FRC Canadian Rockies Regional
April 4 – April 7, 2018
Genesis Centre, Calgary, Alberta
Map of Event Location
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
ALL International Travellers to Canada will require a valid Passport to enter at a Border Crossing.
Your team may need a Visa or other travel authorization to visit Canada for this event. As of March 15, 2016, visitors from most countries will also need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in order to travel to Canada. Find out more information here:
Please consult the Government of Canada and the Canadian Border Services websites for information on travel document, and Visa requirements:
You can also consult your nearest Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission:
Also be aware that persons under the age of 18 are considered “Minors” in Canada, and there are additional documents that must be prepared for these individuals:
More Information Coming Soon.
FIRST Robotics Society is pleased to offer 2 fantastic Host Hotels to our teams. Both properties are offering $129/night, Quad occupancy and Breakfast, Please Book your stay by March 2, 2018 to secure these rates.
Courtyard Marriott Calgary Airport
The Courtyard is only minutes away from Calgary Airport and the Genesis Centre. The Hotel’s ultra-modern guest rooms feature conveniences including Complimentary high-speed Internet access and an extra-large work desk. We offer complimentary Airport Shuttle, Parking, 24 hour Business Centre and Coin Operated Laundry facilities. On your free time enjoy a dip in the indoor pool or workout in the fitness centre. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink at The Bistro, or grab a quick snack at the Market, open 24-hours a day. Special rates have been set up for 2018 FIRST Robotics Regional for the following room types: our Standard 2 Queen rooms are 400 Square feet and can accommodate 4 people. The King rooms are 350 Square Feet with a sofa bed, these rooms can accommodate 3 people. The rates that have been offered do include breakfast for each registered guest.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott Reservation Line : 1-800-321-2211
Booking Reference: 2018 FIRST Robotics Canadian Rockies Regional
· Full hot buffet breakfast included in Team Rate
· Dinner Menus Available with special Team Pricing
· Largest Indoor Hotel Waterpark featuring 250 feet of waterslides
· Complimentary parking
· Free Wi-Fi & 24 hour business center
· Hospitality Rooms available for booking (based upon availability)
· Complimentary onsite fitness center
· Dozens of offsite dining options within walking distance
Sheraton Cavalier Reservation Line : 1-800-325-3535
Booking Reference: FIRST Robotics Canadian Rockies Regional 2018
Public Transportation – Calgary Transit
Fares are generally $3.15 per ride for Adults, and $2.10 for youth and students (must show valid student ID). Day passes can also be purchased. For more information visit the Calgary Transit website:
Calgary has several vehicle rental companies. You can find more information about them here:
More information on our airport can be found on their website:
Calgary International Airport – YYC
Calgary has unique weather and the temperature and weather conditions can change rapidly in a short period of time. April generally brings temperatures around 5 degrees Celsius (about 40 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as light to moderate rainfall. That being said, temperatures can sometimes plummet to -20 Celsius ( -4 Fahrenheit) or lower, and we can often receive snowfall in the early part of the month. We recommend packing warm layers, warm gloves, a warm hat, and a winter coat. If you have a raincoat it is also be a good idea to bring that. Warm, insulated boots, or hiking shoes are also a good idea. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses though, Calgary can be cold, but we also get a lot of sun even in the winter, and with snow cover, the reflected sunlight is extremely bright. More information on Calgary weather:
Environment Canada – Calgary
Foreign Currency Exchange
The National Currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). For your reference a link to the Bank of Canada currency converter calculator is provided below, however cash rates may vary by institution. Most banks here can convert small amounts of US Dollars to CAD, and the airport does have Foreign Exchange Kiosks which can handle other currencies. It is advisable to arrange for currency conversions prior to departing for the event. Most businesses in Canada also accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards, but be sure to inform your credit card provider of your travel plans to ensure they can process payments in Canadian dollars.
Bank Of Canada Currency Converter
Things to Do
Calgary and the surrounding areas offer a multitude of activities and locations to visit year round. More information on the many offerings in our area can be found at the following links:
We would also recommend a visit to Banff National Park, a day trip 90 minutes west of Calgary.