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WCC 2019 Rocky Mountain add-on

Extend your WCC conference experience and join us in the beautiful Rocky Mountains on Saturday, February 9 to get a taste of the mountain lifestyle that makes our neighbours to the west, the towns of Canmore and Banff, desirable places to live, work, and play.

We are excited to present two 1-day options that showcase active transportation infrastructure, tourism, community advocacy curated by local experts.

Both options cost $100 and include:

  • Transportation from Calgary to the mountains and back
  • Lunch
  • All activities
Please choose either the Banff or Canmore add-on when paying for your registration.

 

Banff

Spend your WCC Saturday in beautiful Banff, in Canada’s oldest and most visited National Park! Learn how our town’s fixed boundary help us boast the highest percentage of active commuters in the country, and how cycling is part of the recreational offer for the Park’s millions of winter visitors. The day will be one part listen/relax and one part participate/do – a great recipe to loosen up even the stiffest of conference legs.

Part One (participate/do)

How do you create memorable winter trail experiences for both seasoned locals and a wide variety of tourists (some of whom are experiencing snow and mountains for the very first time)? Members of Banff’s Parks Canada team will shed some light on how they are accommodating this mix, and the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance will share tales of trail building and grooming in this protected area. Then, experience an example mixed winter user trail yourself! Let off some steam on a short tour of the Spray River West trail on your choice of walking boots, snowshoes or a fat bike, or simply enjoy a bit of time self-exploring the area.

Lunch break (eat)

It’s time to “go Greek” with hearty Balkan food and a lively discussion with Stavros Karlos, a passionate restaurateur, winter cycling advocate, and former local politician.

Part Two (listen/relax)

A short downtown winter walking tour with Town of Banff planners will visit effective “scramble” intersections, an award winning car-less bridge over the Bow River, and outline our Woonerf design process. Presentations and discussions at Town Hall will include: tales from Community Cruisers who promote active commuting in our mountain towns, Roam (our local public transit provider) who ferry bikes by bus to successfully integrate the local and regional systems, Big Red Bike - a unique 4-seat cycling offer for all abilities, and recent active transportation to school planning.


Canmore

Part One

Experience winter cycling in the Canadian Rockies on a cycle tour of Canmore’s beautiful natural spaces and complete street infrastructure. A morning session will include coffee, introductions, and a bike tour of several of Canmore’s commuter cycle routes, complete streets and off-street pathways. Bikes will be provided and there will be four spots on two tri-shaws for those unable to cycle. The tour will be hosted by representatives from a number of community organizations, including the Town of Canmore and the Community Cruisers, providing an opportunity for informal discussions along the way.

Lunch break

A lunch stop in the Town Centre will feature short presentations from program leaders on how cycling is promoted and encouraged year-round in Canmore.

Part Two

After lunch participants can choose from three great local experiences:

Canmore Ghost Tour by Bike – Join us if you dare on a spellbinding outdoor tour through historic Canmore, led by a knowledgeable interpretive guide. You’ll learn about a local hang-out built on haunted ground, restless spirits shadowing a historic landmark, and unexplained paranormal activity. The tour lasts about 1 hour and will be followed by leisure time.

Intro to Fat Biking – A fun two hours of learning the in's and out's of Fat Biking. The history and evolution as well as the basics of braking, shifting, cornering, snow conditions, grooming and so much more. The interactive learning will be followed by a flat river path trail ride that will finish back in the downtown core of Canmore.

Advanced Trail Biking – A more challenging two hour ride that will take participants on some of Canmore finest single track. The single track will be groomed specifically for fat biking and will be variable terrain. Good climbing and descending technique and more advanced inquires will be fielded throughout the ride which will finish back in the downtown core of Canmore.

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February 6-8, 2019


Calgary Central Library
800 3 St S.E.

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Saturday, February 9 Add-on
Banff add-on

Stay an extra day and enjoy the Rocky Mountains for only $100.  
 

In addition to your congress registration and does not include accomodation.

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Want to stay a little longer in Banff or Canmore?


​​Here are a few options to help you start planning your stay:
 

Banff

 

Canmore

  • For winter disc golf, cross-country skiing, fat-biking, tobogganing and more, visit the Canmore Nordic Centre, located just ten minutes from downtown Canmore.
  • Hop on a dog sled with Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours and take active transportation to a whole new level with the help of some four-legged pals.
  • Explore the trails around the town by bike, try ice-skating or play pick up shinny or snowshoe in nearby Kananaskis. Rentals available at Gear-Up.
  • For a list of hotels, restaurants, activities and more, visit Tourism Canmore

 

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Downhill Skiing / Snowboarding:

Trade in your bike for skis or a snowboard and hit the slopes! Visit Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise. Check out Ski Big 3 for more information.