About Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia


Are you coming out West from further afield? Thought about staying a couple of extra days to take in the natural beauty and cultural diversity? There are a multitude of day-trips that lend themselves to the adventurous. Squamish, Whistler or Hope are just a few ideas.

Vancouver itself is inhabited by a multi-cultural crowd of over 580,000 (over 2million in Metro Vancouver) and has been repeatedly rated as the World’s No. 1 most livable city by The Economist and other rating agencies due to its stability, health care, culture, environment, education system, and infrastructure.

Vancouver is located on the Pacific Coast between the Burrard Inlet and the northern banks of the Fraser River. Stunning vistas are offered both by the immediate North Shore Mountains, Vancouver Island to the West and the silhouette of Mt. Baker to the distant East. With Stanley Park, Vancouver is home to one of North America’s largest urban parks.

A variety of cutting edge planning approaches are being taken to achieve the city's self-proclaimed goal of becoming the World’s Greenest City by 2020. Vancouver’s already excellent public transportation system is under continuous improvement to increase the use of public transit, biking and walking while decreasing automobile traffic. New housing developments have to adhere to the most stringent environmental regulations in all of Canada.

Climate change and its impact on Vancouver’s water supply is another major challenge to city planners and offers some exciting lessons to up-and-coming environmental and urban planners. The city’s juxtaposition between three tectonic plates and the associated high risk for earthquakes also keep the city’s planners and engineers busy with land-use and disaster preparedness plans and initiatives.

Vancouver is home to Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Both institutions have a long-standing tradition of top-rated planning programs with SFU’s Graduate Program in Resource and Environmental Management (Planning) and UBC’s Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning.


CAPS-ACEAU 2012 will make rooms available in various establishments throughout town.  Please check back at a later date for more details.



Downtown Vancouver is home to an exciting variety of restaurants, pubs, and bars. Especially the areas around Granville Street, Commercial Drive and Gastown are renowned for their night-clubs, live music, ethnic restaurants and pubs.

For a full listing of bars, restaurants and nightly activities go to



Vancouver is home to a number of exciting cultural activities. The UBC Museum of Anthropology, Science World and various art museums are but some of its gems. It also offers multiple ocean beaches, kayaking and endless outdoor activities in close proximity. Almost every neighborhood community also features Farmer’s Markets and colorful small grocers, book-stores and coffee shops.

More suggestions will follow at a later date.



Vancouver has an international airport, a Greyhound bus station and an international train station. It can also be reached via the Trans Canada Highway.

Vancouver’s public transit system is exceptional and will enable participants to easily and efficiently getting from a-to-b. Car-sharing is also a thriving phenomenon in Vancouver and a serious alternative for getting around in the city.

Detailed maps and directions will be provided at a later date.



The majority of the conference will be held in the SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. Part of the SFU downtown campus, this venue offers state-of-the-art conference rooms, a variety of meeting and breakout rooms, and convenient access to locations in and around downtown Vancouver.

In addition, some events will be held in the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, an internationally recognized conference centre thoughtfully designed to facilitate communication and collaboration. The Centre for Dialogue is British Columbia's only IACC-certified conference facility, ensuring the world’s highest standards among productive meeting environments.

Further locations and planned excursions will be announced.

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