Vancouver is nestled between the great Coast Mountains and the scenic Pacific Ocean. Over the last fifty years, Vancouver's range of economic, cultural, and artistic infrastructure has broadened substantially. The combination of nature and modern amenities make it the perfect place for recreation, sightseeing, and relaxing.
The city is full of parks, golf courses, beaches, walks, and hikes to be enjoyed. The three local mountains (Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mt. Seymour) offer excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the winter through late spring. Activities like kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding are encouraged by Vancouver's proximity to the ocean.
Vancouver is within driving distance of many other BC destinations, such as Whistler (two hours) or Harrison Hot Springs (an hour and a half). Visitors can also travel by BC Ferries to Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.
Vancouver is renowned for its forests, lakes, restaurants, shopping and countless other exciting attractions. Please view the links below to help you plan your stay in Vancouver.
Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax, less for poor service, or more for truly exceptional service. Many restaurants may charge an automatic 15-18% gratuity for larger groups.
Electrical Plugs and Voltage
Vancouver and the rest of Canada uses the same electricity voltage as in the United States, which is 110V.
There are two types of sockets here. Some have just two pins, whereas some have two pins plus a round pin underneath. They are pictured below:
If you are coming from a country with different shaped pins, you will need to bring a plug converter with you. To be safe, purchase one before arriving to Vancouver or purchase them at the airport where you are more likely to find them.
Be mindful of the differences in voltage for your electronics. Some electrical equipment, such as camera and laptop chargers are usually dual voltage. Provided you have a plug socket converter, these should charge up just fine. Laptops often say
‘100 – 240 volts’, hence it is suitable for use in countries which have a voltage anywhere between 100V and 240V.
Not all chargers are dual voltage. For example, phone chargers may charge below their normal performance levels. Whilst they may appear to be charging, they could take days to become properly charged. A way around this is to buy an in-car charger. Car batteries all work on 12V, and if you plug in your car charger bought in a different country, it should have no problems in Vancouver.
General electrical items which are not operating on 110V will not work without the use of a transformer. Hair dryers for example, will not work.
*Taken from infovancouver.com
Customs and what you can bring to Vancouver
There are regulations with what you can bring into Canada, including limits on alcohol, tobacco, and gifts for friends and family. Check the Canada Border Services Agency Website for the most up-to-date information.
For more information, visit infovancouver.com/customs.
From fresh sushi to perfectly cooked steaks, Vancouver has endless options to satisfy your tastebuds. The diversity of cultures in Vancouver creates an environment rich in cultural cuisines.
For a selection of diners, eateries, buffets, and pubs, follow the links below to your stomach's content!
Our Local Organizing Committee has curated this selection of restaurants for you to try!
All distances are measured from the IPAC'18 venue, the parq Vancouver.
The KEG Steakhouse + Bar – 6 minute walk
1011 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9
Known for: Quality premium casual dining
Chambar Restaurant – 7 minute walk
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3
Known for: Creative Belgian cuisine and sustainable seafood
Yaletown Brewing Company – 7 minute walk
1111 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9
Known for: Good beer and pub food!
"A welcoming gathering place whether you arrived dressed
in a suit or flip-flops"
Blue Water Cafe – 8 minute walk
1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
Known for: Upscale seafood and restaurant atmosphere
Reservations are recommended
Provence Marinaside – 8 minute walk
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3
Known for: Well-prepared French cuisine in a waterfront setting
“the perfect marriage between the flavours and seafood of the South of France and our Canadian West Coast”
Glowbal – 10 minute walk
590 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3
Known for: Cocktails and a great happy hour menu for good company
Cactus Club Cafe – 10 minute walk
357 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R2
Known for: Menu selection and classy atmosphere
“creating elegant, globally-inspired cuisine”
Nuba in Gastown – 12 minute walk
207 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1K6
Known for: Imaginative Lebanese menu with shareable plates
"re-interpretations of traditional and modern Lebanese dishes"
Twisted Fork Bistro – 15 minute walk
1147 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1
Known for: Economical French bistro-style cuisine
“The Twisted Fork is slightly french dining made simple, all the flavours,
all the tender care but with a little less fuss”
Note: Lunch service only
MeeT in Gastown – 7 minute drive or 15 minute walk
12 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K7
Known for: Vegan comfort food
“neighbourhood prices, lots of choice and a philosophy of casual comfort”
Mahony & Sons – 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk
601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Z1
Known for: Irish pub brand with good food and a gorgeous location
Patio seating available for spectacular scenery.
“true-to-tradition favourites and hearty pub fare of the finest quality”
Zefferelli's – 5 minute drive
1136 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2
Known for: Superior spaghetti dishes and wine selection
“home-style, flavorful Italian dishes and pasta”
Bodega on Main – 5 minute drive
1014 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1
Known for: Excellent tapas; Reservations are almost essential
"Indulge in authentic Spanish tapas dishes"
Steamworks Brewing Co. – 5 minute drive
601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1
Known for: One of the first brew-pubs in Vancouver
Worth a visit to check out the flight of samplers
CRAFT Beer Market – 6 minute drive
SALT BUILDING, 85 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, V5Y 3K8
Known for: Elevated and sophisticated take on traditional comfort food
Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods – 6 minute drive
1751 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V5T 1B4
Known for: Superior selection of healthy soups, salads and sandwiches with many vegetarian options
“fresh, healthy food that does not compromise on flavour.”
Budgies Burritos – 7 minute drive
44 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H9
Known for: Vegetarian Mexican food for the budget-conscious - great burritos
“BUDGIE’S IS A VEGETARIAN, TEX MEX STYLE, STAY IN OR TAKE OUT RESTAURANT”
Tap & Barrel • Olympic Village – 7 minute drive
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C2
Known for: Delicious pub food
“serving honest regional food with seasonal influences”
The Wallflower – 8 minute drive
2420 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2
Known for: Diner comfort food with many great vegetarian and vegan options
“The Wallflower is a place where Omnivores, Carnivores, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Celiacs can all dine together in comfort”
Ukrainian Village Restaurant – 10 minute drive
815 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7
Known for: Authentic East European cuisine
Low prices, great perogies, sausage, borsht, and mustard!
"homemade from traditional Grandma's recipes"
The Arbor – 10 minute drive
3941 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2
Known for: Fantastic vegetarian comfort food
The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant – 10 minute drive
1535 Johnston St #102, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Known for: West Coast, fresh, and piscatorial style
“The Sandbar serves up the freshest Seafood in a warm sophisticated atmosphere”
Dockside Restaurant – 10 minute drive
1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Known for: Well-priced West Coast menu with a view of False Creek
“Superbly prepared classic dishes in a setting like no other”