Travel & Accommodation

Event Parking

Parking is available in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Parkade located at 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, less than a 1-minute walk from the VICC!

Ticket dispensers in the City parkades and parking lots accept coins, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Multi-day parking is available through the ticket dispenser.

Street Parking: The City of Nanaimo has a number of on-street parking stalls available for public use. These stalls consist of unmetered, metered, and disabled stalls.

Read more about parking in downtown Nanaimo on the City of Nanaimo website.

Please note that the Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference assumes no liability for any damages, theft, or loss incurred by your vehicle or its contents. Delegates are reminded that parking is undertaken at their own risk, and the conference organizers cannot be held accountable for any unforeseen incidents.


Partner Hotels

The 8th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference has partnered with the below hotels, to provide delegates with premium accommodation options during their stay in Nanaimo.

For booking inquiries, please contact the hotels directly.  

Address: 100 Gordon Street Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8

Phone: (250) 824-2705

Arrival & Departure: April 24 – April 26, 2024

Website: www.marriott.com/reservation

Address: 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4

Phone: 1-800-716-6199

Individual Call In: Use Group Name: The Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference

Email: info@coasthotels.com

Arrival & Departure: April 24 – April 27, 2024

Address: 70 Church Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5H4 Canada

Phone: 1-(800) 780-7234

Website: www.bestwestern.com/book/nanaimo


Travel to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) is located at 101 Gordon Street in downtown Nanaimo.

By Ferry

Hullo Ferries is pleased to offer conference delegates 20% off BC’s new fast ferry from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Nanaimo in 70 minutes.

Use code IROC20 for 20% off sailings between April 23-28, 2024.

BC Ferries provides passenger and vehicle service to Nanaimo from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay (1 hr., 40 min.) terminal and Tsawwassen (2 hrs.) terminal. Ferries arrive in Departure Bay (5 min. from VICC) and Duke Point (20 min. from VICC). Taxi, bus and shuttle services are available at terminals. Other ferry services, with 90-minute to 3-hour crossing times, link various points in Washington State with Victoria or nearby Sidney, BC.

By Seaplane & Helicopter

Harbour Air provides service from Vancouver Harbour (20 min.) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) (20 min.) to Nanaimo Harbour, docking 2 blocks from VICC.

Helijet offers scheduled and chartered helicopter flights from the Vancouver Harbour, Vancouver Airport, and Nanaimo Harbour.

Seair Seaplanes offers service between YVR (15 min.) and its Departure Bay terminal, which is less than a five-minute drive from VICC. Tofino Air offers 12 flights daily to and from Nanaimo Harbour and Vancouver Harbour.

By Car

The Conference Centre is situated near Commercial Street, where Gordon Street intersects the Trans-Canada Hwy/Hwy 1/Terminal Avenue. While on-street parking is limited, there is a public parkade behind the building on Gordon St.

By Commercial Flight

Air Canada runs 20-minute flights from Vancouver International Airport to Nanaimo Airport, located 15 minutes from VICC. Westjet Airlines and Air Canada offer connecting flights from Calgary International Airport to Nanaimo Airport. Various US and Canadian airlines fly into Victoria International Airport (2 hrs. from VICC). Taxi, bus and shuttle services are available at terminals.