Traveling to Vancouver

Getting to the Westin Bayshore

From Vancouver International Airport

Taxi - an average fare is $30-$35 CAD, and the trip is about 30-35 minutes.

SkyTrain - the “Canada Line Skytrain” is a partial above ground/partial underground monorail. The cost of the Skytrain is $8.75 CAD, one way, and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach downtown.  The final stop, Waterfront Station, is then a 15-20 minute walk to the Westin Bayshore, or additional 5 minute taxi ride.

From Washington State (Seattle or Bellingham)

Drive - We've secured a discounted self-parking rate of $25 CAD/day at the Westin Bayshore for all guests booked in our block.

Train - Take the train from Seattle to Vancouver on the Amtrak Cascades line for as little as $42.00 US each way.

Shuttle - Fly into Seattle or Bellingham and take Quick Coach Lines, which will haul you from the airport and deposit you directly at the Westin Bayshore. Quick Coach is offering a 10% discount for WAA attendees! To take advantage, check online for schedules, and then call Quick Coach Reservations at 800-665-2122 and provide our client code, D2744729.

Discount on Alaska Air

Save 5% on Alaska Air's already competitively-priced air fares when you fly into Vancouver, BC or Seattle or Bellingham, WA for the 2015 Annual Conference.  (Valid travel dates are August 27, 2015 through September 7, 2015.) 

To use our discount, visit and input the Discount Code ECMW235 when searching for flights.  Please be sure to verify all current baggage allowances and fees as well as travel policies when booking, prior to travel.

Meeting Fare Rules

  • Your group is entitled to a  5% discount off Alaska Airlines published fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
  • You may book and ticket on the blackout dates but no discount will apply.
  • Any change or cancelation after ticketing is subject to a service charge.
  • All fare rules and additional blackout dates of the fare apply.
  • Valid on flights from within the continental US, Alaska, Hawai'i and Canada
  • All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk (please note, a $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk). 


Do I Need a Passport or a Visa?

Everyone will need one or the other. US Citizens require only a passport to visit to Canada.  There are several other countries who citizens require a visa to visit Canada, and for a list of them, please visit this page on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.  

Passport Information

A routine processing takes 4-5 weeks. Expedited service takes 2-3 weeks. If you live near an agency, you can do it in person, and that takes about one week for processing (some restrictions apply and appointments are required).  By far, your safest and best bet is to just take care of it now.  You’ll have a new passport by May and won’t have to give it another thought down the road when there are so many other things to think about.

Visa Information (not for US citizens)

Did we miss something?
If you’ve got a general question about the conference or traveling to Canada that we haven’t addressed above, let us know. As always, we’re only a click away!