XIVth International Symposium
on Retinal Degeneration

July 13-17, 2010

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Meeting Hotel Information


The Fairmont Tremblant is a 5-star resort with an AAA-CAA 4-Diamond Award. It has received many awards as one of the best hotels and best ski resorts in the world. As described in the hotel web site (http://www.fairmont.com/tremblant), the "Fairmont Tremblant sits at the foot of the majestic Laurentian peaks, tucked into the heart of the region's most picturesque village. The architectural masterpiece of a Mont-Tremblant ski resort rooted in the legends of Quebec, boasts state-of-the-art facilities. Climb aboard a high-speed chair lift at our doorstep to ski the slopes, explore mountain trails or play a round of golf. RD2010 will be a memorable meeting at the Mont-Tremblant hotel. We will experience great scientific exchange as well as a Laurentian adventure at this inspired mountain château, a true legendary beauty." An overview of the Fairmont Tremblant and its amenities, awards, location, etc. can be found at the hotel's link above, and then by selecting "Fact Sheet" at the lower right in the section "Travel Tools."

Hotel telephone: (819) 681-7000
Hotel FAX: (819) 681-7099

Fairmont Tremblant Gym Guest Services, Swimming Pools and Fitness Center

The many guest services of the meeting resort hotel can be seen at http://www.fairmont.com/tremblant/GuestServices/Index.htm, with many individual services listed at http://www.fairmont.com/tremblant/GuestServices/GeneralServicesIndex.htm. (Note that the cost listed for parking will be paid by your registration fee, if you choose to drive.) Of interest to many will be the indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, whirlpools, dry sauna, steam baths, as well as the exercise room with free weights, Keiser Circuit devices, exercise bicycles, stair climbers and treadmills. All of these will be available to the meeting attendees at no charge, and more information on these and the spa services (not complimentary) can be found at http://www.fairmont.com/tremblant/GuestServices/SPA.

High-Speed Internet Access

We encourage all of the attendees to obtain high-speed Internet access free of charge by joining the free Fairmont President's Club. This can be done online either before attending the meeting or upon check-in, but it would save time if this is done ahead of time at http://www.fairmont.com/ and then going to the Fairmont President's Club link, or go directly to http://www.fairmont.com/fpc/. Many may prefer not to join such a "club," even if it is free. However, if one does not join, the cost for high-speed Internet at the hotel is ~$16.50 (CAN) per 24-hour period, beginning when service is activated. In addition, there are 37 separate benefits and privileges listed for President's Club members at http://www.fairmont.com/EN_FA/FPCPublic/MembershipBenefits/MembershipBenefits, and at least some of these would be of interest or cost savings probably to all attendees at this Fairmont, regardless of whether one ever used the "Club" again. In addition, we were informed by the concierge that at the Fairmont Tremblant, specifically, membership in the "Club" allows free use of BMW bicycles.

Opportunities for Local Activities and Entertainment

The Mont-Tremblant area is rich in outdoors activities. Click here for a PDF file that describes 15 such activities at or near the resort, ranging from Go-Karts, hiking, horseback riding, water sports, etc. to fishing, birds of prey show, rafting and Acrobranche (playing "Tarzan" in the forest canopy of Mont-Tremblant, 30 feet in the air set against the backdrop of waterfalls and lush forests).

Of particular interest is the Le Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant, which is located only 5.6 km from the meeting hotel. This is a SPECTACULAR spa that is highly recommended by the hotel and by our Canadian Keynote Speaker, Dr. Elise Héon. Check out its web site (with sound on) at http://www.scandinavetremblant.com/en/.

These activities, as well as the options mentioned immediately below and the summer meeting date, make this an RD Symposium that provides a very good opportunity for some accompanying persons and families who might not typically come to these meetings. As noted in the Registration section, there are reduced prices for accompanying persons and children of different ages. Also noted there is the availability of the group room rate for up to 3 days before or 3 days after the meeting. If bringing your family, do note the availability of several different room sizes and bedding accommodations in the Registration section.

For those a bit more adventuresome, there is the newly opened (June 24, 2009) Casino du Mont Tremblant located on Versant Soleil at the Mont Tremblant Resort, which is connected to main Pedestrian Village by a new high speed gondola and shuttle busses.

Opportunities for Social/Networking Interactions

A highlight of the RD Symposia in the past has been an all-day excursion, where attendees get to see and experience the local venue, as well as to get to know one another on a social/personal level. It is with deepest regret that we have had to yield to the bleak economic situation and eliminate the excursion for (hopefully only) this one meeting, thereby reducing the total number of days by one and, thus, the costs for attendees.

The loss of the excursion day, however, was a force in our selecting Mont-Tremblant as the meeting venue, because it offered at least three functions or local events that we hope will serve as an alternative to the excursion for personal interactions. These are the following:

Friday Night Gala

We will have a traditional Canadian experience and food at the "Top of the Mountains." We will take the ski-lift gondolas up to the Gala venue, and the gondolas will run throughout the evening for those who wish to return earlier than the end. The gondolas are easy walking distance from the hotel.

Pedestrian Village

The so-called "Pedestrian Village" is a most picturesque group of more than 50 shops, restaurants, specialty stores (6 sweet shops, alone!) and pubs along a path that offer many chances to sit, talk, and enjoy the local atmosphere. The Fairmont Tremblant is actually at one end of the Village ("in the Village"), and has an exit door directly to the path. Because of the late sunset at this time of the year in Mont-Tremblant, there will be several hours each night after the meetings and dinner when attendees can visit the Village. We envision (and hope) that groups of attendees will spend time after the meeting time enjoying together this "charming and always festive" place.
The Tremblant International Blues Festival: 17th Edition

Each year at this time, the world-famous Tremblant International Blues Festival is held in Mont-Tremblant, and in 2010 it is scheduled from July 9-18, coincident with RD2010. During this time, there are >150 performances, and all are free. This year, there were 5-12 "concerts" scheduled between 8 PM-Midnight each of the nights of our Symposium. We hope that groups of our attendees will enjoy some of these together after dinner. The official web site of the Festival is http://www.tremblantblues.com, but many sites describe the Festival if one searches for "Mont Tremblant blues festival."

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