Host City: Vancouver, BC
Voted one of the most livable cities in world, we welcome you to explore and experience all that Vancouver has offer. Our beautiful city provides a mixture of outdoor adventures and world-class attractions. The mountains, ocean and rainforest offer a playground for the outdoor enthusiast, while an eclectic collection of top-notch restaurants, shopping, and sports and cultural entertainment will cater to the interests of all our guests.
Take the time to explore Vancouver and getaway to some of British Columbia’s top destinations including Whistler, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan Valley or Northern BC.
Come and experience all that we have to offer.
The #BCTECH Summit has partnered with Tourism Vancouver to showcase Vancouver to our delegates. Here are a few attractions within the downtown core to get you started. Visit tourismvancouver.ca to find more local activities, restaurants, special events and experiences like a Whistler getaway just a couple of hours from Vancouver.
Located in Vancouver’s downtown core, Stanley Park is the city’s largest park and offers endless attractions and activities. Visitors looking to stretch their legs can walk, run or cycle the 9km seawall, which encircles Stanley Park from Coal Harbour to English Bay. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day spent at the Vancouver Aquarium or the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt. Take a break for lunch and visit one of the four restaurant/cafes located in Stanley Park – the Teahouse, Prospect Point Café, the Stanley Park Pavilion or the Waterfall Café.
No trip to Vancouver is complete without a stop at Granville Island. Visit during the day and explore the Granville Island Public Market before wandering through the galleries, studios and unique shops on the island. In the evening, take in a beautiful Vancouver sunset from one of the many restaurants overlooking False Creek and the Burrard Street Bridge. After dinner you can enjoy a stroll along the water or take in a show at the Granville Island Arts Club Theatre.
Dedicated to “leadership in conservation, biodiversity and sustainability,” VanDusen Botanical Gardens is a dream for even the casual gardener. Go on a self-guided tour of the gardens, make your way through the Elizabethan Maze, and enjoy the Stone Garden.
Described as a “window into another world,” the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is breathtaking at any time of the year. Take a guided tour through the garden and relax with a cup of Chinese tea. Stroll through the featured exhibition and the Eight Treasures Shop and finish your visit at the garden by wandering through Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Located in Vancouver’s old courthouse, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers an exciting mix of styles and artists. Visitors can learn about one of Canada’s most notable artists, Emily Carr, at the gallery’s permanent collection. Past travelling exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery include, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture and The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast. Finish your visit at the Gallery Café, a popular lunch spot for visitors and locals alike.
HSBC Canada Sevens Series
March 11 & 12, 2017 l BC Place Stadium
Perfect timing for sports fans! Sixteen international rugby teams will be competing in 45 matches over the course of the two days. More than 60,000 fans came together in its inaugural year in 2016. The HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament is providing #BCTECH Summit attendees with an exclusive offer to purchase General Admission tickets at a $10 reduced price (Promo code: INTHEFAMILY). Click here to purchase your tickets today.
2 hours by car. Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler has long been a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Located only two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler offers adventure and excitement year-round. Come for the day or spend a weekend relaxing and exploring in the mountains.
With stunning mountain backdrops, Whistler’s golf courses showcase the region’s natural beauty. Visitors are encouraged to play on one of the four championship courses, including those designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Finish a round with lunch or dinner on one of the patios overlooking these spectacular courses.
Whistler’s waterways are accessible to all adventurers and although March in Whistler can be cool, there are still options for those looking to explore the area’s lakes and rivers. Take a guided canoe or kayak tour through Whistler’s River of Golden Dreams or rent a watercraft and discover what Whistler has to offer.
Not for the faint of heart, Whistler’s PEAK 2 PEAK gondola holds world records for the longest unsupported lift span and the highest lift. The gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and offers unrivalled views of the mountains and forests below. Brave visitors can opt to take the glass bottom gondola for a peak into the forest as the gondola crosses three kilometres between the peaks.
