ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting

Victoria Travel Tips

Victoria Visitors Information

Victoria Visitor Centre
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1T3
Canada

The Victoria Visitor Centre is conveniently located downtown in the Inner Harbour area just across from the Fairmont Empress Hotel. You will find information on dining, shopping, events, and attractions. The staff at the visitor centre can offer brochures, maps, knowledgeable suggestions and invaluable tourism tips and information.

Getting Around Victoria

Walking is often the preferred way of getting around Victoria, but travelling by car is easy too.  Traffic flows smoothly throughout the day, making all parts of the city easily reachable. The Inner Harbour and downtown core are most easily accessible by foot, but you also will find horse-drawn carriages, double-decker buses, water taxis and other transportation options.

The Victoria Regional Transit System, BC Transit, runs seven days a week and serves the entire Greater Victoria region including the Victoria International Airport, all ferry terminals (Sidney, Swartz Bay, Brentwood Bay, Ogden Point and Inner Harbour), the downtown core and western communities (Langford, Colwood, Sooke and Metchosin).

You must have exact change to purchase a DayPASS directly from the bus driver. This will give you all-day access to the Greater Victoria Area. For the parent or guardian who purchased a valid DayPASS (over 19 years old) you can bring up to four children, 12 years and under on board for free. The DayPASS is the easiest way to use BC Transit in Victoria.

Please see: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/plan/local-info/getting-around for more information on all transportation options.

Time Zone

Most of British Columbia is on Pacific Standard Time, which is one hour behind Mountain Standard Time (Alberta and some eastern areas of BC) and three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Ontario/New York).

Currency

The monetary system in Canada is based on dollars and cents. To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars at a bank or a foreign currency exchange outlet.

Generally, Visa, MasterCard and traveler’s checks are accepted at most places of business. Some Canadian businesses do take U.S. currency, but they do so as a courtesy, not as something that should be expected everywhere or taken for granted.  Expect to receive Canadian currency for your change if they do accept U.S. cash.

Banks and ATMs

Banks are generally open Monday to Friday, and some remain open on Saturdays. ATMs (automated teller machines), also referred to as ABMs (Automatic Banking Machines) are found at banks and in retail areas and provide Canadian currency.

Cell Phones

If you are bringing your cell phone to Canada, please call your local cell phone service provider before you leave to determine if your existing plan is reasonable. If you do not have an international plan already, you will want to contact your provider before you travel to get more information.

It is against the law to drive while using a handheld cell phone or other electronic device. Drivers may use hands-free cell phones that are voice activated, or activated by one touch, provided they are securely attached to the vehicle or the driver’s body (such as an earpiece).

Alcohol Laws

The legal drinking age in Canada is 19. Photo identification is required to be served or to purchase alcoholic beverages or to enter nightclubs serving alcohol.

Clothing

Recommended clothing for summer in this part of British Columbia, Canada, is shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light skirts and dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings. Keep in mind, however, that meeting rooms at the convention center may be cool, so please plan accordingly.