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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 Edmonton Cultural Post-Tour
August 18-21, 2013

Edmonton, Canada's Festival City and the Provincial Capital
Edmonton, Canada's festival city, welcomes visitors year-round with thriving arts and festivals including the internationally renowned folk, fringe and street performers festivals; natural beauty; eclectic neighbourhoods; and iconic attractions like West Edmonton Mall, North America's largest shopping and entertainment centre and Alberta's #1 tourist attraction. Nestled into the curves of the North Saskatchewan River, the capital of Alberta is a lively metropolis with sensational night time entertainment and deep cultural roots. History and the arts - and a dash of northerly spirit - have combined to create this cosmopolitan centre - a place where creativity thrives, culture is celebrated and nature embraced.

August 18

Accommodations - Metterra Hotel
The Metterra Hotel on Whyte is modern, artsy and unique in design, offering 98 guestrooms including six luxury suites. Its location in the heart of Old Strathcona is a stone's throw from the city's best restaurants, nightlife, shopping and theatre. This contemporary boutique hotel is one of Edmonton's best values and most exciting options for accommodation or meetings.

Hosted Dinner - The Next Act Pub
Located on Whyte Avenue, in the heart of the Old Strathcona District, Next Act Pub offers its customer a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a pint and burger. Recognized as the neighbourhood gathering place, the Next Act pub is a great venue for good conversation and good food.

Evening Activity
Tour Old Strathcona's Whyte Avenue and experience eclectic culture voted one of the Top 10 Coolest Neighbourhoods in Canada and also named a Provincial Historic Area - is home to more than 100 eateries and pubs offering the city's largest variety of jazz, blues, country, folk, alternative rock and dance. Also known as the Old Strathcona Theatre District, the area is home to nine theatres and is one of the largest concentrations of live theatre in Edmonton, bringing theatre to life with new works and new takes on classic material, improvisation and childrens' productions. Discover one-of-a kind offerings, from locally made crafts to treasures from afar.
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August 19

Fort Edmonton Park
At Canada's largest living history museum, discover Edmonton's past as a fur trading post in 1846, as a bustling frontier town on 1885 Street, as Alberta's new capital on 1905 Street, and on its way to becoming a modern city on 1920 Street. This living history site encompasses 158 acres (64 hectares) and displays over 80 original and reconstructed historic buildings.

Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
A festival shaken, not stirred: From Fringe with Love - once more at your secret service! The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is back in action, celebrating Bond's 50 years on screen. Join us for danger, excitement, adventure and theatre cutting across churches, bars and boudoirs in Old Strathcona and beyond at From Fringe with Love, August 15-25, 2013.

August 20

Segway Edmonton
Visitors can now experience this amazing new technology while gliding through North America's largest urban parkland. It gives you a feeling of freedom and enjoyment. For several years, Segway Edmonton has been working hard to bring this opportunity to the public. Being the first tour of its kind in Canada, they offer an experience of our local sights and sounds that is sure to make a lasting impression.

Downtown Arts District
A revitalized Sir Winston Churchill Square anchors the Downtown Arts District. Redeveloped into a cultural centrepiece in 2004, the square has become an entertainment destination for more than one million visitors as it hosts a wide number of events and festivals throughout the year. On the square's exterior boundaries, visitors will find the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre, and the main branch of the Edmonton Public Library.

The Art Gallery of Alberta boasts an impressive collection of nearly 6,000 objects and it continues to grow. The collection includes historical and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installation works and photographs by Canadian and international artists.

Hosted Dinner at Packrat Louie - Courtesy of Edmonton Tourism
(This could be a free evening as well)
The district of Old Strathcona is one of Alberta's greatest heritage assets and has created a celebrated community atmosphere. Boutiques and pubs line Whyte Avenue and are largely fuelled by a thriving University of Alberta student population in the area. Making its home in an old brick building in the heart of Old Strathcona, Packrat Louie's is a charming, and very popular, bistro. Located in a historic brick building in the heart of Old Strathcona, this Swiss bistro with French, German, and Italian influences serves fresh market cuisine in an open, friendly environment.

August 21

Depart Edmonton
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