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This year's theme reflects Calgary’s high elevation of 1,049 meters and the nearby Canadian Rocky Mountains peaking at 3,747 meters, dramatically shaping the city's western skyline. This theme will inspire new ideas, hope, and future-oriented thinking in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

The conference will take place from October 11 through 14, 2017.  For information about hotels, the airport, and the conference venue, click "Logistics" above.

If you can, come early or stay late: just over an hour up the road is Banff, a resort town in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by Banff National Park (6,500 square kilometres of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, and rivers and home to wildlife such as elk, grizzly bears, and wolves). The town itself features château-style hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops.  Below are some possibilities for pre- and post-conference visits to Banff.


(Self-Planned) Excursions to Banff

Please note that Monday, October 9 is Thanksgiving in Canada, and thus the Town of Banff will be likely to receive more visitors for the long weekend than usual. We encourage you to plan accordingly and book travel and accommodations well in advance!

Getting There

  • Brewster Travel:  Direct transfers from Calgary International Airport or selected downtown Calgary hotels, to all Banff hotel or residential addresses. Round trip fares are $110.50 for adults. Approximately 3 departures daily.
  • Banff Airporter:  Direct transfers from Calgary International Airport to Banff. Round trip is $125.98 CAD. 10 departures daily. Drop-off at any Banff hotel or residential address.
  • Greyhound:  $27.80 CAD for bookings in advance, $58.80 without. 4 departures leaving from their Calgary terminal – near downtown – daily). The route also stops in Canmore, Alberta. The bus stops at the Banff Greyhound Station only.
  • Self-Drive:  The trip from Calgary to Banff is a quick trip in a rental car, taking approximately an hour, on Highway 1. This is an easy drive on a very well-maintained and divided highway. This offers you the most flexibility for getting around the Banff townsite, local attractions and the ability to easily go farther afield, such as to Lake Louise.

Places to Stay

There are many options for accommodation in Banff, including top-of-the-line hotels, family-run bed-and-breakfasts (B & Bs), hostels, and campgrounds. The most convenient accommodations are located on Banff Avenue, near the town's central area, with easy access to restaurants and other amenities. Establishments which aren't in this area may be more difficult to access without a personal vehicle, but will tend to be quieter and more relaxing.  You may want to check your preferred travel website for reviews, recommendations, and exact pricing, but these are some possibilities:

What To Do in Banff

Once you get to Banff, refer to "What To Do in Banff" for highlights about getting around, things to do in and out of town, local eats and drinks, and shopping ideas.



ISSOTL17 is co-hosted by the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, and the Conference Co-Chairs are Nancy Chick and Brett McCollum.  Questions? Email 

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