FAQs

Do I need a visa to visit?

What are some of the expected costs once I arrive in Edmonton? (All amounts shown in Canadian dollars)

  • There is no cost to register for the conference.  Some of the costs around travel and stay are provided below. (All amounts shown in Canadian dollars)
  • Accommodation:
    Reduced rates for accommodation have been established with 5 hotels within an 8 block radius of the Shaw Conference Centre. These rates are secured by identifying yourself as being A “Cities IPCC: A Cities & Climate Change Conference” delegate when you book at any of the following hotels.  Links for booking online will be provided once you register following receipt of your invitation: 

    • Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (From $219)

    • Courtyard by Marriott (From $155)

    • Delta Edmonton Centre Suites (From $159)

    • Sutton Place (From $149)

    • Westin (From $215) 

  • Transportation:
    The City of Edmonton is providing complimentary conference shuttle service to and from the Edmonton Airport and the 5 selected conference host hotels on March 4 and 5, 2018 (Arrival) and March 7 and 8, 2018 return. Information on shuttle times will be provided to delegates through the links provided following registration.

    If you arrive or depart outside of these days, book your stay at a hotel not listed above or choose not to use the shuttle service, taxi fare is estimated to be $60 each way.  

    The City of Edmonton's Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) operates a bus service from the airport that you may also choose to use outside of the dates listed above.  Fares to and from the airport will be $7.50 (each way). Information on the airport operated regular shuttle service can be found here http://flyeia.com/coming-and-going/bus-and-shuttles/route-747-bus-service#sm.00001vqgck5d3ep6u5v2ntnf2p51b

    The identified hotels are all within walking distance of the conference venue.  If you choose to stay in a hotel not close to downtown, you may have transportation costs.  The City of Edmonton will provide complimentary bus passes available at conference registration desk for travel around the city during your stay.  If you would like these, please inquire about these tickets when you register in person on or after March 4, 2018. More information on the  Edmonton Transit System can be found here https://www.edmonton.ca/edmonton-transit-system-ets.aspx.

  • Meals:
    The conference includes light breakfast and lunch on March 5,6,7.   There is an evening reception with food on Tuesday night.  You will need to cover your own meals outside of this.  A meal can range from $15 up, depending on what you order. 

    Medical insurance:  You can purchase your travel / medical insurance through your flight provider. You can also look at separate providers.  Your cost will depend on age, pre-existing health conditions, and how long you're planning to stay. 

How cold is it in Edmonton in March?

  • Temperatures in Edmonton range from a daytime high of 0 celsius to -7 celsius at night, on average.
     

How much snow does Edmonton get in March?

  • Edmonton averages about 26 centimetres of snowfall in March.
     

Is it safe for me to walk outside in the winter?

  • It is recommended that you bring warm boots with rubber soles, a warm winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves to Edmonton. You can also purchase these items in Edmonton.
     

What kinds of clothes should I bring?

  • Aside from the clothes mentioned above, you will want to bring indoor shoes as well as a sweater or shawl for evening. Layers of clothing are highly recommended as you move from outside to inside.
     

What kind of money does Canada use?

  • Canada uses the Canadian dollar.
  • Denominations of currency are in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 coins/bills.
     

Where can I exchange my money?

Can I use my bank card in Canada?

  • Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted across Canada.
  • Debit cards with the Cirrus or PLUS symbol are accepted everywhere.
     

Are there any wild animals in Edmonton?

  • Edmonton’s river valley is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, birds and raptors, coyotes, beaver, skunks and occasionally racoons. Sightings of moose or cougars are rare. Please do not approach or feed any wildlife.
     

What language do most people speak in Edmonton?

  • The majority of Edmonton residents speak English; however, you will also find residents who speak French, Tagalog, Cantonese, Punjabi, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, Ukrainian and German.
  • Indigenous residents of Edmonton may speak dialects of Algonquian, Athabascan, Dene and Siouan.
     

What number do I dial in an emergency?

  • For all emergencies dial 911.
     

What hospitals are in Edmonton? What kinds of services do they provide?

  • University of Alberta Hospital*
  • Grey Nuns Community Hospital
  • Misericordia Community Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital*
  • Stollery Children’s Hospital*

* Trauma Centre

For non-emergency medical attention, visit a local Medicentre.

Visitors to Canada are encouraged to have travel health insurance.