Getting to Vancouver
Vancouver is serviced by two airports, Vancouver International (YVR) and Bellingham International across the border in Bellingham, Washington (BLI). From within the U.S., flights to Bellingham may be substantially cheaper, but it is generally much easier to fly into Vancouver.
From YVR, the easiest way into town is to take the Skytrain. The Canada Line has a terminus at the airport, and another stop very near the hotel, Broadway / City Hall (map; see further below).
CSANA has booked a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre on 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2. The conference rate is Canadian $149 / night (approximately US $111 as of March, 2017) for single occupancy, and Cdn$164 (US$122) for double occupancy. To get the conference rate, you must book by 20 March 2017. Call in-house reservations at 604-707-1939 or email email@example.com to book, and make sure to mention the Celtic Studies Association of North America or CSA. (They won’t recognize the acronym CSANA.)
The block of rooms is reserved from Wednesday, 26 April, through Saturday, 29 April, but on a first-come, first-served basis you may book at the conference rate up to three nights prior and three nights following these dates. Vancouver hotel rooms are always full so you are urged to book as early as possible. Note: the deadline has now passed, but if you ask very nicely you may still get our conference rate.
The hotel is located across the street and 400 metres to the west of the Broadway / City Hall Skytrain station (map): at the intersection, head for the corner with the RBC bank, catty-corner from the station, and continue along Broadway for another five minutes’ walk. If you are lodging elsewhere, please check the neighbourhood: Vancouver is a lovely city, but there are a few hotels downtown and to the east of downtown that are not as relaxing as the more conventional hotel experience.
The conference is being held at The Cambrian Hall, 215 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver V5V 1A6, about a half-hour walk from the hotel. I recommend the Yukon Street → 16th Avenue route for the most pleasant walk (and contra Google Maps, stay on 16th Avenue to cross Main Street at the light). There are a number of cafés, restaurants, and pizza-by-the-slice places along Main Street, mostly to the north (downhill) from the Cambrian Hall building. One of our sponsors for the Thursday night reception, Rocky Mountain Flatbread, is just a couple of blocks to the south (uphill), as is our coffee supplier Bean around the World.
If you are travelling by bus, the 99 express bus (fast but very crowded) or the number 9 local service both run along Broadway, stopping at Main Street. Change there for the number 3 bus, which stops at 16th street. Buses require exact fare in coins ($2.75), but the more convenient Compass cards can be purchased at the Skytrain station. The journey is about 15–20 minutes by bus including the transfer.
Vancouver has taxis but does not have Uber but does participate in a variety of car-sharing services such as Car2Go, Evo, Modo, and Zipcar.
On site, we will have a PC laptop, projector, and screen, and a podium with microphone. The laptop has a USB port and a DVD player; the projector has a VGA cable. We will try to anticipate a variety of connecting devices, but if you want to use your own machine and have an adaptor, it might be wise to bring that.
Food and Drink
Fil Hemming has prepared a very useful guide to the local restaurants: Restaurant List.
Things to See and Do
For those arriving early / staying late, Jessica Hemming has prepared a short list of some of the local places of interest that are worth seeing and not too difficult to get to from the hotel.
Granville Island Market—bustling waterfront farmers’ market with many shops, buskers, marina, sea-wall walk, etc. (Antone chimes in: we didn’t do this on our first visit to Vancouver and were foolish to miss it.)
Stanley Park—1000-acre downtown park on its own peninsula, with exceptionally scenic 6-mile sea-wall walk (Best Park in the World award for 2014). Antone again: if it’s a sunny day, definitely take the False Creek Ferries from Granville Island to the Aquatic Centre and continue along the Seawall.
Vancouver Aquarium—in Stanley Park, one of the top 5 aquaria in the world.
UBC Museum of Anthropology—striking architectural building on clifftop site, housing spectacular collection of NorthWest native art, plus artefacts from all over the world. If you are going to the museum, you might also like to visit the adjacent Nitobe Japanese Garden and/or the main UBC Botanical Garden with its treetop walk: Main Street—the cross-street for our venue—is full of interesting boutique shops of many kinds, especially to the south of the Hall, from 17th up to about 27th.
Main Street—the cross-street for our venue–is full of interesting boutique shops of many kinds, especially to the south of the Hall, from 17th up to about 27th.
The banquet is being held at Red Ginger, just a couple of minutes’ walk to the west of the conference hotel on Broadway.