Attendees should direct their inquiries regarding visa requirements and valid documents to the Canadian Embassy in their home country.
Attendees arriving from points within the United States and internationally can fly into Victoria through two major airports: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.
Attendees arriving from other Canadian cities can easily reach Victoria through Vancouver International Airport.
Victoria International Airport is a 20 minute flight by jet from both Seattle and Vancouver airports. Downtown Victoria is located 20 minutes from the Victoria Airport.
Victoria's Canadian Transportation Links:
|Airlines:||To and from Vancouver International Airport|
|Air B.C Connector - 800-663-3721 or 604-360-9074|
|Helijet Airways - 604-273-1414|
|Canadian Airlines - 800-363-7530 or 604-382-1111|
|To and from Seattle-Tacoma Airport|
|Horizon Air: 800-547-9308|
|Ferries:||Vancouver to Victoria|
|BC Ferry Corporation - 604-386-3431 (trip takes 1.5 hours)|
Traveling from points within USA to Canada:
By flying American Airlines and connecting to Canadian Air or flying either of these airlines direct, you become eligible for the following discounts:
Traveling from points within Canada:
By flying Canadian Air, you become eligible for the following discounts:
SIAM has selected Get-A-Way Travel agency to assist attendees in making travel arrangements. Get-A-Way Travel will make your reservations on American Airlines or any airline of your choice. To take advantage of the American Airlines discounts, you must book your reservation through Get-A-Way Travel by calling 800-223-3863 or 215-379-6800. Ask for Carol Brecht. Be sure to mention that you are attending the 1996 SIAM Conference on Optimization. Get-A-Way Travel will issue your tickets and mail them to you.
Victoria has some of the most moderate weather in all of Canada. Victoria has very low humidity and off shore breezes which keep days from becoming too hot, but can cool off evenings. A sweater or light jacket is recommended and comfortable walking shoes are a must. This resort style city is made for strolling, with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks within close proximity to each other.
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