Join us next summer for a new annual institute location - Victoria. Although we’ve held annual institutes in Vancouver four times since 1983, we have never journeyed across the straits to British Columbia’s capital.
Situated on Vancouver Island, Victoria was established in 1843 by the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Company and incorporated as a city in 1862. It is the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest. Tucked against the mainland coast of British Columbia and the north shore of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island occupies an area about the size of Holland. Victoria is known for having the mildest climate in Canada, where gardens bloom year-round. The city is easily explored on foot, and with 48 regional, provincial, and federal parks in Greater Victoria, it is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Restaurants abound, with ingredients from local farms and seafood caught fresh from Pacific waters. Vegan and celiac-friendly options are plentiful. Victoria is known as the province’s craft beer capital, and is home to Canada’s first brewpub. The Royal BC Museum is not to be missed.
Victoria is very accessible, with more than 50 flights from Vancouver and Seattle daily, plus many direct flights from major Canadian and U.S. cities. In addition, there are harbor to harbor flights from Seattle and Vancouver by float plane or helicopter (the Empress Hotel is right across the street), and there is an efficient ferry system between Victoria and the mainland.
Highly discounted hotel rooms are blocked at eight nearby properties within walking distance of the Convention Center. Click here for a map. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations promptly at this link. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or run into any problems reserving rooms. We look forward to seeing you there!