Vancouver/Travel

The conference hotel and Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus, which includes the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam (xʷməθkwəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tseil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaɬ) First Nations. Framed by the Pacific Ocean and the north shore mountains, the city's geography is enchanting and richly storied by the intersecting pathways of Indigenous custodianship, colonial settlement, and diasporic migration.

The ten city blocks of Hastings Street that you will be traversing during your time at the conference also encompass some of the starkest contradictions of life in contemporary Vancouver: from the gleaming office and condominium towers and world-class conference centre (home of the TEDex Talks) near the hotel that mark Vancouver as a cosmopolitan global city to the edge of the poorest postal code in Canada, which the Goldcorp Centre abuts, and with whose place-based histories it is necessarily entangled. As DSA 2022 participants gather to explore the relationship between dance and activism, and as you move between events at the conference hotel and the Goldcorp Centre, we thus invite you to think about the different pathways of resilient assembly you are retracing.

We also invite you to explore some of the adjacent downtown neighborhoods and related activities: a walk or run or bike ride through Stanley Park (a 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest filled with trails and encircled by a seawall that includes access to three public beaches); shopping in Gastown; the restaurants of Chinatown and Yaletown. Just make sure to bring your umbrella! Visit HERE for more information about the city, including our weather.

And don't forget to leave time for the film screenings, gallery exhibition, and performances that will complement the wide range of panels, workshops, and plenaries planned for DSA 2022.

The conference hotel is just a seven-minute walk from the Waterfront Station terminus of the Canada Line rail link to the Vancouver airport and a fifteen-minute walk from Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, where evening performances and related conference programming will take place.

Exiting Waterfront Station from its south entrance (the one closest to the back of the train) onto Granville Street, turn left onto Hastings Street and walk west for four blocks until you reach the Pinnacle (1133 West Hastings, between Thurlow and Bute Streets). To get to SFU's Goldcorp Centre from the hotel walk east along Hastings Street for nine blocks, until you cross Cambie Street; the entrance to the Goldcorp Centre is at 149 West Hastings, underneath the big red SFU sign.


Foreign Currency Exchange at Vancouver International Airport


COVID Requirements: As international regulations and WHO recommendations change rapidly, we will update all DSA travelers at a date closer to the event.  We anticipate requiring proof of vaccination for all in-person attendees, in addition to travel regulations regarding testing for entry to Canada.

 


Passport/Visa Requirements:

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to Canada without a visa. Please visit the following Government of Canada website (below) for exact requirements. Click HERE


Banks in Vancouver (walkable from hotel):

TD Canada Trust; HSBC Bank; Royal Bank of Canada; BMO


 

Transportation from the airport:

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located in Richmond, to the south of Vancouver. The easiest (and cheapest) method of transport from the airport to downtown Vancouver is via the Canada Line rapid rail link. The YVR Canada Line station is accessible from both the domestic and international terminals and will whisk you to Waterfront Station, the line's terminus, in under 30 minutes. From Waterfront, it is a short walk to the hotel (see map). The fare for adults is $9.25 CAD, which includes a $5 YVR AddFare, and which you can pay by purchasing a single-use ticket, a reusable Compass Card, or simply by tapping your Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit card or Mobile Wallet Tap-to-Pay app on the turnstile card readers. You'll need to tap your ticket/card again to exit your destination station. More information HERE

Taxis are also available, with fares assessed according to different destination zones in the city. To reach the conference hotel, it will cost $32 CAD before gratuities. Metered rates apply on return rates to YVR. More information HERE

Uber and Lyft now operate in Vancouver, although capacity is limited and wait times can vary.

Public transportation in Vancouver:

Buses, above- and below-ground train lines, and a seabus help connect locals and visitors to their destinations in and around the city. Adult fares are $3 CAD for Metro Vancouver (more if you're crossing multiple zones) and you do not need to purchase tickets in advance; you can simply tap-to-pay with your credit card. To plan your route, and to find more information, visit HERE