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).
TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT
A number of different transport options operating between the airport and the city are available to you:
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!
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
DINING OPTIONS, CAFEs, AND PLACES TO HANG OUT
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!)
… DINING & CAFES NEAR CAMPUS
- 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
… DINING AT HUB MALL ON CAMPUS
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.
… DINING & CAFES DOWNTOWN
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
PLACES TO HANG OUT
THINGS TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME
There is a number of activities to explore within and outside of Edmonton city limits:
- Check out one of Edmonton’s many summer festivals
- Including a summer solstice music festival at the University of Alberta
- Explore Edmonton’s history at Fort Edmonton Park
- Or see an outdoor opera based on Thornton Wilder’s Our Town
- Visit the botanical gardens or attend an event at the Muttart Conservatory
- Visit the famous West Edmonton Mall
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:
- Devonian Botanic Gardens– ~45 minutes from Edmonton
- Elk Island National Park – ~45 minutes from Edmonton
- Jasper National Park – ~3:15 hours from Edmonton
- Banff National Park – ~5 hours from Edmonton
- Drumheller and Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta’s Badlands is a stunning sight and one of the richest areas for dinosaur fossils in the world – ~3 hours from Edmonton
- Alberta is home to many of the world’s largest novelty roadside attractions, such as a Ukrainian pysanka (Easter egg), pyrogy, baseball bat, and many more! – 15 min-5 hours from Edmonton