Travel and Passports

The following resources can help international travelers plan for their trip to Canada for the 2014 ULI Spring Meeting.


A valid passport (or other documents as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) is required for everyone traveling by land, sea, or air between the United States and Canada.

The U.S. Department of State estimates that it takes four to six weeks to process a passport application. U.S. travelers should check the State Department’s passport website to ensure proper and valid documentation.

Travel with ULI

ULI Northwest is offering a preconference opportunity for 2014 Spring Meeting participants to stop over in Seattle, tour sites including’s global headquarters and the greenest commercial building in the world, and then continue their journey together to Vancouver via rail.

Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot on these behind-the-scenes tours, and let ULI Northwest handle your transportation from Seattle to your Vancouver hotel. Learn more.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada’s second-busiest airport, is located 30 minutes south of downtown Vancouver in Richmond, British Columbia. The airport is served by 68 airlines, offering nonstop flights to more than 20 destinations in the United States.

British Columbia’s Abbotsford International Airport also serves the metro area. It is located approximately an hour and a half east of Vancouver.

Travelers flying to Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport in Seattle and Bellingham International Airport in Bellingham, Washington, have several options for continuing their journey to Vancouver, including Amtrak’s Cascades service and Quick Shuttle.

Train Service

Amtrak Cascades connects Vancouver with 17 cities in the Pacific Northwest, including Bellingham, Seattle, and Tacoma in Washington State and Portland and Eugene in Oregon. The service operates one daily round-trip between Seattle and Vancouver, and one between Portland and Vancouver.

Public Transit within Vancouver

Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, TransLink, provides transit options seven days a week. Its rapid transit system, SkyTrain, offers direct access to Vancouver International Airport via the Canada Line. Canada Line trains leave every four minutes from Vancouver, and every seven minutes from the airport.


Currency exchange services are available at financial institutions throughout Vancouver, and U.S. currency is accepted at most places in the area. Visit the Bank of Canada website for a currency converter.

Credit Cards

Most major credit cards are accepted, but advise your provider before traveling internationally and check with vendors before making a purchase.

Mobile Phones

Contact your mobile phone provider for short-term global voice and data plans.

Traveler’s Checklist

The U.S. State Department offers a convenient checklist to help you prepare for international travel.