Venue – August 19 deadline for booking hotel at FAN rate

by | Jun 16, 2024 | Edmonton, AB | 3 comments

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Thank you everyone who has registered for the conference. The numbers ensured our conference room and facilities would be guaranteed and the conference could go ahead as planned! If you have not already registered there still is time to do so.

Our next key date is August 19, when the special conference hotel rate expires. After that, rooms set aside for FAN are released to the public, and can only be booked at the public rate. So, it’s in your interest to get your hotel booking completed by August 19, including arrangements for parking onsite.

Because our room bookings are separate this year from our hotel block booking, you have the freedom to stay wherever you wish, and still be included in the conference (though you might miss out on some of the late-night fun!). Your conference registration, however, includes you in all meals, activities, and use of the meeting facilities.

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You’ve decided to fly, how do you get from the airport to the hotel by public transit?

Edmonton airport is about 25 km south of the City. The Coast Hotel is located at 10155 105 Street (just north of Jasper Avenue, on 105 Street). While taking a cab is the simplest way to get to the hotel, public transit is entirely doable and inexpensive  – a combination of bus and LRT (light rail system). Member Janet Harper reports that she has taken public transit a number of times “and found it quite easy.” She sends some tips which are included in this updated information:

  • The Edmonton transit bus at the airport is 747 (not 746 as mentioned in another post). It is the only one that comes to the airport). See the route and schedule here: https://webdocs.edmonton.ca/transit/route_schedules_and_maps/RT747.pdf
  • Take the 747 bus to the end, Century Plaza Station – there you get off to take the LRT. At Century Plaza the bus stop is actually on the road, not in the bus loop, but the LRT stop is clearly to be seen.
  • You might  be able to get a transfer from the bus driver which will allow you to board the train. If not, there are ticket selling machines on the lower/entrance level of the train station.
  • Take the LRT at Century Park to the Corona Station, 3 blocks from the hotel. Pay close attention to the exits from the station. You want the exit closest to 105 St. (northbound if possible). That exit does not have an escalator/elevator – at Corona the east and south entrances do. https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/elevators-escalators
  • Once you’re on the street you should be able to orient yourself in Edmonton’s gridded street system: the Coast is on 105 Street, a half block north of Jasper Ave.

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Important links and information

Hotel link https://www.coasthotels.com/coast-edmonton-plaza-hotel-by-apa

Hotel room booking  link* till August 20th   http://coa.st/FibreArtNetworkAnnualConference

Just some quick guidance on booking the hotel room via the link on the registration form. It’s simpler than you might be wanting to make it!

  • Click on the link for the special FAN hotel  link (see above)
  • It brings up a page with the link “Select and go to the next step” – click on it
  • On the next page, click on both “Sept 19” and “Sept 22” – start and end dates of the conferences – and then “Confirm dates of stay”
  • The next page: pick your room
  • Next page: add items (e.g. parking) or no items at all
  • Provide information on guest and payment as required in the usual manner

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For all you FAN “foodies” – a sneak peek at the conference menu!

We’re delighted to be working with Chef Kayla Dhaliwalla on the menu for our FAN conference. Kelly and I had told our hotel contact that FAN members tended to be “foodies” and would love to be eating something other than the usual standard hotel fare. Chef Kayla rose to the challenge – without giving away everything (which would be too much information anyways), on the menu will be dinner dishes like Fattoush Salad, Squash and Chickpea Curry, Roasted Tuscan Vegetables, and choices of soup/salad/sandwiches for lunch.

The registration form will be asking about dietary restrictions and serious food allergies. Chef Kayla is well-versed in preparing food to accommodate various needs. The kitchen diligently separates out cooking for gluten free/celiac diets. Since all meals will be served buffet-style, tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes will be part of the general offerings. If all of this isn’t quite enough, the kitchen will prepare a separate meal. Just make sure you let us know on the  conference registration form!

And yes – there will be a bar! It’s a ‘pay-as-you-drink’ arrangement, and we’ll make sure it’s open about a half hour before the start of dinner, during dinner, and after dinner.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in September.

