U.S. currency is readily accepted everywhere
on campus and in Vancouver , so it is not necessary
to buy Canadian currency before leaving home.
purchasing goods and services, you will earn a premium
of between 11 and 14 per cent on your U.S. bills,
but nothing on coin. Be aware that some merchants
and taxi drivers try to gouge American tourists by
offering a very low exchange rate. Reputable businesses
post the daily exchange rate for your protection.
If you wish to withdraw Canadian cash on your bank
card, there are a number of ATMs on campus, including
one in the lobby of the Walter Gage Residences and
others at three different locations in the Student
Union Building (SUB), two minutes away from the Gage
Residences. There are also two banks in the University
Village , a seven minute walk from the Gage Residences.
Note that all Conference charges other than those
for accommodations and parking will be in U.S. dollars.
To pay for conference registration, the Early Bird
Reception and the Banquet, bring a cheque payable
to WAML in U.S. dollars or U.S. currency.
and conference kits will be available during the
Early Bird Reception (Wednesday evening), before
the Workshop (Thursday afternoon), and before the
speaker program (Friday morning).
The most convenient place to eat is the Student
Union Building (SUB), directly south of the Gage
Residences. There are a dozen eateries on the
main and basement floors. Best bets: Pacific
Spirit Cafeteria, main floor, open M-F, 7:30 – 2;
The Deli, basement level, M-F, 8-6, take out
only; Pendulum, basement level, M-Th, 8-8, F,
8-7, S- S, 11-3. A restaurant called 99 Chairs,
immediately south of the Walter C. Koerner Library,
is open M-F, 8-4, and is licensed to serve alcohol.
Sage Bistro, in the University Centre, offers
licensed premium dining for lunch and dinner.
The University Village, a 7 minute walk southeast
of the Gage Residences, contains a dozen restaurants
with convenient hours (including a late night
McDonalds), 3 small food markets, coffee shops,
a pharmacy and various other businesses.
There are no retail sales of liquor, beer or
wine on campus. Bring a bottle with you (declare
it at Canada Customs when entering Canada ),
or consult the conference host for the closest
locations in Vancouver . Pubs are located in
the Student Union Building and the Graduate Student
Centre in Thea Koerner House. Sage Bistro, in
the University Centre, has a small bar and lounge.
The University Golf Club, a 15 minute walk east
of Gage Residences on University Boulevard ,
offers food and drink in a convivial setting.
You can access your email on guest workstations on
the second floor of the Walter C. Koerner Library (near
the Map & Atlas Collection).
Interactive and static maps can be found at: www.maps.ubc.ca
Emergency telephone number
In case your family needs to contact you: 1-604-822-6191