Be sure to tour Vancouver and see parts of beautiful British Columbia while you are here!
Complementary Visitor Guides – All conference delegates will receive a visitor guide upon arrival. Please use this to plan your sightseeing adventures and take advantage of any discounts that may be available in July.
Show Your Badge Program – Conference delegates need only show their conference badge to receive deals and discounts from the participating suppliers listed here: DISCOUNTS
MAKING | Shorter Trips and Tours
Vancouver is an incredible city and offers visitors many worthwhile day adventures that will showcase the beauty of our land and our people. Please schedule some time to visit some of our many captivating places and learn more about the wonders of the lower mainland region. Here are but a few suggestions:
Whale Watching – Prince of Whales is the largest whale watching company in Vancouver. They offer both Vancouver and Victoria based tours.
Zodiac Sightseeing – Launching from the Westin Bayshore in downtown Vancouver, this waterfront tour soars across Burrard Inlet and cruises along the Vancouver inner harbour, providing sightseeing along Coal Harbour, the North Shore, English Bay, False Creek, and Stanley Park. Each Zodiac carries up to 12 passengers, so you may book individually or as a group.
Hop On-Hop Off, Vancouver – Participants enjoy a guided bus tour of Vancouver and may elect to stop and enjoy various sights along the Park Route or the City Route.
Craft Brewery Tour - Sample your way through Vancouver’s best craft breweries. Meet fellow beer lovers, chat with the brewery staff, and maybe even learn a thing or two about this burgeoning industry. Many tour options are available to suit your interests.
North Shore/Grouse Mountain – Travel to the temperate rainforest of Vancouver’s North Shore and experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the salmon fish hatchery, and a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain. Book individually or as a group.
Whistler/Sea to Sky Tour – Leave Vancouver’s urban atmosphere and venture up the coast to see stunning viewpoints north of the city. This particular tour showcases Shannon Falls, Squamish, Whistler Village and offers a number of optional activities to enjoy at Whistler.
Victoria/Butchart Gardens – No visit to B.C. is complete without a trip to our provincial capital, Victoria; a 90-minute ferry ride away from Vancouver. You can travel by foot via local transit and head downtown to explore local shops, boutiques and galleries or book a coach tour that boards from downtown Vancouver and whisks you away to the Victoria Inner Harbour, historical city sights, and the breathtaking Butchart Gardens.
Chinatown – Beginning outside the Vancouver Art Gallery and finishing at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park and Garden, this unique walking tour will guide participants past some of Vancouver’s landmark buildings into the heart of Chinatown. While this historical tour is “free” (pay what you feel), tourists are encouraged to book ahead to ensure a reasonable guide/visitor ratio.MAKING
MAKING | Pre- and Post-Conference Excursions
Conference participants travelling to the Pacific Northwest, may wish to extend their stay and explore other parts of beautiful British Columbia. Beyond the borders of Vancouver, our province is home to extensive lush forests, majestic mountains, unforgettable coastal sights and a world-class lake and wine country. Why not arrive a few days earlier or stay longer to make your trip even more spectacular?
Rocky Mountain/Banff/Jasper Tour Options | The two-day drive from Vancouver to see our Canadian Rockies is full of breathtaking views and well worth the trip. One could elect to drive, rent a car, or book a guided tour and leave the driving to someone else. A few tour companies are below:
B.C. Ferries | A shorter day trip to the nearby Gulf Islands/Victoria or a lengthier overnight tour of Northern Vancouver Island, the Inside Passage or Haida Gwaii may all be arranged through B.C. Ferries https://www.bcferries.com/
Sunny Okanagan | Travel the scenic highways of BC to discover the sunny landscapes and lakeshore communities of the Okanagan in the BC interior. Only four hours inland, visitors may soak up a warmer, drier desert climate, experience great historical sights, and delight in some world-renowned wineries. Popular Okanagan destinations include Kelowna, Naramata, Oliver, or Osoyoos. Many winery tour shuttles allow for hours and/or days of safe, comfortable wine tasting
Alaska Cruise | No fewer than fifteen cruise lines sail from the port of Vancouver each year. An exciting trip to Alaska could be the perfect endpoint to your travels. Note that the 2019 cruise ship schedule will likely be posted in the fall of 2018. Contact your preferred cruise line for further details.