Festival Venue

The Delta Calgary South Hotel is located on Southland Drive in Calgary, Alberta. Heritage Park and Fish Creek Park are only a few minutes away and the Calgary International Airport is about 30 minutes by car. There are several shopping centres within walking distance of the hotel.

Book a Hotel Room

The festival hotel is mostly sold out. They do have a few Club rooms remaining at a discounted rate of $199. Club rooms include access to the Club lounge, which includes breakfast and evening appetizers. Other rooms may also free up as hotel customers cancel their reservations. Our festival rates with the hotel are good until July 14th. Click the link below to see what is still available:

Delta Calgary South Registration.

To contact the hotel by telephone, call

403-225-5800 (local), or

1-800-268-1133 (toll-free).

Remember to mention When Words Collide to get the festival room rate.

If you don't mind transit and walking, you may find a room you prefer at a nearby hotel. A place to start is on Yelp.

The Delta Calgary South is located near the Southland C-Train Station. This provides easy access from any downtown hotel. Please note that Calgary transit does not run between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

On-Site Food

When looking for meals or a place to snack & chat, the Delta hotel offers a snack bar and seating area in the When Words Collide Merchants Corner, the Atrium Cafe for breakfast, the Boomtown Pub & Patio for lunch and dinner, and the Bonaventure lounge for afternoons and evening.


Coming to Calgary for When Words Collide? Want to make the most of the trip? Here are 13 local venues and activities that might dovetail with your literary interests.

  1. Heritage Park (http://www.heritagepark.ca). Over 180 attractions, including steam locomotives, and the SS Moyer, paddlewheel steam boat plying the waters of Glenmore Lake. Heritage Park offers a window onto the lives of Canada's western pioneers: their travels, struggles, new places to live, the ways they celebrated.
  2. Horseback riding tours. See the Canadian prairie, foothills and Rocky Mountains on horseback.
  3. The Military Museums of Calgary (http://www.themilitarymuseums.ca/). The Maple Leaf and the tulip: The Liberation of Holland in the Second World War, will be at the Military Museums until August 16th. It includes information regarding Dutch war brides.
  4. The Calgary Zoo (http://www.calgaryzoo.com) Along with the animals and captive breeding program, the Calgary Zoo is featuring Dinosaurs Alive!, an animatronic display, until October 31, 2015.
  5. The Glenbow Museum (http://www.glenbow.org/). The Glenbow houses extensive collections of aboriginal and pioneer history.
  6. The Locked Room (https://www.thelockedroom.ca/) 60 minutes, one way out.
  7. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (http://www.sportshall.ca/). Be inspired by the accomplishments by the best in Canadian sports.
  8. Aerospace Museum of Calgary (http://www.asmac.ab.ca/). An exhibit of historic and restored aircraft.
  9. Big Rock Brewery (https://bigrockbeer.com/). Tours and tastings and Calgary best known craft beer brewery. (Okay, not strictly literary, but c'mon, writers and drink?)
  10. Devonian Gardens (http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Downtown-parks/Devonian-Gardens.aspx). An indoor oasis in the middle of Calgary's downtown. Could this be what parks look like in domed cities?
  11. Reader Rock Garden (http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/SE-parks/Reader-Rock-Garden.aspx). A parkland gem directly north of the Union Cemetery--the final resting place of many historic figures.
  12. The Chinese Cultural Centre (http://www.culturalcentre.ca/). A culture hall, auditorium, museum and the largest Chinese library in Canada.
  13. Grain Academy Museum (http://www.grainacademymuseum.com/). See a depiction of how the prairies were settled, a working grain elevator demo and model train moving grain from the prairie to the terminals at Vancouver. Other displays include everything from barbed wire types to wheat straw weaving, pioneer farm tools and various models of farm implements.