Take a break from Whistler’s many outdoor activities to unwind at one of Whistler’s premier spas. Guests at the Scandinave Spa Whistler will be welcomed with a eucalyptus steam bath before soaking in open-air baths. Relieve your tensions with a swedish or deep tissue massage before finishing your visit curled up in front of an outdoor fireplace.
3 – 4 hours (by ferry and car to Victoria, BC). Vancouver Island is known for its charming towns, rich history and brilliant coastlines and beaches. A short ferry ride from Vancouver, visitors will uncover the history of BC’s capital city, Victoria. Drive north to Tofino, BC’s favourite surf spot, and take in the awe-inspiring beaches.
Boasting 55 acres of exquisite design, the Buchart Gardens is an ideal way to spend an afternoon in Victoria. Wander through seven unique gardens, including the Sunken Garden, built into an old rock quarry. Breathe deeply as you admire the scents and colours in the Rose Garden. On a warm day, take a gourmet picnic onto the lawn or relax with afternoon tea in the Dining Room.
The waters around Vancouver Island are filled with life and activity. Take a whale watching tour around the island and keep a keen eye out for the telltale spray as the whales surface for air. Expect to see orcas, humpback and grey whales, as well as harbour seals and porpoises.
Learn about wilderness preservation while adventuring under Vancouver Island in protected caves. The Centre offers guided tours through deep caves with ramps, ladders, slides and more. Climb up waterfalls, examine ancient fossils and discover crystal formations at Horne Lake. The Centre offers tours in a variety of lengths and levels of difficulty.
4 - 6 hours by car. Located in BC’s southern interior, the Okanagan Valley is filled with 180 kilometres of orchards, vineyards, golf courses and lakeside dining. Local ski resort Big White is a popular stop and is open until April.
Wine enthusiasts will be captivated by the seemingly endless collection of wineries in the Okanagan, which produces 90% of the province’s wine. Well-established and up-and-coming wineries such as Burrowing Owl, Iniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Mission Hill and Mt. Boucherie have built their homes in the Okanagan Valley. Take a guided tour or explore on your own.
BC is an outdoor adventurer’s wonderland. Hikers can explore the region on foot and discover waterfalls, lakes and outstanding views over the Okanagan Valley.
The Okanagan Valley’s rolling hills and unique climate make it a golf paradise. With an unusually long golf season, players can enjoy courses in a variety of lengths and levels of difficulty. Visitors looking for a challenge should visit Predator Ridge Golf Resort in Vernon. At the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, players can take in a spectacular course created by Nicklaus Design.
Travel time varies by plane and car. Even in a province renowned for its natural beauty, British Columbia’s north surprises visitors with its vast undisturbed wilderness. Stunning glacial lakes and fast-flowing rivers rest at the feet of towering mountain ranges. Visitors would be remiss not to explore the region’s provincial parks, home to wildlife such as grizzly bears, bald eagles, cariboo, whales and porpoises.
There is no shortage of provincial parks in Northern BC. See and learn about grizzly bears at the Khutzeymateen Wilderness Lodge in Terrace or explore the coastal beaches of Haida Gwaii in Naikoon Provincial Park. Eco-enthusiasts will revel in the temperate rainforests, islands and inlets of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Before travelling to Northern BC’s parks, please consult the BC Parks website for safety and visitor information.
Northern BC’s rugged landscape provides the perfect setting for outdoor activities. Explore hiking trails with a friend or take a guided tour through scenic areas such as Tumbler Ridge or Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park. Horseback riding tours are available, but visitors will have an unforgettable experience on a llama tour, offered by some guides in the region.
Finish an adventurous day of hiking through Laird Hot Springs Provincial Park with a long soak in the park’s natural outdoor hot spring. Visitors looking for a relaxing introduction to BC’s northern waterways will enjoy coastal and river fishing. To get your heart pumping, sign up for a whitewater rafting trip and travel along a roaring river.