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Sept. 13-16: National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies


SEPTEMBER 13 – 16, 2017

Gatineau / Ottawa – National Capital Region






Many of the green spaces  that will be visited during the technical visits are part of the Garden Promenade. Take in Ottawa Gatineau’s natural and artistic beauty with the Garden Promenade – a showcase of 40 gardens offering more than 70 unique garden experiences. The Garden Promenade includes the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage site, bicycle and pedestrian pathways. You’ll see prestigious historical landmarks and attractions. Special garden attractions, artistic installations and themed events and optional tours provide so many reasons for you to get into our gardens. The Garden Promenade is a Canada 150 project led by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Gardens Ottawa. For more information on the Garden Promenade, CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, September 13th – 12:30 – 4:30 PM (minimum 15 required)
Green Belt Pinhey Sand Dunes (including Mer Bleue Bog) and MacKenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park $35

Thursday,  Symposium Opening Breakfast, Sessions, Buffet Luncheon and Technical Visits $145
Friday, Symposium Closing Breakfast, Sessions, Technical Visits and BBQ Lunch $145
Friday, Cocktail Reception, Community Showcase, Dinner and Entertainment $ 85
Saturday, National & International Awards Ceremonies, Flag Exchange and Banquet Dinner $ 90

COMMUNITY EXHIBITS: 6’ Skirted Table with 2 chairs $ 65

Conference Hotel

Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel

101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, Ontario Canada  K1R 5T9  Tel: 613-237-3600 Fax: 613-237-9114

Toll Free Reservations: 1-888-890-3222 or 613-237-3600 and mention Communities in Bloom when making your reservations to access the conference rate and availability


reserve directly on line at:    Book your group rate for Communities in Bloom  

 $199.00 Can. + tax / room / night, single or double occupancy
(Deluxe Room with  King bed +$10, available
upon request by phone only)     

Cut-off date: August 18th, 2017

Please note that with Canada 150th Celebrations and the Symposium being held in Mid-September this year, the City of Ottawa and its surroundings will be extremely busy and hotels will be fully booked. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you reserve your room as soon as possible in order to secure accommodations at a reasonable price.


 Simply show your conference badge for discounts to participating attractions, restaurants, and tours in the Capital Region for you and a guest – You can find the full list of 2017 discounts HERE  


Official Ground Transportation

VALID: September 10th to 18th, 2017

TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return

RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.

DISCOUNT: 10% OFF the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”

EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class

IDENTIFCATION: Participants must reference the event’s VIA Convention Discount Code: 13084.

INFORMATION TO PARTICIPANTS: Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select “Convention fare” from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

Air Canada

Official Canadian Airline

VALID: September 5th to 23rd, 2017 – Mondays to Sundays

TERRITORY: For travel to/from Ottawa, On (YOW)


RESERVATIONS:  www.aircanada.com.

PROCEDURE:  To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel along with the following information, before clicking on FIND:

  • Departure and Destination City
  • Departure and Return Date
  • Promotion Code

EXCEPTION:  No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.


Official Car Rental Companies for Communities in Bloom

Official Car Rental Companies for Communities in Bloom National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car are the official car rental companies for Communities in Bloom. If you are planning a trip for Communities in Bloom or even for your personal use, click here to make your reservation!

2016 Symposium and Awards Ceremonies

Thank you to Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

On behalf of all delegates, from Canada, the United States, Ireland, England, Northern Ireland, Italy and Croatia who attended the Healthy Communities – Harvesting the Benefits events in Regina, let us thank the Host Committee along with the SPRA and the CiB staff for working so hard in making the event a success!

The Keynote presentations, session presentations, technical tours all met the expectations and provided excellent educational information and inspirational ideas.

The Parks and RecFest allowed the delegates to mix and mingle …and our International guests to discover how Canadians enjoy Halloween!

Pride of community was, as always, clearly demonstrated throughout the Showcase Dinner and Awards Ceremonies.

Congratulations to all National and International Finalists who, with the support of elected officials, dedication of municipal staff and involvement of citizens are making their communities better places to live in, work in and to visit!

Bob Lewis, National Chair