WestPac 2009

Here’s some information on the upcoming Westpac 2009 Conference, to be held this October 8-10 in Victoria. The Program is shaping up pretty well, with confirmed presentations from Professors John Davis and Ted McDorman, a tour of the Legislative Library, and a very interesting excursion to visit and learn about the Cowichan Tribes. We also plan a tour of the newly renovated Diana M. Priestly Law Library. I have to say, the conference hotel, designed by Aurthur Erickson, should be a pleasure. especially if you can afford to a studio (at conference rates, they will be considerably more affordable than the posted rate).

42nd Annual WestPac Meeting
October 8 – 11, 2009
Victoria BC
Hotel: Laurel Point Inn
Host Library: University of Victoria, Diana M. Priestly Law Library

The American Association of Law Libraries’ Western Pacific Chapter will hold its Annual Meeting from October 8-10, 2009 at the Laurel Point Inn in Victoria, British Columbia. This conference is hosted by WestPac and the Diana M. Priestly Law Library, University of Victoria. The local arrangements committee is busy firming up the programme and social events, which will include presentations and events highlighting current international legal and cultural issues of local and broader significance. Please see our website for further information. Pre and post conference tours have also been planned.

Victoria’s mild weather in October makes it an excellent tourist destination for those who may wish to extend their stay. The annual meeting will be held next to the inner harbour, close to the Empress Hotel and the provincial legislature, and is a short trip away from the world famous Butchart Gardens, and the scenic Gulf islands. October is the off-season for tourism, so it is also a good time to take an extended vacation to Pacific Rim National Park. There are also many other options to explore some of the cultural side of the Island, such as First Nations and colonial history, accessible though museums, galleries, and tours. Many family-friendly options exist.

And to answer two of the most frequently asked questions: Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island, only reachable by air or water. The City of Vancouver is located on the mainland of British Columbia and will be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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