Monday | November 5
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.
7:00 pm - Registration and Welcome Mingle
Tuesday | November 6
1:00 pm - Conference Begins!
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Half Day of Eduction ( 3 sessions )
7:00 pm - Optional Evening Group Meal aka "Dine Around"
Wednesday | November 7
7:30 am - Optional Morning Activity
9:00 am - Day of Education Begins ( Masterclass )
12:15 pm - Lunch Experience
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm - 2 sessions & Group Panel
Downtime, find some friends and a cozy dinner
8:30 - 10:00 - PJ Session : Photo Critiques with Erika Mann
Thursday | November 8
8:30 am - Masterclass + 1 session
12:30 pm - Onsite Lunch
1:45 pm - Final Speaker Session
3:00 pm - Interactive Group Activity
5:00 pm - Conference Complete
Go get something to eat, we've got a party to get to!
8:30 pm (ish) - late - Final Night Party!
Ok, so not to brag or anything, but we're hosting the Conference in a 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. The hotel has beautiful views, and a brand new conference centre that will give us much more space. The rooms are a traditional hotel style (one or two beds), and there is a full restaurant and lounge in the hotel.
2 double beds or 1 king - $169.00 CAD + taxes (double occupancy)
You can book your room HERE
You've got two options to get from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Canmore.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you book your flight, there is no ride share or general transportation to Canmore. If you need to take a shuttle do not book a flight that arrives after 9pm, or leaves before 9am. For real.
RENT A CAR
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.
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 for up to 4 people.
What to pack
The month of 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 jacket, 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 (Canadian: toque), and rain gear. On average, temperatures will be just around 0° C / 32° F, BUT we can get some real cold snaps as well (think -15° C / 5° F). 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Alberta Made - Canmore
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!