Calgary is a city in the western Canadian province of Alberta, which is located just east of the Rocky Mountains. It is known for the Calgary Stampede (July 7-16 for 2023). The city has a number of landmarks such as the Bow building, the Peace Bridge, the Calgary Tower, and an entire network of Plus 15s. In 1988, Calgary hosted the winter Olympics. Many of the 1988 Olympic game venues can still be visited today: the Saddledome (now a concert venue and home of NHL’s Calgary Flames), the Olympic Oval (known as having the fastest speed skating ice on Earth), Canada Olympic Park (COP) (featured on the movies Cool Runnings and Eddie the Eagle). On the theme of sports, Calgary is home of Baker Park, which is ranked as the most popular disc golf course in Canada and the 5th busiest in the world.
What Calgary is also world famous for is its proximity to nature. The conference will include a field trip to the Barrier Lake Station in Kananaskis, where the University of Calgary geomatics engineering survey camp takes place annually. In addition, conference attendees will get the option to visit Lake Louis (and Morraine Lake), and the Banff town site on the last day of the conference. Other places outside Calgary worth driving to are: Waterton Lakes National Park (to the south), Turtle Mountain at the Crowsnest Pass (to the south-west), the Athabasca Glacier / the Columbia Icefield and Jasper (to the north-west), and the Drumheller Hoodoos (to the east).