Educational Developers Caucus 2018 Conference

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All of us at the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI) look forward to hosting the Educational Developers Caucus Conference from Wednesday, February 14 to Friday, February 16, 2018. Below you will find useful information to help you plan your trip.

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Rooms for conference participants have been reserved at the following hotels.  Shuttle bus pick up and drop off will be available from the Embassy Inn Hotel, Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, and the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites. To receive the conference rates listed below, you will have to email or call the hotel.

Craigdarroch Guest House

Rate: single $126.95, double $138.90 (Note that there are only three rooms available on campus)

What’s included: breakfast and internet

Address: University of Victoria

Ph: 250-721-8395

Email: bookings@uvic.ca

Embassy Inn Hotel

Rate: $139.00 per room per night plus taxes

What’s included: a full hot breakfast buffet, parking and wifi

Group code for booking: “Uvic Conference” and the group number is #4316

Book before: January 19, 2018

Address: 520 Menzies Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 2H4

Ph: 250-382-8161

Fax: 250-382-4224

TF: 1-800-268-8161

Delta Hotels by Marriott™ Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Rate: $159.00 per room per night plus taxes

What’s included: internet

Group code for booking: Learning and Teaching Conference

Book before: January 19, 2018

Address: 100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 0G1

Ph: 1-800-268-1133

Fax: 250-360-5871

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Rate: Traditional rooms at $109.00 per room per night plus taxes; one bedroom suites at $149.00 per room per night plus taxes

What’s included: internet and local calls

Group code for booking: University of Victoria

Group#: 164454

Book before: January 19, 2018

Address: 740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC, V8W 1B2

Ph: 1-800-663-5891

Other recommended accommodations

Hotels

Huntingdon Manor

Coast Victoria Harbourside

Best Western Plus Inner Harbour

Bed and Breakfasts

The Gatsby Mansion

The Craigmyle

Dashwood Manor

Oak Bay Guest House

Lavigne Gourmet B&B

Victoria has many vacation rentals available as well.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia with the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria having a population of 344,615. It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island situated on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Besides being known as the “Garden City,” it is home to the oldest Chinatown in Canada. Victoria is well situated to take advantage of the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.

For more information about Victoria please see the Tourism Victoria website and our Things to do webpage listing the many attractions available to you during your visit.

Walking Tour of Old Town Victoria (including love stories!)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm (after conference opening reception)

Cost per person: $15.00 (cash paid directly to tour guide)

John Adams

Starting at the Visitor Information Centre (shuttle will drop registrants off there) beside Victoria’s scenic Inner Harbour the walking tour will take a route through Old Town, passing some of the oldest heritage buildings in British Columbia, and ending in historic Bastion Square. It will combine the basics about Victoria’s past with exciting stories about the colourful characters who roamed the streets during the days of the Gold Rush. Victoria now has a reputation for quiet gentility, but it wasn’t always that way. A few ghost stories and some true love stories suitable for Valentine’s Day will round out the tour.

The tour will be conducted by John Adams, founder of Discover the Past, and published author of five books about local history. John received his BA in history at UBC and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. He worked for twenty-five years in the field of museums and historic sites and taught part-time at SFU and UVic. He now devotes his time to writing and historical tours.

To learn more about John, please see here (link to http://discoverthepast.com/)

To pre-register and reserve your spot for the tour, please email Marg MacQuarrie at ltcsec@uvic.ca with your name and of individuals that may be accompanying you. Feel free to bring friends and loved ones along on the tour.

John is a well-known historian and storyteller in Victoria. We guarantee that you will love the stroll and the stories!

Victoria has many different attractions for you to enjoy while visiting. Please see the Tourism Victoria website for all the possibilities. Most of the recommended accommodations are situated near the Inner Harbour and provide easy access to attractions and excellent restaurants. Below we highlight just a few that may be of interest.

Attractions

Royal British Columbia Museum and IMAX Theatre

Craigdarroch Castle

The Robert Bateman Centre

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

British Columbia Parliament Building Tours

Harbour Air Seaplane Tours of Victoria

Secrets of the City - Walking Tours

Restaurants

Victoria is a mecca for food. It was recently declared the brunch capital of Canada. What is better than that! Refer to the brunch capital link to access a list of the best places to have brunch in Victoria. You can also reference our local food magazine, Eat, to source the best places to find all of food cravings while in Victoria.

Here, we highlight just a few that consistently stand out for dinner.

Brasserie L’Ecole

Olo Restaurant

Zambri’s

Café Brio

Nourish Kitchen & Café

The list could go on forever. These are only an outstanding few; there are many excellent restaurants to explore. Enjoy!

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Book by: February 23, 2018                                         

Travel from: February 7, 2018 to February 23, 2018                                          

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Arriving by air

If you are flying to Victoria, BC, you will have the following options to make your way to your hotel in downtown Victoria or to the University of Victoria campus:

1. There will taxis available to take you to your destination.

2. Rental car companies in the airport.

3. Take the airport shuttle service called YYJ Airport Shuttle

Arriving by ferry

If you are driving over from Vancouver or the mainland, the most direct route is to take the Tsawwassen ferry to Swartz Bay. If you are planning an early or later in the evening ferry, we recommend that you make a reservation (there is an additional charge). For more information about ferry times and reservations, please see here. Once you arrive, you will take the Pat Bay Highway (about 25 minutes) to your destination.

Arriving by car

If you are renting a car or bringing your own vehicle, there will be ample parking on the University of Victoria campus. Please refer to our campus map here (link to the pdf attached) to view the conference buildings (shaded blue) and to see the Parking Lots (outside Ring Road) that we suggest using due to their proximity to the conference venue (Parking Lot 6 or 10). If arriving for the opening reception or banquet, you can use Parking Lot 9. You can find more information here about the parking rates ($8.00 per day).