TRAVELING TO CANADA
The SSP 38th Annual Meeting has been recognized by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – International Events and Convention Services Program (IECSP). For more information about traveling to Canada, and a letter acknowledging the 38th Annual Meeting is available to download from the SSP website. You are strongly encouraged to have this letter with you along with your passport when entering customs. Travelers are advised to stay informed of Canadian passport regulations at www.cic.gc.ca.
U.S. Travelers can go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/canada.html for information on American Citizens entering Canada.
Requirements for Non U.S. Visitors Entering Canada
Persons visiting from countries other than the United States must have a valid passport and may require other documentation such as visas. Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate well in advance of travel. To receive a letter to assist you in obtaining a visa, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa. Find out if your need an eTA.
Are you traveling with a child under 18 years of age to Canada?
Foreign officials and transportation companies are vigilant concerning documentation for children crossing international borders. Generally, any individual younger than 18 years of age could be considered a child. Unless a child is accompanied by both legal parents, the following documentation should be carried by the child or the accompanying adult:
- A valid passport or proof of citizenship for the child.
- A legal document proving that the child has the permission of the lawful parent (s) or guardian(s) to travel and includes contact phone information for the parent(s) or guardian(s). Such a document must be specific for each trip.
Travel by Air
Delta Air Lines is offering special discounted* airfares for the SSP 38th Annual Meeting attendees traveling between the U.S. and Vancouver. Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, up to 10% off the fare.
*Please note the following:
- Not all fare codes are eligible for a discount; fare rules determine eligibility
- Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, and apply to round trip travel only.
- Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers.
- Name changes on the ticket are permitted at $200 USD/$200 CAD on select fares.
To take advantage of these Travel Discounts for flights to and from Vancouver airport:
- Visit the Delta website and click the Advanced Search link
- Complete the required fields, and enter meeting code “NMM28”
You may also call Delta Meeting Network® Reservations at 1.800.328.1111. (Please use the same phone number to make changes to an existing Delta Meetings Network reservation.)
- On the Search Results page, verify the discount is applied. (Reminder: not all fare codes are eligible).
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Vancouver International Airport, located in Richmond, BC, is Canada’s second busiest airport is served by 53 airlines connecting people and businesses to more than 110 non-stop destinations worldwide.
Ground Transportation from YVR
Taxis, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area. The fare from YVR to the Westin Bayshore is approximately $40.00 CAD. All taxis picking up passengers from the airport are fully licensed and all drivers must complete a training course in safe driving, customer service and helping people with special needs. Zone fares only apply from Vancouver International Airport (including the South Terminal) to the specified zones. Metered rates apply on return trips to YVR and to areas outside of the zones. If two or more passengers are going to different addresses in a zone, the zone rate applies until the first passenger(s) disembark. The meter rate applies to the transport of the other passenger(s). The meter may only be engaged when the taxicab starts moving towards the second destination. Rates do not include gratuities.
SSP’s management company, Kellen, has negotiated a corporate discount program with Avis car rental, which we are able to pass on to all SSP meeting attendees. For reservations, please visit Avis. When making your reservation, please note:
Company Name: Kellen Company
Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number: Q031767
WHILE YOU ARE IN VANCOUVER
Attractions, shopping, outdoor activities—everything you want to do and see in Vancouver is easily accessible—within walking distance, a short drive, quick ferry ride or convenient trip on the local transit system. Vancouver is known for being a very walkable city with a compact downtown core, so you’ll likely find many of the places you want to go are just a short walk from your hotel.
Taxis (including accessible wheelchair taxis) are plentiful and can be hailed on the street, as well as found at designated stands, and called for pick-up. If you prefer to drive yourself around, you’ll find that most major car rental companies have offices in Vancouver. Parking is available at most hotels, and is easy to find around most attractions.
Vancouver boasts an accessible and convenient public transit system, offering a great way for visitors to see the city. Most of the city’s top attractions are reachable via transit. TransLink is Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, and operates a public transit system made up of a network of buses, the SkyTrain and the SeaBus. The TransLink website, is a great place to find schedules, fare information, and trip planning tools to help you get around while in Vancouver. You can also call 604-953-3333 for customer service.