The Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on September 20-23. The theme of the Annual Meeting is UNITE, and we will focus on the ways museums can unite across sectors, across communities, and across borders to work towards innovative and inclusive solutions to shared concerns. There are so many reasons to be excited for our international 2017 Annual Meeting. Here are a few of them, along with some practical information for attending an international conference.
Did you know the exchange rate of US dollars to Canadian dollars is .76 USD to 1 CAD? For Americans traveling to WMA 2017 that means your money will go farther in Canada than it would stateside. With the current exchange rates, the 2017 conference hotel is only $115 US per night. See the most up-to-date exchange information here.
Travel to and from Edmonton is more reasonable than you might think. Plane tickets are $400 from most major airports in the Western region. Traveling from the U.S to Canada? Take a look at the Canada Border Services Agency list of things to keep in mind when traveling to Canada here.
You will need a passport if you are traveling from the United States to Canada. If you already have a passport be sure to check the expiration date to ensure that it will be valid in September during the conference. The usual processing time for receiving/renewing a passport is generally 4-6 weeks. You can expedite your passport application if you need to receive your passport within a shorter timeframe. There are several options for expediting including sending an expedited application via mail or making an appointment at a passport agency or center. For more information on expediting a passport application please click here.
Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is famous for its beautiful river valley park system, the North Saskatchewan River Valley, which offers over 100 kilometers of recreational trails, wildlife, and city views.
The region surrounding Edmonton is also stunning. Lonely Planet recently named Canada the top country for travel. The Canadian Rockies are a short drive or train ride away from Edmonton. Nearby Banff was recently named one of the world’s top travel destinations for 2017 by National Geographic Magazine.
The international museum dialog that will take place at the 2017 Annual Meeting is certain to be groundbreaking. AMA is a strong provincial association, and the only museum association in Canada that offers its own museum studies accreditation program. The cross-pollination of ideas with our northern neighbor promises to contribute powerfully to positive change in the museum field.
Edmonton offers a vibrant food scene. Below are some of our favorite restaurants within walking distance of the Annual Meeting hotel.
Hardware Grill, 9698 Jasper Ave
State and Main, 10065 Jasper Ave
Craft Beer Market, 10013 101A Ave NW
Blue Plate Diner, 10145 104 St NW
Mercer Tavern, 10363 104 St NW
Sabor, 10220 103 St NW
Uccellino, 10349 Jasper Ave
2017 is an exciting year to visit Edmonton because Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Celebrations for Canada's sesquicentennial are planned all year round and include free admission to Canada's National Parks. See a list of ways you can celebrate Canada's 150th here.