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Conference August 15-18, 2013 in Canada
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Travel Classics West 2013

Banff/Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Travel Classics Calgary Pre-Tour
Culinary & Culture
August 12-14, 2013

August 12

Bike tour of Calgary
Take Calgary on a guided two wheel journey. Pedal along the blue-ribbon Bow River pathway, through Prince's Island Park, over the Peace Bridge (ranked among the Top 10 Public Spaces of 2012 by Designboom), and cruise by the newly developed memorial pathway alongside the eclectic neighborhood of Kensington.

Dinner: Yellow Door Bistro
Yellow Door Bistro is the latest restaurant to be launched by the Hotel Arts Group. Much like the decor, Executive Chef Duncan Ly prepares bistro-inspired cuisine with a reverence for classic ingredients but served up with a contemporary twist. They offer an array of options while holding the highest standard of food with a perfect blend of bistro-inspired options. Yellow Door Bistro also features an enomatic wine program with 1oz, 3oz and 5oz pours of diverse wines as well as a classic cocktail menu.

Accomodation: Hotel Arts
Indulge yourself at Calgary's Hotel Arts - the ultimate urban escape. Experience a sumptuous blend of modern luxury and intuitive service in Calgary's premier boutique-style hotel. Located in the heart of the city. Located in downtown Calgary, Hotel Arts features 175 rooms and suites, each appointed with fine linens and chic contemporary decor. Bring your appetite to Hotel Arts.
bike tour

yellow door

hotel arts

August 13

Visit the Glenbow Museum
The Glenbow Museum is 'Where the World Meets the West' - where intriguing stories from Western Canada connect with extraordinary art and artifacts from around the world. Combining a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof, Glenbow boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada.

Lunch: Blink Restaurant
Situated on historic Stephen Avenue in the heart of downtown Calgary, blink Restaurant & Bar takes you on a culinary journey that inspires the senses - humble, sophisticated and delicious.

Explore: Stephan Avenue
Stephen Avenue is a major pedestrian mall in downtown Calgary that houses some of Calgary's finest restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. The street also provides an eclectic mix of boutiques and high-end retail. Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary's historical main street in the heart of downtown. It runs along Eighth Avenue S.W. from First Street S.E. to Fourth Street S.W. Stephen Avenue Walk is downtown Calgary's business and retail hub. It is home to sixty thousand people during the lunch hour in the summer, live performances, buskers, music, festivals, artists and more. Nine major shopping centres and department stores, busy markets, some of Calgary's finest restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars as well as unique boutiques, museums and galleries. Named after the first Canadian Pacific Railway president, Lord George Mount Stephen, Stephen Avenue Walk was officially declared a Canadian historic site in 2002 by Federal Heritage Minister, Sheila Copps.

Dinner: The Ranche
Located off Bow Bottom Trail, The Ranche is just 20 minutes from downtown Calgary. Originally built by William Roper Hull more than 100 years ago, this historic ranch house is now an elegant dining room in the peaceful setting of Fish Creek Provincial Park.
blink restaurant

blink restaurant

stephan avenue

the ranche

August 14

Visit & Lunch: Heritage Park Historical Tour
Known as a living village, Heritage Park Historical Village recreates early Western Canadian history through costumed interpreters, street theatre and over 150 buildings and exhibits. Discover "How the West was Once" at Canada's largest living history museum. Meet fur traders, railway workers and prairie town folk as you explore 127 scenic acres.

Dinner: Culinary walking tour
Bring your walking shoes, backpack and appetite for this hike to food heaven. We'll meet at The Cookbook Co. Cooks 722 - 11Ave and explore the Uptown and Designer districts “scene” and learn about the vibrant history. Along the way we taste the world's best cheeses, have a chocolate epiphany, explore food and art in a superb gallery, check out the latest in gourmet gadgets and cookbooks, feed our sweet teeth, sip a little wine and Italian appetizers, nibble the city's best pizza, demo some Rocky Mountain regional cuisine, and top it off with a Spanish toast. Ole!

National Music Centre: Performance by Jason Wilson Band and David Swarbrick
The roots of NMC and its collection can be traced to the installation of a pipe organ (known as the Carthy Organ) in Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall in 1987. It subsequently inspired the creation of a new organization known as the Chinook Keyboard Centre, which began developing a collection of keyboard instruments in mid-1996.

Chinook Keyboard Centre was soon renamed Cantos Music Museum and expanded the scope of its collection beyond keyboard instruments to include electronic instruments and sound equipment. In 2003, the two organizations joined forces to become the Cantos Music Foundation, and expanded its presentation of music programs using the collection and gallery spaces. In February 2012, Cantos became the National Music Centre.
heritage park

food tour

national music centre

August 15

Morning on own.

Afternoon: Shuttle to The Fairmont Banff Springs for start of conference.
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