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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Canadian Experience with Rotaract Program (PACE Trip)?
A: Please visit our introduction page here.

Q: When does PACE 2017 take place?
A: PACE 2017 will take place from August 24 to September 3, 2017.

Q: Where does PACE 2016 take place?
A: PACE participants will get to visit multiple cities on the west coast of Canada; specifically the lower mainland of British Columbia, as well as Vancouver Island. Past trips have included visits to Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Victoria, Squamish, Whistler, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Q: How many participants will be selected?
A: 6 participants from different countries around the world will be selected. Specifically, 3 men and 3 women between the ages of 19-30.

Q: What have past participants said about this trip?
A: Check out our Past PACE Trips page to hear what others have said about their experiences with PACE!

Q: What is the cost as a participant and what does the cost cover?
A: The program is heavily financially sponsored and subsidized by Rotaract District 5040 and local Rotary Clubs. Participants will pay $365 CAD, which will cover the costs of program accommodation, activities, transportation between cities and 3 meals daily.

Q: What costs are not included as a participant?
A: Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from Vancouver, personal items, alcohol, and insurance.

Q: What is the refund policy?
A: See Apply for PACE2017.

Q: What day should I arrive and depart Vancouver?
A: Participants should arrive on Thursday, August 24th, by the evening, to be ready to begin the program early the next day, and depart after Sunday, September 3rd, 2017.

Q: How do I know if I need a visa to visit Canada?
A: Visit www.cig.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp to see if you need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. You can also find out the processing times for visa applications here.

Q: What if I want to arrive earlier or stay later than the PACE dates?
A: You are definitely welcome to do so, however, bear in mind that you have to plan this on your own. We are happy to assist you with suggestions.

Q: What kind of insurance do I need?
A: All international Rotaract participants must purchase individual International Health Insurance covering the Program’s duration from August 24 to September 3, 2017. Any incidental or accidental costs are covered by the participant’s health coverage plan. Rotaract and Rotary District 5040 and their Members are free from all legal liability including (but not limited to) those relating to medically-related events or the loss of goods.

Q: How much is a flight ticket to Vancouver?
A: It depends on where you are flying from.
Check flights into Vancouver (YVR), Bellingham (BLI), or Seattle (SEA).
Flight tickets are often $200-$300 CAD cheaper when you fly into the west coast US hub of Seattle. If you choose to fly into Seattle (2 hours from the US/Canada border) or Bellingham (30 minutes from US/Canada border):

  • You can then take buses north to Vancouver. Buses take about 4 hours to pass Canadian border and reach Vancouver bus depots from Seattle.
  • Please check the following bus companies for departure times and costs.
    • BoltBus – Departs from downtown Seattle; You can get to downtown Seattle with a short ride on the Seattle Lightrail Transit system which costs $2.50 USD.
    • Greyhound – Departs from downtown Seattle; You can get to downtown Seattle with a short ride on the Seattle Lightrail Transit system which costs $2.50 USD.
    • Quick Shuttle – Departs from Seatac Airport, also stops at Bellingham Airport

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