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Depending on your budget there are two hotels very close to Swinton’s...

The Holiday Inn is 5 minutes away. It is a 4 star hotel with all the amenities: Restaurant, fitness pool etc. A tad more money but very nice. It’s a short cab ride to Swinton’s.

Travelodge is a closer and cheaper option but it's only a 3 star hotel.  It is inexpensive but has zero amenities. It is right across the street from Swinton's and there are plenty of restaurants in the area within walking distance.

HOLIDAY INN  3.0 km from Swinton's - about 7 minutes drive
Ideally located just a few minutes south of Calgary’s vibrant downtown, the world renown BMO Centre, Stampede Park and the Telus Convention Centre. Complimentary parking for guests. Enjoy easy access to the Saddledome and Chinook Centre (Calgary’s largest shopping centre) thanks to the Calgary Light Rail Transit - 39th Avenue Station which is located right outside the hotels backdoor.

Enjoy an excellent selection of food at South Forty2 Restaurant & Lounge, located right inside our Calgary hotel, which offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can choose from an enticing selection of buffet or menu items.

Address: 4206 Macleod Trail, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2R7
Phone: (403) 287-2700

TRAVELODGE SOUTH closest to Swinton's - about 2 minutes walk
Near Scotiabank Saddledome and Chinook Center. Minutes from all Calgary attractions. Begin your day with free breakfast, or take a swim in our saltwater outdoor pool, open seasonally. Stay connected to home or the office with our free high-speed Internet access. Each room in our Calgary hotel includes a microwave and refrigerator for your use. Non smoking rooms available.

Address: 7012 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2H 0L3
Phone: (403) 253-1111

ECONO LODGE SOUTH 0.7 km from venue - about 2 minutes drive
Room rates from: $104.99 - A short walk from the Chinook Centre, Calgary's premier shopping and entertainment destination. This Calgary hotel is also minutes from the Calgary Stampede Park, the Pengrowth Saddledome, the famous Calgary Tower and Heritage Park, Canada's largest living historical village. Also provides easy access to the Spruce Meadows Equestrian Complex, Southland Leisure Centre, Rocky View Hospital, Mount Royal College, and Chinook and Heritage LRT Stations. Just a one-hour drive to outstanding outdoor adventure and pristine wilderness in the Canadian Rockies.

Address: 7505 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2H 0L8
Phone: (403) 252-4401

TRAVELODGE HOTEL Macleod Trail 2.5 km from venue - 5 minutes drive

The Travelodge Hotel Calgary Macleod Trail is conveniently located on Calgary's south end, close to shopping, restaurants and attractions. It offers comfortable guestrooms, free wireless high-speed internet access and free continental breakfasts. The Comedy Cave is located onsite at the Travelodge Hotel Calgary Macleod Trail and offers live comedy shows nightly Tuesday through Sunday. 

Address: 9206 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2J 0P5
Phone: (403) 253-7070

HOTEL BLACKFOOT 3 km from venue - 5 minutes drive

Located just five minutes drive from our venue, the Blackfoot is an independently owned, 200 room boutique hotel. The spacious guest rooms offer great views of the city, mountains, or outdoor pool. Includes: 24-hour exercise room, indoor whirlpool, seasonal outdoor pool, and in-room spa services. Choose from five restaurants and lounges.

The hotel is located only five minutes from downtown Calgary in the southeast quadrant of the city and there is plenty of free parking.

Address: 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 2B5
Phone: 1-800-661-1151 (International +1-403-252-2253)

COMFORT INN & SUITES SOUTH 2.7 km from venue - about 6 minutes drive

Room rates from $109.99. This Calgary hotel is minutes from the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede grounds, the famous Calgary Tower, the Calgary Zoo and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. Guests can enjoy the indoor heated pool, two-storey water slide, hot tub and fitness room. As well as the many standard Comfort amenities, some rooms have microwaves and whirlpool bathtubs. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are available.

