilton.com Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham 126 Leva Ave, Red Deer T4E 1B9 Saleem Khataibeh ..................... p: 403-967-0320 f: 403-346-0593 e: gm@reddeermicrotel.com microtelinn.com/hotels/alberta/red-deer/ microtel-inn-and-suites-by-wyndham-red-deer/ hotel-overview Motel 6 Red Deer 5001 19 St Suite 900, Red Deer T4R 3R1 Sara/Sam Sandhu...................... p: 403-340-1749 f: 403-349-8954 e: dreamsparadisereddeer@gmail.com motel6rd.ca Quality Inn & Conference Centre Red Deer 7150 50 Ave, Red Deer T4N 6A5 Silvia Park .......... p: 403-343-8800 f: 403-346-8690 e: silvia@qualityinnreddeer.com qualityinnreddeer.com Radisson Hotel Red Deer 6500 67 St, Red Deer T4P 1A2 Amin Suleman.... p: 403-343-6576 f: 403-343-3600 e: amin@radissonreddeer.com radisson.com

Sandman Hotel Red Deer 2818 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer T4R 1M4 Dale Ferguson .....p: 403-343-7400 f: 403-343-7411 e: gm_reddeer@sandman.ca sandmanhotels.com TownePlace Inns & Suites by Marriott 6822 66 St, Red Deer T4P 3T5 Linda Hunter ................................. p: 403-341-3589 e: lhunter@tpsreddeer.com towneplacesuitesreddeer.com Restaurants Glenn’s Family Restaurant 125 Leva Ave, Red Deer T4E 1B2 Connie Johnston p: 403-346-5448 f: 403-340-2199 e: glenrest@telus.net glenns-restaurant.com Universities and Colleges Red Deer College Conference Services 100 College Blvd PO Box 5005, Red Deer T4N 5H5 Corry McGregor . p: 403-356-4900 f: 403-342-3459 e: roombookings@rdc.ab.ca rdc.ab.ca/event-services Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Collicutt Centre 3031 30 Ave, Red Deer T4N 3T4 .............. p: 403-358-7524 f: 403-314-4900 e: facilitybookings@reddeer.ca reddeer.ca/collicuttcentre Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre 4620 47A Ave, Red Deer T4N 3R4 ...............p: 403-343-6074 f: 403-343-7977 e: info@goldencircle.ca goldencircle.ca

Rocky Mountain House Hotels and Motels Walking Eagle Inn & Lodge 4819 45 St Hwy 11 PO Box 1317, Rocky Mountain House T4T 1A9 Colleen Dwyer ....p: 403-845-2804 f: 403-845-3685 e: info@walkingeagle.net walkingeagle.net Resorts/Retreats Prairie Creek Inn, The Box 22 Site 12 RR 2, Rocky Mountain House T4T 2A2 ..........................................p: 403-844-2672 e: info@theprairiecreekinn.com theprairiecreekinn.com

Sylvan Lake Golf Courses & Country Clubs Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club 5331 Lakeshore Dr, Sylvan Lake T4S 1E8................p: 403-887-6695 f: 403-887-2561 e: info@sylvanlakegolf.ca sylvanlakegolf.ca Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Chateau Inn 5027 Lakeshore Dr, Sylvan Lake T4S 1R3 .............. p: 403-887-7788 f: 403-887-2598 e: suef@beca.ca bestwestern.com

Three Hills Hotels and Motels Super 8 Three HIlls by Wyndham 208 18 Ave N Box 1810, Three Hills T0M 2A0 Louise Alberts .... p: 403-443-8888 f: 403-443-8889 e: res@super8-threehills.com super8bywyndham.com

Vermilion Hotels and Motels Pomeroy Inn & Suites Vermilion 4111 51 St, Vermilion T9X 0B4 General Manager.......................... p: 780-853-3066 e: gm@pomeroyvermilion.com pomeroyvermilion.com

Whitecourt Hotels and Motels Holiday Inn Express & Suites Whitecourt 4721 49 St Box 359, Whitecourt T7S 1N5 Kathy Lee Munro p: 780-778-2512 f: 780-778-2516 e: info-hiwc@apxhotels.com ihg.com

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SOUTHERN DELIGHTS Writing-on-Stone named UNESCO World Heritage Site FRANK O’BRIEN

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outhern Alberta’s Writingon-Stone Provincial Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year, the only Canadian site named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2019.

