Vancouver is a rapidly growing cosmopolitan city of 2.6+ million people in a location of unsurpassed natural beauty. It has a spectacular natural setting, bordered by mountains, ocean & our 1000 acre/400 hectare Stanley Park.
It boasts world class restaurants, shopping, attractions, arts & entertainment, clean, green, safe, friendly and walkable downtown core, incredible pre & post vacation opportunities, year-round mild climate & activities to enjoy for everyone.
PRE & POST TRAVEL
Vancouver is a culturally diverse city that combines the energy found in many cosmopolitan cities with the beauty of world class resort. When you are not in meetings, experience all that Vancouver has to offer from dining and entertainment to the city’s attractions and many possibilities for adventure. Please refer to the “Pre & Post Travel” section for more information.
VANCOUVER – Your Host City
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city perched on nature’s edge. A city of unparalleled beauty, from the 1000 acre/400 hectare lush jewel known as Stanley Park, the largest city park in North America, the hustle and bustle of fashionable Robson Street to the glamour and glitz of trendy Yaletown, Vancouver has it all.
A playground for all ages, Vancouverites are loyal to their outdoor recreation. Given the area’s moderate climate (the mildest in Canada), activities can be enjoyed year round. Locals often boast it is possible “to ski, sail and golf all in the same day.” Well it’s true! Activities range from rainforest walks, ocean kayaking, and salmon fishing to skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, roller blading and cycling, all done against awe-inspiring natural backdrops of mountains, wilderness and our spectacular harbour. With our three highly rated mountains only 20 minutes drive from the city, locals enjoy an active winter of skiing and snowshoeing; and in the summer, meander along nature trails amidst sub-alpine meadows and sparkling lakes while viewing the local wildlife.
A vibrant city, the pedestrian-friendly streets are filled with individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. As a result of its culturally diverse population, Vancouver has equally diverse neighbourhoods, all of which provide wonderful browsing and shopping opportunities. Vancouver’s exotic setting is also reflected in its array of flavourful offerings. Between its internationally praised fine-dining restaurants and trendy cafes, the city’s many restaurants offer everything from original seafood fare to unique vegetarian dining.
Vancouver enjoys the best of all worlds: four distinct seasons, snow-capped mountains, ocean-side beaches, outstanding hotels and restaurants, one-of-a-kind entertainment, cleanliness and safety.
TOP REASONS: SUMMARY
- Spectacular natural setting, bordered by mountains, ocean & our 1000 acre Stanley Park
- Internationally acclaimed cosmopolitan city
- World class restaurants, shopping, attractions, arts & entertainment
- City of neighbourhoods & diverse culture
- Clean, green, safe, friendly and walkable
- Incredible pre & post vacation opportunities
- Year-round mild climate & activities to enjoy
- Excellent air access
- Easy transport of goods
- Foreign experience yet familiar
TO SEE & DO IN VANCOUVER
Vancouver is a dynamic, international city surrounded by mountains, ocean, beaches and forests that will offer your attendees endless activities and experiences.
Popular attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre where you can experience the BC Coast in wonderful detail. Walk across the famed Capilano Suspension Bridge or take the Skyride to the top of Grouse Mountain. Top off the excitement with a visit to Science World and its interactive exhibits or ride the glass walled elevator to see the spectacular 360-degree view from the Lookout! at Harbour Centre.
Vancouver is home to some wonderful galleries and museums. Highlights include the Vancouver Art Gallery that showcases modern and historical artists, the University Of British Columbia Museum Of Anthropology offering incredible First Nations art, the Museum of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum, just minutes away from downtown.
Vancouver offers everything from innovative comedy theatre and Broadway extravaganzas to Shakespeare on the beach, as well as brilliant performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
CITY OF NEIGHBOURHOODS
Stroll the cobbled streets of historic Gastown or join a sightseeing tour of colourful Chinatown. Discover Vancouver’s many distinctive enclaves, from the Punjabi Market to trendy Yaletown with its designer shops, galleries and popular bistros.
BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND GARDENS
With miles of protected coastline, Vancouver offers an incredible variety of beaches, from right downtown at English Bay to Crescent Beach in White Rock. The city boasts an equally diverse selection of botanical gardens and parks, including Vancouver’s treasured 1,000 acre/400 hectare Stanley Park.
