2019 Annual Conference Fun Facts

Learn more about the University of Calgary

Visit our website at www.ucalgary.ca

For key facts and University demographic statistics please visit our About UCalgary website (www.ucalgary.ca/about)

 

 

Learn more about Banff, Alberta

Hotel/Venue:
For more information on the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, see their webpage at: https://www.banffcentre.ca/

 

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

 

Banff  |  Calgary Visitor Information:
https://www.visitcalgary.com/
https://www.banfflakelouise.com/

 

Appropriate Dress:
Casual business attire is suitable for all meetings, sessions, opening reception and theme dinner. Business attire is recommended for the closing banquet. Please remember to be bring a sweater or jacket, as temperatures in Banff may vary.

 

Weather:
The town of Banff is located in the mountains of Southern Alberta, and sits at an average of a 1,370 m (4,500 foot) altitude. September is the start of autumn in Banff, turning the whole town yellow and golden. … However it starts to cool down in Banff from September onwards. The average daytime temperatures are around 16°C (about 61°F), whereas the average minimum temperatures during the night tend to be around 3°C (about 37°F).

 

Learn more about Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary is referred to as Cowtown by some and it still has the Wild West image.
  • Calgary sits at 1,048 meters (3,438 feet) above sea level.
  • A Chinook in Calgary (a warm wind) can raise the temperature by as much as 15°C (about 59°F) and in a few hours you can go from parkas to short sleeves.

 

Fun Facts About Alberta

  • Motto: Fortis et liber (Strong and free)
  • Provincial Flower: Wild rose
  • Provincial Tree: Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta latifolia)
  • Provincial Stone: Petrified wood
  • Provincial Mammal: Bighorn sheep
  • Provincial Fish: Bull trout
  • Provincial Bird: Great horned owl
  • Provincial Gemstone: Ammolite

 

  • The Alberta provincial flag was adopted on June 1, 1968. It depicts the provincial shield in the center of a blue background.  From top to bottom, the shield shows St. George’s Cross, blue sky, snow-capped mountains, green hills, prairie and wheat sheaves at the very bottom.
  • Alberta has a population of more than four million, concentrated in our major urban centres of Calgary and Edmonton. It is the fourth largest province in Canada, covering an area of 661,000 sq km (255,214 sq mi). We are known as a prairie province but our landscapes vary from towering mountains, glacial lakes and vast boreal forests to rolling foothills, fertile prairies and desert badlands. Alberta has 245 rivers and more than 600 lakes.
  • Wolverine is from Alberta. (According to Marvel history, Wolverine was born in Cold Lake, Alberta in the 1880s.)
  • The Bloody Caesar drink was invented here (Tasked with creating a signature drink to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant, bartender Walter Chell invented the Caesar at Calgary’s Westin hotel in 1969. He remembered going to Italy where spaghetti would be served with tomato sauce and clams, so he decided to mash some clams up and mix them with tomato juice. And so began a delicious Canadian tradition (that occasionally gets a little out of hand).)
  • Home of the Calgary Stampede (Calgary is also home to the world’s largest outdoor festival, the Calgary Stampede. There is every event from competitive riding to cooking competitions, a massive outdoor fair accompanies the stampede in total drawing in millions of visitors each year.)
  • There is no provincial sales tax in Calgary – or Alberta for that matter, so you only pay 5% tax on Goods and Services.
  • Calgary has two professional sports teams – the Calgary Flames (NHL hockey) and the Calgary Stampeders (CFL football).
  • In 1988 Calgary hosted Canada’s first Winter Olympic games. As a result there’s an Olympic oval for long and short track speed skating. And it’s open to the public.