VISS 2017 (Feb. 17-19, 2017) will take place in downtown Vancouver, centered around Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay at 412 West Hastings Street. Opening and closing ceremonies, equipment rental, the Saturday evening gala, and a variety of martial arts workshops will be held at Academie Duello.

In addition, we’ll also be holding workshops across the street at a location we’re calling the “Annex” (417 W. Hastings St.). Workshops will be held on the third floor of the annex, while lectures will take place on the fourth floor. Finally, we are also holding more workshops at Dancey Ballroom (505 Hamilton St.) two blocks away.

All three locations are within a short walking distance from one another and accessible via public transit.

These three facilities are especially convenient to our attendees who plan on staying at the Victorian Hotel, a longtime VISS sponsor which is located on the same block as Dancey Ballroom. Attendees will be able to easily move between the Victorian and each of the venues, great for taking a break between sessions or getting refreshed for the gala!



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


The Victorian Hotel will once again be offering a special rate exclusively to Vancouver Swordplay attendees for their deluxe rooms as well as their B&B (shared bathroom) accommodations.

The Victorian Hotel is a unique boutique hotel located at 514 Homer Street, within very easy walking distance from Academie Duello. Recently renovated, the rooms are cozy yet modern with an old-world charm. Built in 1898 as one of the first guesthouses of Vancouver, it is continuing that fine tradition of hospitality with modern rooms and uncomplicated, friendly service. A complimentary continental breakfast is included with all guest stays.

To reserve a room, please contact The Victorian at reservations@victorianhotel.ca, and let them know you will be attending VISS 2017.

Looking for a different place to stay? 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.

Also, please feel free to ask about options for accommodations and tourism when you register.

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, and the skytrain will take you straight to Academie Duello.
  • 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, and the skytrain will take you straight to Academie Duello.


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!