Venue, Hotels & Transportation

Update March 2020

Worldwork 2020 Musqueam territory, Vancouver BC, Canada which was scheduled to take place from May 23-28, 2020, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For an update on the next upcoming Worldwork check back here after the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have eased globally.

Venue, Hotels & Transportation


Worldwork 2020 will be held at University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada. You will be guests to the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people while staying at UBC. The University of British Columbia is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

The Worldwork conference will be held in the Nest on UBC campus.


The Worldwork Organizing Team is excited to welcome you to the beautiful UBC campus and accommodations with a range of amenities and affordability.  We have reserved a number of rooms to support community building, various economic experiences and convenience as some of our considerations.  If you can possibly stay at UBC please do so. You’ll be helping fill the quota needed for us to make this financially viable.


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Physical Accessibility

If you experience physical access challenges please let the Reservations Office know when you make your booking. They can help ensure that your room is, for example, wheelchair accessible, and/or the size and shape you may need and/or that the room is close enough to the elevator (all rooms have elevator access).

We recommend you stay on campus or as close to campus as possible. There is a range of hotels, hostels and airbnbs available near UBC.

Here is a resource for other hotels in Vancouver:


Getting to The University of British Columbia (UBC)

The Worldwork 2020 conference venue and primary accommodations are located at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Only 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, UBC holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. With over 37,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students, UBC is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top schools, and holds strongly in Top 40 lists the world over.

To UBC From Vancouver International Airport

From Vancouver Airport

The above-ground monorail rapid rail (the “skytrain”) called the Canada Line, travels from the airport into the city of Vancouver. The fare is $9 from the airport to downtown Vancouver.  All Skytrains leaving the airport head towards “Waterfront” Station. This is a fast and easy way to travel from the airport to UBC. If you intend to do so, it is recommended to purchase a “Day Pass” ticket at the airport Skytrain station.  At $10.25 this will be the cheapest way to take transit from the airport to UBC. To do so, take the skytrain from the airport and get off at the Broadway/City Hall station. After exiting the station, (enjoy the view of the mountains facing you) then cross Broadway and catch the “99-B-Line” bus, which is an express bus to UBC.  The 99-B-Line’s final stop is UBC’s North Bus Loop, across the street from the Walter Gage Towers Residence.
The Canada Line Skytrain runs every seven minutes from YVR-Airport station during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. Total travel time from the airport to UBC is approximately 50 minutes. Remember to keep your validated ticket for inspection purposes and to use as a transfer ticket. Information on where to purchase tickets and directions on how to get to the Canada Line Skytrain from the arrivals terminals can be found at


Taxis to UBC take approximately 30 minutes. Taxis are queued outside the domestic and international arrival gates, and are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. If you are arriving from an international destination or the U.S.A., the taxi departure bay is outside the building on the same level. The approximate fare to UBC is between $30.00-$40.00, and can be paid by credit card or cash. All taxis that pick up passengers from the airport are fully licensed. Aerocar Service offers flat rate limo service from the airport, at $53 from YVR to UBC.

  • Black Top Cabs, Phone: 604-731-1111
  • Yellow Cab Co. Ltd., Phone: 604-681-1111
  • Vancouver Taxi, Phone: 604-871-1111
  • MacLure’s Cabs, Phone: 604-831-1111
  • Aerocar Service, Phone: 604-298-000

By Car or Carpool/ Vanpool/Parking

  • If you are traveling by car, drive westbound along either 4th Avenue, 10th Avenue, 16th Avenue, or 41st Avenue into Southwest Marine Drive.
  • Limited parking is available for guests staying in on-campus accommodation. Visitor parking for those staying off-campus is available at various parkades around campus. Information regarding rates and where to park can be found at:

Getting to Gage Residence

Gage residence is conveniently located near the The Nest, bus loop, and many campus recreational facilities. See map:

Car Rental

There are a number of car rental companies that are located at Vancouver International airport:  Some hotels offer free shuttle service from hotels to their pick-up and drop-off locations.  Such arrangements can be made in advance with your hotels.

The following are a few of the car rental companies located throughout Vancouver:

Getting Around Vancouver


Translink is the public transportation provider in Vancouver.  For full information on bus, skytrain and sea bus routes and fares visit: or call 604-953-3333

Sea Bus

The Sea Bus is a passenger only ferry from downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver for shopping at the Londsdale Quay and access to hiking and mountain biking on the North Shore mountains.  The crossing takes 15 mins and costs $2.95.

Bike Sharing

Bike share is a service that makes public bicycles available for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis. The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any station in the system, making bike share ideal for short, one-way trips.

Bike Rentals

Renting a bike to take in and around the cycling routes in downtown’s Stanley Park is a popular thing to do.  Here are 10 popular bike rental stores near to Stanley Park:

False Creek Ferries

If you are staying downtown and looking for transport between either bank of False Creek (the water that burrard and granville bridges cross) or are looking for a fun touristy thing to do, there’s a network of small ferries that run from the area around Science World, to various points along the south seawall, including Granville Island and Kits Beach point.

Click Here for more information

Evo Car Share

A car share opportunity in Vancouver that allows you to pick up and leave a car throughout the city! They require a 35$ sign up fee and a driving abstract but after that it is quite simple to use and rates are reasonable. Click here for more information