NWAC's survival guide to Vancouver

Vancouver Convention Center


Vancouver airport is approximately 30 to 40 minutes from the convention centre. Taxis are readily available outside of the arrivals terminal. The Canada line skytrain will take you direct from the Airport to Waterfront Station located close to the Convention Centre in 26 minutes.


Opening hours, often from 9.30am to 4pm, though sometimes later on a Friday. Many banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday, though some have limited services on a Saturday morning.


The currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar.


Vancouver and the rest of Canada uses the same electricity voltage as in the United States, which is 110V.

Passports & Visas

If you are travelling to Vancouver from another country you will need a valid passport in order to be allowed entry at customs and immigration, whether this is at a border crossing from the United States or within the airport.

Canada has an agreement with a number of countries under a visa waiver program. This means that citizens of certain countries will not need to apply for a visa and will be granted entry for up to 6 months at the discretion of the immigration officer.

If you are a citizen of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia (Republic of), Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, and Western Samoa. As well as British Citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the UK.

The above list is not exhaustive, but all of the information on which countries are exempt can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

If your country is not listed above, check the CIC website for information on the visa requirements for entry to Canada.

Please note that the above information is for guidance only. NWAC cannot be held responsible for changes or errors in the above information, and you are strongly advised to obtain current requirements from your local Canadian Embassy.

Retail stores

Typically open from 10am to 6pm on Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 5pm on Sunday. Shopping Malls generally stay open until 8PM.


Average temperatures at the end of April are between 12 and 16 degrees. Rain can be expected at times.


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