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Banff Centre - Getting here


Please note when planning travel:

**As of May 10, 2012 the Banff Centre is FULL.  Alternative accomodation is available in Banff.  We suggest that you review www.bestofbanff.com; Trip Advisor; and Banff Bed and Breakfasts.  Also please check on Google Maps to ensure sufficient proximity between your choice and the Banff Centre.

The information on this page will provide you with information about how to get to Banff and booking at the Banff Centre, as well as about "things to do" in Banff and Calgary.  

 

How to get to Calgary:

The main Canadian air carriers flying into Calgary are:

1.  Air Canada (1-888-247-2262, option 4)
Online booking information: http://www.aircanada.com/en/home.html

2.  West Jet (1-888-937-8538)
Online booking information:  http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/home.shtml

 

To search other international airlines that fly into Calgary, click on this link: http://www.rocky-mountain-tour-guide.com/flying-into-calgary.html.

 

How to get to Banff from Calgary:

Calgary International Airport to the Banff Centre

1.  Driving

If you choose to travel by private vehicle, you will find the route has plenty of signage and the trip from the Calgary International Airport to Banff takes approximately 90 minutes.

  1. Depart airport via Barlow Trail (head towards Calgary City Centre).
  2. Take 16th Avenue West exit and turn right onto 16th Avenue West.
  3. Remain on 16th Avenue West through Calgary, it becomes the Trans-Canada Highway 1.
  4. Continue to head west on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and eventually this will take you through the park gates to the exit for the town of Banff.

View a map with directions from Calgary Airport to The Banff Centre (via Google Maps)

 

2.  Banff Airporter (Shuttle bus)

Banff Airporter is the official airport shuttle provider of The Banff Centre and the best way to get to and from Calgary Airport. Banff Airporter offers 12 departures daily between Calgary Airport and The Banff Centre. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you travel to Banff. You can book directly via the booking tool below. You can also book by calling toll free: +1 888-449-2901 or +1 403-762-3330 ext 1, or for questions and more information, email: info@banffairporter.com.

 

3.  Banff Airporter - Sedan Service

Early morning Calgary Airport departure? Late night arrival? Another option is to travel to and from The Banff Centre in comfort and style with Banff Airporter's sedan service, Banff Sedan. On your arrival, your driver will meet you at your flight gate, ready to transfer you directly to Banff, regardless of flight time. To book, call Banff Sedan on +1-403-762-3330 ext 2 or email: charters@banffairporter.com.

 

Directions from Downtown Banff to the Banff Centre

The Banff Centre is located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies surrounds the campus; spread over 43 acres of land on the west side of Tunnel Mountain and just a few blocks from downtown Banff.

Download a pamphlet containing maps of the campus and the town of Banff (pdf)

  1. Traveling westbound on the Trans-Canada Highway 1 from Calgary, take the first exit to Banff.
  2. Make a left-hand turn at the base of this exit ramp. Follow this road (Banff Avenue) into the town of Banff. Continue on Banff Avenue.
  3. At Buffalo Street, (before the bridge) turn left and follow Buffalo Street, continuing uphill where the street becomes Tunnel Mountain Drive.
  4. Turn left at St. Julien Road into The Banff Centre.

View a map with directions from Calgary to The Banff Centre (via Google Maps)

 

Staying at the Banff Centre 

We have reserved rooms at the Banff Centre at the rate of $217/night.   

To book your room at the Banff Centre please e-mail reservations@banffcentre.ca or call 1-800-884-7574.  Identify yourself as an attendee at the International Legal Ethics Conference (booking ID UOC1207).  

  

About the Banff Centre

Accommodations

Guests can book room accommodations at The Professional Development Centre 

The Professional Development Centre, a spectacular pine lodge, offers over 171 superior bedrooms and suites with full hotel amenities and stone fireplaces.  For more information: http://www.banffcentre.ca/conferences/accommodation/pdc_rooms.asp.

 

Check in & check out times

Check-out time is 12:00 noon. 

Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. on arrival day. 

 

Disabled Access

The Banff Centre welcomes guests with disabilities.  We recommend that you contact the Centre in advance so that they can meet you upon your arrival to facilitate your understanding of the best routes and services available.  Please contact Jim Olver, Director of Guest Services: jim_olver@banffcentre.ca or telephone 1-403-762-6123.

The Banff Centre is located on the side of a mountain and is undergoing a major revitalization project. The site does present some challenges to people with limited mobility. There is ramp access to most buildings. Wheelchair and handicap access routes are shown on the campus map. Some bedrooms have been adapted for wheelchair access and some phones in Donald Cameron Hall are positioned at a lower level for wheelchairs. For our hearing impaired guests, there is a phone equipped with an amplifier handset on the sixth floor of Lloyd Hall.

 

Wireless Internet Access at the Banff Centre

Wireless internet is available free of charge and the coverage is campus-wide. Look for banffcentre.ca from your computer, a password is not required.

Throughout The Banff Centre there are PCs (Macintosh or MS Windows) for guest and artist use. Two are located in the Paul D. Fleck Library (lower level of Lloyd Hall), one in Glyde Hall, two located in the lobby of Donald Cameron Hall, and two in the Fireplace Lounge, Professional Development Centre (PDC).

In Banff, there are two Internet cafes, located in the Bear Street Mall and in the lower level of Sundance Mall.

 

Sally Borden Recreation Facility

The Banff Centre's Sally Borden Recreation Facility houses a 25 metre pool, steam rooms, whirlpool, weight room, full-sized gym with indoor running track, badminton, squash court and climbing wall.  These facilities will be available for general usage to all overnight guests of The Banff Centre at no extra charge. 

 Parking

Long-term parking is available in two locations on campus: the underground parkade on the north side of campus and the visitor parking lot on the south end of campus. Short term parking is available throughout campus, as noted on the campus map. Check-in is at the Professional Development Centre. Campus directories are located at the two entrances.

 

 

Things to do in Banff & Calgary

Banff

1.  Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride 
http://www.explorerockies.com/banff-gondola/

2.  Columbia Icefield Snocoach Tours
http://www.explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield/?utm_source=google-adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=sightseeing-tours

3.  Banff National Park
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index.aspx

4.  Johnston Canyon Hike
http://www.banff.com/hiking/johnston_canyon.shtml

5.  Silver Tip Golf Resort
http://www.silvertipresort.com/

6.  Willow Stream Spa - Banff Springs Hotel
http://www.fairmont.com/EN_FA/Property/BSH/GuestServices/SPA/

7.  Lake Louise
http://www.skilouise.com/

8.  Horseback Riding
http://www.horseback.com/

 

Calgary

1.  Calgary Stampede
http://corporate.calgarystampede.com/about/stampede-history/archives.html

2.  Calgary Tower
http://www.calgarytower.com/

3.  Glenbow Museum
http://www.glenbow.org/

4.  Golf
http://www.golfmax.ca/Golf-Courses/Calgary-Alberta-Golf-Courses.shtml

5.  Alberta Theatre Projects
http://www.atplive.com/

6.  Calgary's Chinatown
http://chinatowncalgary.com/

7.  Shopping
http://www.downtowncalgary.com/shopping.html

 8.  Pancake Breakfasts
http://www.flapjackfinder.com/