Travel & Visitor Resources


Victoria is served by Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and can also be reached by other modes of transportation as detailed here. The YYJ Shuttle is one option for transportation from Victoria International Airport to the Victoria Conference Centre area.

Conference Location

All conference activities take place at the Victoria Conference Centre located at 720 Douglas Street, Victoria BC V8W 3M7, Canada.


Visit this page to search an interactive list of the hundreds of restaurants in Victoria.


Visit this page to learn more about activities, museums and other attractions in Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Whale Watching:

Ocean Optics XXIII Conference attendees and their friends & family will automatically receive our 30% discount by just mentioning their conference when they reserve directly with SpringTide, either by telephone, on our website, via email, or by dropping in to see us at 1119 Wharf Street, whichever is most convenient. Learn more at:


The discounted room rates are no longer available at the Marriott Inner Harbour and Strathcona hotels, but rooms at the regular rate may still be available. Resources to find other lodging is available here.

Visitor Visa and/or electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for traveling to Canada

Changes have recently been implemented regarding travel to Canada. Please check the Visit Canada website to determine the type of documentation needed to enter Canada. Contact Jenny Ramarui, Conference Coordinator ([email protected]) if you need a letter of participation. Attendees needing a visa are encouraged to apply at least 12 weeks in advance of travel dates.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has officially recognized the Ocean Optics Conference as special event in Canada (the event code is 16OOSS). Information about the conference will be disseminated to Canadian visa offices world-wide, which should help the application process go more smoothly.

Exhibitors: here to download the recognition letter, which may provide useful information when when sending shipments from countries outside of Canada.