Local information

Conference venue

The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in Vancouver BC Canada.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2R7

Accomodations at the conference hotel are fully booked at this point.

A second hotel block has been reserved at the very nearby (1 block away) Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver.

Book your room here for the discounted rate of $189 + tax.

Getting to the conference hotel

To / From Vancouver International Airport:

Canada Line:

TransLink operates trains on the Canada Line, which takes you from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to downtown Vancouver in about 30 minutes. The conference hotel is three blocks from Vancouver City Centre station on the Canada Line. To get even closer, change to the Expo/Millennium Line at Waterfront, and ride one stop to Burrard.

The regular adult fare from the airport is $9 ($4 + $5 airport surcharge). After 6:30pm (18:30) Monday-Friday, and anytime Saturday-Sunday, the fare is $7.75 ($2.75 + $5 airport surcharge).

Tickets expire 90 minutes after purchase. Fares are checked by police throughout the system, with large fines (over $150) for fare evasion.

For more information, see TransLink fares. The airport surcharge does not apply to trips to the airport.

Taxi:

Taxis are available at the airport 24 hours a day, including wheelchair accessible vans. Taxi queue areas are located at both the domestic and international arrivals terminals. There is a flat rate from the Airport to the Hyatt of $31.00 CAD, and is approximately $35.00 CAD from the Hyatt to the Airport as a metered fare.

To / From the Cruise Ship Dock:

Taxi services are available to and from Canada Place or Ballantyne Pier to our hotel. Cost is approximately $10.00 CAD to $20.00 CAD. Please see our concierge for arrangements.

Via Rail and Amtrak:

Both Via Rail and Amtrak serve Vancouver. Taxi to Pacific Central Station is approximately $12.00 CAD. Service is also available on Skytrain (three stops away).

Around the city:

TransLink also operates dozens of bus lines throughout Metro Vancouver. On buses, you need to pay the fare ($2.75 for trips within the city of Vancouver) using coins; bus drivers cannot make change. If you expect to pay 8 or more fares during your visit, you can save money (and fumbling with coins) by buying FareSavers---books of 10 tickets---from drugstores and convenience stores, such as London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and 7-Eleven.

The TransLink site has a decent trip planner. Useful bus lines include the 19 from the Kingsway and Main Street to Stanley Park, and the 99 express bus on Broadway (take the Canada Line to Broadway-City Hall station).

Restaurants

Here is a list of restaurants recommended by local ICFPers.

There is a map of nearby restaurants.

Here is a Fodor blurb distilling the Vancouver restaurant scene.

Support from the SIGPLAN Professional Activities Committee

The SIGPLAN Professional Activities Committee can potentially provide supplemental financial support for attending ICFP in the form of student grants, child-care support, companion travel grants, and long-distance internation travel support. These grants are only available to student presenters and co-authors. To apply, follow the instructions found here.

VISA information

The Association for Computing Machinery does not issue formal invitation letters for visas to attend ACM sponsored conferences. We can however issue a visa support letter. For Visa support letters, please send all requests to the Office of SIG Services supportletters@acm.org with the following information:

Your name as it appears on your passport. Current postal mailing address. The name of the conference you wish to attend. Your Registration Confirmation Number. If you have any papers accepted for the conference, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the 'sole author' or a 'co- author'. Please note visa support letters are issued via email by PDF and the original is mailed to your current postal address.