Social Excursions

These excursions are offered at an additional fee for attendees and coordinated directly through the host committee.  Interested in any of the activities below?  Please fill out the form here.  All activities require a minimum number of participants in order to proceed.


SUNDAY, JUNE 16

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

MONDAY, JUNE 17

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. Transportation to and from the convention centre is provided.

Cost: $30.00

Kara-O-CACUSS

9:00PM - LATE

Come and sing your heart out as the CACUSS conference tradition continues at Trolley 5, in downtown Calgary.  Optional brewery tour with samples provided for a $20 fee and food and drink on your own.

Cost: Donation at the door + Optional Brewery Tour

These excursions are offered at an additional fee for attendees and coordinated directly through the host committee.  Interested in any of the activities listed above?  Please fill out this form here.  All activities require a minimum number of participants in order to proceed.         


GET OUTTA TOWN

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

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

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!

NANTON, ALBERTA

A town for antique enthusiasts alike!

 

KANANASKIS NORDIC SPA

 

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 GOPHER MUSEUM

 

ROYAL TYRELL MUSEUM, DRUMHELLER

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website

 

HEAD SMASHED IN BUFFALO JUMP WORLD HERITAGE SITE

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website

 

LAKE LOUISE

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website

 

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website

 

JASPER NATIONAL PARK

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website

 

COLUMBIA ICE FIELD GLACIER ADVENTURE

 

  • 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
  • Find on Google Maps
  • Website