CAIS 2009 - Into the West


Information about travel, accommodation, food is below.

For details of Calgary bus info (which goes right by the Best Western and a stop close to Hotel Arts), please go to:


Also below is a schedule of conference events.

Please Contact Michele Holmgren ( if you have any questions

Calgary, Alberta (June 3-6)
Mount Royal College


The 2009 Canadian Association for Irish Studies is holding its annual conference and AGM from June 3-6, 2009 at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. Conference organizers are calling for 20-minute contributions on any aspect connected with or suggested by the title of the conference. 

Keynote speakers:     Ann Saddlemyer & Ronan Bennett

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, June 3

3 to 6.30 pm      Continuing registration in East Arts (EA) Building (“The Knuckle” Third Floor, EA)


5-7:30 pm          Mount Royal President’s Reception, Mount Royal Faculty Association Faculty Club (W315)


Thursday, June 4


Daytime: Registration and conference sessions, East Arts Building


Evening: Play reading, John Countryman (“Moot Court,” First Floor, EA)


Friday, June 5

Daytime: Conference sessions


Evening: Reading/concert featuring Western writers: Ken Rivard, Richard Harrison, Yvonne Trainer, Sid Marty (“The Knuckle,” Third Floor, EA)


Saturday, June 6

Daytime: Chuckwagon pancake breakfast, 9-10 outside faculty club (weather permitting—otherwise, it will be inside).

Conference sessions, Annual General Meeting (Moot Court)


Evening: Reception at 6.30 p.m. followed by banquet at 7.30

Where to stay, where to eat and drink, and how to get around in Calgary

Addresses and Links for Mount Royal Residence and Hotels. We strongly recommend people check out the MRC residence accommodation. Better than the average university res!!

Mount Royal residence 

A block of rooms have been reserved for CAIS members at the MRC Residence, and if they indicate that they want a double room, they will automatically be partnered with another CAIS delegate of the same gender.  If they wish to share with a specific person, they can request that, and they can also specify if they want a single room. Please direct all inquiries about residence,  especially bookings, to the residence people. Their telephone number and e-mail are clearly displayed on the link.

Hotel Arts  — Special conference rate of $179/night available for CAIS members.  You need to book by May 4. Funky boutique hotel with excellent restaurant and poolside bar.  Decorated with work by local artists.

Best Western Suites  — If we get 10 rooms or more filled, the rate will be $139.00 for the conference rate.  Otherwise people can avail themselves of the corporate rate $170.99 or even a seniors rate. Convenient SW location.  Close to Downtown and C-Train.

Bed and Breakfasts 

Calgary Westways Guesthouse  (a 20-minute ride by Bus).  Close to the Stampede, Downtown and C-train stations

216 - 25 Ave S.W.
Calgary, AB  T2S 0L1
Toll Free: 1-866-846-7038
Phone: 1-403-229-1758
Cell: 1-403-889-9158

Sanderson Manor B&B (about a 25-minute walk from the college) and on the bus route

4312 15th St. S.W.
Calgary, AB  T2T 4B2
Phone: 1-403-287-3820

A Calgary Historic B&B at Twin Gables (a 20-minute ride by Bus).  Close to the Stampede, Downtown and C-train stations

611-25 Ave. SW
Calgary, AB  T2S 0L7
Toll Free: 1-866-271-7754
Phone: 1-403-271-7754

Food on Campus: 

Food (off campus, a short hike away)

  • Wild Rose Brewery - Next to the farmer’s market.  It is less than a 10-minute walk from campus.
  • Calgary Farmer’s Market  — (No more than a 10-minute walk from campus.  Good for lunch.  Open on Friday and Saturday It might be open on Thursday in June if summer hours are in effect)

Bass Brothers Pub

2 Richard Way SW 
Calgary, AB T3E 7M9 

Marda Loop (33rd Ave. is about a 20-minute walk from campus and features some pubs, and modern lounge-style restaurant called “O”,  some ethnic food, including Vietnamese and Opa (Greek), and Kaffa Café in a funky old house. ) 

Downtown and Beyond

There are also many good restaurants on 17th Ave. (20 minutes by bus) and downtown.  Click on the following link for a long list of places to eat in calgary

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