Hermina

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updated Feb 13

Our Conference Venue: The Coast Hotel

If you’ve been reading along you know that our Conference Venue in 2024 is The Coast Hotel on the eastern edge of ‘West Downtown’ (as they’re now calling it) Edmonton. As an urban location it is in close proximity to interesting things to do, if you choose to stay a few extra days: the art gallery, the Alberta museum, coffee shops, easy bussing to Whyte Avenue or a quilt store.

The meeting itself will be in a well-lit, spacious conference room in the hotel. Registration, displays, sale tables (if we want), snacks, meals – with bar service! – will all happen there. There’s a roomy foyer that’s ours to use if we need it, for example for a registration table or the serving of meals.

Speaking of meals: the hotel has a new award-winning chef who is just working out the catering menus, so we won’t be able to give you details until March. But we are working on a delicious variety of meals that will be low on meat and high on taste and variety. You you will of course be able to indicate vegetarian/vegan, celiac, gluten free or any other allergies, and these will be accommodated. More about that in a later post.

The Coast is a boutique experience with all major amenities: Though it is a major hotel, Coast prides itself on offering a “boutique experience” with Japanese-inspired touches and many amenities including a beautiful spa – check their website at https://www.coasthotels.com/coast-edmonton-plaza-hotel-by-apa. Should you need an extra snack or drink, Preston’s Restaurant and Lounge is right in the hotel; it, too, will have a new menu by the time you arrive but you can check the current state of affairs at https://www.prestonsedmonton.ca/ .

You will be booking your own room: this differs from past years. It simplifies things considerably and makes it easier for day-attendees to participate. The Coast has blocked off a number of rooms for us and will add more if needed. There is no price difference between a double or a single room – when you book, specify whether you want two queen beds or a king. When conference registration opens this on-line hotel booking link will become active. At that time it will allow you to make reservations at the conference rate …..until August 20th. Until than you can still check out the rooms and other options.  http://coa.st/FibreArtNetworkAnnualConference

You can also add a day or two before or after the conference, at the same rate. If you are driving, you will register your car and pay for parking when you check in. Did you know you can even bring your dog! Checkout the link above  and see what the smoke free rooms look like.

Find out more about traveling to and staying in  Edmonton at Visit Edmonton | Explore Edmonton

Dec 2 2023fan

The Coast Hotel and Booking Your Room

Our Conference Venue in 2024 is The Coast Hotel Downtown. It’s an urban location – see the post on the Venue and Area about its proximity to the

Downtown Coast Hotel

many treasures Edmonton has to offer. At the western edge of the downtown core (or the eastern edge of “West Downtown” as they’re now calling it), it’s within an easy half-block walking distance of coffee shops, Jasper Avenue, and public transportation.

The Coast is a boutique experience with all major amenities: Though it is a major hotel, Coast prides itself on offering a “boutique experience” with Japanese-inspired touches and many amenities (spa!) – check their website at https://www.coasthotels.com/coast-edmonton-plaza-hotel-by-apa . In the hotel is Preston’s Restaurant and Lounge, run by one of Edmonton’s most reputed caterers – they’ll also be supplying our conference of course, but in case you come earlier or stay later, check out their menu at https://www.prestonsedmonton.ca/ .

You will be booking your own room: this differs from past years. The Coast has blocked off a number of rooms for us and will add more if needed. When registration opens, or possibly a few days before, there will be an online booking link for you to book your rooms. The process should be easy and straightforward. Stay tuned! There is no price difference between single and double. You will pay directly, just as you would if this were not related to a conference. If you are driving, you will register your car and pay for parking when you check in. (updated Feb 3rd)

See the pictures for few sneak peeks at the outside, the inside, the spa:

Tuck Shop

hotel registration desk

Hotel Preston Restaurant

hotel lobby

 

Hotel spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 23 2023

You have decided to come, now how do you get here?

