Companion Program

 

Registered companions are invited to mingle and relax in the Companion Hospitality Lounge: Sunday, noon - 5:00 PM; Monday, 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM; Tuesday, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Wednesday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM; and Thursday, 7:00 AM - noon, located in the Tuscany Room of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Complimentary breakfast will be served Monday through Thursday, 7:00-9:30 AM. The lounge will also be the gathering point for all companion tours.

      

 

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Companion Lounge Activities

Access to the activities described below is limited to registered companions and registered children. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered companion when in the Companion Lounge. There is no charge for lounge activities unless otherwise stated. Please note that some events have limited attendance. Sign-up sheets will be in the Companion Lounge beginning Sunday afternoon.

 

Monday, July 22, 2013

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM, Vancouver Tourism Presentation

A representative from Tourism Vancouver, Ms. Debbie Reynolds, will provide a brief welcome and overview of what’s happening in Vancouver. Don’t miss this presentation to find out how you can maximize the time you have in Vancouver. Vancouver restaurants and attractions are offering IEEE delegate discounts if you show your delegate badge. You can enter to win a door prize. If you want to know where to shop, walk on the beach, dine on fresh salmon or take a tour of Vancouver, Victoria or Whistler you may want to attend this presentation. During your stay we encourage you to visit our Tourism Vancouver Information Centre located at 200 Burrard Street for one on one travel assistance. We are open 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm. www.tourismvancouver.com

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Hatha Yoga (restricted to ages 18 and up)

This is a slower yoga practice that emphasizes synchronization of breath with movement. This class enhances muscle strength, flexibility and a peaceful mind. All levels welcome.

Candace is a 200-Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been a devoted practitioner of health and wellness for over 15 years. She believes yoga is a powerful, effective practice both physical and mental, whereby reducing stress and tension in your daily life. She is inspired by your quest to feel good, enjoy life, and learn a little more about yourself along the way.

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM, AquaZone: Vancouver Aquarium Outreach Education

Vancouver Aquarium Educators and Volunteers invite you to explore artifacts and live animals living in the marine habitats of British Columbia’s coast. Come explore our touch tubs, get up close to sea stars and hermit crabs; touch a shark jaw or a whale tooth and discover connections between aquatic life, the environment and ourselves. Our interactive display is FUN for all ages! Drop in anytime throughout the afternoon.

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zumba (restricted to ages 18 and up)

Zumba classes are "fitness-parties" that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. Zumba includes music with fast and slow rhythms, and offers different options so it is safe for all fitness levels. Ditch the workout...Join the party!

Herb has been professionally involved in the fitness industry for 30 years and was the owner of Spartacus Athletic Club for the last 15 years. Herb has been driven to help others achieve their fitness goals and enjoy it. He is Canfit Pro. certified and a Zumba instructor.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Arts & Crafts

Enjoy a creative afternoon producing beautiful individual cards, bookmarks or pins. Embellish, sew, cut, glue and see what wonders you can produce. Your two friendly instructors will help you along. Both have art education backgrounds. One is experienced in mixed media and hand embroidery. The other has trained in creative machine embroidery and has design experience. Come along for some fun!

Limited to 30 people. Sign-up required.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Children’s Arts & Crafts

Personalize your own tote bag that you can use for shopping or books. Sheila Kuzmiski, an elementary school teacher and Girl Guide leader, will help you create your own one-of-a-kind tote bag using your very own iron-on design.

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zumba (restricted to ages 18 and up)

Zumba classes are "fitness-parties" that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. Zumba includes music with fast and slow rhythms, and offers different options so it is safe for all fitness levels. Ditch the workout...Join the party!

Herb has been professionally involved in the fitness industry for 30 years and was the owner of Spartacus Athletic Club for the last 15 years. Herb has been driven to help others achieve their fitness goals and enjoy it. He is Canfit Pro. certified and a Zumba instructor.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Discover modern and contemporary architecture while walking through Vancouver’s business district. See results of the unique challenges of preserving “modern heritage” in the face of continuing redevelopment and urban change. Observe the most important modern and historical landmarks and discuss how density impacts a city without a highway running through it. The tallest buildings in British Columbia are found here, as well as Vancouver’s new world class architectural style.

Limited to 25 people. Sign-up required.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Yin Yoga (restricted to ages 18 and up)

This is a meditative, slow-paced practice that uses long, deep stretching to enhance joint mobility and flexibility. All levels welcome.

Candace is a 200-Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been a devoted practitioner of health and wellness for over 15 years. She believes yoga is a powerful, effective practice both physical and mental, thereby reducing stress and tension in your daily life. She is inspired by your quest to feel good, enjoy life, and learn a little more about yourself along the way.

