TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION

About Banff

The Canadian Glycomics Symposium takes place in Banff, Alberta, a scenic town in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The town of Banff is a place with adventure and wonder. You are surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains in all directions; you might see a herd of elks wandering on the side of the road during your early morning jog. The lively streets of downtown are lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. Everything is in walking distance from downtown. All sessions and events at the Symposium take place at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, unless otherwise noted.

Travel to Banff

Banff is located 130 km from Calgary, 400 km from Edmonton, and 850 km from Vancouver. From most places outside of Alberta, Banff is most easily reached via the Calgary International Airport. From the Calgary International Airpot, you can then take the Banff Airporter, a shuttle service between Calgary and Banff. The Banff Airporter operates with several departures throughout the day.

International Visitors

Please visit the Immigration & Citizenship Canada website to find out if you require a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada.

Getting Around Banff

The Banff town site is small and it’s easy to get around and accessible for everyone. Walk, cycle, or use Roam, Banff’s public transit system, to get around the town.

  • Visitor Map: Check out the town map for district areas and historic sites.
  • Public transportation: one-way cash fare is $2, and one-day pass is $5. Bus route 7: Banff Centre, departing every 30 minutes, runs from Banff Avenue (Downtown Banff) to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. For more information on Roam, check out Roam Transit.
  • Cab: there are many taxi services in Banff. Or download Uber to tour around the town.
  • Bike: Several local stores offer bike rental services. Go for a ride and explore some of Canada’s most scenic roadways and trails in Banff National Park.