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Visitor Information

Conference Field Trips - Excursion details, prices and schedules will be updated in early 2012.  Please visit the Field Trips page for more information.

Recreation, Sightseeing and Travel - NAOC-V 2012 encourages all delegates to explore and experience Super Natural British Columbia.  For more information and helpful links offering a variety of exciting tour and travel options to enrich your time in Vancouver, visit NAOC-V's Vancouver Attractions page or Tourism Vancouver.


Customs/Entry/Visa Requirements
Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, as of January 31, 2008 all United States citizens traveling into Canada by air, land or sea MUST present a valid passport for entry into Canada. 
International visitors from countries other than the United States must have a valid passport for entry into Canada.  Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, to view the countries that require a temporary visitor’s Visa for entry into Canada.

Click HERE for additional information and the online application for a temporary visitor's Visa.

Please be sure to check with your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate well in advance of travel to obtain the appropriate documentation.  If you require a Letter of Invitation, please contact the NAOC-V Conference Secretariat ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible.  A letter of invitation is issued solely for the purpose of assisting participants with visa applications and/or to obtain funding for their attendance at the conference. Such a letter does not imply any financial obligation on the part of the conference organizers.

Personal & Medical Insurance

Individual travelers are strongly advised to obtain their own personal health, luggage or other travel insurance as desired.  Liability insurance is the responsibility of each individual delegate. The Canadian Medical Health Insurance Plan does not cover visitors to Canada and delegates should therefore have their own medical coverage.

Currency/Money Matters

It is recommended that all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving.
There are various banks on the UBC Campus. The Bank of Montreal (MasterCard), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (VISA) and Scotiabank are located within walking distance of accommodation and conference venues. Both have 24-hour automated teller machines (ATMs). Some banks in the City of Vancouver are open on the weekends with reduced hours. ATMs are also available in the lobby of Walter Gage Residence, in the Student Union Building (SUB), and at the University Pharmacy in the University Village.

HST (Harmonized Sales Tax):  12% HST is charged on all goods and services, such as food and accommodation in the province of British Columbia.

Vancouver enjoys warm, comfortable summers. August daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-20º Celsius, mid-70º Fahrenheit. Evenings can be cool, so it's best to pack a light jacket and/or sweater.

Taxis are readily available in front of the Walter Gage Residence. There is a direct taxi telephone in the Gage Lobby. Buses to all parts of Vancouver depart and arrive regularly at the UBC Bus Loop located opposite Walter Gage Residence.

Bus schedules are available in the Student Union Building and information can be found on the TransLink website.

Accommodation parking is available at the Walter Gage Residence for $7.00 per day plus 12% HST (subject to change).  Non-guest parking is available at various parkades around UBC; please visit the UBC Parking site.

Visit our Travel and Transportation page for additional information