Calgary’s Compact Convention Center Neighborhood is Big on Options

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Author: Sarah Beauchamp       

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

Stephen Avenue, Calgary’s pedestrian mall with high-end shopping and dining options, is located within walking distance of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. (Photos courtesy Meetings + Conventions Calgary)

When choosing a destination, meeting planners look for venues where attendees won’t have to travel far to find some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment options. Planners want to streamline delegates’ commute to and from events so they can get the most out of their stay. This is one reason organizers host meetings at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC), located in the heart of downtown Calgary and within steps of four-star hotels, shopping, and some of the best food, drink, and nightlife the city has to offer. As the Sigma events team said following July’s 2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress, “the size of the TELUS Convention Centre and its location on Stephen Avenue was the perfect match for what our attendees look for.”

“We want our planners,” said Clark Grue, CTCC CEO, “to feel like they can really imagine their conference here.

“So we’re investing over the next number of years into the center, into how it looks and feels. We’re also expanding our offering to include our neighborhood. It’s not just about our space, it’s about the space surrounding us and our city as a whole.”

CTCC — which offers 122,000 square feet of convention space, two great-rooms of 47,000 square feet and 20,000 square feet, five pre-function areas, and 36 meeting rooms — is located on Stephen Avenue, Calgary’s pedestrian mall. Attendees will find high-end shopping and dining options, as well as live performances along the avenue. Directly connected to the venue via Plus 15, the city’s elevated indoor walkway system, are three four-star properties: the Calgary Marriott Downtown, the Fairmont Palliser, and the Hyatt Regency Calgary, offering 1,150 guest rooms total. An added bonus: Plus 15 helps keep visitors warm when they are hustling to and from meetings during the winter.

During their free time or in between meetings, attendees can get some fresh air at the nearby Olympic Plaza, a large park in the center of the city built in 1988 for the Winter Olympic Games. Or they can check out the Glenbow museum, located in the CTCC’s south building, and Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, located in the nearby East Village. Across the street from the CTCC is the Arts Commons, where attendees can enjoy live theater or orchestra performances. Those seeking dining options within walking distance of CTCC can get a pre-meeting breakfast at the Blue Vinny Diner; grab lunch at Ten Foot Henry, where the menu is centered on fresh vegetables; or eat dinner at Briggs Kitchen + Bar, which puts a creative spin on comfort food. In between meetings, attendees can grab a coffee at Rosso Coffee Roasters or Phil & Sebastian, or stop for drinks at The Wednesday Room, a cozy 1960s-style cocktail lounge.

In the neighborhood just outside the conference center, planners will find 250,000 square feet of additional multi-purpose space accommodating groups of all sizes, plus eight theaters, ranging from 80 to 1,750 seats, providing a broad range of customizable options.

Also, CTCC is just a 20-minute drive from Calgary International Airport and is connected to Calgary’s light rail transit system.

The compact convention center district means attendees at events in Calgary can relax and focus on connecting with colleagues instead of on how to get to and from places — thus maximizing their stay.

Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre is located on Stephen Avenue, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.