ICCCF 2016: About Vancouver

Visa

Some nationals may require visas to Canada.  Look up Immigration Canada website http://www.cic.gc.ca/ to check out if you need a visa.

 

Weather

Vancouver is a casual town with mild weather year-round.  Summer is warm and comfortable.  In June, daytime temperature lingers just  above 20º Celsius (70º Fahrenheit). Evenings, especially in the surrounding mountains, can be cool, so it’s best to pack a light jacket and sweater.  Check out latest weather conditions in Vancouver here.

 

Getting Around

The major international gateway is the Vancouver International Airport.  The Canada Line SkyTrain connects YVR Airport to Richmond and downtown Vancouver quickly and easily. The Canada Line is fully accessible by elevator from both the Arrivals and Departures level. There are also taxi and rented car available.

 

Business Hours

The main workdays are Monday to Friday, from roughly 8am to 6pm – but hours vary for each organization or business. Retailers are usually open seven days a week, and most stores are open from 9:30am to 6pm each day-except Thursday and Friday, when they are open until 9pm.

 

Taxation

Effective April 1, 2013, most purchases in British Columbia will be subject to a 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST), with the exception of liquor (10% GST). For more information, visit Changes to the Sales Tax in British Columbia.

 

Electronic Maps and Guides (Courtesy of Metro Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Downtown Vancouver

Metro Vancouver

Official Visitors Guide