It is Alberta’s sixth World Heritage Site, and its first in 24 years. The decision came after UNESCO, which is tasked with preserving the world’s most important cultural sites, added it to its global list last July. Alberta’s other UNESCO sites in Southern Alberta are Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the border with Montana. The designations recognize the “outstanding universal value” of the parks. A refuge of spectacular badlands and hoodoos set amid the prairies of southwestern Alberta, Writing-on-Stone, located near the town of Milk River, has been a hidden gem of Albertans for years. More than 60,000 people visit the provincial park annually to experience its breathtaking landscape and rich history. A sacred place for Indigenous Blackfoot people for around 4,000 years, the site gets its name from the ancient rock art among its sandstone cliffs. Some of the Writing-on-Stone carved petroglyphs and the pictographs date back 2,000 years. There are 138 rock-art carvings depicting sacred people, spirits, battles, journeys and moments. Southern Alberta is more than notable history, however. The city of Lethbridge, an hour’s drive from Writing-onStone, is a progressive city of 93,000 that recently adopted the Blackfoot word “Oki” as its official greeting. The words means “welcome” in English and has become part of the city’s official branding. Lethbridge has a number of meeting venues, from fine hotels and the Lethbridge College campus to its huge Exhibition Park with 30,000 square feet of trade floor space. Heading east, Taber captures the Prairie experience as part of the Alberta badlands. The city has been named among the top 10 friendliest communities in Canada by Expedia and offers a number of community events, including the annual Cornfest in late summer and the Midnight

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An Alberta Parks guide talks about the ancient rock art

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Madness sleigh rides in November. Medicine Hat, located near the Saskatchewan border in the southeast, has plans in the works for a new hotel as part of a makeover of its busy airport, which is served by WestJet and Air Canada. É

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Brooks Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Brooks & District Chamber of Commerce 403 2 Ave W Suite 4, Brooks T1R 0S3 .............. p: 403-362-7641 f: 403-362-6893 e: ofďŹ ce@brookschamber.ab.ca brookschamber.ab.ca Golf Courses & Country Clubs Brooks Golf Club 1211 1 Ave E PO Box 1378, Brooks T1R 1C3 Jeff Ward ........... p: 403-362-2998 f: 403-362-5443 e: events@brooksgolfclub.ca brooksgolfclub.ca Hotels and Motels Canalta Brooks 115 15 Ave W, Brooks T1R 0V5 .............. p: 403-363-0080 f: 403-363-0088 canaltahotels.com Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 1217 2 St W, Brooks T1R 1P7 Eric Deringer ...... p: 403-362-6666 f: 403-362-7319 e: gm.brooks@heritageinn.net heritageinn.net/locations/brooks-ab Ramada by Wyndham Brooks 1319 2 St W, Brooks T1R 1P7............... p: 403-362-6440 f: 403-362-6480 e: gm@ramadabrooks.com wyndhamhotels.com

Drumheller Destination Management/Marketing Travel Drumheller PO Box 1357, Drumheller T0J 0Y0...........................................p: 403-823-1331 e: admin@traveldrumheller.com traveldrumheller.com Hotels and Motels Canalta Jurassic Inn & Cretaceous Conference Centre 1103 Hwy 9 S Box 3009, Drumheller T0J 0Y0 ...............p: 403-823-7700 f: 403-823-5002 e: conferences@canalta.com canaltahotels.com Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Drumheller 392 Centre St, Drumheller T0J 0Y0................p: 403-823-3322 f: 403-856-1501 e: drumheller.econolodge@gmail.com econolodgedrumheller.com Resorts/Retreats Heartwood Inn & Spa, The 320 Railway Ave E, Drumheller T0J 0Y4 Patrice and Zeke Wolf ............... p: 403-823-6495 f: 403-823-4935 e: heartwoodinn@gmail.com heartwoodinn.com Restaurants Sublime Food & Wine 109 Centre St, Drumheller T0J 0Y4 Dennis Standage .......................... p: 403-823-2344 e: manager@sublimefoodandwine.com sublimefoodandwine.com Tourist Attractions - Major Royal Tyrrell Museum Highway 838 Midland Provincial Park PO Box 7500, Drumheller T0J 0Y0 ...............p: 403-823-7707 f: 403-823-7131 e: tyrrell.info@gov.ab.ca tyrrellmuseum.com