Address: 4611 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB, T2G 0A6 
Phone: 403-287-7070 (International: +1-403-287-7070)

DELTA CALGARY SOUTH 3.4 km from venue - about 6 minutes drive

The Delta Calgary South Hotel is located in the Macleod Trail business and entertainment district and is steps away from Southcentre Mall which features over 180 shops including Coach, Lululemon and Crate and Barrel. Take a short drive to Deerfoot Meadows and visit Ikea and a variety of big box retailers or explore the best Calgary has to offer including Heritage Park, the Calgary Zoo, Calgary Stampede Park, Canada Olympic Park, the Glenbow Museum or the Calgary Tower.

Address: 135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary, AB, T2J 5X5
Phone: 1-877-278-5050 (International +1-403-225-5834)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES 5.8 km from venue - about 9 minutes drive

The Holiday Inn Express is located 10 km from the Spruce Meadows Equestrian centre and 13 km from Downtown Calgary. Conveniently located within walking distance of Southcenter Mall shopping, restaurants, fishing, biking trails and Fish Creek Provincial Park. Start your day off right with our complimentary deluxe breakfast bar. Help yourself to fresh fruit, hot sausage, crispy bacon and our famous warm cinnamon rolls that are sure to leave you smiling. All guest rooms are also equipped with complimentary high speed Internet access.

Address: 12025 Lake Fraser Drive, Calgary, Alberta, T2J 7G5
Phone: 0871-423-4917 (International +1-403-225-3000)

Things To Do...

Heritage Park Historical Village is Canada’s largest living history museum. From May until October immerse yourself in Western Canadian history from the 1860s all the way until the 1950s. History comes to life in our historical village with lively costumed interpreters, historic buildings, an authentic steam train, paddle wheeler and antique midway. Heritage Town Square, which features the Gasoline Alley Museum, the Railway Café, Selkirk Grille and Haskayne Mercantile Block shops is open to the public, year round and daily. It is a family-friendly attraction that appeals to people of all ages.

Location: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, AB
Phone :  403-268-8500 (International +1-403-268-8500 )
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Best known as the location for the main events of the huge 10-day Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (Calgary Stampede): the rodeo, chuckwagon races, agricultural fair and exhibitions, midway, trade fair, art exhibit and sale, Indian Village, and much more. The Stampede itself is a week prior to our workshop (July 8-17th), so make a 2-week break of it and take in both!

Location: 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 2W1
Phone :  403-261-0101 (International +1-800-2610-1010)
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This zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world, including Kamala, the famous painting elephant as well as to the Botanical Garden and a Prehistoric Park for dinosaur lovers.

Location: 1300 Zoo Rd NE Calgary, AB, T2E 7V6
Phone :  403-232-9300 (International +1-403-232-9300)
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The first aviation museum in Calgary, "The Air Museum of Canada" was founded in 1960 but was largely a collection of privately owned aircraft. Disbanding in 1971, the museum's aircraft and assets were turned over to the City of Calgary and housed at the city's Planetarium for safekeeping and display. In 1975 the "Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary" was registered as a non-profit, charitable, organization and assumed the care and upkeep of these artifacts.

Location: 4629 McCall Way NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8A5
Phone :  403-250-3752 (International +1-403-250-3752)
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Glenbow's collection represents Western Canadian art and culture, both as a repository of important cultural history but also as a living record of contemporary life in this part of the world. Our collecting priorities respond to our community and over the past 50 years, the collection has shifted and adapted to incorporate new voices and perspectives. Our collection includes over a million objects, documents, photographs and artworks, making Glenbow one of the largest museums in western Canada.

Location: 130 9th Ave S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 0P3
Phone :  403-268-4100
Website :


Walking distance from Swinton's. Over 200 stores, including many of your favourite names, and some unique choices you won’t find anywhere else in Calgary. With three major department stores, flagship stores and exclusive to Chinook locations, we take pride in being Calgary’s premier shopping destination.

Location: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB, T2H 0K8
Phone :  403-259-2022 (International +1-403-259-2022)
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Heritage Pointe is home to one of the finest public access golf facilities in Canada. Nestled in the beautiful Pine Creek Valley of Alberta, Canada, Heritage Pointe is located only minutes South of the city of Calgary. This 27-hole golf course offers three nine-hole challenges: the Pointe, Heritage and Desert courses.

Location: 1 Heritage Pointe Drive, RR 1, De Winton Calgary, AB, T0L 0X0
Phone :  403-256-9192 (International +1-403-256-9192)
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