A vibrant city set against majestic mountains and sparkling harbor await you as we meet to discuss the important matters of the Association.
President Victor Dizengoff invites you to Vancouver where the Mid-Year International Leadership Conference of the TLPA will be held. This is the meeting where the discussions are geared toward the workings and issues of the Association itself and how the TLPA can best serve its members.
Vancouver hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics in February, and the city is buzzing with excitement. While we may miss the games by a few months, we will still reap the benefits by holding our meeting in the new Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel that will open just prior to the opening ceremony.
The city itself has a lot to offer visitors. Along with the spectacular views of the harbor and mountains that greet you, you'll discover hidden treasures by exploring the individual neighborhoods of Vancouver. Venture to Chinatown for a taste of dim sum, or venture to the Granville Island Public Market that sells everything from seafood to fresh, baked bread. If you need to shop, Robson Street is the place-lined with boutiques and shops of every kind.
To really get acquainted with our host city, don't miss Gastown, the initial settlement of Vancouver. This historic district still has cobblestone streets and many Victorian buildings. Look for the informational plaques placed along streets to tell the history behind what you are seeing.
If you want to take some extra vacation time before or after the conference, Vancouver is a great jumping off point for cruises, train adventures, or even day outings filled with hiking, zip lines and heart-pounding walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Hotel HighlightsFAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
Towering over Coal Harbor is one of the newest members of the Fairmont Hotel chain ? the Pacific Rim. Most of their 377 luxury rooms overlook the harbor and the majestic North Shore Mountains.
This hotel was designed for the discerning guest. All guestrooms feature Stearns & Foster luxury beds with Mascioni linens, oversized Italian bath towels and bathrobes and large marble bathrooms with jetted soaker tubs. Of course you'll have the latest technology including wired and wireless Internet access, wall mounted 42" flat screen televisions, alarm clocks with iPod connectivity and more.Room Types:
- Fairmont Room $260 CND
One King or Two Queen Beds, approximately 400 sq. ft. City view.
- Deluxe Harbor View Room $280
One King or Two Queen Beds, approximately 400 sq. ft. Coal Harbor view.
- Deluxe Harbor Mountain View Room $300
One King or Two Queen Beds, approximately 400 sq. ft. Harbor and Mountain views.
- Signature Room $360
One King, approximately 400 sq. ft. Private balcony with views of Coal Harbor.
- Pool or Harbor View One-bedroom suite $430
One King Bed and some with one double-bed sofa, approximately 800 sq. ft. Private terrace with outdoor fireplace.
- Signature Suite $670
One King bed, approximately 1200 sq. ft., corner suite overlooking harbor and mountains.
- Fairmont Gold
Located on the 20th & 21st floors, guests enjoy private check-in and check-out, butler service, a private lounge and terrace with stunning views of Stanley Park and Coal Harbor with daily complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres and honor bar.
Fairmont Gold City View $410
One King or Two Queen Beds, approximately 400 sq. ft.
Fairmont Gold Harbor Mountain View $480
One King or Two Queen Beds, approximately 400 sq. ft.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim has reserved a limited block of rooms for the group until May 28, 2010
or until the room block sells out starting at a special group rate of $260 CND
. You are encouraged to make your reservations early and with the hotel directly by calling (800) 441-1414 and reference the "TLPA".
Climate & Clothing
You can expect dry and sunny weather in July with moderate temperatures. High temperatures are generally around 22?C / 72?F but may dip in the evenings.
Smoking is banned on all public transport, in public buildings, including restaurants and bars, and workplaces.
Traveling to Canada
The closest airport to the hotel (7 miles away) is Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The approximate taxi fare to downtown Vancouver is $30-$40 (inclusive of all taxes) under normal conditions.ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: (excerpt from the Department of State Web site)
Entry into Canada is solely determined by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials in accordance with Canadian law. Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card or NEXUS card (see below) satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. If U.S. citizen travelers to Canada do not have a passport, passport card or approved alternate document such as a NEXUS card, they must show a government-issued photo ID (e.g. Driver's License) and proof of U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or expired U.S. passport. Children under sixteen need only present proof of U.S. citizenship.
All Americans traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter the United States. This requirement will be extended to sea travel (except closed-loop cruises), including ferry service, on June 1, 2009. Until then, U.S. citizens traveling by sea may present government-issued photo identification and a document showing their U.S. citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or certificate of nationalization). Starting June 1, 2009, all travelers must present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or a passport card for entry to the United States. While passport cards and enhanced driver's licenses are sufficient for entry into the United States, they may not be accepted by the particular country you plan to visit; please be sure to check with your cruise line and countries of destination for any foreign entry requirements.
Both the U.S. and Canadian governments urge frequent travelers to join the NEXUS trusted traveler program. NEXUS members receive a special travel card that allows expedited border crossings for both private and commercial travelers through both U.S. and Canadian border controls very quickly. The CBP has detailed information about the NEXUS program.
10 Vancouver Must-See Attractions
Start at one of these top 10 attractions in Vancouver and watch a wonderful day of siteseeing unfold in front of you.
- Stanley Park
You won't be able to resist the beauty of this 1,000-acre park covered in vibrant green grass and majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, seawall path, totem poles, hiking trails, horse-drawn tours and outdoor swimming pool offer nearly endless diversions.
- Robson Street
World-renowned shopping is most certainly the main attraction on this downtown thoroughfare. But you can also people watch from cafe patios (keep an eye out for celebrities), dine on delicious fare at trendy restaurants, get pampered at a spa or simply stroll along with the crowds.
- Granville Island
A charming public market overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek.
- Vancouver Lookout
Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, at a height of 430 feet, is the perfect place to survey the city and plan or reflect upon-your day.
- Gouse Mountain
Adventure awaits you just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ride the Skyride for dramatic views, hike the Grouse Grind (a challenging 1.8-mile trail up the face of the mountain), see grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, ski, ride a zipline or even paraglide.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
A sanctuary in the heart of the city, these incredibly manicured gardens were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants and architecture.
- Vancouver Art Gallery
This highly acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don't miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 450 feet across a canyon and the Capilano River 230 feet below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure.
- Sea to Sky Highway
The drive from Vancouver north on Highway 99 takes you past glimmering turquoise inlets, old-growth rainforests and craggy cliffs. You can stop to explore waterfalls, hiking trails, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and BC Museum of Mining. The year-round resort at Whistler, the designated Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Games, and the dramatic Coastal Mountain Range mean your destination will be as exciting as the journey. You can also travel the route by train on the Whistler Mountaineer.
Try the Dim sum in Chinatown. Visit the trendy shops on cobblestone lanes in Gastown and the art galleries galore in South Granville. These favorite discoveries and other hidden gems await you in Vancouver's neighborhoods
More ways to explore Vancouver?
Visit Victoria and the Buchart Gardens by way of Seattle, WA, aboard a high-speed ferry. For more information, visit www.clippervacations.com
Travel to Victoria to Vancouver by ferry or float plane. For more information visit www.bcferries.com
. If you choose this option you'll get to see the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands.
Visit Granville Island, an artist community, foodie destination, a shopper's paradise and farmer's market all rolled into one. For more information visit www.granvilleisland.com