Calgary: Your Basecamp to Adventure

A Sponsored Message from Meetings + Conventions Calgary


With the Canadian Rockies at your doorstep, Calgary is a dream destination for meetings with a side of the great outdoors.

By now, we can all agree that what takes place outside the meeting room (from team building to leadership development) has a huge impact on what gets done inside the room. When meeting in Calgary, you’ll have access not only to the spectacular mountain parks and charming hillside villages of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you’ll also be within close proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Banff National Park, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Add some inspiration to your itinerary with a team-building trek just outside the city limits. Here are three places to start:

Banff and Brews

Just about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from downtown Calgary sits Banff, a vibrant mountain town in the middle of the beautiful Banff National Park. Take the team here to go hiking, mountain biking, or hop on the free shuttles to see Lake Louise. In the winter, Lake Louise Ski Resort features world-class slopes perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. End the day with pints of beer (crafted with real glacial water) at Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Into the Badlands

What exactly are the Canadian Badlands? Think sprawling grassy fields; towering, ochre-colored rock formations; winding rivers; endless skies filled with stars and—wait for it—dinosaurs. That’s right. At Dinosaur Provincial Park, located about two-and-a-half hours from Calgary, your group can hike to real fossil dig sites in one of the world’s most bone-rich destinations.

Down the River

If your team would rather hit the water, kayaking down the Red Deer River provides a whole different perspective. Red Deer River Adventures, based one-and-a-half hours outside Calgary in Drumheller, offers guided tours that will give your group a chance to take in the unique landscape of the Badlands at a slower pace. They’ll cruise by fossil sites, ancient rock structures and even the model T-Rex known as the “World’s Largest Dinosaur.”

With Calgary as home base, your event is guaranteed to inspire. Let Meetings + Conventions Calgary help you craft an unforgettable itinerary.