Travel Information


The following hotels are suggested, based on prices (provided by and Trip Advisor ratings:

Harbour Towers Victoria Marriott
Harbour Towers
- $150/night (Use block code: CBE5)
- 15-minute walk from conference centre
- Central Reservations: 1.800.663.5896 (Toll Free in Continental North America)
- Online Reservations
- Email:
Victoria Marriott
- $159/night (use group code CHECHEA)
- Directly across from conference centre
- By phone at 1-877-515-2148 – ask for the Chemosynthesis Conference group rate
- Online booking via Victoria Marriott website
- Direct booking: Book Deluxe Room for $159/night


  • Do not delay booking your accommodations! August is high season in Victoria, and hotels fill very quickly.
  • Ask your hotel of choice if they have a conference rate. The Chateau Victoria definitely does and others may as well.
  • All downtown hotels are within walking distance of the Victoria Conference Center.

R/V Thompson passing Fisgard Lighthouse

The 5th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. The city is situated at the southern end of Vancouver Island on Canada's Pacific Coast. Victoria is a year round destination that offers a friendly, safe haven for all visitors. The wild beauty of the Pacific coast and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas will follow you wherever you go. National Geographic Magazine recognizes Vancouver Island as one of the best cold-water diving destinations in the world and the renowned Jacques Cousteau Society rates the area as only second to the Red Sea for diversity of marine life and water clarity.

Victoria was voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 City in the Americas for ambience and adventure and the #1 Island by Traveler's Magazine. The Ocean Networks Canada ocean observatory has installations at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold-seep habitats off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Installed cameras and sensors will provide symposium participants with real-time data and video feeds from the seafloor.

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Getting to Victoria

Please note that you need to make your own travel arrangements and remember to book early to get the best fares.

Victoria and Vancouver Island are well served by transportation carriers including ferries and international airports.

Arriving by Air

The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has a reputation for ease, efficiency and friendliness, despite being the 9th busiest in Canada and serving 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights throughout North America including non-stop service from Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, San Francisco and Seattle. View International Airport Routes

Downtown Victoria is also serviced by local and regional flights via Harbour Air Seaplanes, Helijet International and Kenmore Air Seaplanes.

Arriving by Sea

Ferry service efficiently connects Victoria on Vancouver Island to its Canadian and US neighbours. Frequent daily service by BC Ferries between Vancouver and Victoria brings cars and passengers to its terminal at Swartz Bay, approximately 32 km north of Victoria.

The Coho (Black Ball Ferry Line) ferries passengers and vehicles between Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington.

The Clipper offers passenger-only service connecting our city to Seattle.

Ground Transportation

Travel from Victoria International Airport to the Victoria Conference Center, by your choice of hotel shuttle, taxi cab, airporter service, or rental car, takes approximately 30 minutes.

Pacific Coach Lines offers daily scheduled bus transportation service between downtown Vancouver, YVR (Vancouver International Airport) and downtown Victoria. The highlight of this scenic transfer is a 95 minute ferry ride through the Gulf Islands on BC Ferries.


Join us on Friday, August 23rd, for a full-day excursion around the Pacific Marine Circle Route, which will include a visit to spectacular Botanical Beach, enchanting Avatar Grove and the scenic Averill Creek Vineyard.

Cost: $85 (includes lunch)

Dawn over the Southern Gulf Islands