Travel and accommodations information

How to get to Victoria? Most of participants are flying in through Victoria International Airport (YYJ) located in Sidney. The map in the bottom of the page includes the route between the airport and downtown Victoria. The distance is approximately 27 km and takes ~30 minutes. A cab ride costs about $65 CAD. Riding the bus using the regular public BC Transit System (routes 70 and 72) takes 1 hour and 25 minutes, and costs $2.50 CAD (no change returned).

If you arranged your travel itinerary passing through Vancouver airport you can take the BC Ferry from the Tsawwassen Terminal into Swartz Bay Ferry terminal, also in Sidney. The route from the Swartz Bay to downtown Victoria is also shown in the map below.

Main accommodation options in downtown Victoria

We urge ISSMMTC attendees to book early. There is a limited number of room-nights reserved at the venue at the special rate of CA$179 per night. The rooms are allocated on a first come - first served basis.

To ensure this special rate, book the Inn at Laurel Point here:
https://reservations.travelclick.com/12209?groupID=1988682

Other options

Hotels* (walking distance to venue) Rates in CAD**
The Fairmont Empress Hotel (850 m, 10 min) 300-350/night
Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (1.9 km, 25 min) 220-320/night
Hotel Grand Pacific (450 m, 5 min) 200-275/night
Marriott Victoria (1.2 km, 14 min) 239/night
Swans Hotel and Brewpub (1.6 km, 21 min) 200-250/night
Chateau Victoria Hotel (1.2 km, 14 min) 209/night
Harbour Towers (350 m, 5 min) 200-250/night
Victoria Regent Watrefornt Hotel & Suites (1.4 km, 17 min) 160-225/night
Quality Inn Victoria (several) 159/night
Days Inn - Victoria on the Harbour (350 m, 5 min) 150-200/night
Capital City Center Hotel (2.1 km, 26 min) 110-150/night
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses (2.6 km, 33 min) 180-280/night
   
Here a link to a complete list of hotels near downtown Victoria  

 

Bed and Breakfast/Hostels* Rates in CAD**
Ocean Island Inn Backpacker Suites 30-60/night, shared and private rooms
HI-Victoria Hostel 30-60/night, shared and private rooms
Turtle Hostel 30-60/night, shared and private rooms

Vacation rentals by owner services such as VRBO and Airbnb are becoming a popular choice.
It may be particularly suited if you plan to attend the workshop with a group of
colleagues and wish to save on travel costs.

 

* participants are responsible for arranging their own accomodation reservations.
** price range may vary with seasons. We recommend you secure your accomodation as soon as you confirm your participation in the workshop. Canadian to US dollar exchange rate is 0.76 as of Jun 16 2017. Check a currency converter when you plan your trip.

 

Airport to downtown route

Please note that as of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and most but not all travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

Swartz Bay Ferry terminal to downtown route

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline with intent to publish in the "Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences" volume, produced by the Geological Society of London (GSL) 15 February 2017
GSL first draft paper submission deadline: 1 August 2017 
Return of GSL manuscripts to authors for final revision: 1 October 2017
Final paper submission deadline to GSL: 1 November 2017
Early bird registration deadline: 1 November 2017
Application for student and post-doc travel support deadline: 15 February 2018
Abstract submission deadline for long, non-GSL abstracts: 15 March 2018
Registration deadline for guaranteed receipt of symposium book (later registration possible at same cost without guaranteed book): 15 March 2018
Symposium: 7-9 May 2018

Symposium Organizers:

Dave Mosher (PhD) University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
Gwyn Lintern (DPhil/PhD) Geological Survey of Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada
Cooper Stacey (MSc) Geological Survey of Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada
Lorena Moscardelli (PhD) Statoil R&T, Austin, TX, USA
Martin Scherwath (PhD) Ocean Networks Canada, BC, Canada

Scientific Committee:

Dave Mosher (PhD) University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
Gwyn Lintern (DPhil/PhD) Geological Survey of Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada
Lorena Moscardelli (PhD) Statoil R&T, Austin, TX, USA
Phil Hill (PhD) Geological Survey of Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada
Cooper Stacey (MSc) Geological Survey of Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, BC, Canada