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Arrival at the Banff Centre

Most conference activities, including registration, reception, and talks, will be held in the Max Bell Building. Registration is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 25 at 16:00, with a welcome reception (light dinner buffet) starting at 18:00. See http://www.banffcentre.ca/about/directions-maps/. For a map of the Banff Centre and information on arrival and parking. Some further information:

1) People staying at the Banff Centre: check in is at the Professional Development Centre building. Upon arrival, staff will direct you to your room (will be either in the PDC itself or in nearby Lloyd Hall) and where you can park your car if required.

2) People staying off-site: parking is free at the Banff Centre. See the map available through the link above for directions and locations of parking lots.

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Travel to Banff

The Banff Centre is still fully open for business and is expecting us
for ACNS! The remaining issue is getting there. Currently (as of
Monday morning) there are two options:

1) As of Monday morning, private vehicles are still not allowed through Canmore on Highway 1 to Banff. If you are driving, the current recommendation is to take the northern detour (north to Hwy 11, west to Hwy 93, south to Hwy 1 and then east to Banff). This trip should take roughly 6 hours from the airport. However, be sure to check the Alberta Highway reports webpage for the latest information on road closures http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html
We know that crews are working extremely hard to get Hwy 1 open again as soon as possible.

2) The Banff Airporter Shuttle (http://www.banffairporter.com/) is permitted to take passengers from Calgary Airport through Canmore and directly to the Banff Centre. If you already have a reservation, you are advised to email them (info@banffairporter.com) to re-confirm your time. I've been told that all existing reservations have been accommodated, but that a few people had to be shifted to later trips.
If you do not have a reservation with them yet, contact them as soon as possible and try to get one - unless you're willing to do the longer (but very scenic!) drive, this is your best option. Email is the preferred method as their phone system is very busy. You may not get an immediate reply, but they are very diligent and will get back to you as soon as they can.

Flooding Update (June 23, 2013, 12 pm): We are happy to see that things are moving in the right direction :) Power is restored in the city of Banff: see here and the Banff Center has informed us that they are aready to host us and the ACNS as long as we are able reach the Banff national park.

Banff airporter has resumed its (limited) shuttle service from Calgary airport to the Banff Center. This is currently the most reliable way to get to Banff. We strongly encourage you to contact them ASAP to make arrangements, or to confirm that your reservation is intact if you had already made arrangements.

Personal cars are not yet permmitted to go to Banff through the main route(i.e. Highway 1). We expect this situation to improve too. But if you really need/like to drive to Banff early, alternative and longer (but scenic) routes are open (5-8 hours): In particular, you can start by driving north from calgary first and then detouring west towards the Banff National Park (e.g. north to Red Deer, highway 11 west to 93, south to Highway 1 and then to Banff). In this case you will be responsible for your own entrace fee when entering the National Park.

If you prefer to spend the Sunday and/or Monday in Calgary one possibility is the Hotel Alma, on the University of Calgary campus. Hotel Alma can be contacted by phone at 403-220-3203, toll-free at 1-877-498-3203 or via email at stay@hotelalma.ca. The following information comes directly from Alma:

We have a University Business rate available, the rate code is CAUBO,
the rates are:
- $129 for Eurostyle Standard Rooms, currently booked for next week, but anything can change
- $179 for One Bedroom Suites, currently booked for next week, but anything can change
- $129 for Two Bedroom Summer Apartments at Alma (they are residence apartments in the Alma building) currently plenty available.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Our contact information is on the contact page of the website.

For ACNS attendees that arrive early, the Calgary-Banff road is currently closed due to flooding.You need temporary accommodation in Calgary.

The rain has stopped and we expect the road to be opened before the conference starts on Wednesday.

If you need accomodation: Hotel Alma can be contacted by phone at 403-220-3203, toll-free at1-877-498-3203 or via email atstay@hotelalma.ca.

We have a University Business rate available, the rate code is CAUBO, the rates are:
$129 for Eurostyle Standard Rooms, currently booked for next week, but anything can change
$179 for One Bedroom Suites, currently booked for next week, but
anything can change 
$129 for Two Bedroom Summer Apartments at Alma (they are residence apartments in the Alma building) currently plenty available.

There are also numerous hotels near Calgary International Airport.

If you stay in Calgary and need a ride to Banff on Tuesday, please contact organizers. We have a bus for locals that still has few seats available.

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Flooding and highway closures:  Much of Southern Alberta is currently experiencing heavy rainfall, and flooding has caused parts of the TransCanada Highway between Calgary and Banff to be closed.  As a result, Banff is currently inaccessible by road. If you are planning to go to Banff before the conference, please monitor the situation and be prepared to make alternative plans.  Rainfall is expected to taper off on the weekend, so we hope that roads will open again in time for the conference - if not, we will make alternative plans and contact everyone as soon as possible.

News on the flooding:
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/flooding-prompts-local-states-of-emergency-in-some-alberta-communities/8044/

Alberta highway conditions:
http://511.alberta.ca/ab/text_report.html
http://www.amaroadreports.ca/?WT.mc_id=10524
http://www.amaroadreports.ca/alerts

The deadline for booking a room at the Banff Centre has been extended until May 8. If you are planning to attend and haven't already reserved your room, please do so before then.

Due to unforeseen logistical issues, we had to cancel the industrial track. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The technical program is now up: http://acns2013.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/schedule
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