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The LESAM/PI conference will be held on the downtown Robson Square campus of the University of British Columbia, strategically located in the very center of Vancouver close to all amenities and attractions. Dozens of hotels are available within walking distance of the UBC Robson Square campus.

Public Transit

UBC Robson Square is a short walk from the Burrard, Granville, and City Centre SkyTrain stations. Use the Translink website to plan your trip via transit from any location in the Lower Mainland.

Driving & Parking

To access the WestPark lot for 800 Robson Street (Lot 189), head south on Howe Street to the corner at Nelson Street. The parking lot entrance will be on your right, just before Nelson. Note that Howe is a one-way street. Once you have entered the parking lot, follow the directional signs to UBC Robson Square. Please consult the WestPark website for current pricing or call WestPark at: 604-669-7275.


UBC Robson Square offers elevator access via the entrance on Hornby Street at Robson Street.


There are many hotels in the downtown area that are all walking distance to Robson Square.  The hotels range in price and features.  Vancouver has an excellent elevated rail transit system so any hotel that is a short walk to a SkyTrain station will also be very convenient if you want to stay out of the immediate downtown area.  Hotel prices tend to drop as you get further away from the downtown area.    We strongly recommend that you make hotel reservations as soon as you are sure of your travel plan as September in one of best months of the year for nice weather and there are many visiting tourists.  

To provide some help, we have made hotel block arrangements at the following hotels but feel free to look at other options if you wish:

Century Plaza Hotel:


1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC 

Guests may also call the reservations department at 1-800-663-1818 between 9am and 5:30pm daily.

Rates are $259.00 for a studio and $289.00 for a one-bedroom suite.

Blue Horizon Hotel: 


1225 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC.  


There is block on hold under IWA Specialty Conference – LESAM-PI arriving on Sept 23rd for 4nights.  The group block number is 3277 with a release date for unreserved rooms of August 19th.  The room rate is $319 CDN plus taxes.

Please quote booking number 3277 when making your reservation. Parking is available at $18.95 CDN + taxes per night, with in and out privileges.

You can call or e-mail:  info@bluehorizonhotel.com

Tel # 1-604-688-1411 or Toll Free # 1800-663-1333

Visiting Vancouver and British Columbia

Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canadians are known for our friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round. Take advantage of the LESAM/PI conference to visit Vancouver and British Columbia. You can find tourist information about Vancouver here and about BC here.

Traveling to Canada

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization to travel to Canada (not both). Some people may only need their valid passport. Entry requirements for Canada for different nationalities can be found here.