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Conference location

The conference location for Mixing XXII in June 2010 is the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria, BC, Canada. The Grand Pacific Hotel is a five star hotel, centrally located in downtown Victoria on the inner harbour. Across the street is the Provincial Parliament, and you are a five-minute walk from the shopping district and a 10-minute walk from the Juan de Fuca Strait with fabulous views from the coast across to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. You can walk along the sea wall for, well how far do you want to go? The Provincial museum is a five minute stroll away and the Empress Hotel (famous for its afternoon teas) is close by. The main downtown area (shopping etc.) is maybe a ten minute stroll away. So there is a lot to do nearby and within easy walking distance.

And as you move further a field the list of sightseeing and recreational possibilities grows and grows and grows…. Best to check out the local tourism web sites for the possibilities that inspire your interests.



Conference Venue

Victoria is the provincial capital of British Columbia. It is renowned for its mild climate (which is emphasized each February with Victoria's annual flower count, occurring when Eastern Canada is still locked in winter) and its coastal environs. It is an excellent city to visit, intimate, yet having a full range of amenities and activities to keep you occupied, if desired.


Travel to Victoria, British Columbia

There are many ways to get to Victoria, BC, and we encourage you to speak to your travel agent to explore the options best suited for you (or check out the Web). Your travel details will be based on where your travel originates and/or if you wish to linger in the area before or after the conference.

Some travel options:

As most of you will be traveling to British Columbia by air, you will likely connect through the Vancouver International Airport. There are many flights between Vancouver and Victoria daily. And there are some carriers that fly directly into Victoria International Airport from US destinations (Seattle and San Francisco).

Victoria International airport is about 26 km from downtown. Taxi service (approximately $55) and shuttle service ($18 per person – every 30 minutes) are available for travel from the airport to downtown Victoria and the Hotel Grand Pacific.

Travel by ferry is possible between the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. The most direct route from the Vancouver area to Victoria is through the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen (about 30 km from the Vancouver Airport). The Tsawwassen ferry arrives at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, about 35 km from downtown Victoria and the conference venue. Google Earth can provide suggested travel routes. Reservations for ferry travel can be made and are a good idea during holiday periods and particularly on weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun).

More information will be added in the coming weeks – including ferry options from the Seattle area (one passenger ferry disembarks across the street from the hotel).


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