Consistently rated as one of the top cities in North America, Vancouver combines the best of natural beauty, multicultural charm, and modern chic. Dynamic and diverse, Vancouver boasts world-class restaurants and shopping alongside esteemed art galleries and museums all set against a backdrop of coastal mountains and sprawling beaches. Enjoy the buzz and excitement of Robson Street, the cobblestone alleys and warmth of historic Gastown, or simply take in the sand and surf with a locally-brewed craft beer on Kitsilano beach. Whether your interests lie in hiking through expansive mountain trails, delving into the city’s vibrant culinary scene, or exploring our rich West Coast heritage, Vancouver has a range of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to please the most discerning of visitors. As the proud host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver looks to continue welcoming the world with its world-class attractions and amenities!

Social, Cultural & Natural Amenities

Vancouver is located in a spectacular Pacific Rim setting surrounded by mountains to the north and east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Beautiful scenery, panoramic vistas, natural land and marine wildlife, and unrivaled parks and resort areas such as Stanley Park, Whistler, Vancouver Island, and the gulf islands combine to create the ultimate getaway for nature-lovers and eco-tourists alike. Downtown Vancouver provides a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment for visitors with a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries to visit.



  • Vancouver was recently ranked as the third most “livable place in the world” for its high standard of living and quality of life, while it is ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. 
  • Vancouver has the 4th largest cruise ship terminal in the world.
  • Home to Canada’s longest pool. Measuring 137.5 meters (451 feet), it is nearly the size of three Olympic pools.  This outdoor, saltwater pool is a major tourist attraction and is open year round.
  • Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada. In 2011, the average price of a detached home was a staggering $1,204,587. Some say this is close to rivaling New York City and London.
  • Vancouver is the largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Stanley Park, an urban oasis, is 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park. It is a staggering 1001 acres.
  • The Vancouver Aquarium ranks in the top 5 worldwide.
  • Downtown Vancouver is 65% residential. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of high-rise condominiums.
  • Vancouver has the mildest climate in Canada, but receives on average 1,589mm of rain per year.
  • Greenpeace, one of the world’s oldest and most successful environmental groups, was established in Vancouver.


It is important to read this section before booking your flight to Vancouver.  New entry requirements for Canada are in effect.

There are new entry requirements in effect for Canada. If you did not need a Visa to enter Canada in the past, you are now required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.

Click here to determine whether you need a Visa OR an ETa and apply online before arranging your flight. Various languages are supported including: العربية, 中文,  English, Francais, Deutsch, ελληνικά, Magyarul, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Polski, Português, Español.


Where are the meetings located?
All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, located at
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


How do I request a letter from IAF and ILAC for my Visa application?
When submitting your registration to attend the conference, you will be asked to enter more information if you require a Visa invitation.  If you are not sure if you require a Visa to enter Canada, you can find a list of countries who are required to apply for a Visa here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp