Make the Botany 2008 Conference a chance to explore, rest and rejuvenate before returning home.


Vancouver is surrounded by numerous beaches With miles of protected coastline, Vancouver offers an incredible variety of beaches, from right downtown at English Bay to Crescent Beach in White Rock. The city boasts an equally diverse selection of botanical gardens and parks, including Vancouver's treasured 1,000 acre/400 hectare Stanley Park.


Vancouver's year-round mild climate makes it easy to discover the great outdoors. You can ski the local mountains, dine on a glacier, cycle the seawall or stroll through a rainforest. Discover ancient natural forests or explore the beauty of the region by sea kayak. Vancouver also offers some of the most spectacular and challenging golf courses in Canada.


The sidewalk cafes, specialty stores and coffee shops attract visitors and locals alike. Yaletown has converted its old industrial warehouses into trendy places to shop, eat and be seen. Besides the fabulously fresh food at the public market on Granville Island, this heritage area is home to many artisans who blow glass, weave intricate tapestries and throw clay. Gastown is a great place for those looking for First Nations craftworks. Thanks to Vancouver's ethnic diversity, you can find authentic goods from just about anywhere in the world as well as the traditional shopping delights of designer shops and malls.


Vancouver's multicultural population is reflected in its incredible variety and quality of cuisine, from West Coast traditional to Dim Sum. If you crave it - Vancouver's got it. Home to exquisite dining experiences, especially if you're into fresh seafood, fine French, Italian, Asian or Pacific Northwest. A very chic eatery or a sunny patio -Vancouver has it all!


Attendees of Botany 2008 should take the opportunity to enhance their event experience by taking advantage of the incredible pre and post opportunities that British Columbia has to offer:


From Vancouver, a scenic 90-minute drive north along the Sea to Sky Highway leads to Whistler, North America’s #1 ski resort and co-host for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Along the way, there are excellent photo and hiking opportunities, including spectacular Shannon Falls and the stunning Squamish Chief rock face.

Once in Whistler, stroll the European ski resort styled village with it’s cobble stoned streets, enjoy a wide selection of restaurants and outdoor cafés, or take in year-round special events and street performers. Winter recreational activities include world famous skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In the summer, enjoy championship golf, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, guided nature walks, swimming, and other water sports.



Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city is accessible from Vancouver by passenger/vehicle ferry, floatplane or helicopter. Spot Orca whales and sea lions en route as the ferry makes its way through the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, experience the old English charm with a double-decker bus ride or traditional afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress hotel. Other attractions include the Parliament Buildings and Butchart Gardens.

Just north of Victoria, there are wineries in Cowichan Valley, native totems in Duncan and art galleries in Chemainus. Continue to the West Coast of the island to Long Beach and the quaint fishing villages of Tofino and Ucluelet.


Vancouver serves as the home port for the renowned thousand-mile Inside Passage cruise, offering some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Passengers will be enthralled with the wondrous maze of forested islands, glacier-carved fjords and Southeast Alaska’s most popular, frontier friendly ports.


Travel east through the rolling farmlands of the Fraser Valley to delightful Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Spend the day relaxing in the natural mineral hot springs, or swimming, windsurfing, canoeing or waterskiing on the freshwater lake. Before returning to Vancouver, nearby excursions include a visit to historic Fort Langley “The Birthplace of BC”, Minter Gardens or beautiful Bridal Falls.


Situated in central British Columbia, the Thompson-Okanagan region is one of the province’s most beautiful and best-kept secrets. With its green valleys, bountiful orchards, crystal clear lakes and mountain resorts, the area abounds with things to do and see year-round. From wine tasting tours to white-water rafting, golfing and sailing summer in the Okanagan Valley has it all.


Whether you are looking for peace and solitude or outdoor adventure, head to the BC Rockies. Here, the landscape is as diverse as the views are spectacular. You’ll discover cool glaciers and natural hot springs, dense forests and wide open meadows. And there is plenty to do, everything from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

    Capilano Suspension Bridge         Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden         Minter Gardens