What are the entry fees?
Card fees are CA$ 15 per person per event (see also next question).
What currency is used at the tournament?
The official currency is the Canadian dollar, but we also accept US $ at par.
How do we get to Victoria?
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. As there is no bridge to the mainland, getting to Victoria requires taking a ferry (car or passenger) or flying in.
- From the Vancouver area, BC Ferries offers regular scheduled service for cars and foot passengers to Victoria (Swartz Bay) and Nanaimo.
- The V2V , a passenger-only vessel, makes a daily trip from Vancouver to Victoria every afternoon (although check for possible schedule change).
- From Seattle, Clipper Vacations operates a fast, (2.5 hours) passenger-only catamaran. Check out their promotional fare for bridge players.
- From Port Angeles, Wa, the Coho Ferry (cars and foot passengers) crosses the Juan de Fuca Strait to downtown Victoria in 1.5 hours.
- Fly to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) on a regularly scheduled commercial airline.
- Fly to Victoria Harbour (right by the tournament venue) on a seaplane from Vancouver (Harbour Air) or Seattle (Kenmore Air).
- Fly to Victoria Harbour (James Bay) from Vancouver via Helijet.
Where can we stay?
The Conference Centre where the tournament is being held is part of the same building complex as the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel. Additionally, Victoria has many lodging options at a variety of prices (Google “Hotels Victoria”). Below is a list of hotels offering special tournament rates:
Chateau Victoria- Rooms $144 Suites $185 (www.chateauvictoria.com)
Doubletree by Hilton Rooms $ 175 Suites $195 (www.doubletree.hilton.com)
Hotel Grand Pacific-rooms at $169 (hotelgrandpacific.com)
Strathcona hotel-a number of rooms and suites starting at $90 and up (www.strathconahotel.com)
- Make sure to ask for the bridge rate when making a reservation!
- Applicable taxes are not included.
- For American players, the US dollar goes a lot further in Canada. For current exchange rates click here.
What can we do in Victoria (other than play bridge)?
Victoria is known as the City of Gardens, the most famous of these being Butchart Gardens. There are also many interesting things to do, both on-water and off. Check out Tourism Victoria’s website for more details.
Do you speak English in Victoria?
Of course! The Queen’s English, preferably.