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Local sights and dining

Vancouver is a vibrant city, loaded with restaurants (ranging from haute cuisine to great diners), galleries, theatre and sports venues. For example, if you have a couple of free hours, give this a try: the Vancouver Art Gallery's current exhibit "BEAT NATION: art, hip hop and aboriginal culture", just a few blocks from the conference hotel.

Read on for more on Eating, Drinking, Sights and Excursions.


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Vancouver has dozens of world-class restaurants spanning a range of international cuisines. Many of the city's best are within walking distance of the conference hotel. Try some of these recommendations, or explore the dozens of other restaurants surrounding the hotel. See the map for locations.

Restaurant Cuisine Cost Distance
Le Crocodile Classic French $$$ 0.3 km
One Saigon Vietnamese $ 0.2 km
Bin 941 Fusion, Tapas $$ 0.25 km
Templeton Burgers, Breakfast $$ 0.5 km
La Bodega Mediterranea $$ 0.5 km
Guu/Guu Garden Japanese (Izakaya) $ 0.5/0.25 km
Il Nido Italian $$ 0.65 km
Coast Seafood $$$ 0.65 km



After the conference sessions are over, meet up with some colleges and visit some of downtown's many good bars, pubs, and lounges. See the map for locations.

Name Type Food Cost Distance
Doolins Irish Pub Pub Food $ 0.5 km
Sip Resto-Lounge International $$ 0.4 km
Fountainhead Gay Pub Pub Food $ 0.3 km
Ginger 62 Lounge Tapas $$$ 0.5 km
Uva Wine Bar Taps $$ 0.6 km
1181 Lounge, Gay None $$ 0.6 km
Gastown Bar District Varries $-$$$ 2.0 km



There are great things to see near the conference site, including museums, galleries, and markets. See the map for locations.


Sight Type Notes Distance
Vancouver Art Gallery Art Museum Open utill 9pm on Tuesday 0.6 km
Bill Reid Gallery Art Museum Modern Northwesten Art 0.8 km
Robson Street Shopping   0.4-2 km
Sunset Beach Beach If the weather is nice... 0.9 km
Granvile Island District Public Market, Shops, Food 3.0 km
Mus. of Anthropology Museum On the UBC campus 10.5 km



While you're in British Columbia, take a trip and have some fun. Convenient ferries go between Vancouver and the surrounding islands.

See, also, a list of surrounding attractions from Tourism Vancouver.


Place What? Distance
Whistler [Olympic class] skiing 122 km
Cypress, Seymour and Grouse Mountains North Shore skiing - the white stuff you can see from downtown, great views of the city, and pretty good snow right now. Grouse has a gondola; they're all reachable by bus. ~12-15 km
Bowen Island Village, Hiking, Beaches 19 km
Gulf Islands Villages, Outdoors, Food 50+ km


Photos courtesy of Tourism Vancouver and B. Gleeson