Conference Check-in, Local Food, Weather – May 22, 2022

Less than one week to go until conference! I can’t wait to see you all and kick things into high gear! Starting anytime after 12 noon on Friday, you can come to the conference room at the Heritage Inn and check-in for the event and pick up your badge and swag bag! Your badge has a large blank space on it that you’re welcome to write your name and favourite social media handle on so you can get to know people easier!

​​As we mentioned earlier, there are no physical tickets for the event and we’ll just be checking names off at the door. You’re welcome to bring a print out or screen cap of your confirmation email if you’d like. Starting at 3pm on the Friday, we’ll be welcoming people into the conference room for a little social mixer and meet and greet before we kick things off at 4pm with the presentations.

Some of you may be wondering what the local gastronomical ​​situation is like for the conference and in Pincher Creek in general so here are a couple of tips:

Our host hotel, the Heritage Inn has the Seasons cafe that’s open from ​7am – 8pm on Friday and Saturday and from 7am to 1pm with a Sunday Brunch from 10am-2pm on Sunday.

The General’s Quarters (the GQ), located at our nearby partner hotel, the Stardust Inn, is our official after-hours venue and is open from 11​​:30am – 2pm and from 5 – 9pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9am – 2pm on Sunday. Lightchasers attendees receive a 10% discount on food and drinks when you present your conference badge.

We also highly recommend Soo Sushi which has a huge menu, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and Harvest coffee for great coffee and snacks.

There are many of other great places to eat in Pincher Creek including staples such as Boston Pizza and fast food outlets like Tim Hortons, A&W, McDonalds, Subway, and DQ for quick grabs. ​​

​We have one hour lunch breaks scheduled at 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday so please plan accordingly. *Please note that meals are not included with your conference ticket.

Lastly, the weather is looking pretty nice at this point (knock on wood!) but it can change on a dime in this area at this time of year so make sure you check the forecast before you leave and pack accordingly. If you’re attending the Light Night Fujifilm session and you’re new to shooting astro, definitely pack warm clothes as it doesn’t take long to get cold on night shoots.

Speaking of Fujifilm, they still have some GFX cameras available for loan for the weekend! Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to try out this amazing camera system! Pre-register here​​ !

And if you’ve missed our previous updates, we’ve collected them all here ​ on our website. And don’t forgot you can join in on the event discussion on our Facebook page !

Looking forward to seeing you all very, very soon!