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ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference: Vancouver, 2008
Delegates: Tours

Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia, and integral part of the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a total population of over 2 million. Surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, and recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world, Vancouver offers its visitors an impressive range of attractions.

Get ready! In June, you should expect long days (16 hours of daylight) and mild temperatures (21℃/69F): ideal conditions for exploring this great city!

Some Popular Sites to Visit in and around Vancouver

Vancouver City

North Shore mountains (15-30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, in light traffic ... accessible via public transit)

Burnaby Mountain (35 minutes from downtown Vancouver, in light traffic ... also accessible via public transit)

Tour Companies Offering Tours In-and-Around Vancouver

  • Landsea Tours Ltd.Daily scheduled tours of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, the North Shore mountains, and the City Highlights tour. They'll pick you up from Vancouver hotels in 24-passenger buses
  • Vancouver Trolley Company. Narrated sightseeing throughout the day. They offer loop tours of Vancouver's major attractions, parks, and shopping areas, including Chinatown and Gastown. Get on/off at 26 stops, or stay on board for the whole circuit.

Sites a Little Further from Vancouver, but Still in the General Neighbourhood

  • Whistler Village and Mountains (1.5 hours from downtown Vancouver, in light traffic)
    • Whistler is a site of some of the 2010 Olympic events.
    • The Sea-to-Sky highway route (by car, bus, Whistler Mountaineer train) between West Vancouver and Whistler offers great scenery.
  • Victoria (by seaplane, or car/bus + ferry: It takes 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, in light traffic, to get to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen, then (hopefully) an hour or less wait for the Swartz Bay ferry, then 1.5 hours of beautiful scenery while sailing across Georgia Strait and between the Gulf Islands. From the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, it's about 30 minutes to get to Victoria.
    • Visit Downtown Victoria with its waterfront and the BC provincial Parliament Buildings.
    • Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Gardens (both about 15 minutes from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal).
    • Plus, many other attractions in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.
  • Whale Watching in Georgia Strait

Some Popular Sites Further Away from Vancouver (but especially worth considering by our international guests)

  • Alaskan Cruise - Vancouver is a hub for cruise ships offering a 1-week Alaskan cruise, leaving from the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Contact your local travel agent or UNIGLOBE Advance Travel for special rates on air travel and/or pre- or post-conference travel.
  • Rocky Mountain Rail or Bus Tours - The Canadian Rockies are among the most spectacular tourist attractions in North America. It takes about 1 day (about 10-12 hours worth of driving, with rest/food stops) to get from Vancouver to Banff/Calgary. You can get there by car, bus, or train. The highway between Banff and Jasper offers fabulous scenery in the Canadian Rockies. Plan to spend time in the towns of Banff and Jasper, with plenty of stops along the way, such as, Roger's Pass, Yoho National Park, Lake Louise, Columbia Ice Fields, etc. More info.

Need Additional Tourist Information?

  • Here is a link to Tourism Vancouver (the Greater Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau).
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