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About UBC

Highly ranked among the world's best universities, the University of British Columbia holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning (http://www.ubc.ca/global/index.html). Only 30 minutes from the vibrant heart of downtown Vancouver, the spectacular UBC campus is a 'must-see' for any visitor of the world: snow-capped mountains can be seen meeting the ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The UBC campus also boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (mainly music), the Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Botanical Garden, and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

More attractions of UBC are available at http://www.attractions.ubc.ca.
 

About Vancouver

Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada, located at the south-western corner of the province of British Columbia. Situated between the north-shore and coastal mountains and the edge of the Pacific ocean, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in North America: it was ranked as "the world's most desirable place to live" in a survey of 127 cities performed by the Intelligence Unit of the magazine The Economist. It was also the hosting city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The vibrant downtown core offers all the amenities of an international destination - from hundreds of restaurants and clubs through countless parks and recreation facilities to world-class sporting and entertainment events (including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the city's league hockey team). Vancouver's natural surroundings offer limitless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking and mountain biking in the Spring and Summer and skiing at nearby resorts in Winter. We invite you to explore Vancouver and Beautiful British Columbia at the following web sites:
Highly ranked among the world's best universities, the University of British Columbia holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning (http://www.ubc.ca/global/index.html). Only 30 minutes from the vibrant heart of downtown Vancouver, the spectacular UBC campus is a 'must-see' for any visitor of the world: snow-capped mountains can be seen meeting the ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The UBC campus also boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Chan Centre for Performing Arts (mainly music), the Museum of Anthropology, the UBC Botanical Garden, and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

More attractions of UBC are available at http://www.attractions.ubc.ca.
 

Getting to Vancouver

Travel to/from Vancouver is quite straight-forward as YVR is one of the country's major air travel hubs. Canada's major carriers, Air Canada and WestJet provide a range of flight options from all major population centres.

 

Getting to UBC from YVR

Public Transportation: Average travel time by public transportation from YVR to UBC is approximately 40-50 minutes. The fare is $9.00 from the airport (two zone ticket + AddFare for travel from the airport) and tickets can be purchased at automated ticketing machines at the Canada Line station.

Compass Card: Load. Tap. Ride.
Compass is a reloadable fare card that works everywhere on transit in Metro Vancouver. It’s convenient, easy to use, safe and secure. Now you can load fare products onto one card and tap your way across the system.

Single Fares:
With a single fare, you can transfer as many times as you need for up to 90 minutes. You can hop on and off for errands and as long as you make your final transfer within 90 minutes, and tap out before the expiry of your in-system time (120 minutes), you won’t need to pay for a second fare.

Canada Line YVR AddFare
The $5 Canada Line YVR AddFare applies to Stored Value trips, or single-use fares and DayPasses purchased at Sea Island stations (YVR-Airport, Sea Island Centre, and Templeton), for eastbound travel beyond Sea Island. READ MORE...

Once you have your ticket, take the Canada Line to Broadway Station, exit the station and cross the street to the North side of Broadway and catch the westbound 99 B-line bus.

Taxi Services: Taking a taxi is simple and typically quite uneventful in Vancouver. Taxis can be found just outside the baggage claim in the domestic terminal (signs are posted through the baggage claim area). Taxi drivers are familiar with campus and can take you directly to Gage Towers; the trip should take 15-25 minutes and will typically cost $30-40. Payment can be made either with cash or with any major credit card. Vancouver's fleet of taxis is dominated by hybrid vehicles (mostly Toyota Prius) due to municipal regulations that requires the use of high fuel efficiency vehicles, however, the costs are much higher than public transit so sharing a cab with other conference partiipants isn't a bad idea!

Car Rental: A number of major car rental companies provide services from YVR. Please note that parking on campus (and in the city) is not free, although guests staying at Gage Towers can obtain a preferential parking rate. If you are planning excursions outside of the city while visiting Vancouver, this may be your best option. Again, consider sharing with others as a way of minimizing both costs and impact.