Food, Accomodation and How to get there


Mount Benson Ballroom – Vancouver Island Conference Center

101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC


There are a good deal of food venues within walking distance of the venue. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Conference Center  including but not limited to:

Ting Shang Chinese



The Pantry


Freshslice Pizza


Aroma Classic Du Cafe

Thrifty Foods



Sushi Nana

Mambo Gourmet Pizza

The Vault

and more


Vancouver Island Conference Center provides a detailed link to Hotels in the Nanaimo area here:

As Kippers’ staff negotiate with local hotels for special rates we will update this space–we recommend the Coast Bastion, or Best Western Dorchester if you’re looking for somewhere within walking distance and the Ramada if you don’t mind driving and want breakfast included.

Watch this space and our Facebook page — Kippers’ Melee for more details.

Tickets are on sale now and space is limited.

Getting there

If you are coming from the Mainland I recommend walking on the ferry to reduce your costs. The Departure Bay Ferry terminal isn’t very far away. Even if you wind up having to take a cab it’s still cheaper than driving on the ferry.

Taken from the VICC website:

Getting to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Every route to Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a gorgeous one. And quicker than you might think.

By Car

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre is located at 101 Gordon Street in Nanaimo. We’re downtown at the corner of Commercial St. and Gordon St.

By Ferry

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

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

Parking info

A 300-space underground parking garage provides quick and easy access to the Vancouver Island Convention Centre. The parkade entrance is located at Gordon St. and Museum Way.