International Travel

We can’t wait to see you!

Hotel

Otafest’s official accommodation is the Marriott hotel in downtown Calgary. Attached to the Telus Convention Centre, our hotel is the best way to enjoy Otafest. You will be one elevator ride away from Otafest and able to access the entire convention without taking a step outside.

Travel

Calgary is served by the Trans Canada Highway from West to East and Alberta Highway 2 (Queen Elizabeth Highway) from North to South, becoming U.S. Route 89 in Montana.

The Telus Convention Centre has a parking garage underneath the building. Click here for rate information.

Air Canada, WestJet, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, KLM, and British Airways all serve the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

Travelling to downtown from the airport:

  • Taxi service is approximately $35 – $45 (before tip)
  • Calgary Transit provides bus service to downtown on route 300 for $10.00. The bus leaves the airport at :05 and :35 each hour running from 5:30 AM to 12:00 AM MST.

Visas

American citizens do not need a visa to enter Canada. A passport, however, is required for entry.

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa.

Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization below:

cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp

Money

American Visa/MasterCard will work for many purchases, but Canadian and American debit don’t cross over. Also of note, not all exhibitors/artists will take credit/debit. It is always a good idea to keep some Canadian cash on hand.

In a pinch, many Canadian retailers will accept US dollar bills, however they usually accept the bills at face value (no conversion), or convert at a worse rate than a currency exchange / bank.

About Canadian Currency

There are no bills smaller than a five. We have a one dollar coin referred to universally as the Loonie and a two dollar coin referred to as a Toonie. This is totally normal and if you laugh when we talk about loonies and toonies we will look at you weird.