There are many options for travel to Victoria! Please visit the Hotel Grand Pacific website: Travelling to Victoria for directions from Victoria International Airport, Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and points across Canada.
International flights to and from YYJ:
For more information regarding airlines to Victoria, including airline reservations phone numbers, please visit YYJ at http://www.victoriaairport.com/
Visas and Entry into Canada
Visitors from many countries do not require a visa to visit Canada (for example, United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, among others). For a full listing of “Visa exempt travelers”, see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visa-exempt.asp
However, citizens from some countries require a visa to visit Canada. For a listing of countries whose citizens require a visa, see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
Other important information for all visitors to Canada may be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp
Letters of Invitation from the conference are given by request upon full payment for registration fees.
Getting to the Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria, BC
The conference venue and accommodations are located at The Hotel Grand Pacific, approximately 40 minutes from the airport. You can get to the hotel by taxi, shuttle, public transport, or car (rental). Getting to Hotel Grand Pacific
Conference Check-In Centre:
Hotel Grand Pacific
463 Belleville Street
Car Rental, Shuttle, Taxi
For full information on transportation, including car rentals, shuttle, taxi and public transportation please visit http://www.victoriaairport.com/taxi-and-shuttle
Car rental facilities at the airport are located on the ground floor of the parkade. Companies include:
Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate and driest summers in Canada. Victoria boasts an annual average of nearly 2,200 hours of sunshine and a frost-free season of eight months.
June weather in Victoria is warm and comfortable:
- Average temperature: 17ºC / 64ºF
- Average high: 21ºC / 70ºF
- Average low: 12ºC / 54ºF
Victoria enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Victoria leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive transportation systems, innovative housing and recreational opportunities.
Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. Victoria is multicultural and also multilingual. After English and Chinese, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish.
Victoria is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight savings time is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.
Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres.
Outlets and voltage (120 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.
The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (sign: $ or C$; code: CAD).
To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars at a bank or a foreign currency exchange outlet.
Paper bills: $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green) and $50 (red) denominations.
Coins include the nickel (5¢), dime (10¢), quarter (25¢), ‘loonie’ ($1) and ‘toonie’ ($2).
Credit cards, ATMs, and direct-debit cards are commonly used in Canada.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants.
Banking hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday.
ATMs (Automated Teller Machines or cash machines) are found at the airport, banks and in retail areas.
Time Zones / Daylight Savings Time
Most of BC is on Pacific Standard Time, which is one hour behind Mountain Standard Time (Alberta and some eastern areas of BC) and three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Ontario/New York).
Tipping in Victoria is normal and is around 10 to 15% of the bill.
Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking is restricted at many places in Victoria, including public transportation, restaurants, places of work and enclosed public areas. The current legal drinking age in B.C. is 19 years of age.