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Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Badlands Community Facility 224 Centre St, Drumheller T0J 0Y4 Erica Crocker ................................. p: 403-823-1338 e: ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com dinosaurvalley.com

Lethbridge Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Economic Development Lethbridge 308 Stafford Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 2L1 ...........................................p: 403-331-0022 e: erin@chooselethbridge.ca chooselethbridge.ca Banquet Facilities Prime Catering Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge & Sandman Hotel, Lethbridge Mike Marcotte ...............................p: 403-331-6921 e: info@primecatering.ca primecatering.ca Conference Organizers/Planners/Trade Show Consultants CANHOST Group 210A 12A St N Suite 361, Lethbridge T1H 2J1 Robin Gemer ................................. p: 403-942-5363 e: robin@canhostgroup.ca canhostgroup.ca Entertainment Services Sounds Unlimited Inc 1518 3 Ave S, Lethbridge T1J.0K8 Cary Kish .............p: 403-320-5956 f: 403-380-3922 e: cary@soundsunlimitedinc.com soundsunlimitedinc.com Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Service Inn & Suites 209 41 St S, Lethbridge T1J 1Z3 .......................................... p: 403-329-6844 e: gm@bestwesternlethbridge.ca bestwesternlethbridge.ca Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre 526 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 3M2 .............p: 403-327-5701 f: 403-327-5075 e: c.burton@coasthotels.com coasthotels.com Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lethbridge 120 Stafford Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4W4 ........................................p: 403-394-9292 e: hielsales@gmail.com hielethbridge.ca Holiday Inn Lethbridge 2375 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 7M1 .........................................p: 403-359-5612 e: sharonhauff@whg.com ihg.com Knights Inn Lethbridge 1026 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 2P8 Paul Bachhal ................................. p: 403-327-4576 e: knightsinnlethbridge@gmail.com redlion.com/knights-inn/ab/lethbridge/knightsinn-lethbridge Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge 320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4B4 Jaci Zalesak ........p: 403-331-6928 f: 403-328-0002 e: sales_lethbridgelodge@sandman.ca sandmanhotels.com Universities and Colleges University of Lethbridge Conference & Event Services 4401 University Dr W, Lethbridge T1K 3M4 Conference Services ..................... p: 403-329-2244 e: cnf@uleth.ca uleth.ca/conference

Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Enmax Centre 2510 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge T1K 1N2 Kim Gallucci ....... p: 403-320-4086 f: 403-327-3620 e: kim.gallucci@lethbridge.ca enmaxcentre.ca Lethbridge Exhibition Park 3401 Parkside Dr S, Lethbridge T1J 4R3 Doug Kryzanowski ..................... p: 403-317-3213 f: 403-320-8139 e: doug@exhibitionpark.ca exhibitionpark.ca Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Galt Museum & Archives 502 1 St S, Lethbridge T1J 0P6 Lea-Ann Owsley p: 403-320-4247 f: 403-329-4958 e: facilityrentals@galtmuseum.com galtmuseum.com

Medicine Hat Golf Courses & Country Clubs Connaught Golf Course 2802 13 Ave SE, Medicine Hat T1A 3P9 ..........................................p: 403-526-0737 e: admin@connaughtgolf.com connaughtgolf.com Hotels and Motels Baymont by Wyndham Medicine Hat 3216 13 Ave SE, Medicine Hat T1B 1H8 .............. p: 403-526-7487 f: 403-529-2638 wyndhamhotels.com/baymont/medicine-hatalberta/baymont-inn-and-suites-medicine-hat Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat 2317 Trans-Canada Way SE, Medicine Hat T1B 4E9............... p: 403-504-1700 f: 403-527-1579 e: welcome@comfortinnmedicinehat.com comfortinnmedicinehat.com Days Inn Medicine Hat 24 Strachan Crt SE, Medicine Hat TIB 4R7 ............... p: 403-580-3297 f: 403-580-3299 e: daysinnmedhat@d3h.ca daysinnmedicinehat.ca Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Medicine Hat 2510 Boxsprings Blvd, Medicine Hat T1C 0C8 .............. p: 403-548-7818 f: 403-548-2979 e: gm@hamptonmedhat.com hamptoninn3.hilton.com Home Inn & Suites Medicine Hat 20 Strachan Crt SE, Medicine Hat T1B 4R7 .............. p: 403-527-1749 f: 403-527-1339 e: homeinnmh@d3h.ca homeinnexpressmh.ca Quality Inn Medicine Hat 722 Redcliff Dr SW, Medicine Hat T1A 5E3 .............. p: 403-527-3700 f: 403-526-8689 choicehotels.com Resorts/Retreats Medicine Hat Lodge Resort 1051 Ross Glen Dr SE, Medicine Hat T1B 3T8 ...............p: 403-502-8190 f: 403-528-4075 e: sales@medhatlodge.com medhatlodge.com Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Canalta Centre 2802 Box Springs Way NW, Medicine Hat T1C 0H3 ......................................... p: 403-977-2574 e: info@canaltacentre.com canaltacentre.com Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede 2055 21 Ave SE Box 1298, Medicine Hat T1A 7N1 Natalie Weir ...... p: 403-527-1234 f: 403-529-6553 e: nweir@mhstampede.com mhstampede.com

