Vancouver West Convention Centre
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
Located on Canada's west coast, nestled between rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers an exciting blend of cosmopolitan amenities, natural beauty and cultural attractions. Consistently rated among the most beautiful cities in the world, and being the largest city in the province of British Columbia, the Metro Vancouver region is home to more than two million people in 21 municipalities, making it the third largest metropolitan area in Canada.
The city enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity that permeates everything from cuisine and entertainment, to neighborhoods and traditions. World renowned for its setting and scenery, you can immerse yourself in the energy of the city, yet minutes later enjoy the tranquility of a mountaintop lake. Vancouver is one of the only cities in the world where you can ski, golf and kayak all in the same day.
Vancouver is green year-round, with the mildest climate in Canada. You'll never run out of activities no matter which season you come for a visit. Stroll or bike through an ancient rainforest in Stanley Park, shop in trendy districts, explore the city and enjoy the vibrant entertainment scene of Granville and Robson Streets.
Below you will find important information about Vancouver which can help you planned your trip or may be useful to you in an emergency or at any time during your visit.
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Getting to and Around Vancouver
Vancouver's location on the West Coast of Canada offers easy access from most of the Asia-Pacific region. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has consistently been ranked one of the world's best, served by 67 airlines and connected to 119 destinations. Downtown and conference hotels are easily accessed by either the Canada Line train direct from the airport to the Vancouver Convention Centre or by a 20 minute taxi ride.
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Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From low 20's Celsius (high 70's Fahrenheit) in summer to a mild 0º to 5ºC (mid 40's F) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. During the meeting you can expect an average temperature of 22ºC (71ºF). For current weather conditions visit the following website: www.weather.gc.ca.
Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone (-0800 GMT).
Vancouver enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing-eye dogs or hearing aids, Vancouver leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive transportation systems, innovative housing and recreational opportunities. The Vancouver Convention Centre is handicap accessible. If you have special needs or requirements for the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monetary system in Canada is based on dollars and cents. Foreign currencies may be readily exchanged at banks, your hotel front desk or at currency exchange bureaus located throughout the city. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many 24-hour automated banking machines (ATMs). As in the U.S. and Europe these machines accept cards with Plus, Interac and Cirrus symbols and are easily found in Vancouver. Many Canadian businesses will accept U.S. currency and traveler's cheques, as well as major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and American Express). For current rate of exchange information, please visit: http://www.bank-banque-canada.ca
Food & Beverage
An extensive variety of cuisine is available representing the multicultural flavor of Vancouver. Fine dining, casual or family friendly restaurants are easily accessible throughout Greater Vancouver.
The Vancouver Convention Centre has a variety of concessions and cafes. There are also several food outlets across the street from the Vancouver Convention Centre East and West buildings, underneath the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
Alcoholic beverages in bottles are sold in special 'Liquor' stores. However, alcoholic beverages including beer and wine may be purchased in "Licensed Premises" establishments, such as restaurants, hotel lounges, pubs, and nightclubs. Minors are not admitted into bars. In B.C., minors are defined as anyone under 19 years of age.
The electrical current is the same in Canada as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.
There will be multiple charging stations set up throughout the Vancouver Convention Centre to be used by attendees throughout the meeting.
Free wireless networking is available in all conference locations within the Vancouver Convention Centre. Please note that wireless networking is provided as a benefit to attendees, but availability is not guaranteed. Users should also be aware of security considerations when using any unencrypted, public-access wireless network.
Vancouver now employs three separate area codes: 604, 778 and 236. Calls within the greater Vancouver area are local regardless whether they use a 604, 778 or 236 area code, however, you will need to dial all ten digits of the phone number in order to be connected (e.g. 604-555-1234). Cellular phones may be used in all areas of the Lower Mainland, but may not get reception inside certain buildings or elevators. Check with your cellular service provider to ensure your plan offers roaming/long distance service in Vancouver.
English and French are Canada's two official languages. English is the predominant language in Vancouver, however, you will find that many banks, hotels, airline offices, shops and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff who speak various Asian, European and other languages.
Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Delegates are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of their own country.
Smoking is not permitted at the IADR meeting or by law in public buildings, on public transit, in shopping malls, and in most restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and casinos. Many restaurants and other establishments have designated smoking areas such as patios or outside heated seating areas. Please smoke in designated areas only.
There is a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) in effect in Canada. There is also a non-refundable Provincial Sales Tax (PST), currently at 7% in British Columbia. These taxes are not included in the advertised or displayed price, but are calculated at the till when your order is processed.
The standard and customary gratuity in most restaurants is 15%.
Beautiful Vancouver offers multiple places to experience while visiting the Convention Centre. Follow our useful guide to find joy in your visit.
TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do in Vancouver
- Stanley Park
- Granville Island
- City Tours
- Vancouver Seawall
- Museum of Anthropology
- Sightseeing Tours
- The Liberty Distillery
- Boat Tours
- VanDusen Botanical Garden
- Queen Elizabeth Park
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Landsea Tours & Adventures is pleased to offer all delegates & travelling companions of the 2019 International Association for Dental Research special rates on all scheduled sightseeing tours between June 17 – 24, 2019.
Activities, restaurants, events and tour options for your time in Vancouver.
Walking & Biking
Connected to the Convention Centre is a trail that visitors could spend an entire day exploring. Walk the scenic trail or rent a bicycle for more exploring. Bike rentals are available from Club 16 near the Convention Centre. One of Vancouver’s top destinations is Stanley Park. Visit by bike for just $12/hour with complimentary use of helmets and locks. Details, bike sizes and pricing are available through Club 16.