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When choosing your accommodation, you may wish to consider price, location and additional features. All of the articulation and conference activities will be held at the VIU campus. All evening activities will be held in the downtown area. There are some lovely hotels in North Nanaimo (Grand Hotel, Inn at Long Lake) which is a 12 minute drive to the campus. Parking is free at both of these locations.

In the downtown area there are several hotels nearby. Two of our evening functions are at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (close to the Coast Bastion Hotel and Best Western Dorchester). This is about a 7 minute drive to campus and is also on a convenient bus route.

Also downtown is the Howard Johnson’s, and of course there are very reasonable accommodations on campus in our dorms.


Please Note: Due to high demand for rooms in Nanaimo during the conference, the hotels have advised that they are likely to fill up very quickly after the closing dates on our room blocks. If you still need to book accommodations, we encourage you to do it as soon as possible.

We have negotiated rates for blocks of rooms with the following hotels around Nanaimo:

Conference Rate
Best Western Dorchester
Request VIU BEAC-TEC Conference Room Block. Complimentary parking, bicycles, fitness centre, business centre, laundry facilities, local calls and internet access.
Rooms held until April 15.
The Coast Bastion $115-175/night Request the Group Block Code: CBI-GFC15377
Parking is $8.50/day.
Hotel Promo Sheet
Rooms will be held until April 11.
The Grand Hotel
Request the BEAC-TEC Conference Block.
Rooms will be held until April 15.
Inn at Long Lake
Request BEAC-TEC Conference Block. Continental breakfast, wifi and parking included.
Rooms will be held until April 15.
Howard Johnson
Group Code: CGHE01
Rooms held until April 15.


VIU Residences

There are 4-person apartments available for our delegates at the VIU Dorms at a rate of $45 a night. To book these accommodations, please call the front desk at (250) 740-6640 and indicate you would like to book a room in the BEAC-TEC 2016 room block. Space is limited.

Each apartment is shared by 4 persons and offers the following:

    • individual room
    • single bed
    • wardrobe
    • desk & desk lamp
    • shared bathroom (toilet, sink & shower) with 1 other person
    • shared kitchen with fridge, stove, dining room table
    • common lounge with TV in each 4 bedroom apartment