The town of Banff is situated in in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada. This area has long been a sacred place for the indigenous peoples who first lived in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and recognized the sacred and healing properties of the natural hot springs. It was these hot springs that inspired the Canadian government to establish Banff National Park (originally named “Rocky Mountains Park of Canada) in 1887 as the first national park in Canada and the world’s third. The town of Banff was established shortly afterwards and has been a tourist destination ever since because of its easy access to stunning mountains, lakes, and valleys.
In 1984, Banff National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the “Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks,” having been recognized for its “exceptional natural beauty” and “striking mountain landscape.” The park is famous for its intensely colored glacial lakes, majestic mountains, and gorgeous valleys. While spectacular scenery is easily accessed within minutes of the Banff town center, for the more adventurous, the 6,641 square kilometers (2,564 square miles) of the park provides ample opportunities to explore a vast, unspoiled wilderness whether it is on foot, by canoe or kayak, or climbing.
The Banff townsite is a bustling mountain town with 360˚ views of mountain ranges. It offers almost every possible amenity despite its small population (~8,000). Visitors can hike Tunnel Mountain (4.3 km/2.6 mile trail) from the town center or dine at a wide array of restaurants serving foods as diverse as regionally sourced cuisine to Korean or Indian food. A variety of shops line the streets of Banff from luxury goods to outdoor gear to hand-crafted souvenirs. Banff’s small footprint (4 km2) makes it easily accessible by foot or bike, and it has an excellent public transportation system.
Banff is readily accessible from the city of Calgary, which offers connecting service from most major cities in Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Banff National Park is just a scenic 90 min drive from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) along the multi-lane Trans Canada Highway. Direct bus service via the Banff Airporter takes travelers from the Calgary International Airport directly to the Banff Center.
The conference will be held at the Banff Center, a full-service conference center and hotel located within Canada’s leading post-graduate arts institution, the Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity. The Banff Center hosts over 20,000 conference delegates from around the world each year. The campus boasts two hotels with newly renovated rooms, a comprehensive fitness facility, and dining facilities with breathtaking views.
ClostPath 12 will take place in the Max Bell Building, which features a 340 seat auditorium and large foyer for poster sessions and receptions, in addition to numerous break-out meeting spaces. Furthermore, the campus is designed to facilitate interactions between conference attendees in modern, sustainable facilities within an unparalleled natural environment, making it an ideal venue for ClostPath 2021.