WELCOME TO VANCOUVER
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An ideal, picture-postcard setting; you’ll just want to relax and BREATHE deeply! Jagged mountain peaks, sandy beaches, and beautiful clear blue water surround the best part of British Columbia – Vancouver. Mountains, forests, and oceans are the very elements that make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Chase the clouds across the sky to see a world where eagles hide. Air so pure, rivers chase – your heart belongs to this place… just breathe.
A rich ethnic mix of cultures has provided Vancouver with incredible diverse restaurants and shopping areas. Languages spoken are English, Chinese (the second-most-common language), French, Punjabi, German, Italian, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, and Spanish.
There is an abundance of parks in Greater Vancouver – two forest reserves within city boundaries, Stanley Park and Pacific Spirit Regional Park. There isn’t a form of entertainment that cannot be found: arts, theater, music, and professional sports. You are going to love visiting Vancouver, and you’re going to want to stay!
ISCAS 2004 will be held at The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9, Canada
Phone (604) 331-1000
Fax (604) 893-7200
From Highway 99 South take the Taylor Way Exit 99A. Proceed across Lions Gate Bridge through Stanley Park onto Georgia Street. Turn right on Burrard Street and left into the hotel.
Take Highway 99 North to Oak Street and go left on 49th Street. Turn right on Granville into downtown and left on Helmcken Street. Continue for 2 blocks to the hotel.
Take TransCanada Highway 1 East and take the Hastings Westbound Exit into downtown. Turn left on Burrard Street, go 6 blocks and turn left into the hotel.
The average daily high temperatures for Vancouver in May is 17° C or 63° F, with the low temperatures 9° C or 48° F.
You can obtain weather information from the Talking Yellow Pages at (604) 299-9000, then 3501, or by going to the Vancouver Tourism website: www.tourismvancouver.com.
To visit Canada you:
** Visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.html to find the list of who will need a VISA.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/applications/visa.html contains information on how to get your VISA.
The VISA application process should be initiated well in advance of your estimated departure date.
Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Make sure you have health insurance to pay your medical costs before you leave for Canada.
Contact a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate for information on what you will need before coming to Canada. Most ISCAS attendees will not need a VISA, but they will need a passport.
Once you arrive:
An officer will ask you a few short questions To make this go quickly, keep your passport with you and not in your luggage.
The officer will stamp your passport or advise you how long you may stay in Canada. Feel free to ask questions if you are unsure about anything.
For VISAs, most applicants must have a passport and one passport size photograph. It may be helpful for an applicant to have a letter of invitation from the conference. If you need a personal letter of invitation to attend ISCAS 2004, please contact Miss Stephanie Cantu, Conference Management Services,
The website for general customs information is:
Vancouver International Airport is 13 km south of the city center, located in Richmond, on a small island called Sea Island, at the mouth of the Fraser River. You may find more information on the airport at: http://www.yvr.ca/.
You may want to check the Internet for discount airfares at: www.airfare.com or altavista.com. Non-U.S. and non-Canadian travelers can take advantage of the Visit USA air passes offered by Continental, (800) 231-0856, and similar coupons from Air Canada, (800) 776-3000.
It is also possible to fly into Seattle and take the train via Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, to Vancouver.
Vancouver Airporter buses run every 15 minutes from 6:30 am until 12:10 am. One-way bus service departs most major downtown hotels every 30 minutes; fare $12, round trip $18; phone (604) 946-8866 or (800) 668-3141. Buses depart from the airport’s two Arrivals levels.
Taxi service ranges from $20 - $30 one-way. It takes about 25 minutes to get from the airport to the city center (about an 8-mile trip).
There is an airport departure tax of $55 placed on all international flights out of Canada, except those to US destinations. For the US destinations, the tax is 7% of the ticket value plus $6 to a maximum of $55. Most tickets include the departure tax; however, if your ticket was purchased outside of Canada, it may not include this tax.
There is also an airport improvement tax in Vancouver. If your flight leaving Canada is for a US destination you will be taxed C$10; if you are on any other international flight you will be taxed C$15. This tax is paid at the airport.
For international flights, you should check in two hours before the scheduled departure.
Taxi service is generally reliable. The meter begins at $2.40 and runs at $0.10 for each 72m. Four taxi services are listed below:
Black Top & Checker Cabs (604) 731-1111
MacLure’s (604) 731-9211
Vancouver Taxi (604) 871-1111
Yellow Cab (604) 681-1111
Limojet Gold Express, (604) 273-1331, offers flat-rate stretch limousine service; ($34.24) downtown rate per trip – not per person – plus tax and tip.
