Meeting Location: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0C3, Canada


Hotel Information

Visa & Passport Information

All annual meeting participants who are not from visa-exempt countries will need a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

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Cell Phone Tips

  • Check with your cell provider before you leave to change your plan to one that covers calls in Canada.  There are several different options depending on your provider, your plan, and your type of cell phone.  Verizon, for example, has a plan that adds on 1000 minutes for Canada for $15 for up to 30 days.Unlimited text messaging may be included.  (Data packages are also available, but they are more expensive and provide only a small amount of data.  It may be better to utilize wireless internet in your hotel and the centre, or coffee shops along the way.)
  • Turn your data roaming function off on your smart phone before you enter Canada.  You can ask your cell provider how to do this at the same time you are checking with them on your Canada cell plan.  By turning your data roaming off, you will need to access wireless internet in order to use most of your apps and internet on your phone.  However, this will save you a lot of money.
  • Use texting (or other apps such as Google Hangouts, Face Time, etc. if you have wireless access) to get in touch with one another before calling if possible.  But please double-check the staff phone list to make sure people are able to accept text messaging.

Other texting services if unlimited texting is not an option with your carrier include:


Getting to Vancouver

Sea to Sky Highway

  • By Air: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)  —  Breeze Through!
  • By Car from the U.S.: Vancouver is located just 30 km north of the Canada/U.S. border. From Seattle, take Interstate 5 (I-5), which becomes Hwy 99 (the “Sea-to-Sky Highway”) across the Canada/U.S. border. Approx. driving time: 3 hours (distance: 235 km/145 mi).
  • By Rail: Amtrak, Via Rail Canada and the Rocky Mountaineer offer rail service to and from downtown Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station. Approx. travel time from Seattle: 4 hours.

From the Airport (YVR)

Transportation Options in Vancouver

Go Green

Go GreenGSA continues to work on greening our meetings,
but did you know there are things that you can do as well?
Here are a few items to consider when traveling.