Banff Wilderness Care Conference

Banff Wilderness Care Conference
May 24 to 26, 2019

The Banff Wilderness Care Conference is an annual two-day conference.
It focuses on issues faced by medical care providers operating in the wilderness or other austere environments. This is a well-balanced event combining lecture style didactic sessions and outdoor workshops, provide participants with an enjoyable yet informative event.

Come join your friends and colleagues and learn more about wilderness medicine! Everyone is welcome to attend from First Aiders, Firefighters, Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics, Military, Safety Personel, backcountry enthusiasts, rock climbers… the list goes on!


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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there accommodation available at the conference?

Yes, there are a limited number of rooms set aside at the Bow View Lodge (part of the Banff Park Lodge and Conference Centre).  To make or change reservations contact the Banff Park Lodge and Conference Centre and let them know that you are part of the conference group. Call them at 1-855-516-1090.

The conference booking number is #30516.
The individual cut-off date for reservations is Monday, April 8th, 2019.

Who can attend?

Anyone who provides medical care or wilderness medicine in the austere environment. EMR, EMT-A, EMT-P, PCP, ACP, CCP, RN, LPN, MD, Ski patrol, ACMG, SAR, Police, Firefighter (urban or wildland), WEMT, WFR, OFA.

What topics will be covered?

Please see the schedule for up-to-date listings. General topics may include:

  • heat/cold related emergencies,
  • wilderness survival,
  • water purification,
  • wound care,
  • improvised splints and bandages,
  • submersion/immersion,
  • dive medicine,
  • mass casualty incidents,
  • disaster and humanitarian medicine,
  • wound care,
  • avalanche rescue,
  • improvised rescue,
  • weather,
  • land navigation,
  • eye emergencies,
  • envenomation / toxicology,
  • travel medicine,
  • search and rescue organization,
  • altitude illness.

What is the difference between the workshops and the lecture sessions?

The conference is broken into two parts. Lecture sessions are for all conference participants and are 45-minute lecture-style events. New concepts, novel ideas and current standards may be discussed.  The Workshops include smaller groups of usually no more than 20 people.   All workshops are intended to take place in the outdoors.  Each day participants can choose multiple one-hour sessions or a single multiple (2.5+) hour events.  Some workshops may have additional costs involved.

What should I wear to the conference? Do I need to bring anything in particular?

Casual is the order of the day.  Morning lectures are indoors.  All workshops are designed to be held outdoors.  Please be prepared for all weather.  Specific workshops may require additional technical equipment that may have to be rented if not owned by participants.

Will the conference be held inside or outside?

Lectures are indoors at the Banff Park Lodge. 
All workshops are intended to be held outside.  Please come prepared.

Are meals provided?

Meals and refreshments will be provided prior to and during the lectures.
Saturday breakfast and Sunday lunch will be provided in addition to a coffee serving during the lectures.

Are discounts available?

Members of the Alberta Paramedic Association are entitled to a $15 discount.

What if I wish to change my workshop?

Many workshops have a maximum number of participants (20).  Arrangements may be possible to switch to another workshop.   Sold out sessions will be difficult to switch into.   Please contact us if you wish to switch.