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Loyalists come West 2015: UELAC Annual General Meeting, Victoria, BC, Canada, 28-31 May 2015.

Victoria's heritage architecture, colourful gardens, and fine British traditions, as in afternoon tea, mixed with a plethora of outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences, and an enviable cocktail and craft beer scene, will offer Conference attendees a playful environment after the business of the day.

Be sure to stay a few days pre- or post- conference to see all that there is while you tour the sites and attractions of beautiful Victoria, BC. Remember that the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina have guaranteed your conference room rate for three days pre-/post- conference.

The city of Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada, and is green and beautiful year-round. In fact, Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located, is rated one of the top islands in the Continental US and Canada and one of the top ten islands in the world.

The Conference Planning Committee awaits our delegates: Opening doors to our West Coast Hospitality.

Be sure to indulge in one of Victoria's grandest traditions: "Afternoon Tea" at The Fairmont Empress Hotel. "The Empress" dominates the waterfront skyline as it presides over the harbour. For over 107 years, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual, the taking of Afternoon Tea. When touring Victoria, the Empress is a great way to drink in the ambience and relax in a beautiful lounge with its jazz piano tinkling lightly in the background. Award-winning pastry chefs work their magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience, from your very first sip of specially blended Empress Tea to the freshly baked scones, served with Jersey cream and preserves. Conference Attendees will be presented in a relaxing atmosphere within the opulent Tea Lobby, the stately Harbourside Room or under the hand-painted ceiling of the Library Lounge. Afternoon Tea is an absolute "must do" for all who visit Victoria.

Dress Code

Dress code is casually elegant. Please: no ripped jeans, short shorts, cut-off pants, beach wear, flip flops or baseball caps.

Reservations

Reservations are strongly recommended, however, walk-ins may be available. Tables are held for ten minutes after reservation time. For reservations and information, please call 250 389 2727.

For the comfort of all guests, it is requested that all mobile devices be turned off during Afternoon Tea.

Source courtesy: Tourism Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Transportation to and from the Conference

Victoria Airport

After deplaning at Victoria's International Airport, one has the following choices for getting to the downtown Conference site. The Victoria International Airport is served by the following taxi and shuttle bus services:

YYJ Airport Shuttle      (778) 351-4995 1-855-351-4995
Yellow Cab of Victoria   (250) 381-2222 1-855-351-6881


Note: Accessible transportation services are available for special-needs passengers. This includes passengers traveling with power wheelchairs or mobility scooters. An advance reservation of at least one hour is recommended.

Public Transportation

Victoria International Airport is served by BC Transit, with twenty departures to and from YYJ and the McTavish Transit Exchange with several connections to Swartz Bay, the Saanich Peninsula, and downtown Victoria. For the latest schedule information, please refer to the BC Transit website -bctransit.com/Victoria/- or call (250) 382-6161. Conference Website: www.uelac.org/uelvictoria/UELAC-Conference-2015-Victoria-BC.htm.

Points to Remember

You are responsible for your hotel reservations. We suggest the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel Resort & Marina (1-800-716-6199) orwww.coasthotels.com/reservations). For your guaranteed special rate, quote "United Empire Loyalists' Convention."

To get the special rate for booking over the internet (www.coasthotels.com/reservations), quote "CVH-GFC5700."

WestJet is the official conference airway. For a 10% discount, quote "CC8473."

For terms, conditions, and contact information for booking your flight, see the UEL Victoria Branch website (www.uelac.org/uelvictoria).

Other central hotels near the Conference hotel are:

* Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X3. Reservations (toll free): 1-800-663-7550

* Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel, 728 Humboldt Street, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3Z5. Reservations: 1-866-306-5451

* Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria, B.C., V8V 1W4. Central Reservations (toll free): 1-800-663-5896.

For further information regarding accommodation, visit Tourism Victoria at: www.tourismvictoria.com.

By the Conference Planning Committee 2015
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