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Travel Information

Visit Vancouver!

Vancouver is a delightful intersection of ocean, mountains and forests. Join Seafood Choices for Seafood Summit 2011, and experience Vancouver.

Venue & Accommodations

The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4, Canada
Tel: +1 604 682 3377

Book your hotel room for the Summit!

The Westin Bayshore is tucked away in Coal Harbour, offering guests spectacular views of the ocean, distant mountains and Stanley Park. The hotel offers convenient access to Vancouver international airport (9 mi) as well as ample opportunities to enjoy the local surroundings including ocean-side jogging and Stanley Park's famous "SeaWall." The Westin offers the best of both worlds - easy access to downtown activities, combined with ocean and park settings.

Guest rooms feature the Westin Heavenly Bed®, a sumptous combination of bedding to ensure a restful nights sleep. In addition to fabulous views, bedrooms offer deluxe bath amentites and the hotel offers a fitness center and spa services - including in-room massage treatments, making this a fantastic place to relax or explore.

For more information about the hotel, click here.

  • Room Rate: starting from $179 CAD (Single/Double)
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm
  • Check-out: 12:00 pm

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Travel Information & Logistics


Public Transportation Information

Translink, the Vancouver transit system, offers a network of trains and buses that service the airport, downtown and offer unique views of the city.

The nearest stations to the conference hotel are:

Bus Stop
Cardero & West Georgia Street (2 min walk)

Skytrain Station
Burrard sation (>1 mi NW)


Airport & Transportation Options

*The Westin Bayshore Vancouver does not provide shuttle service.

Vancouver International Airport

  • Public Transportation: Go to YVR-Airport Station Eastbound. Take Train 980 - Canada Line Skytrain to Waterfront. Exit at Waterfront station (approximately 25 minutes). From here you can either walk (>1 mi) or take bus #240 15th Street/Vancouver to Cardero & West Georgia street (there are multiple bus options).
  • Driving Directions: Take Grant McConachie Way over the Arthur Laing Bridge. Take the Granville Street (GS) Exit. Follow and go over the Granville Street Bridge. Get off at Seymour Street, turn left onto Georgia Street, and turn right onto Cardero. The resort is located on the left.
  • Public transport fee: 3.75 CAD (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: 30.00 - 40.00 CAD (one way)

Visa Information

  • Citizens of the U.S.
  • All Other Nationalities

U.S. citizens must present a passport or other documentation proving US citizenship when traveling to Canada. When returning to the United States via air, all US citizens must present a valid passport, when returning via land or sea other forms of documentation may be acceptable. Please see the full guidelines here.

All other nationalities: You can find visa information relative to your situation at the Canadian consulate's website.

Visas are waived for:

  • citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Botswana, Brunei, Croatia, 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, 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;
  • persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence;
  • British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
  • citizens of British dependent territories who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, registration or naturalization in one of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena or the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • persons holding a British National (Overseas) Passport issued by the Government of the United Kingdom to persons born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong;
  • persons holding a valid and subsisting Special Administrative Region passport issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China;
  • persons holding passports or travel documents issued by the Holy See.

For all others, a Candian visa will be required. For information on obtaining a visa, please see the appropriate webpage of the Canadian consulate.

Travel Fellowships

Deadline 30 November 2010

Seafood Choices, an international program of SeaWeb, is offering travel fellowships to attend the 2011 Seafood Summit in Vancouver, Canada. At the 2011 Seafood Summit, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussions, hear presentations, and network with conservation and business leaders from the seafood industry. Anyone is eligible to apply including:

  • Media: reporters, editors, writers, freelance journalists, in print, broadcast or online
  • Producers: small-scale and artisanal fishermen and fish farmers
  • Employees of non-profit organizations
  • Students

A limited number of fellowships are available, and they may be partial or full fellowships. Preference will be shown to applicants from under-represented and non-represented geographies. Fellowships, which will be applied to airfare and/or accommodation expenses, will be based on need, point of origin, and the ability of the individual or company represented to help defray costs. Interviews may be conducted to obtain additional information following application. Fellowship recipients will be announced mid December 2010.

If you have any questions please email Russ Avery.

Click here to apply!

Why stay at the conference hotel?

It's the center of Seafood Summit activity, that's why! You'll be able to network easily with other delegates. It's a quick trip to get to the program and functions, and just as quick to slip back to your room for a break, allowing you to have a more enjoyable conference experience.

Those are the obvious reasons, but there are other reasons that you need to consider before you look at another hotel.

Seafood Summit organizers have taken their role of finding a conference site very seriously. They looked at a number of locations. The needs of delegates as individuals were considered as well as the need for meeting spaces. Everyone enjoys meeting in a comfortable venue, offering quality service and support for workshops, panels, private meetings, etc. As the quid-pro-quo for that service and support, the event guarantees that a percentage of delegates will stay in the hotel. The hotel generally discounts the room rate for conference delegates from their normal charges.

The hotel rates are negotiated based on the number of expected delegates and the meeting space required to comfortably accommodate them. The basis for negotiation with the hotel is statistics from prior years of the Seafood Summit. The contract with the hotel then guarantees specific numbers of sleeping rooms will be used each night during the conference. A complex negotiation of meeting room space, functions and events (with food), and sleeping room provides the most value per dollar for the conference and those attending it.

If the Seafood Summit does not meet the contracted sleeping room commitment, the hotel gets paid anyway. Unfilled rooms can cost the event thousands of dollars. (The conference does not get credit for the re-sale of sleeping rooms unless the hotel is completely filled.) The next year’s Seafood Summit cannot negotiate as beneficial a hotel contract, and, as Seafood Choices is a non-profit organization with limited funding, future conference registration fees may be pushed higher.

What if we don't contract for sleeping rooms? Attendees will pay more to stay at the event hotel. The hotel will not hold a block of rooms for attendees, which may leave some people quite a distance from the conference venue. In short, the conference ends up with higher expenses, many of those attending will pay a higher price for their hotel rooms, future conference registration fees will be pushed higher.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vancouver and hope you support the Seafood Summit by staying at the Westin Bayshore, Vacouver.

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