Thai Orchid Room 36 Strachan Crt SE Suite 3, Medicine Hat T1B 4R7 Sou Boss ....................................... p: 403-580-8210 e: info@thaiorchidroom.ca thaiorchidroom.ca Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre 401 1 St SE, Medicine Hat T1A 8W2............. p: 403-502-8787 f: 403-502-8589 e: esplanadeevents@medicinehat.ca esplanade.ca Medalta in the Historic Clay District 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat T1A 3K9 Alice Osmond ................................ p: 403-529-1070 e: events@medalta.org medalta.org

Pincher Creek Golf Courses & Country Clubs Pincher Creek Golf Club 942 Hyde St Box 2397, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 ..............p: 403-627-2126 f: 403-627-6221 pinchercreekgolf.com Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 919 Waterton Ave, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 Richard Buckle ... p: 403-627-5000 f: 403-627-3936 e: gm.pinchercreek@heritageinn.net heritageinn.net/locations/pincher-creek-ab Ramada by Wyndham Pincher Creek 1132 Table Mountain St, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 ............. p: 403-627-3777 f: 403-627-3780 e: gm@ramadapinchercreek.com wyndhamhotels.com Travelodge by Wyndham Pincher Creek 1225 McEachern St, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 ........................................ p: 403-904-8040 wyndhamhotels.com Resorts/Retreats Castle Mountain Resort Box 610, Pincher Creek T0K 1W0 Hamish Collins ...p: 403-627-5101 f: 403-627-3515 e: hamish.collins@skicastle.ca skicastle.ca Venues - Historical or Themed or Outdoor Lebel Mansion 696 Kettles St, Pincher Creek T0K1W0 ............. p: 403-627-5272 f: 403-627-1559 e: lebelpc@gmail.com thelebel.ca

Rosebud Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Rosebud Centre of the Arts 116 Main St PO Box 654, Rosebud T0J 2T0 ............... p: 403-677-3000 f: 403-677-2390 rosebudtheatre.com

Taber Hotels and Motels Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 4830 46 Ave, Taber T1G 2A4 Melissa Sayoc ... p: 403-223-4424 f: 403-223-1733 e: gm.taber@heritageinn.net heritageinn.net/locations/taber-ab

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BIGGER. BETTER. NORTHERN ALBERTA The saying ‘the bigger, the better’ is certainly true when it comes to Northern Alberta ROB ALEXANDER

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he land and the sky, along with the rivers, the forests and the lakes, all tend to be bigger in Northern Alberta, as are the travelling distances. Even the municipalities and the national parks are bigger north of Edmonton. The 66,000-square-kilometre (25,000-square-mile) Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is Canada’s second-largest municipality, while Wood Buffalo National Park is the world’s largest national park. And for good measure, the Wood Buffalo municipality can also lay claim to the world’s largest dump truck, Canada’s largest community recreation complex and one of Canada’s biggest hearts. The volunteer rate in Wood Buffalo is twice the Canadian average, while the United Way charity has six times named Fort McMurray the most giving community in Canada. So, what does that mean for conference and convention planners? Well, this is where the “better” part comes in: given that nearly everything is bigger in Northern Alberta, events held in that part of the province are simply better for it. The big sky means the region offers some of the best northernlights viewing in Alberta, while the big land with its equally big forests, rivers and parks provides exceptional outdoor activities and opportunities, and the big distances have created communities with a distinct character, including Fort McMurray, which is readily accessible via daily direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Along with its big heart, Fort McMurray has a vibrant urban setting, a rich cultural scene and amenities that rival Alberta’s major urban areas, including a range of event venues that

