Travel Information

All visitors to Canada must:

  • carry a valid travel document, such as a passport*;
  • be in good health and meet criminal admissibility requirements (If you have committed or been convicted of a criminal offense, you may not be allowed to enter Canada);
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties, such as a job, home, financial assets and family, that will take you back to your country of origin; and
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit and have enough money for your stay.

* Identification for U.S. citizens and permanent residents:

  • If you are a U.S. citizen, ensure you carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. A passport is recommended because it is the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. International transport companies, such as airlines, must make sure that travellers have proper, valid travel documents. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or unable to board the plane. What you need will depend on where you are from, how you are travelling, and what documents you are travelling with. Consult entry requirements by country.
  • Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are members of the NEXUS or FAST programs may present their membership cards to the CBSA as proof of identity and as documents that denote citizenship, when arriving by land or sea only.
  • Permanent residents of the U.S. who are not citizens should carry their Resident Alien Card (I 151 or I 551).
  • All visitors arriving from, or transiting through, the United States are encouraged to visit www.cbp.gov for information concerning the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and the requirements to enter or return to the United States.

Note: Attendees are encouraged to carefully check their passport’s expiration date, as entry into Canada could be denied if the passport is set to expire sooner than six months after the final day of travel. U.S. citizens will find information about applying for or renewing a passport here.

Note: If you are a foreign student who wants to return to the U.S. after visiting Canada, you may encounter difficulties entering Canada without your passport. Because your status in the U.S. does not confer any status in Canada, or necessarily give you the right to re-enter the U.S., you should check with an office of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services before leaving the U.S. to make sure you have all the necessary papers for return to the U.S.

Some visitors may also need:

  • an electronic Travel Authority (eTA)+
  • a temporary resident visa**, depending on your citizenship;
  • a medical exam; and
  • a letter of invitation from the event organizer.

+ U.S. citizens are exempt from the eTA requirement. Click here to discover if you are required to apply for an eTA.
** Further information on temporary resident visas may be found on the IRCC’s website.

Vancouver International Airport (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. View a list of airlines that serve the airport, and view a list of flight times to Vancouver from cities around the world.

Vancouver International Airport is approximately 8.5 miles from the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport and, as of late April 2018, Uber and Lyft services are not yet available in Vancouver. Thus, it is easiest to transfer to the hotel by taxi (@ $30 CAD). Alternatively, attendees may take the Canada Line SkyTrain from the international terminal to the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station (@ $9.10 CAD) and walk 10 minutes via Pacific Blvd. to reach the hotel (walk towards the large stadium, the hotel is located just in front of it). A useful map of the city metro system may be found here

Leaving the airport, follow signs to City Centre via Granville St. Follow Granville St. until you have crossed the Granville St. Bridge. Once over the bridge, turn right onto Drake St., the first stoplight after the Granville St. Bridge. Follow Drake St. for five blocks until you reach Pacific Blvd. Turn left onto Pacific Blvd then proceed for 1 km (.62 miles). As you near BC Place Stadium, turn left onto Smithe Street and you will have arrived.

The JW Marriott Parq Vancouver offers both valet parking and self-parking options. The parking structure is located beneath the Parq Vancouver complex. For this event, attendees staying in the conference hotel will receive a $5 CAD discount off the self-parking option (currently $40 CAD/day before the discount). Upon check-in, simply notify reception staff that you have parked a car and they will code your room key to be used as your parking pass for unlimited in-and-out privileges. No discounts have been arranged for valet service, which currently costs $45 CAD/day.

Charging stations for electric cars are complimentary to guests of the hotel.

Vancouver is known as a culinary destination that offers quality, diversity, innovation and value. It’s definitely a foodie city. Whether you are on a strict budget or can afford to seek out higher-end establishments, you’ll eat well. The city prides itself on serving locally sourced fresh food, and you’ll be amazed by the variety – from fresh and sustainable seafood to diverse ethnic cuisine to creative food truck fare.

Vancouver International Airport (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. Click here for a list of airlines that serve the airport, and click here to view a list of flight times to Vancouver from cities around the world.