Vancouver’s year-round mild climate makes it easy to discover the great outdoors. You can ski the local mountains, dine on a glacier, cycle the seawall or stroll through a rainforest. Discover ancient natural forests or explore the beauty of the region by sea kayak. Vancouver also offers some of the most spectacular and challenging golf courses in Canada.
With the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions, the Whitecaps Men’s soccer team, the Vancouver Canadian Single A Baseball Team, and the Vancouver Giants – in the Western Hockey League; the sports action in Vancouver is non-stop.
If designer brands are your thing, you’ll love the endless rows of fashion boutiques found on Robson Street. The sidewalk cafes, specialty stores and coffee shops attract visitors and locals alike. Yaletown has converted its old industrial warehouses into trendy places to shop, eat and be seen. Besides the fabulously fresh food at the public market on Granville Island, this heritage area is home to many artisans who blow glass, weave intricate tapestries and throw clay. Gastown is a great place for those looking for First Nations craftworks. Thanks to Vancouver’s ethnic diversity, you can find authentic goods from just about anywhere in the world as well as the traditional shopping delights of designer shops and malls.
Vancouver’s multicultural population is reflected in its incredible variety and quality of cuisine, from West Coast traditional to Dim Sum. If you crave it – Vancouver’s got it. Home to exquisite dining experiences, especially if you’re into fresh seafood, fine French, Italian, Asian or Pacific Northwest. A very chic eatery or a sunny patio -Vancouver has it all!
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located in Richmond, south of Vancouver’s city centre, is a half-hour drive or 24 min Canada Line ride (public transit light rail) to the downtown core. The Vancouver International Airport is among the most modern and efficient airports in the world.
PRE & POST TRAVEL
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their event experience by taking advantage of the incredible pre and post opportunities that British Columbia has to offer:
From Vancouver, a scenic 90-minute drive north along the Sea to Sky Highway leads to Whistler, North America’s #1 ski resort and was co-host for the recent 2010 Winter Olympics. Along the way, there are excellent photo and hiking opportunities, including spectacular Shannon Falls and the stunning Squamish Chief rock face.
Once in Whistler, stroll the European ski resort styled village with it’s cobble stoned streets, enjoy a wide selection of restaurants and outdoor cafés, or take in year-round special events and street performers. Winter recreational activities include world famous skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In the summer, enjoy championship golf, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, guided nature walks, swimming, and other water sports.
VICTORIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND
Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city is accessible from Vancouver by passenger/vehicle ferry, floatplane or helicopter. Spot Orca whales and sea lions en route as the ferry makes its way through the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, experience the old English charm with a double-decker bus ride or traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress hotel. Other attractions include the Parliament Buildings and Butchart Gardens.
Just north of Victoria, there are wineries in Cowichan Valley, native totems in Duncan and art galleries in Chemainus. Continue to the West Coast of the island to Long Beach and the quaint fishing villages of Tofino and Ucluelet.
Vancouver serves as the home port for the renowned thousand-mile Inside Passage cruise, offering some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Passengers will be enthralled with the wondrous maze of forested islands, glacier-carved fjords and Southeast Alaska’s most popular, frontier friendly ports.
Travel east through the rolling farmlands of the Fraser Valley to delightful Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Spend the day relaxing in the natural mineral hot springs, or swimming, windsurfing, canoeing or waterskiing on the freshwater lake. Before returning to Vancouver, nearby excursions include a visit to historic Fort Langley “The Birthplace of BC”, Minter Gardens or beautiful Bridal Falls.
Situated in central British Columbia, the Thompson-Okanagan region is one of the province’s most beautiful and best-kept secrets. With its green valleys, bountiful orchards, crystal clear lakes and mountain resorts, the area abounds with things to do and see year-round. From wine tasting tours to white-water rafting, golfing and sailing to skiing and snowboarding, the Okanagan Valley has it all.
Whether you are looking for peace and solitude or outdoor adventure, head to the BC Rockies. Here, the landscape is as diverse as the views are spectacular. You’ll discover cool glaciers and natural hot springs, dense forests and wide open meadows. And there is plenty to do, everything from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to canoeing, kayaking and fishing.