Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication. The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE). June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Getting to Vancouver


A valid passport is required for citizens of all countries entering Canada. Citizens of certain countries and territories may also require a visa. To find out if you need a visa and how to apply, visit this Canadian government site: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada.html. We advise you to contact the Canadian Embassy or High Commission in your country for complete and official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that apply to you.


Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which can be reached from all over the world by many airlines. The University of British Columbia is about a 30 minute drive or 1 hour transit ride (see TransLink for info) from the airport. Taxis use a zone fair system and a cab from the airport to UBC will cost around CA$35.

Map of route from YVR to UBC


Pacific Central Station is the terminus for both VIA Rail (Canadian) and Amtrak (U.S) trains, and is located just east of downtown Vancouver at Main and Terminal streets. UBC is about a 1 hour transit ride from the train station.

Coach Bus

Getting to Vancouver by coach bus is somewhat uncertain at the moment due to Greyhound's withdrawal of service in western Canada.


Your favorite maps or maps application should do the trick for driving to and around Vancouver. Just make sure you navigate to Vancouver CANADA. Vancouver has taxi service but does NOT yet have UBER, Lyft or other ride hailing services.

For information about parking at UBC, visit the UBC Parking site.


Vancouver is a bike-friendly city and getting to UBC by bike is straightforward. Please see Vancouver's cycling website for maps and other information. Vancouver also has a public bike-share program, Mobi, but it may not be practical for short term visitors to the city. Numerous locations in the city also rent bikes. We'll provide more details here closer to the conference.

Public Transportation in the Vancouver regionTranslink logo

Public transportation in metro Vancouver is provided by TransLink. Translink's free Trip Planning service allows you to plan your trip to UBC from virtually any location in the Vancouver region. UBC is well served by Translink buses.