About Banff


Banff, Alberta lies in the Bow River Valley, at the very heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


A 1.5 hour drive west from Calgary, the area is easy and quick to access. Famous among mountain lovers for its big mountains and cliffs, vast forests, azure blue lakes and abundant wildlife – if you’ve never been to Banff, then it’s time you came! The last week of September boasts minimal crowds and autumn colours spread across the mountains. Banff is home to world class rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and mountaineering. We really suggest you plan some time on either side of this conference to get out and enjoy the place!  Parks Fees are in effect for all visitors to Banff National Park.  Click here for more information.

Do you need a visa to visit Canada?

You may need a visa to come to ISSW2014 depending on the country or territory you are coming from.  Visit this website to find out if you need one or not.  If you do need one apply early, applications may take some time to process.

Tax Rebates

As a visitor to Canada you may be eligible for a tax rebate on purchases you made during your trip including accommodation and goods and services.  Click here for more information.


The ISSW will be based from the Banff Centre, a globally respected art, cultural, educational institution and conference facility located in Banff, Alberta, Canada.  The Banff Centre will be offering ISSW participants discounted rates on accommodation during the conference.  Sign up here to be notified when registration opens and to take advantage of the savings offered by staying on site at the Banff Centre.

Participants are reminded that Banff is located within Banff National Park and Parks Fees apply for all visitors.  Click here for more information