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DETEC 2015 will be held on the campus of the University of Alberta, adjacent to the magnificent North Saskatchewan River Valley in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is approximately 350 kilometres east of Jasper (located in Jasper National Park in the Rocky Mountains), and 400 kilometres northeast of Banff (in Banff National Park).

This site has some useful information for you, no matter if you’d like to know how you can get to the city from the airport, where to dine, what the weather is going to be like, how you can get around within city limits, or what you can do in your free time.

In addition, Edmonton has been named one of the best summer trips of 2015 by National Geographic Magazine, along with the likes of Machu Picchu, the Magna Carta Trails, Singapore, and more!

Campus Maps: Select “North Campus” when prompted, which is where all events, with the exception of the conference dinner, will take place. Those maps can help you locate buildings (see “buildings” tab on the left) and many other convenient things, such as coffee places, ATMs, or parking lots (see the “quick finds” tab).

Exchange Rates: If you are travelling to Edmonton from abroad, make sure to bring some Canadian Dollars in cash, or get some from a local ATM (Campus Maps -> North Campus -> Quick Finds -> ATM.)


A number of different transport options operating between the airport and the city are available to you:

Edmonton Skyshuttle – one-way to/from airport: $18The Skyshuttle stops at different locations around the city. Be sure to book your rides in advance, either online or by phone!

Taxi – one-way to/from airport: $49-$59: You can book rides with various taxi companies to take you to and from the airport (they are of course also available to you for travels within the city:)

24-7 Taxi Line: 780-442-4444

Airport Taxi Service: 780-890-7070

Barrel Taxi: 780-489-7777

Co-op Taxi Line: 780-425-2525

Greater Edmonton Taxi Service: 780-462-3456

The university taxi stand is on 112 Street, just to the south end of HUB Mall.

Public Transit – one-way to/from airport: $8.20: If  you prefer public transit, bus route 747 takes you directly from the airport to Century Park for the price of $5 (note that this bus service is distinct from the regular Edmonton Transit System (ETS), and that ETS tickets/transfers cannot be used on the 747 service and vice versa).

Century Park also has an LRT stop, so you can conveniently take a bus or LRT train from there. If you are going to campus directly, look out for University Station (by train) or the University Transit Centre (by bus.) Be sure to purchase a ticket (single fare $3.20) at a ticket vending machine at an LRT station before entering the train, or from the bus driver upon entering a bus. Transit in the City of Edmonton operates on a transfer system, so trips within 90 minutes of the first ticket purchase are free. Be sure to take a paper transfer slip from the bus driver if you plane to take another trip within 90 minutes. You can also purchase a day pass ($9) if you plan to take various trips on the same day. ETS bus drivers do not carry change, so be sure to provide the exact fare.

ETS has a number of tools available for their passengers to make transit more enjoyable, such as a mobile app providing real-time data for a number of bus routes, trip planners, and an online bus finder tool. All of those are available online or on your smartphone for free.

The Weather in Edmonton: Edmonton is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and although it has happened, it is very unlikely to snow in Edmonton in June. Still, for your convenience, you can look up the weather forecast for Edmonton here so that you’ll know what to pack – and can hopefully leave those winter boots behind!

On-Campus Parking: Various campus parking lots within close proximity of the conference location are available to visitors at various rates.

Health Service: If at any point you need medical assistance or information, Health Link Alberta provides 24/7 health advice and information through a toll-free phone number. Support is provided by experienced registered nurses and other health-care professionals. Translation services are available in up to 120 languages. Toll-free: 1-866-408-5465 Edmonton: 780-408-5465


All of the dining options presented here have a good reputation in the city, and have been tried and tested by at least one of our team members, and they came back and liked it, so we thought we’d present them here (in no particular order!)


  • The Sugarbowl – 10922 88th Avenue
  • Three Boars Eatery – 8424 109 St NW
  • High Level Diner – 10912 88 Ave NW
  • Rosso – pizza & Italian – 8738 109 St NW
  • Farrow – sandwiches, burgers, coffee – 8422 109 St NW
  • Urban Diner – 8715 109 St NW
  • Cafe Leva – coffee, baked goods, Italian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free – 11053 86 Ave NW
  • Noorish Cafe – organic, local, raw, vegan, gluten-free – 8440 109 Street NW
  • Kyoto – sushi, Japanese – 8709 109 St NW
  • Cafe Mosaics – vegetarian, vegan – 10844 Whyte Ave NW
  • Remedy Cafe – Pakistani, chai, vegeterian, vegan, gluten-free – 8631 109 St NW
  • Culina – 9914 89 Ave NW
  • Ampersand|27 – fine dining – 10612 Whyte Ave NW
  • Block 1912 Cafe – European – 10361 Whyte Ave NW
  • it’ dog – fusion hot dogs, Korean – 8621 109 St NW
  • Friends & Neighbors Cafe – vegetarian options – 10834 82 Ave NW


You can’t go wrong with any of the options in here really, but we’d recommend La Pasta Trattoria and Ho Ho’s Chinese if we were forced to pick just two.


Blue Plate Diner – vegan and vegetarian options – 10145 104 St NW

Credo Coffee – coffee, baked goods – 10134 104 St NW

Tzin – wine, tapas – 10115 104 St NW

Corso 32 – Italian, fine dining – 10345 Jasper Ave NW

Tres Carnales Tacqueria – Mexican – 10119 100a St NW

Khazana – Indian – 10177 ­ 107 St, Edmonton, AB

Woodwork – Canadian – 10132 100 St NW

Mikado – sushi, Japanese – 10350 109 St NW

The Curry House – Indian fusion – 10322 111 St NW

Sofra – Turkish – 10345 106 St NW

Bodega – tapas, wine – 10220 103 St NW



There is a number of activities to explore within and outside of Edmonton city limits:

In Edmonton:

For even more ideas for things to do within Edmonton, have a look at the Top 30 Things to Do in Edmonton on TripAdvisor.

Outside of Edmonton: Edmonton is situated in a beautiful prairie landscape, with the Rocky Mountains not far to the West. Three National Parks are within easy reach for you to explore:

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