Travel and Accommodation

Vancouver is the largest city in western Canada, located at the south western corner of the province of British Columbia. Situated between the North Shore and coastal mountains and the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is one of North America’s most beautiful cities.  The vibrant downtown core offers all of the amenities of an international destination, from hundreds of restaurants and clubs, to countless parks and recreation facilities, as well as world-class entertainment and sporting events. We invite you to explore Vancouver and the province of British Columbia by visiting the Tourism Vancouver website

Airport and Local Travel

Flight: The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is operated by the Vancouver Airport Authority. YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada, with daily non-stop flights to Asia, Europe, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other airports within Canada.

YVR is a world leader in international air travel and is consistently recognized as one of the best airports in North America. The airport is approximately a 25 minute drive from UBC and 25 minutes from downtown on the Skytrain.

For information on flight and airport services, please visit the airport’s website at

Train: Via Rail or call +1-888-VIA-RAIL (842-7245).

Bus: Greyhound Canada

Public transport

Vancouver has a comprehensive network of buses and Skytrains. We recommend you use Google Maps to plan your trip or the Translink Trip Planner. Fare and other information can be found on the Translink site. Note that buses require exact coin fare.

Downtown <–> UBC buses:

44 – Express bus, travels Burrard Street, reaches UBC via 4th Avenue
4 – Travels Granville Street, reaches UBC via 4th Avenue
14 – Travels Granville Street, reaches UBC via Broadway and 10th Avenue

A taxi cab between UBC and downtown costs approximately $25.

Accommodations on campus at the University of British Columbia

Accommodation is very limited on the campus so please book early.

Close by

Suggested accommodation downtown

Thank you to the following hotels for providing a reduced price catered to a variety of preferences.

The Burrard
Queen Room $89 / night + taxes
Queen+ Room $99 / night + taxes

Online :, promo code: cirs2011
Telephone: 1-800-663-0366 (toll-free in Canada and Continental USA)

Date Restriction: Nov 1, 2011 – Nov 14, 2011


The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
Sutton Guestroom $135.00
Deluxe Guestroom $149.00
Premium Guestroom $162.00
Executive Suite (One Bedroom) $176.00
Grand Suite (One Bedroom) $189.00

Rates are subject to a Destination Marketing fee of 1.5%, 2% room tax and 12% HST which will be applied to the room rate and the 2% room and tax, for a total of 15.74%. Rates are subject to availability. Changes or cancellations for individual reservations must reach the Reservations Department 48 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax.

Online :, promo code: VC_CIRS
Telephone: 1-866-378-8866 (toll-free in Canada and Continental USA)
Facsimile: 604-642-2928


The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Standard room $157/ night +taxes

Reservations may be made by calling the in-house reservation department:
Debra Elless, Corporate Reservations Agent, 604-662-1901
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm
Or via the 24 hour Global Reservations Centre  1-800-441-1414 (Ask for the CAUBO rate)

Date Restriction: Nov 2, 2011 – Nov 5, 2011 with shoulder nights 7 days before and/or after the conference.

Hotel rooms are subject to availability.

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