 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Tour Guys Walking Tour (by donation)

Gastown & Chinatown
Explore the history & culture of Vancouver with an upbeat and exciting Tour Guy. Gastown is where the city of Vancouver began, and where some of our more "colourful" history exists. Meet some of the interesting characters that have helped shape the city, walk the cobblestone roads, get a picture with the famous Steam Clock and get insider tips on where to eat and drink. Starting from the Vancouver Convention Centre, this fun, interactive tour moves east along the waterfront to introduce you to our railroad history. From there you will be taken back in time as you walk the streets of Gastown where the city originally began. Explore the cultural side of Vancouver by taking a guided stroll through historic Chinatown. Visit the world’s narrowest business, some authentic Chinese grocery shops, a Chinese tea house and finally the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. On this 120 minute easy-walking tour we give a complete overview of downtown Vancouver and venture into some of the city’s historic buildings.

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Coal Harbour & English Bay
Stroll the amazing Vancouver waterfront from the Olympic Cauldron along Coal Harbour. Take in the majestic views of the North Shore Mountains as you make your way to one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in North America. On this 120 minute easy-walking tour you'll get a unique look into what living in Vancouver is like, explore one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the country and discover the best place in the city to watch the sunset. Urban living, local culture, street art and natural beauty combine to make for an unforgettable tour experience.

 

Companion Tours

Please arrive at the Companion Lounge 15 minutes before the posted start time of the tour. Registration nametags are required for every tour with the exception of the Whistler Day Trip.

Note: The buses used for the tours have storage for a wheelchair, but do not have a wheelchair lift. Guests must be able to enter and exit the buses without the aid of a lift.

 

Whistler Day Trip

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2013 (SOLD OUT!)

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pricing: $76

Activity Levels: 30% bus, 70% leisurely stroll

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Whistler, one of the rising stars in the league of International Destination Resorts, and one of the proud sites of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is featured in this scenic day tour. Guests will board a motorcoach and head on their way to one of the most scenic rides in the world. The trip from Vancouver to Whistler Mountain is a photographer’s paradise.

Traveling by Lions Bay, Porteau Cove, towering pines and plunging cliffs, boats bobbing in marinas, rich green isles of Howe Sound and the majestic mountain peaks present a panorama of nature’s generosity that the guests will long remember. Passing the mining community of Britannia Beach, and the logging town of Squamish, the tour begins to climb into the Coastal Mountains. With the peaks of the rugged Tantalus Range watching its progress, the motorcoach winds its way through the Cheakamus Canyon, past Daisy Lake and Brandywine Falls to the alpine resort of Whistler.
Here in Whistler, enjoy strolling through the sunny Village where guests may be happy to simply browse through quaint village shops, walk along forest trails, or just relax and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Later in the afternoon the guests board a motorcoach for the scenic return trip to Vancouver.

Includes:
• Deluxe motorcoach transportation
• Guide to provide narration through out
• Free time in Whistler Village
http://www.whistler.com


Whistler Day Trip Enhancement (Optional) - Summer Sightseeing Lift Ticket

Pricing: $44

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You haven't been to Whistler until you've been to the top of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The view at 6,000 feet is 360 degrees of stunning beauty any way you look at it. An easy gondola or chairlift ride provides spectacular views all the way to the top. The gondola to the top of Whistler Mountain is accessible for everybody. For the more adventurous, venture up Blackcomb Mountain with an open-air chairlift experience.

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Sights and Sounds of Vancouver

Date & Time: Sunday, July 21, 2013, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Limited Remaining Tickets!)

Date & Time: Monday, July 22, 2013, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (SOLD OUT!)

Pricing: $35

Activity Levels: 90% Bus, 10% leisurely stroll

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This tour provides the perfect opportunity to explore the diverse sights and sounds of Vancouver with a private guide! The tour commences in world-famous Stanley Park, a 1,000 acre peninsula of rain forest only 5 minutes drive from the city centre. Following the winding seawall past picturesque yacht clubs, historic totem poles and the Brockton Point Lighthouse with its view of the pulsating tidal waters of the Inner Harbour, the arch of the Lions Gate Bridge frames the snow capped Lions Peaks beyond. Continuing, the group enters the forest at Prospect Point, exits at the tidal flats of English Bay and arrives at sandy Sunset Beach.

