The 2019 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.

720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3M7
Phone: 250-361-1000

Learn more about our venue here.


Rooms are available at the Fairmont Empress for a discounted rate for conference delegates starting at $189/night. Rooms at this rate are very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book your room, click here or call reservations at 1-250-384-8111. The name associated with the room block is ICLEI Canada – 2019 Livable Cities Forum. The booking deadline is as soon as the room block is full, or by October 7, 2019.

Getting there

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 kilometers of coastal temperate rainforest.

By Air

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 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.

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Getting Around

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!

For further assistance planning your trip, visit Public transit information can be accessed from:


In October, weather in Victoria tends to be fairly mild, with average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C. Frequent 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.