Getting to Edmonton and The Coast Hotel (10155 105 Street): 

  • Driving: you’ll have your GPS or maps to guide you. The hotel-owned parking garage is conveniently attached directly to the hotel. The daily parking fee is $17.85 per day (includes GST, discounted from the regular rate). Register your parking when you register for your room.
  • Flying: Edmonton airport is about 25 km south of the City.
    • Cab: the simplest (though pricier) way to get to the hotel is by cab – once we get closer we’ll see if we can set up a message board so that people do some sharing. Some cab companies have flat rates to the downtown – ask about them before you get in.
    • Public transportation: doable but a little cumbersome. It involves a bus and an LRT train; and two different tickets.

Take ETS bus 746 to Century Park Station – it’s an express run between YEG and the Century Park LRT on the southside of Edmonton. It is not frequent: every half hour at peak times, every hour during non-peak periods. More information:(https://webdocs.edmonton.ca/transit/route_schedules_and_maps/sc2/RT747.pdf?cb=1689629586 ).

  • Take the LRT at Century Park LRT station to the Corona Station, 3 blocks from the hotel. Walk to the hotel.

Regional Bus: yes, BUS! A surprising number of bus companies are offering routes from Vancouver to Saskatoon and beyond, with many destinations in Alberta. The good news on the bus: the Edmonton endpoint is either right across from the Coast Hotel (Rider Express), or 3 blocks away at the Holiday Inn Express (Red Arrow, Ebus). Eminently walkable.

Check out these companies and their schedules, you might get inspired: Ebus: https://www.myebus.ca/routes/  ; Red Arrow: https://www.redarrow.ca/routes/; RiderExpress: https://riderexpress.ca/

  • Train: yes, VIA Rail! It would be an adventure… it takes a little work to organize, perhaps, and the trains don’t run often, but VIA Rail travel is pretty special. You can get to Edmonton from both east and west, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and a number of locations in between (see routes and schedules https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains ). From the Edmonton station the only realistic option to the hotel is a cab.

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Nov 1 2023

The City: Edmonton – come (re)discover one of Canada’s major vibrant mid-western cities! You’ll be surprised by the myriad of cultural, culinary and artistic offerings for every taste. Situated where aspen parkland and short-grass prairie interlace, it is bisected by the spectacular North Saskatchewan River valley, the theme of the 2023 FAN conference. This natural area is on its way to becoming one of Canada’s few national urban parks. Check out Explore Edmonton for more inspiration: Check back to this location for the latest information on our conference venue.

The Conference Venue location: For the conference we have chosen an urban location, with easy access to the many treasures Edmonton has to offer. The Coast Hotel is situated just at the western edge of the downtown core (or the eastern edge of “West Downtown” as they’re now calling it), within easy walking distance of coffee shops, Jasper Avenue, and public transportation (a half block). https://exploreedmonton.com/

A few of the places you can visit easily from the Conference Venue if you extend your stay:

The Hotel (more to come in a separate post!!), a boutique experience with all major amenities: Despite its being a major hotel, Coast prides itself on offering a “boutique experience” with Japanese-inspired touches and many amenities – check their website at https://www.coasthotels.com/coast-edmonton-plaza-hotel-by-apa . In the hotel is Preston’s Restaurant and Lounge, run by one of Edmonton’s most reputed caterers – they’ll also be supplying our conference of course, but in case you come earlier or stay later, check out their menu at https://www.prestonsedmonton.ca/ 

3 Comments

  1. Terri Van Sleuwen

    Great updates! When will the conference registration open?

  2. Yvonne Bilan-Wallace

    Registration usually opens the end of March or the beginning of April. Once the testing is completed for the online registration form and the conference budget /cost is finalize, we will be able to set a date. Will let you know via email and the blog.

  3. Janet Harper

    Please note the Edmonton transit bus number is 747, not 746 ( but it’s the only one that comes to the airport). I have taken this bus a couple of times and found it quite easy. A few tips.

    1. The bus stop at Century Plaza is actually on the road, not in the bus loop.
    2. You should be able to get a transfer from the bus driver which will allow you to board the train. If not, there are ticket selling machines on the lower level of the train station.
    3. Pay close attention to the exits from the station. You want the exit closest to 105 St. (Northbound if possible), although not all of them have escalators or elevators.

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