30th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing | 30e Symposium canadien sur la télédétection | June 22-25 juin 2009 Lethbridge Alberta Canada
Image mosaic of Lethbridge coulee landscape - UofL MARSS imaging system

Opening and Keynote Speakers

Remote Sensing Firesides

Workshops, Meetings, Sessions

Important Dates & Documents

Abstract Submission, Publications


Exhibitors, Sponsorship

Social Events

Travel, Venue, City



Travel Information Air Travel Car Rentals Accommodation Conference Venue

Travel Information

Lethbridge is conveniently located 2.5 hours south of Calgary (Taking Highway #2 or the more scenic Highway #23 through Vulcan), and is Alberta's southernmost city [Map]. Lethbridge has a population of over 83,000 and is situated 1 hour north of the US border, with the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains 1 hour west of Lethbridge. Five of the 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada are located in Alberta, and of these, 4 are within a 1-2 hour drive of the Lethbridge-Calgary corridor. The area has a diverse range of ecosystems from native prairie, foothills, badlands, rivers, lakes and mountains, with a very pleasant, semi-arid climate. Other local attractions include Waterton National Park , Fort Macleod and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. We are also close to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park which features petroglyphs and pictographs chronicalling the legacy of the local First Nations peoples. Many conference delegates may wish to take vacation time before or after the Symposium to explore these and many other areas.

The University of Lethbridge is nestled in the banks of the Oldman River and its beautiful coulee and river valley system in southern Alberta. This network of glacially derived hills provides many miles of hiking trails and recreational activities for the city. Our Symposium theme "Bridging Excellence" celebrates the rich tradition of excellence in remote sensing in Canada, and the exciting future ahead, but it also refers to a prominent landmark in Lethbridge - the High Level Bridge - an engineering marvel that is the longest and highest railway viaduct of its kind in the world. This impressive structure spans the Oldman River at 314 feet AGL and is within sight from the campus. The opening day of the Symposium corresponds with the 100th anniversary of the completion of the High Level Bridge / Lethbridge Viaduct on June 22, 1909.

The local area's rich history can be explored at Fort Whoop Up and the Sir Alexander Galt Museum. During the Second World War, Japanese Canadians were forcibly relocated from the west coast to areas such as southern Alberta. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden - which means Japanese and Canadian friendship - is a tranquil location in Lethbridge for peace and reflection.

Air Travel

Lethbridge is served by Air Canada, with excellent connecting flights for domestic and international travel through Calgary International Airport.

Other regional airlines also fly to Lethbridge.

United States travelers should note that as of June 1, 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require U.S. citizens 16 years of age or over who re-enter the United States by air, land or sea to have a passport or other appropriate secure document like a NEXUS card.

International travelers will clear customs in Calgary.

Some people prefer to continue their flight and arrive at Lethbridge County Airport. Others prefer to drive from Calgary to Lethbridge.

Travel from Calgary to Lethbridge

Airport Shuttle to Greyhound bus terminal

If you decide not to fly to Lethbridge and instead plan to take the Greyhound Bus, collect your luggage and proceed to the Sundog Shuttle services. They offer a shuttle service to the Greyhound Bus Terminal in downtown Calgary. To purchase a ticket will cost you $15/person CDN. It will take about one hour for the Shuttle to take you to the Greyhound Bus Terminal in downtown Calgary. *The shuttle operates every day from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and you must book their service a couple of days in advance by calling (403) 762 4343.

When you reach the Greyhound Bus Terminal in downtown Calgary you will need to purchase a ticket to take you to Lethbridge. Greyhound Bus offers three trips daily to Lethbridge (~$36.00 CAD). The bus makes several stops along the way and therefore takes longer than driving (as much as 3 hours) to reach Lethbridge from the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Downtown Calgary.

Shuttle Services

L A Shuttle offers a daily shuttle service to the Calgary International Airport. The shuttle runs once a day - for further information contact L A Shuttle at 403-380-2015.

Car Rentals

Enterprise Rental Car (403-328-3517)

Discount Car Rental (403-327-9990)

Hertz Rental Car (403-320-5141)

Budget Rental Car (403-328-6555)


Lethbridge has many different options for hotel accommodation. A block of rooms has been reserved on campus for conference attendees; a hospitality suite has been arranged for those staying on campus.

Lethbridge Lodge

Holiday Inn Express
Call: (403) 394-9292 or 1-866-494-9292 Code: LUG

Ramada Hotel

University of Lethbridge

This selection offers a range of cost options as well as easy access to all conference events.

Conference Venue - On-Site Recreation/Opportunities:

The Conference will be held on the main campus of the University of Lethbridge, in the First Choice Savings Physical Education Building Complex.

All Conference events are situated immediately adjacent to the Rock Climbing Wall, Gymnasium [opened 2007], Multi-Fitness Centre, Indoor Track, and the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre [Olympic Size Pool]. Library and other university facilities are nearby.

In addition to social events, the Conference Venue also has a Tim Hortons [directly across from Plenary room], and a full Food Court.

Pre- and Post-Conference Tours and Spousal Program Offered. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, science-led field trips, WESB Lab Tours near SPOT Ground Receiving Station, local/regional tourist attractions.