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Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE WILL THE SYMPOSIUM BE HELD?

The Symposia will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building.

Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC

WHERE WILL THE SYMPOSIUM FINAL BANQUET BE HELD?
The final banquet will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
HOW MUCH WILL THE SYMPOSIUM COST?

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION FEE?
Ringer: Individual Registration includes access to massed ringing rehearsals, workshop sessions, Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Symposium program book.

Ringer: Member of Attending Team


Registration includes access to massed ringing rehearsals, workshop sessions, Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Symposium program book.

Team Conductor or Team Contact Person


Registration includes access to massed ringing rehearsals, workshop sessions, Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Symposium program book.

Massed Ringing Conductor


Registration includes access to massed ringing rehearsals, workshop sessions, Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Symposium program book.

Non-Ringing Delegate



Registration includes access to the Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Non-Ringing Delegate program book.

Chaperone/Translator

Registration includes access to the Marketplace, Opening Ceremony, Meet & Greet reception July 26, dinner July 27, West Coast Barbeque July 28, lunches July 27-30, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Symposium program book.

Sound Effects Youth Track Delegate

Registration includes all Youth Track sessions, access to the Marketplace, lunches July 28-30, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Sound Effects Youth Track program book.

Sound Effects Youth Track Chaperone

Registration includes all Youth Track sessions (as a Chaperone), access to the Marketplace, lunches July 28-30, West Coast Aboriginal Culture Experience July 28, solo concerts, feature concerts, Closing Ceremony and banquet July 30, optional worship service, Symposium T-shirt and pin, and Sound Effects Youth Track program book.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM?

During the Symposium, casual attire is preferred.

For the final banquet, more dressy attire is welcome.

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE FOR JULY/AUGUST IN VANCOUVER?
Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From low 20's Celsius (high 70's Fahrenheit) in summer to a mild 0º to 5ºC (mid 40's F) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. During the Symposium, you can expect an average temperature of 22ºC (71ºF). For current weather conditions visit the following website: www.weather.gc.ca.
CAN I BRING EXTRA GUESTS TO THE SOCIAL EVENTS?
Yes, additional tickets can be purchased for the social function in the spring of 2016 depending on availability.  Please refer back to the registration site at that time and select the "Tickets Only" Symposium Role to purchase additional tickets.
I NEED FURTHER INFORMATION ON OBTAINING A VISA LETTER TO ATTEND THE CONGRESS?

For further information on Visas and obtaining a Visa Letter please click on the link below for further details.

http://www.ihs2016vancouver.ca/visaletters
DO I NEED TO WEAR A NAME BADGE?
Your name badge is your entry to the 17th International Handbell Symposium. If you misplace your name badge, please see the MCI Group Canada Inc. staff at the registration desk.
SMOKING LAWS
Smoking is not permitted by law in public buildings, on public transit, in shopping malls, and in most restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and casinos. Many restaurants and other establishments have designated smoking areas such as patios or outside heated seating areas. Please smoke in designated areas only.
TAXES

There is a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) in effect in the province of British Columbia. There is also a non-refundable Provincial Sales Tax (PST), currently at 7% in British Columbia.

*Symposium registration fees for IHS 2016 are tax exempt.

HOW DO I GET FROM THE SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL TO THE SYMPOSIUM VENUE?

To get from the Sheraton Airport hotel to the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), walk from the hotel to the RICHMOND-BRIGHOUSE Skytrain station (No 3 Rd & Saba Rd) and take the CANADA LINE train to WATERFRONT station. This is the Canada Line terminus station and is located across the street from the VCC. The train trip will take approximately 25 minutes (total walking distance from the Sheraton to train to VCC is approximately 1 km in total - roughly the same as from the other symposium hotels to the VCC).

The trip from the Sheraton to the VCC is a 2 Zone fare. If you purchase single tickets (Compass Tickets) for each trip, the fare is $4* each way for adults or $3.15 each way for seniors (65+).

A discounted fare of $2.75 for both adults and seniors is available by using the re-loadable, pre-paid Compass Card. Compass Cards can be purchased/re-loaded at any Skytrain station for a refundable $6 fee (refunds available at the Waterfront station or by mail).

The Vancouver transit (Translink) trip-planner tool is extremely useful and can be used to explore all of Vancouver’s transit options. It is located at www.translink.ca

*All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.