Information for Participants

About Vancouver

From June — August, temperatures are generally warm, ranging from 20-28°C (approximately 78-90°F). Lots of sunshine can be expected. Daylight hours are approximately 6:00 am – 9:00 pm. Currently (as of March 19th), one Canadian dollar (CAD) is equal to .70€ or $0.75.

Conference Venue

ACL 2017 will be held from July 30th through August 4th, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver:

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4
Tel:  +1-604-682-3377

All parts of the conference will take place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on the first and second floors. Precise room assignments will be made closer to the conference.

Westin Bayshore Floorplans

Things to Do & See

Enjoy views of the coastline, distant mountains, and Stanley Park, plus easy access to all of the best things to do in Vancouver. Boasting one of the most spectacular coastal locations in the world, the snowcapped mountains and the Pacific Ocean come together to create a truly magnificent setting. In addition, you are moments from shopping at Robson Street and Pacific Centre Mall, and attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium and Granville Island. Find even more things to do in Vancouver at or visit the hotel’s website.

Regular Accommodation


We have secured accommodation for regular participants at ACL discounted rates at three conveniently located hotels in Vancouver: Westin Bayshore Vancouver (the conference hotel, with the largest block of rooms), the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown (a spillover hotel with 50 guest rooms), and the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre (another spillover hotel with 60 guest rooms).

Links to reservation pages and more details for each of the hotels are provided below.

Westin Bayshore Vancouver


  • 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4; +1-604-682-3377
  • Conference Hotel.
  • Located 9.2 miles (14.8 km) from Vancouver International Airport.
  • Complimentary wifi in all guest rooms.
  • Single/Double Room: $279 CAD, Triple Room: $309 CAD, Quad Room: $339 CAD.
  • Self Parking: $38 CAD per night, Valet Parking: $42 CAD per night. Prices include taxes.
  • ACL discounted rates are available through Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5pm local time SOLD OUT.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown


  • 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5; +1-604-684-1128
  • Located 9.3 miles NE of the airport. This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
  • Single/Double Room: $309 CAD.
  • ACL discounted rates are available through Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5pm local time SOLD OUT.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre


  • 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9; +1-604-331-1000
  • Complimentary wifi in all guest rooms.
  • Single/Double Traditional Room: $289 CAD, Single/Double View Room: $344 CAD.
  • Valet and self-parking are available.
  • ACL discounted rates are available through Friday, June 9, 2017 at 5pm local time SOLD OUT.

Student Accommodation


We also have booked a small number of rooms specifically for students at super-discounted rates: Westin Bayshore Vancouver (the conference hotel, with 10 rooms), the Georgian Court Hotel (with 20 rooms), and the YWCA Hotel (with 20 rooms). To the extent possible, we encourage students to share rooms.

The ACL Office will accept your reservation request and make the reservations on your behalf. Room sharing is recommended since only a limited number of rooms are available at the discounted rates. If you would like to share, you will need to specify the total number of people who will be sharing the room including yourself (i.e., yourself plus 1 to 3 others). Please be aware that rooms typically come with two beds so any more than two people may have to share a bed.

Please complete this form (SOLD OUT) to make your reservation request. We will do our best to honor your preferred hotel from the list below on a first-come first served basis. All requests must be received no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017 by the ACL Office.

The Georgian Court Hotel and YWCA Hotel are conveniently located in the same block, which makes it easier to share costs when traveling to the Conference Hotel if you do not care to walk. These hotels are about 2.09km (1.3 miles) — a 15-20 minute walk — from the Conference Hotel.

Westin Bayshore Vancouver


Georgian Court Hotel


  • 773 Beatty Street (at Robson St.) Vancouver, BC V6B 2M4; +1-604-682-5555; +1-800-663-1155 (toll-free)
  • Single/Double Room: $199 CAD.
  • $30 CAD surcharge for each person beyond double (4 people maximum).
  • Valet parking offered at the hotel.
  • Free airport shuttle that runs from the hotel. 
  • Complimentary wifi and daily bottled water in all guest rooms.

YWCA Hotel


Type of RoomOccupantsRate
1 Single Bed w/Hall Bath1 only$86 CAD
2 Single Beds w/Hall Bath1-2$112 CAD
Double; Double w/Shared Bath1-2$110 CAD
Double w/Private Shower1-2$143 CAD
Double; Double w/Private Bath1-2$155 CAD

Extra persons can only be accommodated in the Double;Double w/Private Bath at $15 CAD per night per person with a maximum of 4 people. Wifi, linens, and towels included.


Transportation to the Westin Bayshore Hotel, the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown, and the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is available from the Vancouver Internation Airport (YVR; +1 604 207 7077). Prices are as follows:

  • Limousine: $60 CAD (one way; prices may vary). A reservation is required.
  • Bus: $8.75 CAD (one way)
  • Subway: $ 8.75 CAD (one way)
  • Taxi: $35 CAD (one way; prices may vary)

Social Event

The social event is included with your registration. We will also offer additional admissions for people accompanying participants (see registration form for pricing details).

The Social event follows the poster session and dinner.

Date: Tuesday Evening, August 1st, 2017
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver BC, V6G 3E2; +1-604-659-3456

With over 50,000 amazing aquatic creatures, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre provides a beautiful backdrop for our event with unforgettable galleries filled with aquatic life, plus expansive outdoor spaces.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. Our event will help to achieve a positive effect on the marine world and directly contribute to their conservation, research and education programs.

On-site Childcare

For the first time ever, ACL will be offering on-site childcare at the conference hotel. We have hired a professional childcare service, KiddieCorp, which has experience providing childcare at conventions. Childcare will be available from 9 AM until 5 PM on the tutorial and workshop days, and from 8 AM until 6 PM during the main conference. The childcare room will be located close to the conference rooms, and has space for up to 23 children. We will also have a room available for nursing, or for mothers who need to pump.

The cost of the childcare is partially subsidized by the ACL. The cost for general registrants will be $10.00 USD per hour per child. For students registrants the cost will be $5.00 USD per hour per child. Availability is limited, so we encourage you to sign up soon. The childcare registration is being handled by KiddieCorp. For more information, and to sign up for childcare services, please use this form.

Conference Map

The following Google Map shows all of the hotels mentioned above along with the Aquarium.

Visa Information

Since visa applications can take 1–4 months to be approved, we advise that you apply well in advance. If you require an invitation letter for your visa application, please click on the button below to fill out a request form.