Where and When


Mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2012

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

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Hotel Room Block Expires April 10, 2012!

Room block pricing starting at $169 per night (plus taxes).

The conference has secured a discounted room block at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver Hotel — only a ten-minute walk from our conference venue.

If you wish to arrive early or extend your stay in Vancouver, the discounted rates are available from April 28 – May 6, 2012 (subject to availability).

Book your room online or contact the Sheraton via e-mail reservations@wallcentre.com, or phone 1-800-663-9255.

Be sure to quote “BCNET & HPCS Conference” to receive the discounted rate.

The Harbour Centre

Located in Vancouver’s historic Spencer building, the Harbour Centre is at the corner of Hastings and Richards streets in the Vancouver’s Heritage District. Shopping, restaurants, hotels and entertainment facilities are all minutes away. The Harbour Centre is directly across the street from Vancouver’s transportation hub, Waterfront Station, where Skytrain, Seabus, and Westcoast Express stations conduct visitors and commuters to all parts of metro Vancouver and beyond. The new Canada Line of Skytrain links Waterfront Station directly to the Vancouver International Airport. Public parking is available at many locations near the campus as well.


Driving Directions
From the airport, proceed north along the Arthur Laing Bridge to Granville Street. Head north on Granville Street into downtown Vancouver. After crossing the Granville Street Bridge, take the Seymour Street exit and continue north on Seymour until Hastings. The Harbour Centre is located on Hastings Street, between Seymour and Richards.


Public parking is available at many locations near the Centre. Street parking is free after 8 pm. The closest parking lot is at 400 West Cordova Street.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Visit the Vancouver International Airport website to find flight information and rental car options. Public Transportation is also available directly from the terminal to downtown Vancouver via the Canada Line SkyTrain.


Public Transit Information

The major public transit lines of the SkyTrain (a three-line elevated rail system) and the SeaBus (passenger ferry) terminate at Waterfront Station, located in the historic CP Rail Station on Cordova Street across from the Harbour Centre. TransLink operates all public transportation systems in the Greater Vancouver area, which includes an extensive bus network, the SkyTrain, and the SeaBus. The city is divided into fare zones, and fares (ranging from $2.50 to $5.00) are calculated based on the number of zones travelled.


Plan Your Visit

Vancouver was put on the world stage two years ago when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. What the international audience discovered at that time, however, was something Vancouverites have known all along — Vancouver is a gem on Canada’s west coast. Nestled between striking mountain ranges and picturesque ocean coastlines, this bustling city is home to sights and activities that will cater to any interest. Plan your visit or extend your stay by checking out Tourism Vancouver’s suggestions of Things To Do In Vancouver.


Local Dining

Whether you are after fine dining or grab-and-go eats, Vancouver has a diverse selection of restaurants and cuisine types to satisfy any palate. Please see the Food Vancouver website to find out more about your local dining options.


Weather Conditions

The average temperature for May in Vancouver is 12 degrees C with average daytime highs around 16 C and average nighttime lows of 8 C. Remember to bring a raincoat and umbrella as this month is known for its rainfall. To check the latest Vancouver weather conditions, visit the Weather Network website.