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Travel

The official travel agency for the 2004 Annual Meeting and Exhibition is Convention Connections. Delegates booking with Convention Connections will be entered into a draw to win a prize valued at $100. You can book online through the COS website or contact Jennifer Burke at (800) 465-5355, jburke@conventionconnections.com. They guarantee the lowest available airline fares and best routes to Vancouver. They offer bilingual service, airport transfers, $50,000 air flightr and common carrier insurance at no charge, free ticket delivery and much more. Ticket fees: $40 + tax/ticket for domestic tickets, $50 + tax/ticket for transborder/international travel. Your accommodation may also be booked through Convention Connections at a fee of $10 + tax/reservation if flights are also booked or $15 + tax/reservation if booking hotel only.

Air Canada has been appointed as the official airline for the meeting. By ensuring that meeting code CV042338 appears on your Air Canada ticket, you will help support the Annual Meeting.

Tourism

City of Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver

WHERE.ca: Vancouver Tourism

Vancouver WorldWeb Travel Guide

More links about Vancouver

Getting Around Vancouver

Airport Transfers (all prices subject to change):
The Vancouver Airporter: Fares are $12 one way or $19 roundtrip. Bus departs every 15 minutes (0630 - 0010 hrs) from Domestic and International Arrivals Level. Tickets may be purchased at the Tourism InfoCentre, YVR Airport InfoCentre, Airporter ticket office, pickup locations or on motor coach.

Limojet Gold Express provides exclusive limousine service from the airport 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Limousines are conveniently located immediately outside the Domestic and International arrivals areas. Limousines comfortably accommodate between six and eight passengers and charges flat rates to all destinations. The rate to downtown is $42.

Car rental facilities are conveniently located just steps from the terminal on the ground floor of the Parkade. Companies operating their vehicle pickup and return services directly from these facilities include: Budget Rent-a-Car, Avis Rent-a-Car, Alamo Rent-a-Car, National Car Rentals, Hertz Canada, and Thrifty Car Rental. Car rental companies close to the airport are: Discount Car and Truck Rentals, Dollar Rent-a-Car, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Customers can contact these companies at the pickup location located just past the Parkade in the vicinity of the Economy Parking Lot.

Taxis are available 24 hours a day from Domestic and International Arrivals Level. Approximate cost to the downtown core is $21-$25. Up to 4 passengers may travel in the same taxi. The majority of taxi vehicles are sedans, however vans are available for large luggage loads and wheelchair taxis are ready to assist the special-needs of passengers requiring this service.

Public Transit:
Greater Vancouver's public transit system reflects its diverse geography in that it offers the regular public bus service as well as the SeaBus and the SkyTrain
www.translink.bc.ca/

SeaBus:
The SeaBus is a small ferry that takes foot passengers from Vancouver's downtown Waterfront Station to North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay. The ride takes 12 minutes, is wheelchair-accessible, and can carry bikes. On either end, the SeaBus is connected to the public bus system. IN downtown, the bus terminal is also adjacent to the SkyTrain and the West Coast Express-a commuter train that services the town of Mission.

SkyTrain:
The SkyTrain is an automated, light rapid transit system that runs from downtown to Burnaby, New Westminster, and across the Fraser River to Surrey. Except in the downtown core, the SkyTrain runs above ground on elevated tracks. Each of its 20 stops are linked to the public transit system.

For travel on the bus, SeaBus or SkyTrain a fare for one zone is $2. Other fares apply for different zones, concessions and off-peak travel.

Local Ferry Services:
Small passenger ferries can be caught from the water's edge downtown, which motor over to Granville Island. Service is also provided to Kitsilano.

  

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