For information on Vancouver, BC, please visit http://www.tourismvancouver.com/planners/IAHR.
Why Vancouver? The city of Vancouver possesses a unique geographic and cultural ambience, plus a spectacular natural environment that is the perfect fit for the 33RD IAHR Congress.
A cosmopolitan city of 1.8 million people representing a diverse local population and thriving cultural attractions, Vancouver is situated at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River. Several large civil and environmental engineering companies operating on an international scale make their home in Vancouver, and the area’s setting provides a multitude of water engineering challenges that will greatly enhance the focus of this Congress. A dynamic city, it also offers spectacular attractions that promise outdoor adventure and urban excitement with the breathtaking Coast Mountain Range as a backdrop, the waters of the Pacific at its shore, and abundant greenery all around.
Among the best cities in the Americas, Vancouver is home to two million inhabitants who enjoy its mild climate, breathtaking scenery and wealth of recreational activities. The downtown core is at most one mile across making it a perfect city for walking. Local sightseeing opportunities include everything from whale watching tours, city shore kayaking, and notable trail mountain biking, to gondola rides up Grouse Mountain to visit the grizzly bears.
Vancouver entices visitors with its beauty, captivates them with its cosmopolitan charm, and draws them in with its profusion of unforgettable attractions. Quite simply, it is one of the world’s finest cities, not to be missed. Vancouver will host the XXI Winter Olympics in 2010.
Altitude: Sea level
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
Metro Area Population: 1.9 million
Telephone Area Code: 604 and 778
Language: English and French are Canada’s two official languages. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. Many banks, hotels, airline offices, shops, and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff.
Climate: Vancouver has one of the mildest climates in Canada. Winters are wet but temperatures seldom fall below freezing and snow is rare. Summer is sunny and warm, almost never too hot and seldom humid. Late autumn can be chilly with occasional rain and fog.
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Livingston Event Logistics has been appointed as the official customs broker for the 33rd IAHR Congress being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, August 9-14, 2009. Livingston Event Logistics staff will assist exhibitors with their entry/import and return/export of goods.
Click here to view information on Customs and Freight for the Congress.