Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s West Coast! Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is home to two million inhabitants who enjoy a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a wealth of recreational activities. Enjoy all the very best of world class destinations: superlative shopping, exceptional dining, great entertainment and galleries – all perched on nature’s edge.
AOPA has room blocks at five nearby hotels. Prices are quoted in Canadian dollars (CAD). Check the exchange rate.
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4R5, $251 CAD
Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4R5, $263.00 CAD SOLD OUT
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5, $270 CAD
Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, $293 CAD
Pan Pacific, 300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5, $399 CAD
Getting to Vancouver
AOPA has partnered with Air Canada for a 10% discount on some airfare for a period of travel between September 19- October 6. Note that the code is not valid for “Economy Tango” pricing. Use code Z8RGEZB1.
If you’re arriving by air, you’ll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States. Here is a sample of nonstop flights to Vancouver (approximate hours):
Los Angeles: 3
New York: 5.75
Hong Kong: 11.5
Mexico City: 5.25
Make the journey part of the adventure by taking the train to Vancouver! Consider the Amtrak Cascades route between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, via Portland and Seattle. The approximately 4 hour journey to Seattle takes you through the beautiful scenery and may be a convenient option on the way home to take in more sights. Amtrak offers Assembly attendees a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Vancouver, BC between September 23, 2018 – October 2, 2018. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872- 7245 or contact your local travel agent. Convention rate discounts cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X36H-999 when making your reservation.
Visa and Passport Information
US Citizens: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Routine passport processing times for a US passport is 4-6 weeks. Expedited passport processing times are 2-3 weeks. For more information on passports and expedited services visit the State Departments Passport Information online.
Other countries: Persons visiting from countries other than the United States must have a valid passport and may require other documentation such as visas. Find out if you need a Visa. Canada has implemented an entry requirement called an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The eTA entry requirement applies to foreign nationals who are visa-exempt and who are boarding a plane to fly to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Entry requirements have not changed for those travelling by land or sea.
Do you have a DUI or other criminal charge? Read for more information about traveling to Canada.
Save time at customs with Mobile Passport Control (MPC): MPC enables US citizens to expedite their entry process into the US. Travelers may use the app to submit their passport and declaration information to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) via their mobile device instead of completing the traditional paper form. The Mobile Passport may be used by individuals with a valid US Passport. Find out more details online.
Transportation from the Airport
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is approximately 11 miles from downtown. Taxi fares are $35 CAD (~$27 USD) to the downtown area. Using public transportation, the Canada Line rail takes 26 minutes and terminates at the Waterfront Station. The cost is approximately $9 CAD$7 USD (including a fee for a single use ticket).