About Vancouver

A seaport city located on the Burrard Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean in the province of British Columbia, Vancouver is the third largest metropolitan city in Canada and among its warmest. Culturally and ethnically diverse, Vancouver boasts many wonderful neighborhoods where visitors can explore like Chinatown, Gastown, Punjabi Market, Granville Street, Little Italy, Greektown, Yaletown and Little Ginza.

The ISSCR is happy to host our 12th Annual Meeting in a city that many consider a hidden treasure in North America’s Pacific coast. Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests, beautiful foliage during all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With quick and easy access to Whistler Resort, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and a home port for Alaska cruises May through October, Vancouver’s vast multicultural population, endless activities, and welcoming nature will undoubtedly make a memorable location for our 2014 Annual Meeting.

Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver offers a variety of activities for many sorts of interests and hobbies. While staying in the city center, here are some nearby sightseeing opportunities:

Take Advantage of Vancouver's "Show Your Badge" Program

Want one more reason to attend Vancouver's Annual Meeting? How about enjoying discounts throughout the city's restaurants, bars, tours, museums, spas, and even whale watching just by showing your Annual Meeting badge. Browse through all the options available in the Show Your Badge program and plan ahead!

Note some tours require reservations and other specials are only valid if booked in person at a Tourism Vancouver's Visitor Centre. Annual Meeting attendees will be pleased to know that the Visitor Centre is conveniently located across the street from the Vancouver Convention Centre, within a one-minute walking distance.

Downtown Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre
200 Burrard St
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6C 3L6
Tel: 604.683.2000
Fax: 604.682.6839
Email: VisitVancouver@tourismvancouver.com

Things to Do in Vancouver Before and After the Annual Meeting

Vancouver offers a variety of activities for many sorts of interests and hobbies.

Currency

We recommend all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions.

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Useful Facts

Electricity in Canada is 110 volt AC (alternating current), as in the United States.

While Canada has two official languages – French and English – English is the predominant language in the west.

Vancouver’s Stanley Park is actually 10% bigger than New York City’s Central Park.

Vancouver is a very pedestrian friendly and prides itself in being an environmentally conscience metropolitan. Learn about the public transportation available to you during your stay in Vancouver.

Vancouver’s airport (VYR) has free wifi.

Vancouver recently announced its goal to be the “greenest” city by 2020.

Summer is the best time to visit Vancouver.

Granville Island has a public market, open daily from 9am-7pm.

There are three ski hills within a short drive of downtown Vancouver – Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

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