Social Excursions

These excursions are offered at an additional fee for attendees and coordinated directly through the host committee.  All activities require a minimum number of participants in order to proceed.



Adventure to the Rockies: Banff National Park


8:00AM - 5:00PM

Join your CACUSS colleagues for a trip out to Banff National Park! Your hosts will pick you up at the Calgary Marriott hotel and shuttle you off to downtown Banff for an approximate arrival of 10:00am. You will return to Calgary in time for dinner.

While downtown you can tour around on your own while utilizing our list of locally-recommended and approved Banff activities (e.g. walking tours, must-see sights, etc.), or you can choose to participate in an optional, organized hike planned and led by a local guide.

Depending on registrant demand we might even be able to make some additional stops along the way (e.g. Lake Minnewanka or Vermilion Lakes).

What is included:

  • Local Guide

  • Transportation

  • National Park Pass

  • A super-fun adventure!

Deadline to register: Sunday, June 9, 2019


Note: This trip can accommodate individuals with mobility needs. Please email to inquire.


If you would prefer to adventure on your own or on another date, check-out this local charter company instead: On-It Regional Transit.

COST: $37.25 per person



CACUSS / Pride Meet - Up

9:00PM - LATE

Following the CACUSS Conference Welcome reception, come celebrate Pride Month at a drop-in LGBTQ+ CACUSS Pride event in downtown Calgary (this is an existing Calgary Pride event run by the city).

Cost: Free


Medicine Walk


6:00PM - 9:00PM

Enjoy a guided medicine walk on top of Nose Hill Park overlooking Calgary’s beautiful landscape.  Step into the traditional outdoor classroom and hear of the many local plants and medicines and their uses in the day-to-day. Receive an oral interpretation of the “Medicine Wheel” as it presents culture and recognizes the area of traditional Blackfoot Territory. The medicine walk provides a teaching of the People and reflection for self.


This walk invites participants to journey to inner mind and spirit while enjoy a physical rejuvenation. Participants are advised to bring a snack, bottled water suitable footwear and rain gear.


What is included:

  • Transportation, pick-up/drop-off at the Calgary Marriott hotel

  • Guided walk by local Elders

Deadline to register: Sunday, June 9, 2019

Note: Unfortunately this trip cannot accommodate individuals with mobility needs.

Cost: $37.25 per person



9:00PM - 2AM


Come build community with your fellow colleagues at this annual beloved Kara-o-CACUSS event. Our reserved space (top floor, patio access) will be open at 7:00pm, so come early to have a bite to eat before the mics light up. At 9:00pm you will be invited to the stage to sing your favourite karaoke tune in support of a great cause! We ask that attendees donate what they can at the door to support the conference awards and bursary program and a local charity.


This year's fundraising proceeds will support the work of YYC Voices, a local non-profit organization supporting Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ community in Calgary.


Trolley 5, downtown Calgary


Transportation Options:



  • A local host and emcee will host this event in English.

  • Elevator access is available.

  • Complimentary group brewery tours will run at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, and 8:00pm (registration is required).

  • Since this is a group event, an automatic 18% gratuity will be added to each bill.


Full food and beverage menus (excluding Happy Hour specials) will be in effect.

Food menu:

Drink menu:


Cost: Donation at the door (cash, visa/MC will be accepted) 


The Cowtown Experience at Ranchman's Saloon


7:00pm - LATE

Join us for "The Cowtown Experience" at the local Calgary institution, Ranchman's Cookhouse & Dancehall. A live DJ will be spinning the hits, and mechanical bull-riding and line-dancing will be additional activities to try out. The Cookhouse will be open, so you can purchase food on your own if you would like to.

Early bird pricing in effect until May 24th. Get your tickets today!!! We need a minimum of 100 people in order to run this event.

What’s included?

  • Transportation via bus shuttle (between the Calgary Marriott hotel and the venue, 7:00pm-1:00am)

  • Cover charge

  • Mechanical bull rides*

  • Line-dancing lesson*

*Optional activities


Schedule of Events:

7:00pm Doors open

8:00pm Mechanical bull ride opens

8:30pm Line dancing lesson

1:00am Last call



  • Primary transportation is not accessible, but individuals with mobility needs can email for alternative options.

  • Accessibility ramps available at the venue.

  • A minimum of 100 registrants are required to run this event.

  • Full food and beverage menus can be found here:



$15 early bird

$20 regular price

$25 at the door


Deadlines to register:

Early Bird: Friday, May 24

Regular Price: Monday, June 17


These excursions are offered at an additional fee for attendees and coordinated directly through the host committee.  All activities require a minimum number of participants in order to proceed.         


We highly recommend you add these places to your extended itinerary!


Canada’s first national park encompasses more than 6,000 square kilometres of mountain wilderness and is part of the larger Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff National Park is home to imposing 3000-metre peaks, alpine meadows rich with colourful wildflowers, brilliant blue glacier-fed lakes and the town of Banff and village of Lake Louise. The park offers exceptional hiking, camping, skiing and scenic driving. Choose from hundreds of kilometres of trails, from short strolls along lakes and valley bottoms to backpacking circuits that cross alpine passes and edge alongside mirror-calm lakes. Cruise the world-renowned Icefields Parkway, a scenic drive that parallels the Continental Divide, where wildlife like bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears roam. Throughout the park, visitors can choose from thousands of campsites at 13 campgrounds, ski at three ski resorts and stay at a range of accommodations, from hotels to lodges.

*On your way to the park, stop by the town of Canmore for lunch!


A town for antique enthusiasts alike!




Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a four-season, alpine sanctuary of invigoration, created for the pioneers of today; those who aren’t afraid to face the elements head-on. Spa facilities are for ages 18 or older.





  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. In addition to housing one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, the Museum offers a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.
  • 141 kms / 1 hour 42 minutes from Calgary
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  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. Through vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming, learn about the cultural significance of this cliff to the Plains People.
  • 180 kms / 2 hours  from Calgary
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  • Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird's-eye views. There's a canoe dock in summer, and a skating rink on the frozen lake in winter. The Lake Louise Ski Resort features a wildlife interpretive center at the top of a gondola.
  • 182 kms / 1 hour and 5 minutes from Calgary
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  • Website



  • Radium Hot Springs, informally and commonly called Radium, is a village of 776 residents situated in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The village is named for the hot springs located in the nearby Kootenay National Park.
  • 261 kms / 2 hours and 56 minutes from Calgary
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  • Extending over 11,000 square kilometres, it's the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
  • 413 kms / 4 hours and 53 minutes from Calgary
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  • Discover the power of nature on the Glacier Adventure—the must-do experience in the Canadian Rockies. At the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway is one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. Here, you’ll travel on a massive Ice Explorer to a place where you can walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier. Then, take a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk at the cliff’s edge. Tours fill quickly. Reservations are strongly recommended.
  • 310 kms / 3 hours and 35 minutes from Calgary
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