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2 CurrenCy We recommend all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada . Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving . Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions . • Canadian one dollar coin ("loonie") ($) = 00 cents • Canadian two dollar coin ("toonie") ($) = 200 cents • Notes are in denominations of $ 000, $ 00, $50, $20, $ 0, $5 • Coins are in denominations of $2, $ , $0 .50, $0 .25, $0 . 0, $0 .05, $0 .0 The Canadian dollar itself is a relatively large gold-colored coin and the locals have nicknamed it the ‘Loonie’, officially because it features a Canadian bird, the loon, on its face . geograPHy Vancouver City is bordered on the north by Burrard Inlet, which is the City’s main harbor . English Bay, a large body of water that is popular with sailboarders and sailboaters alike, also serves as a freighter’s ‘parking lot’ as they wait for berths in the harbor . The Bay marks the western edge of the City’s downtown core and the northern edge of the City’s west side and Point Grey area . The Fraser River is on the south of the City, and the municipality of Burnaby is on the east . To the south of Vancouver City are the suburban municipalities of Richmond and Delta, each with their own community cores . The downtown core of Vancouver, with English Bay on one side and Burrard Inlet on the other, is a peninsula that lies west-northwest (or east-southeast .) languages Federal government departments provide service in English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either a first or second language . loCaTion Vancouver is located on the mainland of North America, in the south west corner of British Columbia, which is the westernmost of Canada’s ten provinces . Greater Vancouver is made up of 8 municipalities that occupy 2,930 square kilometers on and around the Fraser River delta . The City of Vancouver is one of them . abouT vanCouver/Travel TiPs Vancouver City is on the western-most part of a peninsula that is a major extension of the Fraser River’s delta . The delta juts into a part of the Pacific Ocean, separating Vancouver Island from the mainland, called the Strait of Georgia . Several self-governing urban areas called municipalities make up Greater Vancouver . Six of them - Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody - are east of Vancouver . Several more municipalities are to the north of Vancouver, separated from it by Burrard Inlet, which is the main waterway for Canada’s largest western port . These five municipalities are West Vancouver, Lions Bay, North Vancouver, Belcarra and Anmore, and are collectively known as the North Shore . They are all nestled on the slopes of the majestic Coast Mountain range; mountains that form the northern edge of the Vancouver metropolis, and are a major part of its spectacular views . The southern boundary of the City of Vancouver is the North Arm of the Fraser River, one of the largest rivers entering the Pacific . On the opposite shore of the Fraser River are the lowland Greater Vancouver municipalities: Richmond, Delta, Surrey, White Rock and Langley . Thirty-eight kilometers (24 miles) south of downtown Vancouver is the Canada-US boundary . Across the Strait of Georgia and 96 km (60 miles) to the south-west is British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island . Vancouver is almost exactly halfway between Western Europe and the Asia Pacific countries . PoPulaTion Based on 200 Canadian Census reports, the population of the City of Vancouver in 2004 is estimated at 583,296 . Greater Vancouver’s estimated total population for 2004 is 2 . million, 50 .8% of BC’s population of 4 .2 million . sTreeTs The City’s streets are generally laid out in a standard grid, with the more modern neighborhoods - those defined as unified developments - tending to have streets that wander . The streets of the grid run northsouth and the avenues are east-west . The avenues, for the most part, are numbered-First, Second, Third and so on, with two major avenues breaking that flow: Broadway, which should be Ninth, and King Edward Avenue, which should be 25th . All the streets are named, as are all the roadways in the downtown core . For historical reasons, the block numbering east-west starts in the single digits on either side of Ontario Street, which runs north-south just east of the downtown core, and so those addresses east of Ontario are referred to as East Broadway or East 23rd Avenue, etc . Those to the west are West Broadway or West 23rd Avenue and the like .

abouT vanCouver/ Travel TiPs, continued sTreeTs - continued The block numbering north south starts at Triumph Street, which is on the City’s east side, and almost at the City’s northern edge . Since virtually all of the streets are south of that, only a handful of addresses need to add the word ‘North’, as in North Nanaimo Street . All the rest just give the road’s name; ‘south’ is assumed . Note: In many grid-style cities the block numbers correspond with the numbered roadways, but not in Vancouver . The 5500 block Knight Street, for instance, is at 39th Avenue . Tax The following outlines tax considerations for visitors to Vancouver: There are three levels of taxation that affect visitors to Vancouver . There’s a 0% tax charged on accommodation and liquor . For most other goods and services, there is a 7% provincial sales tax (PST) and the 6% federal goods and services tax (GST .) Provincial Sales Tax (7%), liquor (10%) Sales tax on all purchases is seven percent, except for liquor, which is 0 percent . However, if a visitor purchases goods and services and the vendor ships the goods or services directly to their home location outside of British Columbia, no sales tax is charged . This excludes automobiles, aircraft and building materials . Goods & Services Tax (GST) (6%) The Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of six per cent is an additional tax applicable to most purchased goods and services purchased in Canada, regardless of whether the buyer is a resident of or visitor to Canada . The GST can be partially reimbursed or rebated to non-residents of Canada . Time Zone Vancouver is in the Pacific Time zone, eight hours ahead of Greenwich, or Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) . When it’s midnight in London, England, it’s 4pm Pacific Time . That’s during Standard Time, which runs from the last Sunday each October to the last Saturday in April . During Daylight Savings Time, from the last Sunday in April to the last Saturday of October, Vancouver is seven hours ahead of UCT . Travelers CHeques Travelers cheques in Canadian dollars are the safest and most convenient way to carry money . They are widely accepted and can be cashed at banks or foreign exchange brokers . Identification may be required when cashing travelers cheques . WeaTHer Autumn on the coast is very mild with summer-like weather often stretching into October . The average daily high temperatures in October are: 4° Celsius or 57° Fahrenheit . Bring warm, waterproof clothing if visiting at this time of year, and expect to see some spectacular fall foliage! visiTor informaTion CenTer Downtown Vancouver • Vancouver Tourist Info Centre Plaza Level, 200 Burrard Street Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6C 3L6 Tel: 604 .683 .2000 • Fax: 604 .682 .6839 • www .tourismvancouver .com Hours of Operation Daily 08:30am - 6:00pm (PST) Note: Representatives from the Vancouver Visitors Centre will be onsite during the 6 st Annual Meeting . They will be located in the Lobby of the VCEC across from the AACPDM registration desk . visiTor Tax rebaTe BRIEFING NOTE - Elimination of the GST Visitor Rebate Program Background The GST is a value-added tax that applies to the vast majority of goods and services in Canada . The Visitor Rebate Program provides GST relief in respect of goods exported from Canada by non-residents, shortterm accommodation and certain tour packages for non-residents, and certain property and services used in the course of conventions held in Canada . The Visitor Rebate Program was eliminated effective April , 2007, as part of the package of specific spending restraint measures announced by the Government on September 25, 2006 . Under the amendments, if a written agreement for a supply to which GST relief applies was entered into prior to the announcement date, the relief would generally continue to be available (as described below) to recognize the fact that contracts may have been negotiated based on the availability of that relief . In addition, the current one-year period to claim a rebate would continue to apply . For further information: www .cra-arc .gc .ca/tax/nonresidents/visitors/ qa-e .html 3

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