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include hotel and conference centres, such as the Quality Hotel and & Conference Centre, which offers 12,000 square feet of space, and more intimate locations, such as the Clearwater Suite Hotel, an all-suite hotel with six separate boardrooms. The city also offers other venues, such as the Syncrude Clubhouse at the Syncrude Athletic Par and its two meeting rooms, outdoor patio and 2,000-square-foot atrium. And there is, of course, the centrepiece of Fort McMurray: MacDonald Island Park, the home of Suncor Community Leisure Centre and Shell Place. This enviable complex boasts six ballrooms, seven suites, a club room and a stadium that can seat

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up to 15,000 people, along with its recreational facilities. To the south, 2.5 hours northwest of Edmonton, the picturesque town of Slave Lake sits on the southeastern corner of Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta’s largest lak, with its white-sand beaches, exceptional boating and fishing and the largest conference centre in north-central Alberta. The Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre can accommodate up to 500 guests in the largest of its six rooms. It also offers a tap house, lounge and restaurant. Northwest of Slave Lake, near the confluence of the Peace, Smoky and Heart rivers, Peace River continues to provide access to the north as it has throughout its history. Peace River is home to the Belle Petroleum Centre, the town’s largest conference facility. This facility can host conferences, conventions and trade shows across its five event rooms with the largest capable of hosting 560 guests. Peace River’s Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, meanwhile, provides 3,000 square feet of conference and event space in six flexible rooms, while the Peace Valley Inns Hotel and Conference Centre has space for parties of up to 70 and 180 people, respectively, in its meeting and banquet rooms. Peace River is also home to some 500 hotel and motel rooms, all-season recreation centred around its rivers, and the award-winning Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre, which was the 2014 recipient of the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility. É

Fort McMurray Hotels and Motels Bridgeport Inn 10021 Biggs Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 1S4 ............. p: 780-790-2600 f: 780-790-6060 e: thebridgeportinn@shaw.ca bridgeportinns.ca Clearwater Suite Hotel & Spa 4 Haineault St, Fort McMurray T9H 1R6 ...............p: 780-799-7676 f: 780-799-4501 e: catering@clearwaterfortmcmurray.com clearwaterfortmcmurray.com Franklin Suite Hotel 10300 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 2H9 .............. p: 780-788-2199 f: 780-788-2159 e: info@franklinfortmcmurray.com franklinfortmcmurray.com Merit Hotel & Suites 8200 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 2H9 .............. p: 780-714-9444 f: 780-714-9440 e: guestservices@meritfortmcmurray.com meritfortmcmurray.com Nomad Hotel & Suites 10006 MacDonald Ave, Fort McMurray T9H 1S8 ............. p: 780-791-4770 f: 780-790-1684 e: info@nomadfortmcmurray.com nomadfortmcmurray.com Quality Hotel & Conference Centre Fort McMurray 424 Gregoire Dr, Fort McMurray T9H 3R2 Maria Rogers ..... p: 780-713-3349 f: 780-790-1658 e: mrogers@qfmcc.com qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray 435 Gregoire Dr, Fort McMurray T9H 4K7 .............. p: 780-743-2400 f: 780-743-2448 e: gm@radissonfortmcmurray.com radissonfortmcmurray.com Vantage Inn & Suites 200 Parent Way, Fort McMurray T9H 5E6 ..............p: 780-713-4111 f: 780-713-4042 e: events@fortmcmurrayhotels.ca vantagefortmcmurray.com

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Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities MacDonald Island Park 1 CA Knight Way, Fort McMurray T9H 5C5 .............. p: 780-791-0070 f: 780-791-2898 e: salesevents@rrcwb.ca macdonaldisland.ca

