‘[W]e are not ‘solving problems’; we are finding ways to move’
— Margaret Price, Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (2011), 101

Over the past year, the Banff Centre has converted a number of washrooms into all gender facilities. All gender washrooms are now available in most of the non-residential buildings on campus, and an all gender change room is available on the main floor of Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation. For more information, you can visit:  https://www.banffcentre.ca/diversity-and-inclusivity.

A map showing wheelchair accessibility can be found here: https://www.banffcentre.ca/sites/default/files/Maps%20Signage%20and%20logos/BanffCentre_Campus.pdf

Our group is staying in both the Banff Centre’s hotel buildings: the Lloyd Hall building, and the Professional Development Centre (PDC), shown in green on the map. The meeting rooms are in PDC. The PDC is about a two-minute walk from Lloyd Hall. The Banff Centre Bell Desk staff can shuttle guests around campus when needed, including guests with wheelchairs. The Bell Desk is open from 7am until 10.30pm.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all conference participants on Friday and Saturday at the Vistas Dining Room. The Vistas Dining Room is located in the Sally Borden building (shown in green on the map). There is a walkway from Lloyd Hall on the third floor directly to the dining room.

Banff Centre Amenities

All guests at the Banff Centre have full access to the Sally Borden Recreation Centre, which has an Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, steam rooms, climbing wall and fitness centre. More information can be found here, https://www.banffcentre.ca/sally-borden-fitness-and-recreation

The Banff Centre also has a fine dining restaurant and wine bar, Three Ravens, as well as the Maclab Bistro which is the campus pub. It is open until 2am (kitchen closes at midnight). Menus can be found here, https://www.banffcentre.ca/dining-banff-centre

 It is about a 15 – 20 minute walk downtown or a 2-minute drive. The local taxi service is fast with usually no more than a 5-minute wait. Their number is 403-762-0000.

Arriving, parking and checking in:

Most of you will be arriving from the Calgary International Airport by airport shuttle, which will drop you off right in front of the Professional Development Centre. You can check in there and assistance can be provided getting your luggage to your rooms. 

For those who may be coming by car, there is a two-level undercover parking garage located just behind the Lloyd Hall building, underneath the Music and Sound building (shown in pink). There is also a check in desk/reception in Lloyd Hall as you walk from the parkade into thebuilding (on the third floor entrance). Guests need to provide a form of ID and a credit card at check in. There are loading zone parking spots at both PDC and Lloyd Hall for guests to use while they check in & take their luggage to the rooms, and then they can move their cars to the parkade (Lloyd Hall) or Becker parking lot (PDC) after that. Parking is free and guests just need to provide their license plate number when they check in.

Catering and Meals

We plan to provide coffee/tea, snacks, breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, and Saturday dinner, to all conference registrants at no additional cost. Conference catering will be vegan with gluten-free options. Please make our conference planning team aware of any allergies or special diets so we can ensure your safety and comfort during this event.


One of the three conference rooms (PDC 103) will have a projector, and wifi internet is available throughout the conference centre.

Scent Policy

Participants are asked not to bring or wear strong scents.