Okay, I just got back from Calgary. I always make a point to attending the annual CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society) meeting. You get about 200 astronomers together to share news about the latest work that they are doing, and it's also a great social venue to interact and meet other astronomers across the country. I have never had a bad time at a CASCA meeting. My one rule is, no matter how late at night I party till, I have to make the first talk in the morning. I haven't been 100% successful, but better than others!
I decided to drive to CASCA this year as it was in Calgary and I live in Vancouver. It took about 13 hours one way. You can do the drive much quicker, but I wanted to make stops along the way and take lots of pictures.