Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is located on the “Lower Mainland” of British Columbia, Canada and is recognized as one of the world's most livable cities. Vancouver was voted the Best City in the Americas for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 by Condé Nast Traveler magazine based on the categories of ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging and shopping. It is a dynamic, multicultural city set in a spectacular natural environment. No matter what time of the year, there are indoor and outdoor activities to please adults, families, couples and friends. Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage in all four seasons make Vancouver an ideal place to visit.
Visitors can enjoy quick and easy access to the Whistler Resort, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island and year-round water and land sports. (Check out the Excursions page for exclusive tours organized for ICIAM delegates.) Vancouver is also home to Stanley Park, a 400 hectare evergreen oasis in the downtown core. Its natural, west coast atmosphere offers a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees with walking trails in the forest or at seaside, beautiful panoramas of the surrounding landscape and of course, the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver hosted the XXI Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in February and March 2010. Over 6,800 athletes and officials from 80+ countries, 25,000 volunteers and more than 350,000 visitors enjoyed all the Vancouver has to offer. The new, state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre, which served as the Official Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Olympics, is the venue for ICIAM 2011! A map of Downtown is available here.
Airport Vancouver is served by award winning Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Public Transportation is available directly from the terminal to downtown Vancouver via the Canada Line SkyTrain. Click here for directions to the Vancouver Convention Centre from the airport, and use the buttons on the left hand side to toggle between public transit and driving directions.
Getting Around Getting around Vancouver is hassle-free - taxi services are readily available, and public transit is extensive and inexpensive. But, most locals prefer to walk, as the downtown core is easily walkable.
Accessiblility Using the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a catalyst, the Accessible Tourism Strategy aims to establish BC as a global leader in accessible tourism, and to help create lasting legacies in BC communities. Click here to learn more.
Dining Vancouver boasts an outstanding and eclectic selection of restaurants, reflecting its Pacific Coast location, as well as the multi-ethnic heritage of its citizens. Please see the Food Vancouver website to find out more about your local dining options. The summer is patio season, with many restaurants offering alfresco dining.
Weather July in Vancouver has the fewest rainy days, most hours of sunlight, moderate humidity and is warm, but comfortable. The average daily temperature is 17⁰C, but temperatures could go to the high 20s. We suggest you bring a light jacket or shawl for the evenings, and sunglasses for the daytime!
Currency Currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). For most purchases, a 12% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) is applicable. Click here to access a daily currency converter hosted by the Bank of Canada.
Time Zone Vancouver is located in the Pacific Time Zone, which is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Click here for a time zone converter.
Public Transit Information The organization responsible for public transportation in the Greater Vancouver area is TransLink and is composed of an extensive bus network, the SkyTrain (a three-line elevated rail system), as well as the SeaBus , a passenger ferry offering service to Vancouver’s North Shore. The city is divided into fare zones, and fares (ranging from $2.50 to $5.00) are calculated based on the number of zones travelled.
Entering Canada For all foreign visitors, a passport is required 100% of the time to enter Canada. Additionally, depending on your country of origin, you may be required to obtain a visa in order to enter the country. Click here for a list of countries whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada, as well as more information on the application process.