There are a number of transportation options to get from Vancouver International Airport to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. More information on these options is available on the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) website
- Taxis and wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area at YVR. PLEASE NOTE: Ride-hailing services such as Uber are not legally permitted to operate in Vancouver.
- Car rental facilities are conveniently located just steps from YVR's terminal on the ground floor of the parkade.
- Aerocar Service is the airport’s licensed sedan and limousine provider, complete with luxury sedans, stretch SUVs or limos to suit any taste.
- The Canada Line is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver. You can access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals.
Standard electrical supply in Canada is 120 Volts at 60 Hertz. The IEC plug types in use are A and B. Hotels may have a limited number of transformers or converters; however, delegates are encouraged to bring their own. Hotel rooms usually have hair dryers.
The international dialing prefix in Canada is +011. Calls made to numbers within Canada or the United States do not require an international dialing prefix, however long distance calls made within Canada or the United States area must be prefixed by +1.
The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, the venue hosting the CASCO, COPANT and PASC Annual General Meetings, offers free Wi-Fi Internet access. Other hotels may charge guests for Internet access. Wi-Fi Internet access will be available in all meeting rooms during the meetings, and a laptop and printer will be made available to all delegates in the meeting venue’s Beluga Room.
Although the official languages of Canada are English and French, English is widely spoken in Vancouver.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar ($, CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations. Coins come in 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, and $2 denominations.
Credit and Debit Cards
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in Canada. Some retail establishments may also accept Discover or American Express cards. Debit cards using the Interac or NYCE networks may be used at most retail establishments. Please contact your card provider prior to travel to ensure that your card can be used in Canada.
Most goods and services in Vancouver are subject to a 12% value added tax called HST or harmonized sales tax. HST is not included in advertised prices and is added at the register. There are additional taxes charged on alcohol, and room taxes on accommodation may also apply.
Tipping is customary in sit-down restaurants (service charges are not automatically added to restaurant bills, except in the case of large groups). An average tip for satisfactory service is 15% to 20%. Hairdressers and taxi drivers are usually tipped at the same rate, while bellhops, doormen, porters and similar service providers at hotels, airports and stations are generally paid $1 per item of luggage carried.
Emergencies and Insurance
The emergency number for paramedic, police, and fire services is 9-1-1. Vancouver is served by several hospitals and specialist centres. A number of walk-in medical clinics are also available, including several downtown, for non-emergency medical care. Pharmacies are usually open between 08:00 to 22:00 on weekdays, and 09:00 and 20:00 on weekends
Attendees are encouraged to obtain travel, medical, personal, accident, and luggage insurance prior to departure. The Standards Council of Canada accepts no liability for any loss or injury incurred.
The average temperature in Vancouver in late April to early May is between 6ºC and 16ºC. Rain is frequent.
Vancouver is one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, featuring a variety of attractions. For information about excursions and attractions during your stay in Vancouver, please visit Tourism Vancouver