Grande Prairie Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce 11330 106 St Unit 127 Centre 2000, Grande Prairie T8V 7X9 Tanya Oliver ....... p: 780-532-5340 f: 780-532-2926 e: tanya@gpchamber.com grandeprairiechamber.com Golf Courses & Country Clubs Bear Creek Golf Club 11220 132 Ave PO Box 21098, Grande Prairie T8V 6W7 ............. p: 780-538-3393 f: 780-513-5566 e: proshop@bearcreekgolfclub.ca bearcreekgolfclub.ca Hotels and Motels Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie 6702 106 St, Grande Prairie T8W 0K8 Sandi Neville ......p: 587-771-0769 f: 587-771-1301 e: sneville@fourpointsgrandeprairie.com marriott.com Holiday Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Conference Centre 9816 107 St, Grande Prairie T8V 8E7................p: 780-357-2624 f: 780-402-6835 e: catering@higrandeprairie.com higrandeprairie.com Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie Airport 11201 100 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 5M6 ..............p: 780-539-6000 f: 780-532-1961 e: info@paradiseinnandsuites.ca paradiseinngrandeprairie.com Podollan Inn & Spa Grande Prairie 10612 99 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 8E8 Harvey Napier .....p: 780-830-4244 f: 780-830-2902 e: banquetsgp@podollan.com podollanhotels.com/grande-prairie-inn-spa

Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre 11633 100 St, Grande Prairie T8V 3Y4 Kayla Enright.......p: 780-832-2440 f: 780-532-5441 e: meetingmanager@pomeroyhotelgp.com pomeroyhotel.com/grande-prairie Stanford Inn & Suites 11401 100 Ave, Grande Prairie T8V 5M6 Anil Handa ......... p: 780-539-5678 f: 780-538-3913 e: operations@stanfordhospitality.com grandeprairiestanfordhotel.com Stonebridge Hotel Grande Prairie 12102 100 St, Grande Prairie T8V 5P1............... p: 780-539-5561 f: 780-538-4636 e: banquetsales@stonebridgegp.com stonebridgegrandeprairie.com Regional Convention Spaces Evergreen Park PO Box 370, Grande Prairie T8V 3A5 Crystal Lawrence p: 780-357-2849 f: 780-539-0373 e: crystal@evergreenpark.ca evergreenpark.ca Venues - Event or Meeting Facilities Centre 2000 Tourism & Trade 11330 106 St, Grande Prairie T8V 7X9 Janice Chomik .... p: 780-513-0240 f: 780-532-2926 e: info@centre2000.ca centre2000.ca

Grimshaw Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Mighty Peace Tourism Association PO Box 1697, Grimshaw T0H 1W0 Jenna Armstrong........................... p: 800-215-4535 e: info@mightypeace.com mightypeace.com

High Level Hotels and Motels Executive House Suites Hotel & Conference Centre 9815 101 St, High Level T0H 1Z0 Nancy MacIntyre p: 780-926-3311 f: 780-926-4745 e: info@executivehousesuites.com executivehousesuites.com

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Peace region by horseback, or with a flyrod, can be part of an unforgettable corporate retreat in wild, welcoming Northern Alberta • JEFF BARTLETT/ TRAVEL ALBERTA

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hold a meeting in Peace River. Peace River is also home to some 500 hotel and motel rooms and the award-winning Peace River Museum, which helps celebrate Indigenoushistory in the region• RANDALL KABATOFF/TRAVEL ALBERTA

Regional Convention Spaces Best Western Plus Mirage Hotel & Resort 9616 Hwy 58, High Level T0H 1Z0 .............. p: 780-821-1000 f: 780-821-8300 e: info@bestwesternhighlevel.com bestwesternhighlevel.com

Peace River Associations/Chambers of Commerce/Tourist Info Centres Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce 10006 96 Ave Box 6599, Peace River T8S 1S4 .............. p: 780-624-4166 f: 888-525-4423 e: manager@peaceriverchamber.com peaceriverchamber.com Banquet Facilities Belle Petroleum Centre 9403 94 St, Peace River T8S 1J2............... p: 780-624-8318 f: 780-624-8300 e: events@bpcentre.ca bpcentre.ca Hotels and Motels Best Western Plus Peace River Hotel & Suites 8016 99 Ave, Peace River T8S 1R2 .............. p: 780-617-7600 f: 780-624-5066 e: reservations@bestwesternpeaceriver.ca bestwestern.com Chateau Nova Peace River 10010 74 St, Peace River T8S 0B3 .............. p: 780-624-3344 f: 780-732-5719 e: peaceriverchateau@novahotels.ca novahotels.ca Peace Valley Inns Hotel and Conference Centre 9609 101 St PO Box 6388, Peace River T8S 1S3 .............. p: 780-624-2020 f: 780-624-2099 e: info@peacevalleyinns.ca peacevalleyinns.ca Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Peace River 9510 100 St, Peace River T8S 1S9 ...............p: 780-624-3621 f: 780-624-4855 e: cateringpr@sawridge.com sawridgepeaceriver.com

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