CAWM 2022 - Nov 11-13 2022. Third annual wilderness medicine conference. In-person and virtual hybrid format. Coast Hotel and Conference Center. Canmore, AB.

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3 Full Days
34 Presentations
17 Workshops
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Keynote Speaker
Dr. Melissa Lem

The CAWM2023 conference will be hosted October 13-15, 2023 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Center in Penticton, BC.

CAWM2023 is a hybrid format (in-person and virtual) with lectures, social activities, a keynote speaker (Dr. Melissa Lem: Prescribing Nature for Patient and Planetary Health), and workshops!  A variety of topics will be covered including search and rescue, altitude, diving, medical education, mental health, space, mass casualties, airway management in austere environments, and more!  A pre-conference WLS:MP course (Wilderness Life Support for Medical Professionals) is also available on Oct 11-12.

All wilderness medical professionals and learners are welcome including paramedics, nurses, SAR personnel, guides, ski patrollers, first responders, academics, and physicians.

There is a 75% discount off the listed price for any active SAR and ski patrol members and a 10% discount for military.  CME credits are available depending on registration level (Royal College, CFPC, Paramedic, and FAWM).

CAWM2023 will be provided in English with simultaneous French translation for all lectures.


Conference Dates

CAWM 2023 will take place between October 13-15 2023, though Pre-Conference events will also take place on October 11 & 12. See the Schedule tab for more details.


CAWM 2023 will be held at Penticton Trade & Convention Centre in Penticton, BC. The Sandman Hotel Penticton has a discount for CAWM attendees: October 11-October 17, 2023 (book by October 1).

Single Queen  with Kitchen Room – $119/night plus tax.
Two Bedded Room - $119/night plus tax.

Please reference BLOCK ID #324704 or GROUP CODE 2310CAWM20.

Topics Covered

Presentations and workshops at the conference this year covered a variety of wilderness medicine topics including: search and rescue, mental health, mass casualty incidents, diving injuries and more!

Live & Virtual

Whether you can attend in person in Penticton BC or not, you can still enjoy the same great conference. This Hybrid conference will be broadcast live with Q&A being answered online. There will be workshops that virtual attendees are welcome to attend.

Pre-Conference Courses

We are offering two pre-conference courses that both take place at Oct 11 and 12 at approximately 0700-1630h.

  • Wilderness Paramedic Certification
  • Wilderness Life Support for Medical Providers (formerly known as AWLS)

Because both courses happen at the same time, they cannot both be attended.

See more information here.

CME Credits

Participants who register under Physician or Non-Physician Professional categories may be eligible for CME credits. See the CME page for details.

Search & Rescue Discount

All members of Search and Rescue operations and Ski Patrol receive a 75% discount to all CAWM 2023 registration levels. To qualify, submit proof of membership to SAR or Ski Patrol Program during registration.

Military Discount

All military members receive a 10% discount to all CAWM 2023 registration levels. To qualify, submit proof of military status during registration.


The entire conference’s presentations will be recorded. The recordings are available to registered participants for 6 months after the conference (until May 2024).