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NCS Annual Meeting Travels to Vancouver, Canada

By Currents Editor posted 07-22-2019 10:42

  
By Dr. Jeff Singh, MD, MSc, FRCPC

This year’s NCS Annual Meeting ventures outside the United States to Vancouver, Canada.  Vancouver is a beautiful and bustling west coast city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and is the third- largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of over 2 million. It is among Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities. Vancouver’s unique geography places it at the nexus of the sea, beaches and mountains—providing a spectacular backdrop for the NCS meeting as well as a lot to do and see for all attendees!

Vancouver

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and is a major destination and travel hub on the West coast. Because this large, multicultural and metropolitan city is bounded by the Fraser River, the Strait of Georgia and mountains, visitors are able to admire majestic the mountains while walking or playing on the beach, and then enjoy some award-winning Chinese food for dinner!

Arriving in Vancouver is easy: the large and modern Vancouver International Airport is close to downtown and there are plenty of transportation options. Please remember that a passport or NEXUS card is required to enter Canada from the United States.

Vancouver has the mildest winters in Canada. Weather in Vancouver is temperate with October highs close to 60°F, and nighttime lows around 50°F. There is regular rain to support all the lush vegetation and gardens—so throwing an umbrella in your suitcase is never a bad idea! 

Things to See and Do (Other than the NCS Annual Meeting!)

The skyline and mountains of Vancouver will likely be recognizable to many as it is a popular filming location. Grouse mountain, only 20 minutes from downtown, provides a fantastic mountaintop view to take in the entire region and is home to a grizzly bear habitat.

As one of Canada’s most multicultural cities, there is a lot to see and experience in Vancouver. Chinatown is a great place to wander, eat and shop, or take a walk through the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. Vancouver has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. Yaletown is the home of many of Vancouver’s nicest restaurants and is a vibrant neighborhood in downtown. Visitors should be sure to drop by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology to see works by regional artists and preeminent First Nations collections. Granville Island also has numerous art galleries and the best fresh seafood in the city!

The Vancouver Aquarium is also a great day trip, and home to over 50,000 creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon.

For those needing more activity, take a walk along the Seawall or through famous Stanley Park and check out the totem poles, or take the free shuttle from downtown to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: the bridge stretches 450 feet across over the Capilano River which lies 230 feet below.

And don’t forget the mountains are just a car ride away with a trip up the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler making a great day trip before or after the Annual Meeting. Whistler boasts the largest ski resort in North America and is home to innumerable emerald glacier lakes with world class alpine hiking routes. The views while driving up the highway alone are worth the trip!

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