Location & Transportation

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver lures visitors with its abundance of natural beauty, multicultural vitality, and cosmopolitan flair. The attraction is as much in the range of food choices—the fresh seafood and local produce are some of North America’s best—as it is in the museums, shopping opportunities, and beaches, parks, and gardens. (Fodor’s Travel)

International Attendees

If you need information about a visa to travel to Canada, see How to Apply for a Visa. If your visa application requires a letter of invitation from SIGGRAPH 2014, request a letter of invitation by following the steps provided in your acceptance email from us.  

Getting Around

TransLink provides city transit for tourists and residents seven days a week via buses through its rapid transit system, Sky Train, including the Canada Line with direct access to YVR.


Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz. For more information, click here.


Some properties and resort hotels include tips or gratuities to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. If meals are included in the price, customary gratuity will be calculated at 15 per cent. Visitors should be advised that the standard tip in most restaurants is 15 per cent. For more information, click here.

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