Exoclimes 2016

The Diversity of Planetary Atmospheres


1 – 4 August 2016
Quest University, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada



Quest University Canada is located in Squamish, BC, between the bustling modern city of Vancouver and the mountain ski resort of Whistler. Squamish is a small but growing coastal city, with a population of around 17000. Summer weather in southern British Columbia in August is mild, enabling many outdoor recreation options including hiking, biking, and fishing, as well as shopping and brewery tours.

Tourism information, including outdoor excursions and events in town, can be found here.

More information about local transit and life in Squamish can be found here.

Getting to Quest University

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the nearest major airline hub to Squamish, with direct flights worldwide. Getting to Squamish from the airport is easy, with regular shuttle bus service from Pacific Coach Lines. We recommend taking the SkyLynx line, which runs from YVR towards Squamish and Whistler 5 times a day, from 9am until 8pm (more info). Round trip costs are approximately $130, and should be booked in advance.

Squamish is also accessible by car, travelling North along the beautiful and famous Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99). The drive takes approximately 1 hour from Vancouver. While the weather should be excellent in August, we advice looking at road conditions before departing.

Local bus service within Squamish is also available (more info). The Number 2 bus services Quest University, and leaves regularly from near the Squamish Adventure Center where the SkyLynx shuttle bus drops off.


living_20 living_05540x360 living_07 living_04540x360Affordable dorm rooms are available for participants to stay at Quest University (details to follow soon). Many local options for rooms off campus are also available. However, due to the Squamish Valley Music Festival availability may be limited after ExoClimes.


Breakfast, lunch, diner, and coffee with snacks is included in the price of registration for ExoClimes. Meals are provided by Black-Katz catering. The university cafeteria is also available from 7:30am-7:30pm for participants to purchase additional food at their own expense.

Squamish also has a wide variety of cuisine and breweries available, with most options in downtown (about 5 miles, 8 km south).