Local Information / Visa Information

Location of events


The conference will take place in Vancouver Canada
at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown campus.

The talks will be in the Cinema the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings street) on the third floor.


The open
ing reception (Sunday)  and the poster sessions (Monday and Tuesday) 
will be at:

515 West Hastings Street
Segal Centre Conference Rooms 1400 - 1410
It is about a 7 minute walk between venues. 

The venue is in historic Gastown, which is full of restaurants and cafés. 

Getting to, and around, Vancouver

Vancouver is serviced by an international airport (YVR) that is connected to the downtown via train. It is a 24 minute train ride, and costs $7 (CAN). You can also arrive by train (Amtrak/ Via rail), ferry (BC Ferries), kayak, bicycle or even on foot.

The local public transit -- run by Translink -- has bus service together with an above ground Skytrain. The conference locations are accessible by both bus and Skytrain (at Waterfront station). Trips on public transit can be planned through the Translink website or directly on Google Maps.

Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver


We will recommend the Delta Suites Hotel which is across from the downtown campus. 
We have secured a conference rate. 
You can book online at this link or using the booking ID 1073709 or by asking for the "FPSAC 2016" rate. 
A new block was recently added, but it will likely sell out soon. 

Here are some other options.

Nearby to the Venue:   

YWCA hotel (low cost) 
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel,  
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, Coast Coal Harbour, 

English Bay area (walking or bus required): Sylvia Hotel, Coast Plaza Stanley Park, Best Western Sands Hotel;

Other hotels in downtown that require a walk: Best Western Chateau Granville, Listel Hotel Vancouver;

Victorian Hotel

514 Homer Street Vancouver, V6B 2V6 Telephone: 604-681-6369 Toll Free: 1-877-681-6369 www.victorianhotel.ca

The St. Regis Hotel

602 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y6 Telephone: 604-681-1135 Toll Free: 1-800-770-7929 www.stregishotel.com

Days Inn Vancouver

921 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1M2 Telephone: 604-681-4335 Toll Free: 1-877-681-4335 www.daysinnvancouver.com

The Coast Plaza

1763 Comox Street Vancouver, BC V6G 1P6 Telephone: 604-688-7711 Toll Free: 1-800-716-6199 www.coasthotels.com

It is also possible to stay near the airport, in Richmond, and ride the SkyTrain to Waterfront station.  
There is a good selection of hotels available.  The same goes for other locations on a SkyTrain line.

UBC residences low cost accommodation. A 30 minute bus ride from downtown. UBC is the site of two of the satellite conferences. 

Social Events

Welcome reception + registration  
There will be a welcome reception and registration on Sunday evening 5 - 7 PM.
515 West Hastings Street
Segal Centre Conference Rooms 1400 - 1410 

This is directly across the street from the Delta hotel. 

SOLD OUT! The excursion is sold out. 
Excursion: Sea to Sky Gondola
    The Wednesday afternoon excursion will be to the nearby town of Squamish. Participants
     will bus to the Sea to Sky Gondola and enjoy absolutely spectacular views, and amazing hiking 
     trails. The cost of the outing is $60 CDN for return bus travel plus gondola tickets. 
     The number of participants is limited to 50. 

There are many wonderful sites in and around Vancouver that are very accessible by public transit. 
For example, Lynn Canyon (pictured) and Deep Cove. Stanley Park is nearby, and there are many places to rent bicycles to take a tour around.
Here is a full interactive map of Stanley Park MAP.

The banquet will be on Thursday evening, starting at 6:30. Rogue Wetbar Convention Centre location. 200 Burrard St, Vancouver Tickets are $80 CDN. 
** NOTE This is NOT the ROGUE location at Waterfront station, but rather it is a few more blocks west. **

Visa Information

This event is registered with the Canadian Government.
PLEASE CONSULT the visitors to Canada page of the Canadian government. Once you have registered and paid in full, we can provide a confirmation letter if you require one.  Please apply early, some countries take a couple of months to process.
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