Conference Hotel

Micro 2012 will be held at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. In order to book with the special conference rates, please use this link before November 10.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
British Columbia, Canada
V6C 2W6
Tel: +604 684 3131
Registration Link: here

Getting from the airport to the hotel: The Skytrain is the easiest way to get to downtown Vancouver from the airport. YVR is connected to Vancouver downtown by the Canada line (980). It takes about 25-30 minutes. You need to get off at the Vancouver City Centre Station.

When you get out of the station you will be on Georgia St. The Fairmont Hotel is at the intersection of Georgia and Burrard, 2 blocks away. Walk towards the west on Georgia.

There is a train every 5-10 minutes and they run up to midnight.

Taxi: $30--40. There are two Fairmont Hotels in the city. Make sure to mention that you are going to the one at Burrard and Georgia.

Banquet and Excursion

The conference has planned an exciting banquet and excursion to the Vancouver Aquarium, Canada's largest aquarium and one of Vancouver’s top attractions. Occupying over 100,000 square feet and with over 2.5 million gallons of water in over 160 aquatic displays, the Vancouver Aquarium is an internationally recognized center for marine research, conservation and marine animal rehabilitation. Micro-45 attendees will have exclusive use of the entire aquarium, with drinks and dinner provided. The Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park and buses will be provided from the hotel. The banquet and excursion are provided to all registered attendees. Additional tickets are available for $100 through the conference registration site.

You can find more information about the Vancouver Aquarium here.

Travel Info

Airport: Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport, YVR.

Visas: Note: citizens and permanent residents of the United States do not need a Visa to enter Canada, but a valid Passport is required. Citizens of many other countries may also enter without a Visa but some countries require a Visa. For Visa requirements see this page. If you require an invitation letter for a Visa application, please send an email to micro45_invite@microsymposia.org.

Currency: The Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar run nearly 1:1 so you may not have to worry about conversion but remember that your credit card may include a 3% surcharge. Starbucks and other local coffee shops are perfectly happy to take USD.

Local Attractions

You can find a map of nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc. here.