The drivers accept all major credit cards.
There are many car rental companies in Vancouver. Check the telephone directory for additional companies.
Budget (604) 668-7000
Enterprise (604) 872-1600
Hertz (604) 688-2411
in Canada (800) 263-0600
outside of Canada (800) 654-3001
Lo-Cost (604) 689-9664
National Tilden (604) 688-0001
Rent-A-Wreck (604) 688-0001
Thrifty (604) 688-2207
The Canadian dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents (¢). Coins come in denominations of 1¢ (penny), 5¢ (nickel), 10¢ (dime), 25¢ (quarter), $1 (loonie), and $2 (twoonie) pieces. Bills come in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations.
You may check the Currency Converter at: www.tourismvancouver.com or from www.xe.net/ucc.
(Almost all stores and restaurants accept US dollars and some accept Japanese yen.)
You can also exchange your cash at the airport or at major banks downtown. Banks and other financial institutions offer a standard rate of exchange; the best exchange rates can be obtained by withdrawing funds from banks’ ATMs. All prices listed in this guide are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
American Express (604) 669-2813 666 Burrard Street
Thomas Cook (604) 641-1229 999 Canada Place
Visitors to Vancouver are charged a 10% tax on accommodation and liquor. All other goods and services are subject to a 7.5% provincial sales tax or PST as well as a 7% federal goods and services tax or GST. Visitors to Vancouver from outside the country can apply to have the GST returned to them upon their departure. Be sure to keep all purchase receipts as proof of payment. This application form can be found in the Tax Refund for Visitors to Canada booklet. It’s available at most hotels, tourist information centers, travel agents, duty-free shops, and shopping centers. You can also call the Visitor Rebate Program (800) 668-4748 (within Canada) or (902) 432-5608 (outside Canada); or visit the website:
Electric buses, SeaBus catamaran ferries, and the magnetic-rail Sky Train are all part of BC Transit’s city-wide system – The Translink. For information call Customer Information, (604) 9533333. You can find their website at www.bctransit.com.
Be sure to get a transfer from your bus driver as proof of payment. Exact payment must be made on buses, as drivers do not carry change. For the SkyTrain or SeaBus purchase a ticket from the red ticket machines in the station or terminal.
All-day transit passes called DayPasses are good for one day’s unlimited travel any day of the week and cost $6 for adults.
Ticket prices are based on when and where you travel. You may travel most places in the city for $1.50 – and anywhere in the system on weekends or after 6:30 pm. The SkyTrain and the SeaBus are worth taking just for the fun of it. The computer-operated SkyTrain is a fabulous ride that winds and dips along elevated tracks through the suburbs, and you have a great view of the coastal mountains. The SeaBus – recommended at sunset – provides a panoramic vista of the harbor. Most services close by 1 am.
The single best travel information source about Vancouver is the Vancouver Tourist Information Centre, 200 Burrard Street, (604) 683-2000 www.tourismvancouver.com.
Vancouver is a wonderful city to walk; there are not many places with the views around the harbour area. The city is compact and walking around it is very easy. Away from the city there are also plenty of walking possibilities. Granville Island is made for walking around, as is False Creek, which you can follow all the way to the Science Center at the far end.
Vancouver is blessed with an abundance of parks. The most incredible is Stanley Park. There is also Kitsilano Beach Park, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Queen Elizabeth Park (it is said that you can find a specimen of every tree native to Canada here), Capilano River Regional Park, Ambleside Park and Lighthouse Park.
There are many places to rent a bike along Robson and Denman Streets near Stanley Park. Bike routes are designated throughout the city. You may take your bike on the SeaBus anytime at no extra charge but not on the SkyTrain.
Please note that riding on the sidewalk is illegal and bicycle helmets are mandatory.
The Cycling in Vancouver map is available at libraries or by contacting the Bicycle Hotline at (604) 8716070 or for more information visit the city’s website: www.city.vancouver.bc.ca.
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Walking is a good bet for transportation downtown. The Vancouver Stock Exchange is on Howe Street, and the prime office space is near Georgia Street.
The West End has great cafes, good nightclubs, book shops, and some of the best restaurants in the city. The Pacific Ocean closes the West End on two sides – Burrard Inlet to the north and English Bay to the south – while Stanley Park lies on the western edge.
The oldest section of Vancouver was named after a riverboat skipper and saloonkeeper – Jack Deighton – nicknamed “Gassy” because of his long-winded habits of speech. Gastown’s cobblestone streets and late Victorian architecture make it well worth a visit; be prepared for the curio shops and souvenir stands. It lies to the east of downtown, in 6 square blocks between Water and Hastings Streets, and Cambie and Columbia Streets.
Vancouver’s Chinatown is not large, but it is intense. It is located south of Hastings Street, between Gore and Carrall to the east and west, and Keefer Street to the south.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is in the heart of Chinatown at 578 Carrall Street. Most of the garden’s elements are from China.
Vancouver’s former warehouse district is located below Granville Street and above Pacific Boulevard. This is an area of apartment lofts, nightclubs, restaurants, high-end furniture shops, and multimedia biz.
There is a bit of everything here: crafts shops, a boatyard, an art school, a public market, theaters, pubs and restaurants. Well worth the visit.
This is a four-block part of Main Street, from 48th to 52nd Avenue. The fragrant scent of spices, sari shops, textile outlets, and Hindi pop songs can be found here during business hours.
Vancouver’s 1,000-acre ancient rain forest and public parkland. Then over the Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore.
You can walk across one of the world’s highest swinging bridges and breathe in the crisp West Coast Mountain air.
Vancouver’s year-round playground – including a stunning view of Vancouver. There is also a 125-passenger Skyride.
Vancouver’s local market and artisan area. Here you will find fresh fish, entertainment and lots of unique shopping.
You can walk down the cobblestone streets and explore the many shops and casual restaurants. Watch for the steam clock (a perfect photo spot) at Water and Cambie Streets.
Nestled behind high white walls in Vancouver’s bustling Chinatown is the exquisite Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; the first full-scale garden ever constructed outside of China.
Here you’ll find many hands-on exhibits and demonstrations to explain the universe and the nature of matter and energy.
There are more than 8,000 marine animal exhibits, including beluga whales, killer whales (Orcas), sea lions, and sea otters.
This is a 55-acre area with an outstanding plant collection in a beautiful garden setting. It is four blocks from Queen Elizabeth Park; see if you can find your way through the Elizabethan Hedge Maze.
This building was inspired by the post-and-beam longhouses, and with the incredible use of glass in the Great Hall, you’ll appreciate the totem poles and other artifacts.
You’ll find a world-class art gallery with both historical exhibitions and contemporary art.
This 75-hectare park has many wonderful hiking trails. Some of the Douglas firs are 500 years old and stand as tall as 60m.
This is Vancouver’s third largest park. You’ll find beautiful landscaped areas with flowers, fountains, and pools.
Brothers Restaurant (604) 683-9124
Sophie’s Cosmic Café (604) 732-6810
The Tempelton (604) 685-4612
The Tomahawk Restaurant (604) 988-2612
Bukowski's (604) 253-4770
The Brickhouse Bistro (604) 689-8645
Coco (604) 731-1185
Monsoon (604) 879-4001
The Locus Café (604) 708-4121
Rooster’s Quarters (604) 689-8023
Floata Seafood Restaurant (604) 602-0368
Moutai Mandarin Restaurant (604) 681-2288
Shao Lin Noodle Restaurant (604) 873-1816
Sun Wong Kee (604) 879-7231
Bishop’s (604) 738-2025
Café de Paris (604) 687-1418
Le Crocodile (604) 669-4298
Lumiere (604) 739-8185
Annnapurna (604) 736-5959
Sami’s (604) 736-8330
Vij’s (604) 736-6664
Alfredo’s (604) 681-3330
Cin Cin (604) 688-7338
Il Giardino di Umberto (604) 669-2422
Piccolo Mondo (604) 688-1633
Gyoza King (604) 669-8278
Hanada House (604) 685-1136
Tanpopo (604) 681-7777
Tojo’s Restaurant (604) 872-8050
Andales (604) 738-9782
Cactus Club Café (604) 687-3278
The Locus Café (604) 708-4121
Just One Thai Bistro (604) 685-8989
Stephos (604) 683-2555
Star Anise (604) 737-1485
Olympia Oyster & Fish Co. Ltd (604) 685-0716
Death by Chocolate (604) 899-CHOC
Saigon (604) 682-8020
Incendio (604) 688-8694
Bacchus Restaurant (604) 608-5319
The Teahouse Restaurant (604) 669-3281
You can do city tours by bus, trolley, taxi, boat, helicopter, seaplane, bicycle or on foot. You can take a dinner cruise, a horse-drawn carriage ride, or learn about the Native Indian culture. There are many wonderful tours to choose from. Some ideas are listed below:
Harbour Cruises Ltd., (604) 687-9558 offers a variety of boat tours. They can be found at the north foot of Denman Street in Coal Harbour by Stanley Park. Sit back and experience Vancouver on a 75 minute fully narrated tour of the inner harbour. Visit the website at www.boatcruises.com for a complete schedule and ticket prices.
