Companions Program

The CDA organizing committee has planned a number of activities for any spouses or companions who are joining CDA conference attendees in Calgary.  

For the activities that require a fee, please register before August 30.  If we don’t meet our minimum numbers, some activities will be cancelled prior to the start of the conference.

Walking Tour to Devonian Gardens

Sunday, October 6
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost
No cost to attend.

Join program volunteers for a short walk (1/4 mile or 400 m) from the conference hotel to the CORE Shopping Centre and Devonian Gardens, a one-hectare indoor botanical gardens.  Enjoy more than 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants and a variety of fish in the garden’s ponds.

Meet & Greet

Monday, October 7
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cost
No cost to attend.

Meet with other conference companions for coffee and find out more from local volunteers about Calgary’s hot spots.

Sunterra Community Kitchen Cooking Lesson 

Monday, October 7
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location
COMMUNITYtable (located on the second floor of Sunterra Market)
Keynote, 200 12th Ave. S.E. 
Calgary

Cost
$70 includes all menu items and one complimentary drink

Walk over to nearby Sunterra Market for your own private cooking lesson.  Your private chef will guide you through the preparation of five delectable dishes during your three-hour lesson.

Prince’s Island and West Eau Claire Flood Wall Walking Tour

Monday, October 7
5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Cost
No charge

Your hosts will walk you from the conference hotel to the newly constructed West Eau Claire Delta Gardens and flood wall.  The unique flood wall design ranges from decorative walls to wood draped bench seating. The tour will also feature a walk around Prince’s Island Park.

Glenbow Museum Tour

Tuesday, October 8
8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost
$25 price includes admission and tour guide

The Glenbow Museum is 1 km from the Hyatt.  A private tour has been arranged for companions to see the museum’s collection of western Canadian art and culture.  Please visit the Glenbow’s website for a listing of current exhibits www.glenbow.org  

New Central Library Tour – Calgary Public Library

Tuesday, October 8
12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost
No charge

The new Calgary Central Library which opened in November 2018, was built to be a family destination and gathering place.  Companions will have a private tour of this amazing new structure.  The library is a 1-km walk from the Hyatt.

Yoga Lesson

Tuesday, October 8
2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost
$15 includes mats and equipment

Unwind with a gentle yoga session, held right in the Hyatt.  Led by a qualified instructor, you will move through a 75-minute class featuring gentle stretching, strengthening poses and relaxation. Come dressed to move!

Day Trip to Banff

Wednesday, October 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost 
$240 includes transportation, guide, National Park entrance fee and gondola fee

This fully-guided tour will include stops at Bow Falls, the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos Lookout, Bow Valley Viewpoint, as well as Lake Minnewanka.  This tour also includes your ticket for the Banff Gondola where you will soar 698 metres (2292 feet) to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.  With six stunning mountain ranges and the sweep of the Bow Valley before you, views from the Sulphur Mountain summit are nothing short of breathtaking. There’s also the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk where you can learn about Canada’s first national park, as well as a hands-on world-class interpretive centre and theatre to explore. Don’t forget to bring your cameras for this trip!

On-line Registration System