Venue and Hotel
The 2017 Livable Cities Forum will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre. Steps from the historic Crystal Garden, the Victoria Conference Centre is one of the most beautiful venues in Western Canada, with the best of the city at its doorstep. The VCC has been recognized and awarded for its sustainability features, and is exceptionally well-suited to host the Livable Cities Forum. It is also the only conference centre in Canada certified as a BOMA BESt building. “Building Environmental Standards” (BESt) is a national program launched in 2005 by BOMA Canada (Building Owners and Managers Association).
Victoria Conference Centre
Learn more about our venue at www.victoriaconference.com
Hotel – Fairmont Empress
721 Government St.
Conveniently attached to the VCC is the gorgeous and historic Fairmont Empress Hotel. The Fairmont Empress offers the best of the City at its doorstep with restaurants, shops, and steps from Victoria harbour.
Rooms at the Fairmont Empress are available at a significantly discounted rate of $269/night! Rooms are very limited and go on a first-come, first-serve basis, so book your room today!
Please use the following link to book online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/icleicanada2017. Or, call the Reservations Department at 250-384-8111 or the Global Reservations Centre at 1-866-540-4429. You will need to identify that you are booking in the room block for ICLEI Canada.
Victoria, located at the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, is the provincial capital of British Columbia. Victoria is famous for its extravagant gardens, historic sites and public spaces, innovative sustainable architecture, and kilometres of coastal temperate rainforest.
Located 30 minutes from downtown Victoria and five minutes from Sidney, Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has daily flights from Vancouver International Airport (approx. 30 minute flight), as well as direct and non-stop flights from the rest of Canada and the United States. Rental cars, taxis, limousines and airport shuttles are all available to take you to your final destination.
Victoria International Airport is served by BC Transit with up to frequent departures to and from YYJ and Downtown Victoria. There are also regularly scheduled airport shuttles if you are travelling with a group or require a larger vehicle. Visit www.yyjairportshuttle.com/ for shuttle information. Bluebird Taxi Cabs are available by calling 250-382-2222.
By Ferry (from Vancouver)
BC Ferries connects Vancouver to Victoria by ferry. The large network of vehicle ferries connects Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s mainland and smaller islands, like the Gulf Islands. Frequent daily service by BC Ferries between Vancouver and Victoria brings cars and passengers to its terminal at Swartz Bay, approximately 32 km north of Victoria.
For more information, visit: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/tssw-current.php
The Victoria region has an excellent public transit system that will take you throughout the area. Buses run frequently and are a great way to venture out of the downtown core and into the surrounding areas and suburbs. BC Transit’s accessible buses carry wheelchairs, scooters and bicycles. Strap your bike on the front of a bus and head out to the country to cycle!
In September, weather in Victoria tends to be fairly mild, with average temperatures ranging from 12°C to 20°C. Light rain can be expected and weather in Victoria can sometimes be unpredictable, so we recommend that you bring an umbrella, waterproof jacket, and appropriate outdoor shoes.