Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
Islandoracon has block of rooms at the Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites, right across the street from the main conference venue at Harbour Centre. The conference rate is $213 CAD (a fairly steep discount for this location) and is available for October 6 - October 12, 2019. Rooms must be booked before June 6th, 2019 (eta: Deadline extended to June 21th). In addition to the early deadline, the number of rooms is limited, so if you want to reserve a room at the conference rate we advise that you book early.
For a lower-cost option with a bit of a commute (40 minutes on a single bus), the Simon Hotel on the Burnaby campus of Simon Fraser University has rooms ranging from $90 to $113 CAD per night. The rates are available until until August 1, 2019, but as there are only 14 rooms, this is also an option to book early.
To access the online booking, please follow this link and select SFU Islandora Conference (Oct/06/2019 to Oct/11/2019) from the drop-down menu.
We don't have a special rate at these hotels, but they are within walking distance of the conference.
921 West Pender Street
Rooms start around $199 CAD
435 West Pender
Rooms start around $215 CAD
180 West Georgia Street
Rooms start around $179 CAD
The main airport serving Vancouver is Vancouver International Airport (YVR). (If you are planning a departure from YVR, please be aware that passengers flying to the U.S. go through US Customs and Border Control before departure, and this only operational between 4 AM and 8:30 PM.)
If your time is more flexible than your budget, you may wish to consider flying in to Seattle (SEA) or Bellingham (BLI) airports. Flights to these locations are often significantly cheaper than flights to YVR, and regular bus lines connect to Vancouver. The bus trip from Seattle to Vancouver is about 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and border crossing time. Some discount airlines also fly to Abbotsford International Airport (one hour east of Vancouver), but there is no public transportation to Vancouver (car rentals are available).
Directions to Harbour Centre
Driving from Vancouver International Airport (YVR): From the airport, proceed north along the Arthur Laing Bridge to Granville Street. Head north on Granville Street into downtown Vancouver. After crossing the Granville Street Bridge, take the Seymour Street exit and continue north on Seymour until Hastings. Harbour Centre is located on Hastings Street, between Seymour and Richards.
Limited public parking is available in the Harbour Centre Underground Parkade, 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.
A 600 stall multilevel parkade is located half a block east of Harbour Centre at 450 Cordova Street. The parakade is open Monday to Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to midnight and is closed on Sundays and holidays. Entrance is on Cordova Street.
Further details about parking at Harbour Centre can be found on the SFU Harbour Centre website.
Diamond Parking (entrance on the west side of Seymour Street, just north of Pender) has a $10/day + tax early bird rate. Note: you must arrive before 9am to secure the early bird discount – and the lot is usually full by 10am!
Major public transit lines–the SeaBus, SkyTrain and WestCoast Express–terminate at Waterfront Station, located in the historic CP Rail Station on Cordova Street, opposite Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre. Transit schedules can be found at www.translink.ca. Harbour Centre is also within easy walking distance of all street buses with a terminus in downtown Vancouver. Not sure what bus or train to catch? Use the Translink Trip Planner or the very handy Transit real-time app. Fare for travel within the City of Vancouver is $2.75.
With thanks to the Library Publishing Coalition 2019 Conference for sharing their Travel page for Vancouver.