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Edmonton's Unique Pre and Post Itineraries

Meeting in Edmonton? Drive Attendance with these Creative Pre- and Post-Conference Experiences

According to an article in MeetingsNet, more than three-quarters of delegates surveyed in the Decision to Attend Study, said the destination is a factor when considering whether to attend a conference, with up to 30 percent saying it was a deciding factor. Along with destination appeal, respondents report that airlift, drivable distance, overall cost, and their desire to experience someplace new were among their destination-based considerations.

With that key stat in mind, our partners at Explore Edmonton developed pre- and post-conference itineraries that draw delegates to Edmonton-based conferences, and the unique experiences beyond the city’s river valley. Two of our faves? A day trip to nearby Elk Island National Park where bison-watching beneath an endless prairie sky ends the day on a high note, or the multi-day excursion to Jasper National Park, timed in conjunction with the annual “Christmas in November” festival.

Sunset and Night Sky with Bison Watch at Elk Island National Park 

Half-day tour includes:

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off 
  • Friendly, interpretive certified guides 
  • Small or large group sizes 
  • Elk Island National Park admittance 
  • 4-hour experience 

Elk Island

Explore Edmonton Tells Us:

Your heart will skip a beat as you weave your way into the park and see majestic bison meandering along the road or rolling in their favourite hillside wallow. Once you arrive at the beautiful Astotin Lake you will step into either a replica voyageur canoe or a personal canoe or kayak. As the sun sets you will be guided through the southern islands to the west shore of the lake to watch the sky morph from red, to orange and finally yellow of the closing of the day revealing the night sky brilliance of the moon or the stars. 

With pelicans gliding overhead, blue herons standing guard on the shoreline and cormorants high in the tree tops, there is no more peaceful way to spend the end of the day. Camera and binoculars are essential to fully enjoy this experience. 

Finer details: 

  • Group rates available based on 4 guest minimum 
  • Guaranteed departures with advanced bookings (flexible departure times) 
  • Dates available May to October 

Jasper’s Christmas in November Experience

Three-Day Excursion Includes:

  • Round-trip luxury transportation between Edmonton and Jasper
  • Two nights’ accommodations at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 
  • Daily hot breakfast at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 
  • Jasper Adventure Tour and Dark Sky Experience 


Explore Edmonton Tells Us:

Nothing quite compares to the secluded luxury of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, especially during its annual Christmas in November festivities when specialty cooking classes, wine pairings and celebrity chef sightings abound. If you have the opportunity to experience this annual pre-holiday tradition, you’ll want to jump right in. Here’s what’s in store:

Day One, Saturday:       

  • Depart Edmonton: Luxury motor coach will be waiting at the hotel(s) front entrance. Luxurious features include: Onboard lavatory, single row privacy seating, complimentary onboard wireless internet, lap belts or 3 point seat belts, onboard movies, comfortable leather and cloth reclining seats, armrests, overheard compartments, 30% more leg room, laptop plug-ins, satellite radio, complimentary snacks and refreshments and fold down tables and Wheelchair Accessible. 
  • 3:45-4:00PM : Arrive Edson Station Museum; (15 minute rest) Complimentary coffee, tea cold drinks and baked goods will be available. 



Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 

Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge invites you to experience a Great Canadian Lodge, surrounded by wildlife, and Canada’s largest dark sky preserve.

“Christmas in November” 

During your stay, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is hosting their acclaimed “Christmas in November” event. Guest activities are prescheduled to include celebrity chefs with cooking classes, presentations, cake decorating and wine tasting / pairing events etc.

Optional Activities (Additional Cost)

It’s recommended that optional seminars and activities are booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Pack Your Swim Suit: The outdoor heated pool is open year round. Pack your swim suit and enjoy this fantastic outdoor winter experience.

Other Onsite Activities: Skating on Lake Mildred, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling, fat tire biking and tobogganing.


Day Two, Sunday:

  • 6:00 AM – 11:30 AMBreakfast: hot American breakfast included with your package; Morning at leisure at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 
  • 2:00 PM: Jasper Adventure 


Jasper Adventure Including Town of Jasper tour, Athabasca Falls and Night Sky Watching 

(Planetarium Experience / Telescope Experience tour combo) 

This afternoon you will be hosted by a professional guide who will take you on a Jasper adventure. The tour begins with the town of Jasper where you can enjoy shops, restaurants and pubs. Later you will visit the Athabasca Falls and complete your tour at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge; the winter location for the Jasper Planetarium

Athabasca Falls and Night Sky Watching

This afternoon you will be hosted by a professional guide who will take you on a Jasper adventure. The tour begins with the town of Jasper where you can enjoy shops, restaurants and pubs. Later you will visit the Athabasca Falls and complete your tour at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge; the winter location for the Jasper Planetarium.

Town of Jasper

The friendly, picturesque community of Jasper, Alberta is the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest and most northerly of Canada's Rocky Mountain national parks and one of a group of four national parks and three provincial parks which together are designated by UNESCO as the Canada Rocky Mountain Park World Heritage Site. 

Athabasca Falls 

Proving that it is force and not size that matters, Athabasca Falls is a mere 75.5 foot (23 m) tall waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River just west of the Icefields Parkway. The largest waterfall by volume in Jasper National Park, water cascades over the falls almost constantly, even on cold mornings when river levels are at their lowest. 

  • 5:00 PM: Return to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 
  • 8:30 PM: Night Sky Watching (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge) 

Planetarium Experience / Telescope Experience tour combo 


In it, you'll get to experience the wonders of Jasper day-and-night inside our climate-controlled dome theatre (located at the Jasper Park Lodge) Here, an astronomy expert will take attendees on an inspiring, humorous, interactive trip through the park, looking at the local First Nations constellations, views of the Northern Lights and a trip from the centre of our Solar System to the edge of the universe. 


Then, attendees will have the chance to venture outside near the planetarium for a tour of the largest, most powerful telescopes in the Rockies, find out how to photograph the night sky, see the latest imagery of the skies above Jasper through the 'instant-replay' function of our new video scope, and, if weather permits — take a look through our telescopes LIVE at objects in space. 

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) officially designated Jasper National Park as a Dark Sky Preserve. Dark Sky Preserves make a special commitment to protect and preserve the night sky and to reduce or eliminate light pollution in all its forms. 


Inspired yet? Our partners at Edmonton Tourism can provide pricing and availability details — email for more information.