A Basecamp to Discovery

Visitors have come to know Calgary for our Rocky Mountain backdrop and annual Calgary Stampede. Beyond the snow crested mountains and cowboy charm, the region has a 100-year history of dinosaur exploration. Fossil discovery sites like Drumheller, the Dinosaur Capital of the World, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum, home to one of the world’s largest display of dinosaurs, sit just outside the city.

An exciting base-camp to pre-and-post conference exploration for any dino-loving delegate, the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) can host 4,000 people. In August, Calgary hosted the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s (SVP) Annual Meeting. With hundreds of new fossil discoveries reported to the Royal Tyrrell Museum each year, Calgary’s backyard was a bountiful playground for the 1,000 vertebrate enthusiasts who embarked on the city.

The CTCC served as SVP’s base-camp to discovery. It gave attendees from around the globe a place to convene and share their research.  Main conference sessions ran at the Centre, followed by seven field trips to some of the world’s richest fossil beds.

You can count on Calgary’s unique surroundings to help break up, or break out, your agenda. Add this dino-themed trip to your next Calgary conference:


Departing from Calgary east into the endless prairies, the fertile land suddenly drops away into strange and stark moonscapes– The Badlands. View the impressive Horseshoe Canyon and learn about the geology, history, and native plants and animals at the Interpretive Centre. End your field trip in the town of Drumheller, the Dinosaur Capital of the World, and a visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

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