TRAVEL INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

Simon Fraser University offers on-campus accommodations at very reasonable cost. Click here or on the LOCATION tab above for more information. There are also many hotels nearby.



GETTING TO VANCOUVER IS EASY

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is easily accessible from almost every major city in the world. For a list of carriers that offer domestic or international service to Vancouver visit Vancouver Airline Directory. You may also search for flights on kayak.com, expedia.com, travelocity.com, or through your local travel agency.

GETTING TO SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

Simon Fraser University is located on the summit of Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
For directions to SFU by car or transit click on the appropriate links:

From the Vancouver International Airport
By car / By public transit

From the Tsawassen Ferry Terminal
By car / By public transit

From the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
By car / By public transit

From the Canada / US Border (by car)
From Douglas / Peace Arch Crossing
From Aldergrove Crossing

PASSPORTS and VISAS

Passport Requirements: As of June 1, 2009, everyone from every country arriving in Canada by air, land and sea has needed a passport that will be valid for 6 months beyond the length of your visit. It is a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport with you in case the original one gets lost.
For US citizens to apply for a passport: travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

Proof of Departure: Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.

Visa: For citizens of the US, EU, and Canada a visa is not required; a Tourist Card (FMT form) will be issued free of charge by airlines or upon arrival. For citizens of other countries check with your embassy or with TRAVISA.

For assistance with obtaining the necessary documents for your trip contact TRAVISA’s global international travel information site, an online source for visa and passport requirements, at TRAVISA.

WEATHER

During July the average high temperatures are 23C / 74F and the lows are 12C / 54F.

CURRENCY

Canada — The Canadian dollar itself is a relatively large gold-coloured coin and the locals have nicknamed it the 'Loonie', officially because it features a Canadian bird, the loon, on its face. Paper bills most often come in $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green) and $50 (red) denominations. Coins include the penny (1˘), nickel (5˘), dime (10˘), quarter (25˘), 'loonie' ($1) and 'toonie' ($2). Changing money - It's best to change your money at a recognized bank or other financial institution. Some hotels, many downtown shops and some tourist offices exchange money, but rates are unlikely to be favorable.

ELECTRICITY

Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

LANGUAGE

Canada has two official languages - English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia.

TIME

Vancouver is on Pacific Standard Time, or GMT -8.

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