Monday, November 5, 2018

Arrival Day for non-local attendees. We suggest if you are flying in for the conference you plan to arrive on Monday November 5th. (Canmore is a super cozy mountain town. Taking the night to breathe in the fresh air, unwind, and explore a bit is the perfect way to start off your conference experience!)

Tuesday, November 6, 2017

Half Day of Education
Evening Activity TBA

Wednesday, November 7, 2017

Full Day of Education
Evening Activity TBA

Thursday, November 8, 2017

Full Day of Education
Evening Activity TBA


Canmore, Alberta

Ok, so not to brag or anything, but we're hosting the Real Life { Photography Conference for Women} in a total bucket list location. The Canadian Rockies. Canmore to be exact. 

The Canadian Rockies covers a large area of space, and sits on the border of Alberta &  British Columbia. In the North is Jasper National Park, and the quaint Jasper Townsite. In the South you’ll find Banff National Park, Yoho National park, the villages of Lake Louise, Kananaskis, the townsites of Banff & and our cozy host community, Canmore. 

Canmore is Banff’s quiet sister town, it has a resident population of about 15,000 people. It has a cute downtown core, lots of accommodation, shopping, and the best dining experiences in the Rockies. 


Host hotel: The Malcolm

We're going to be going to moving locations to the brand new Malcolm hotel in Spring Creek, Canmore. This hotel is still being built, stay tuned for details and room rates.



Getting here 


Airport transfers

You’ve got two options to get to Canmore from the Calgary International Airport (YYC).


This is a great option if you have time to see the area. Public transit exists in the Bow Valley, but it doesn’t reach many of the best natural attractions. If you are coming in the winter, and are not used to winter road conditions, you might not want to rent a car! Ensure your rental car has winter tires or at a very minimum, all season tires. Allow extra time for the drive, and be cautious of ice and wildlife.


There are two main shuttle companies:
Brewster Banff Airporter -
Banff Airporter -


If you've got a group who are flying in around the same time, a private transfer may be the way to go. Let our friends at Highland VIP group know you are attending the Real Women Conference & they'll offer you an exclusive rate of $XX.XX for up to 4 people. 

What to pack

The month November can be at best chilly, and in it's full glory, a complete winter wonderland. It’s a good idea to pack layers, sweaters, a warm jackets, and warm footwear (a good pair of boots that can handle a snowbank!).  It’s also a good idea to bring mittens, a warm hat (a toque!), and rain gear. On average temperatures will be just around 0C/32F, BUT we can get some real cold snaps as well (think -15C/5F). Keep an eye on the weather before you depart. 

The conference dress will be casual, and there's nowhere in Canmore where you can't go out for dinner in a pair of jeans! 

Things to
see and do

The weather in November is so variable, it's hard to share what activities will be available. It's important you check the weather and road conditions before you start out on an activity or day trip. If we have an early snowfall some of the winter activities may be available ( skiing, skating, snowshoeing, dogsledding). If we have a warmer fall there may still be some lower elevation hiking available as well. 

If you have some extra time plan to visit locations likes Emerald Lake, the Icefields Parkway (voted one of the top 10 drives in the world), Lake Louise, a wander in downtown Banff, and a soak in the Banff Hot Springs under a starry night sky!

More details on activities in Banff National Park
More details on activities in Canmore and Kananaskis


There are so many great spots in Canmore to eat out! 

  • Mountain Mercato - (best coffee in town), their trio of crostini is also a favourite, as is the farmhouse panini.
  • Communitea - healthy lunches.
  • Le Fournil - amazing French Bakery, try the chocolate croissant!
  • The Bagel Company - great breakfast & lunch options.
  • The Range - great little sandwich shop downtown.
  • La Belle Patate - hidden in the industrial area of town, this is the place to go try poutine!
  • Tapas - Spanish/mexican inspired tapas - so good! This is more of a ‘splurge’ option.
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company - healthy salads & stone oven fired flatbreads.
  • Crazyweed - a fusion restaurant - a favourite amongst locals & travelers alike, another splurge option! 
  • Sage Bistro & Wine Bar - small plates & wine flights. Awesome atmosphere.
  • Murrietta’s - they have a fantastic Happy Hour from 3-6.
  • The Grizzly Paw - local microbrew pub.
  • Tavern 1883 - best Burger in town.
  • The Georgetown Inn - british pub fare - try the fish & chips!
  • Valbella Meats - tiny grocery and smoked meats, another great stop of self catering. Our favourite is the ‘bunderfliesh’ a smoked beef.
  • Chef’s Studio Japan - I will admit, I’ve not eaten here, but I hear great reviews.
  • Rustica at Silvertip Resort - this is a pricey restaurant, but the food is SO good. If you want to try the best Alberta beef, this is the place!


If you arrive early and want to check out some local shops, try the neat ones below!

  • Tin Box - Canmore
  • Cabin 108 - Banff
  • Stonewaters - Canmore
  • Indigo Bay - Canmore
  • The Kitchen Boutique - Canmore & Banff
  • Mountain Mercato - Canmore
  • The Christmas Store - Banff
  • The Banff Tea Company - Banff
  • Cafe Books - Canmore
  • The Banff Candy Store - Banff
  • Rocks & Gems Store - Banff
  • The Cellar Door - Canmore
  • Le Chocolatier - Canmore
  • Ginko & Ink Atelier - Banff
  • Rocky Mountain Flannel - Canmore 


How many tickets are available?
We want to keep the conference intimate, and will be limiting ticket sales to 130 tickets. All of our speakers also attend the conference and we hope to bring several women to the conference as part of our give back initiative as well. 

What topics will the speakers be presenting?
In year three of the conference, we are going to focus on presenting a really balanced program. Our speakers will be addressing creativity, business, process, and social advocacy. 

What if I purchase a ticket and can't make it? 
The tickets are non-refundable, however, you can transfer your ticket to another attendee. It will be your responsibility to find someone to take the ticket (unless we have a waiting list!). There will be a $50CAD fee applied to any ticket transfers.

Do I have to pay the full amount at once?
You can pay in full, or select the payment plan option. 

How does the payment plan option work?
Your full ticket price will be divided by the number of months remaining until November 1st, 2017. You will be billed on the first of each month. We do charge a one time $50 flat fee for the payment plan option. We can also only accept credit cards for the payment plan. 

What methods of payment do you accept?
We will accept Mastercard & Visa. If you are wanting to use e-transfer for paypal, that can be arranged. 

Can you help me find someone to share a room with? 
Once you purchase your ticket you will be added to our attendee and alumni Facebook group, it's the perfect place to find a roommate, or a lift from the airport. 

I see that lunch is included, but I can't eat wheat/dairy/nuts/shellfish/etc.
We'll be sending out a questionnaire later on to take care of any of you with dietary restrictions! 

Tell me more about the attendee scholarship fund
Last year we were able to welcome 5 college students and 3 scholarship attendees to the conference. Scholarship recipients were chosen in a variety of ways. We received help selecting attendees from our sponsors, college professors, and one attendee who donated her ticket to be used for a scholarship.