The following information is provided to address questions you might have about travel, hotels, conference schedule, presentation questions, and “things to do” at the conference. Please email Thom Field at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions you might have.
Passports. Make sure you bring your passport and have all necessary documentation for international travel
Weather. The weather in Vancouver this time of year is fairly drizzly and damp. Expect temperatures to fluctuate between lows of around 30oF (at night) to the upper 50’s. Rain jackets and/or umbrellas will be useful if you intend to walk around the local area.
Cell phone coverage. Cell phone coverage for most U.S. carriers does not extend to Canada. If you want to use your cell phone in Vancouver, especially for data use (i.e., internet), we suggest adding an international data plan for the time of travel. Some cell phone carriers allow you to purchase international data plans online, and others require that you call the cell phone company directly. This is particularly important if you plan to use GPS or other map-based apps on a smart phone, since these apps use internet data.
Currency and cash. We recommend that attendees check whether their bank will charge a fee for foreign transactions. If so, exchanging US for Canadian currency might be worth considering. There are places to exchange US to Canadian dollars at the airport, for attendees who want to carry cash.
Credit cards. Many banks allow users to submit “travel notices” to notify the bank to expect out-of-area charges ahead of time, so no temporary freezes are put on their account.
Transportation from airport. Attendees flying into Vancouver can take either a taxi or rapid transit rail via the Canada Line to downtown Vancouver.
Parking. For attendees driving into Vancouver, parking is available at an underground lot on the same block as the hotel, and requires a daily parking fee.