Vancouver’s neighborhoods of Kitsilano and the elite Shaughnessy Heights are explored followed by a stop at Queen Elizabeth Park. Here, guests stop to savor the floral beauty of a former rock quarry magically converted into sunken gardens.
To conclude, the guests motor through the bustling bazaar in the heart of Chinatown and along the brick paved roads of Gastown, the Vancouver of yesteryear, to be dropped back at the hotel to freshen up for their evening ahead.

Includes:
• Deluxe motorcoach transportation throughout
• Narrated sightseeing

Canyons & Mountains

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (Limited Remaining Tickets!)

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Pricing: $116

Activity Levels: 20% Bus, 80% leisurely walk

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This exhilarating tour commences with a brief drive through world famous Stanley Park with the glorious Rose gardens and the waterfowl floating on Lost Lagoon. The park is exited via the Lions Gate Bridge arching over the entrance to Vancouver’s Inner Harbour. This picturesque bridge is one of the two connections between the city proper and its neighboring residential / recreational playground of the mountain sloped North Shore.

The tour continues into the Capilano River Canyon where it stops at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Here, the passengers thrill to walk across the world’s longest suspension footbridge swaying 230 feet above the white water in the gorge below. Once guests have traveled across this suspension bridge they have an opportunity to walk with the birds along a connection of seven smaller suspension bridges linked to the trees. The highest bridge here is 90 feet high and towers over guests below. For those extreme thrill seekers, Capilano’s newest attraction “Cliffwalk” should do the trick. This heart-stopping cliffside journey takes you through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River to previously unexplored areas of the park.
Arriving at the base of Grouse Mountain, participants board the “Super Skyride.” This aerial tramway will whisk the guests up an unforgettable “five minute mile” close to the 4,000 foot peak of Vancouver’s highest mountain. In winter, a skier’s delight, in summer, wooded trails and lakeside walks provide the visitors with a reunion with nature. Here the guests can absorb the spectacular 360 degree view, take in the unique Theatre in the Sky audio visual show “Born to Fly” or marvel at the display of quaint tree trunk carvings. The Mountain is also home to a wildlife habitat with two very active Grizzly Bears. The guests descend from this mountaintop refuge and retrace their route across the harbour’s entrance to their hotel.

Includes:
• Deluxe motorcoach transportation
• Admission into Capilano Suspension Bridge
• Narrated sightseeing throughout
• Roundtrip Gondola transportation at Grouse Mountain
http://www.capbridge.com
http://www.grousemountain.com

First Nations Spirit Tour

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (Limited Remaining Tickets!)

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pricing: $63

Activity Levels: 20% Bus, 80% leisurely stroll

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A brief scenic drive along Spanish Banks takes us from the city centre of Vancouver to the University Endowment Lands and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. World renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections, the museum is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture by noteworthy Arthur Erikson and its unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey.

Inside are magnificent Northwest Coast Indian art and artifacts as well as fascinating collections from other cultures around the world. Permanent exhibitions emphasize the First Nations people of Coastal British Columbia.

The tour allows extra time for companions to explore the University of British Columbia campus at their leisure. In addition to the world-class Museum of Anthropology, the campus houses other major attractions. They include the Beatty Biodiversity Museum, the Nitobe Memorial Garden, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

After an afternoon immersed in culture, the guests will be escorted back to the hotel.

Includes:
• Motorcoach transportation throughout
• Knowledgeable tour guide for narration
• Admission to the Museum of Anthropology
• Guided tour of the museum
http://moa.ubc.ca 
http://www.ubc.ca/vancouver/about

Granville Island Tour & Market Tasting

Date: Thursday July, 25, 2013 (Limited Remaining Tickets!)

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Pricing: $89

Activity Levels: 10% Bus, 5% Aqua Ferry, 85% leisurely walk

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Aquabus water ferries have become a common mode of transportation for many Vancouverites. Cruising through False Creek, guests will see points like the 2010 Olympic Athletes Village, the newly renovated BC Place Stadium and the rest of downtown from a refreshing vantage point on their way over to Granville Island.

Located on the south side of False Creek under the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island’s Public Market, with its festive atmosphere and street entertainers, offers fresh produce, seafood and meats along with flower shops and an ethnic food fair. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by local island chefs who will take them on a private journey through the market exploring all the different aspects and cultures that make up this vibrant “place to be”. Guests will have a chance to sample some regional favourites and learn some tips on food selection and preparation. Following the guided tour, guests will have time to browse the shops and stroll through the market at leisure.

Includes:
• Roundtrip motorcoach transfers
• False Creek transfer via private Aquabus
• Private 2 hour market tour with regional food tastings
• Leisure time in the marketplace
http://www.granvilleisland.com

 

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