Location, Accommodations & Tourism

VISS 2020 will be held March 6-8 in Richmond, BC at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Richmond Oval


Richmond Olympic Oval

6111 River Rd
Richmond, BC V7C 0A2

The Track Zone at the Richmond Olympic OvalThe Richmond Olympic Oval is a stunning 512,000 square foot multi-sport complex, with unlimited potential. Rinks, courts, track, climbing wall, the Olympic Experience and High-Performance athlete services combined with a strong Sport Hosting partnership creates dynamic marketing and event hosting opportunities.

The Track Zone at the Richmond Olympic Oval consists of 6,782 square metres (73,000 square feet) of spike-resistant multi-sport flooring: the largest sport court of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Track Zone is made entirely of Pulastic® SP: a spike-resistant composite blend of plastic and rubber that provides the consistent ball rebound, friction and shock absorption characteristics necessary for high performance competition.


Traveling south from Vancouver, Richmond can be accessed via Granville Street and the Arthur Laing Bridge, Oak Street or Knight Street. From the south and east Richmond is directly accessible by Highway 99 and Highway 91. Travel time on Highway 99 from the US-Canada border to Richmond is approximately 20 minutes.

Once exiting into Richmond and on Westminster Highway, follow it to Gilbert Road. Proceed one block north on Gilbert Road to Elmbridge Way. Proceed one block west on Elmbridge Way to Hollybridge Way. Follow Hollybridge Way north to its first intersection with River Road. The Oval is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hollybridge Way and River Road with entrance off of River Road.

Public Transportation

There is C94 bus service to the Oval from the Canada Line Brighouse Station. Visit translink.ca to view bus schedules online.

Logos for Richmond Olypic Oval and Richmond Sport Hosting


Richmond Olympic Oval

Rates are $1.00/hr
Day Rate: $10.00

The parkade is open during our regular hours of operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m and is free after 10 p.m. Parkade max height is 6’8″. There is no in-and-out service, and the parking payment stations take cash or credit cards only.

There is no over height parking at the Oval. Overflow and free parking locations can be found within a 5-10 minute walk, a map can be downloaded here.

Academie Duello – Saturday Night Gala

412 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

There are numerous parkades around Academie Duello. The closest and largest is at 450 W Cordova St.


Airport Plaza Hotel

VISS is pleased to announce that our hotel partner will be the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel!

Nestled in the vicinity of Downtown Richmond, the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel is a heartbeat away from theatres, parks, entertainment, and 4 of the largest shopping malls in the lower mainland and some of the city’s best restaurants. The complimentary airport shuttle takes about in 10 minutes from the international and south terminals of the airport.

Located a 10 minute walk from the Richmond Oval (Where VISS is being held), it is the closest hotel, while also being less than 10 minutes walk to Richmond Center mall and the Canada Line rapid transit system.
Rooms include free Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, and airport shuttle.


Plaza / Courtyard room: $159/night plus taxes (17.16%)
One bedroom condo suite: $179/night plus taxes (17.16%)
Two bedroom condo suite: $229/night plus taxes (17.16%)

To Book

Call the Executive Hotel at 604-278-5555 or Toll-free at 1-800-663-2878. Quote “Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium” to get the special rates.


Executive Airport Plaza Hotel
7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC, V6X 1A3
Tel: 604-278-5555 | Toll Free: 1-800-663-2878

Downtown Vancouver

Looking for a place to stay in Vancouver? The downtown core is full of accommodations from basic yet thrifty hostels to 5-star luxurious abodes. Tourism Vancouver has a lot of information on their website.

Travel Options

There are many low-cost ways of reaching Vancouver! Here are a few of them:

  • QuickShuttle – QuickShuttle stops directly at Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver airport, and beyond. It is only for cross boarder transport (which means you can’t use it to get from the Vancouver airport to downtown Vancouver). Quickshuttle features free wifi and various drop-off locations, including 2 downtown stops, in Vancouver.
  • BoltBus – BoltBus does not stop at airports, has only one stop per city (in Seattle and Bellingham, these stops are next to main city bus hubs). However, BoltBus is much faster than other mass buslines (e.g. Quickshuttle and Greyhound) and much cheaper as well. Boltbus does allow non-boarder crossing transport as well as cross boarder. BoltBus is likely the most comfortable option, with free wifi and charging outlets in every seat. BoltBus stops in Vancouver on the skytrain line at the train station.
  • Greyhound – Greyhound serves the most cities, including those outside of the Pacific Northwest and isn’t too expensive if you buy well in advance. It is fairly slow, however. Like BoltBus, Greyhound stops in Vancouver on the skytrain line at the train station, please note: begining October 31, 2018 Greyhound has cancelled many routes in BC.


While attending VISS why not extend your stay and plan to visit some of the breathtaking scenery, culture, dining and family friendly activities in the city and province. Welcome to Super Natural British ColumbiaVancouver is ready to welcome you.

Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Vancouver is the largest city in BC and is home to over 578,000 people who work in industries including mining, forestry, biotech, film and software.

The history of the Vacouver area began over 13,000 years ago when the ancestors of the Squamish, Burrard, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam (Xw’muthk’i’um), Tsawwassen, Coquitlam (Kwayhquitlam), Katzie and Semiahmoo Indian bands-arrived from Asia, and people have been finding a reason to visit every since. The fur trade, the excitement of the Gold Rush, artists inspired by the scenery and culture, national exhibitions, and most recently the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Vancouver has something to offer everyone!