IEEE Communications Theory Workshop
17-20 May 2020 // Banff, Canada

Hotel and Travel


CTW 2020 will be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. For your convenience, we strongly recommend that you stay at the conference hotel and take advantage of our group rate: 

Single: CAD $343.00 (inclusive of service charge)

Double: CAD $357.00 (inclusive of service charge)

Please book your hotel reservations by Friday, 10 April, 2020.

Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling the Fairmont Banff Springs Reservations Department at 403-762-6866 or Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414.

Getting to Banff

View of the town of Banff from Tunnel Mountain

Photo credit: Andrew W. Eckford

The closest major airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport (YYC), which offers direct flights to many cities throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia.

From the airport, the easiest ways to get to the hotel are:

  • Take a shuttle. The Brewster Express directly serves the Banff Springs Hotel (among other destinations), with a travel time of around 2 hours. At the airport, the Brewster desk is located on the arrivals level of the Domestic terminal, near door 5.
  • Rent a car. The drive from the Calgary airport to Banff takes around 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic. Drivers will need to purchase a pass to enter Banff National Park, which you can do at the park gates. Tourists can drive in Alberta with a valid foreign driver’s license, but if your license is not in English, it is recommended that you also carry an international driving permit.

Canadian Visa Requirements

Visa requirements to enter Canada are here.  Citizens of many visa-exempt countries require an electronic travel authorization to enter Canada. Click here for Visa Letter Requests from ComSoc.


Current weather forecast in Banff – from Environment Canada.

May weather in Banff is normally mild, with average daytime highs of 16 C (61 F). Evenings are cool, with average lows of 2 C (36 F).

Mountain weather can be highly variable, and it is best to be prepared for a range of conditions.