Venue and Accommodations

Coast Plaza Hotel

The official venue for the Twenty-Third Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf is the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, located at 1763 Comox Street in Vancouver. The hotel is centrally located in Vancouver’s West End near cafes, specialty restaurants, English Bay, Stanley Park, and the city’s famed seawall.

You may reserve a room online or by calling Central Reservations at 1-800-663-1144 (North America only) or 1-604-682-6278 (overseas). If you call to make your reservation, you will need to cite the booking code: CPS-GFC3790961

To take advantage of the special conference rate, book your room prior to May 4, 2013. Many of the rooms available would be comfortable for sharing.

Other accommodation options

There are several hostels located near the conference hotel, and many of these offer private facilities. Options include the following:

YWCA Hotel
733 Beatty Street
1- 604-895-5830

Hostelling International
Two locations in downtown Vancouver:
1114 Burnaby Street
1025 Granville Street

1-866-762-4122 (in North America)
1-778-328-2220 (Overseas)

Please note that Simon Fraser University runs three full terms a year; thus the university’s residence halls are not available during the conference.

Getting around Vancouver

If you are considering making a reservation at another hotel, please look carefully at the distance between your hotel of choice and the conference venue. Vancouver is a geographically large area arranged around an ocean inlet. Taxis are expensive and infrequent except in the downtown area.

The Translink public transit system, which incorporates both trains (called SkyTrains) and buses, is excellent. You may plan travel routes, times, and exchanges using Translink’s website.

You must have exact change in coins for the bus, but you may purchase tickets individually or in booklets (which are less expensive than single tickets) at several outlets such as London Drugs, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and 7-11 stores. You may also purchase tickets one at a time at SkyTrain stations. A one “zone” ticket covers all of the downtown area, and transfers are available.