The Royal Hudson steam train, one of the last operating steam trains in Canada, runs between the BC Rail Station in North Vancouver and Squamish. Call (604) 984-5246 for information. Gray Line offers train/boat combination tours as well. The Pacific Starlight Dinner Train is another tour offered by BC Rail, (604) 984-5246.
False Creek Ferries, (604) 684-7781, offer scenic harbor tours, as well as Starline Tours, (604) 272-9187.
Gray Line, (604) 879-3363, has several different city tours on big buses. All major hotels sell tickets and pick-up and drop-off service from/to the place you’re staying is included in the ticket price.
Town Tours, (604) 451-1777, offer tours in smaller minibuses. Private tours in a foreign language are also available.
Vancouver Trolley Company, (604) 451-5581, operates red replicas (on wheels) of the famous San Francisco trolleys.
West Coast City and Nature Sightseeing, (604) 451-1600, have several interesting options, and their city tours are available in English, German, and Mandarin. Visit the website for details at www.vancouverspecialtours.com.
Harbour Air, (604) 688-1277 or (800) 665-0212, offers seaplane tours such as the 20-minute Panorama Tour of the city. www.harbour-air.com.
Vancouver Helicopters, (604) 990-9299 or (800) 438-9970, have a number of spectacular tours. Check out schedules and prices at www.bcpassport.com/helijet.
Walkabout Historic Vancouver Tours, (604) 808-1650, offer an hour and a half tour highlighting the city’s past.
World in a City Tours, (604) 738-9223, specialize in cultural and historical walking tours.
Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, (604) 681-5115, is a leisurely and informative way to see the park.
Taxi tours of the city are offered by Black Top & Checker Cabs, (604) 731-1111, and Yellow Cab, (604) 681-1111.
Lotus Land Tours, (604) 684-4922, will take you on a wilderness experience not far from the city. This four-hour tour for the “inexperienced and the unfit” provides for a guided kayaking trip in Indian Arm off Deep Cove, a barbecued salmon lunch on Twin Island, and a chance to explore the forest and beach.
The following is a brief list of tour and sightseeing arrangement opportunities that include special discount rates offered to attendees of ISCAS 2004 in order to ensure that your stay will be full of fun activities for every member of the family. In order to receive the special discounted prices, attendees will need to present their conference badge upon arrival at the admission gates.
Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park: This spectacular suspension footbridge is part of a 25-acre park including a native carving centre, exhibits, gift store, restaurant and other attractions. Open daily Summer: 8 a.m. – dusk; Admission includes complimentary “I Made It!” certificates, site maps/passports (available in six languages), seasonal entertainment and guided tours, and complimentary admission for tour manager and driver. Reservations are not required, however, conference attendees are required to show their conference badge or other identification that links them to the IEEE conference upon their arrival at the admission gate. Capilano Suspension Bridge accepts payment by cash, travelers’ checks, American Express, Visa, MasterCard or debit card.3735 Capilano Road
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC V7R 4J1
Phone: (604) 985-7474
Fax: (604) 985-7479
Discounted adult rate: $12.95 + GST = $13.86
Harbour Cruises Ltd: Enjoy Vancouver’s only boat tour of the inner-harbour, nightly Sunset Dinner Cruises, a luncheon cruise through a secluded mountain fjord or an excursion to tranquil Bowen Island. Reservations are recommended for all of the cruises offered. Attendees need to identify themselves with conference badges as being an IEEE ISCAS 2004 delegate upon arrival.
#1 North Foot of Denman Street
VANCOUVER, BC V6G 2W9
Phone: (604) 688-7246
Fax: (604) 687-5868
The Sunset Dinner Cruise runs nightly and includes a professionally catered dual entree dinner, and a live duet for musical entertainment. Boards at 6:30, 7:00, and 9:30 daily. Discounted adult rate: $59.07 (GST & gratuity included).
The Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise is a 4-hour cruise up the spectacular Indian Arm (only accessible by boat), and includes a delicious catered salmon or chicken luncheon. Boats board at 10:30 am, 11:00 am, and 3:00 pm. Discounted adult rate: $45.43 (GST & Gratuity included).
The Vancouver Harbour Tour runs 3 times daily and includes a fully narrated tour of Burrard Inlet, taking guests up close to many of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks. Boards at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. Discounted adult rate: $16.26 (GST included).
Bowen Island Excursion includes a Rainforest Walking Tour and Picnic Lunch if desired. Discounted adult rate: $34.24 (GST included); Add Rainforest Walking Tour & Picnic Lunch: $26.75 (includes GST).
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: In the heart of bustling downtown Vancouver, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a cultural experience. As the first authentic classical Chinese garden ever built outside of China, it is a feast for the senses and the mind and is acclaimed for providing peace, tranquility and a harmonious delight for the nature lover, cultural tourist, and sightseeing visitor. Within this paradise, enjoy a cup of complimentary tea and a guided tour. The Chinese garden gift shop, a treasure trove of art and books is an experience in itself. Open year round. Conference attendees are required to show their conference badge or other identification that links them to the IEEE conference upon their arrival at the admission gate.
578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
Phone: (604) 662-3207
Fax: (604) 682-4008
Discounted adult rate: $7.00 per person.
Tipping is expected in restaurants, bars, and better hotels, as well as by taxi drivers, hairdressers, barbers and baggage carriers. Tip at least 10%, but if you think that the service was exceptional, tip up to 15%. Taxi drivers expect 10% and hairdressers and barbers get 15% if their service is satisfactory. Baggage carriers (in airports or hotels) receive $1 for the first bag and 50¢ for each additional bag.
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel:
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. V6C 2R7
Telephone: (604) 683-1234
Time and Temperature:
Shopper’s Drug Mart, (604) 685-6445, 1125 Davie Street
(604) 738-3138, 2302 West 4th Avenue
Police, fire, and ambulance - 911
Police (non-emergency) - (604) 665-3535
Conference Management Services:
The on-site registration desks will be located in the Junior Ballroom Foyer.
The registration desks will be open during the following hours for pick-up of registration packets by pre-registered attendees and for on-site registration:
Sunday, May 23, 2004 7:30 – 17:00
Monday, May 24, 2004 7:30 – 17:30
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 7:30 – 17:30
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 7:30 – 17:30
Gulf Islands D meeting room will serve as the Speaker Ready Room. All oral and poster presenters are welcome to make use of the Speaker Ready Room facilities. The room will be available from Monday, May 24 at 8:00 during conference hours until Wednesday, May 26 at 17:00. If you need assistance of any kind, please inform the registration desk.
Please welcome our exhibitors for the ISCAS 2004 conference. It is a pleasure to have them, and their support is appreciated and needed to make our conference a success. You may find our exhibitors in the Pavilion Ballroom.
Monday, May 24 9:30 – 17:30
Tuesday, May 25 9:30 – 17:30
Wednesday, May 26 9:30 – 17:30
See the "Exhibits" section of the website for a list of current exhibitors.
Sunday, May 23, 2004
The ISCAS 2004 Welcome Reception will be held in the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Grand Ballroom on Sunday, May 23 from 18:15 – 20:00. Please join us there.
Monday, May 24, 2004
The ISCAS 2004 Organizing Committee has made special arrangements with Harbour Cruises and Events to offer all attendees a spectacular cruise experience. This cruise will be a relaxing boat ride with good food for you to enjoy as you view the beauties of Vancouver; boarding will begin at 19:30 (Note change in time). Conference attendees are being offered an incredible opportunity to purchase tickets for only $40.00 USD per person. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance using the Harbor Cruise Ticket Purchase form on the ISCAS 2004 website.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The ISCAS 2004 Awards Ceremony will be held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel. The ceremony will begin at 18:30 in the Regency Ballroom. The ceremony will be followed by a banquet dinner.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 The ISCAS 2004 Banquet will be held at the lovely Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel. We will begin the evening at 19:00 in the Regency Ballroom directly following the awards ceremony. If you have special dietary needs, please inform our staff at the conference.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 The ISCAS 2004 Farewell Reception will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel in the Junior Ballroom and Pavilion Ballroom Foyers. The reception will begin at 18:00 and end at 20:00.
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available during breaks. Morning and afternoon breaks are free of charge.
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