As luck would have it, this years Unite 2013 is being hosted in my own backyard, Vancouver Canada.
The 3 day conference is running from August 28 to 30 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre and with over 2 million registered Unity developers, should be a very lively and worthwhile event.
As a local I thought I pass along some info for those travelling to Vancouver for the first time to help make your trip more enjoyable.
First off, sooner or later, you’re going to need to eat and you’re in luck, Vancouver has some amazing restaurants. You can find pretty much any type of food you could imagine in the downtown core and surrounding areas do to Vancouver’s multicultural mix.
Graving a nice glass of beer, this brew pub is only a few blocks from the convention center and is a great local hangout.
I’ve had the most amazing breakfasts here, but they are great for lunch too.
Vancouver has some of the best sushi restaurants you’ll find so if you like Japanese, you in the right place.
Guu – Gastown
Modern take on Japanese located in quaint little Gastown.
Voted the top restaurant in Vancouver, if you’re looking for fine dining, the Hawksworth is highly recommend.
Do you like indian food, I know I do! Check out the award-winning Vij’s.
If you have any time outside the conference and are looking to check out some sites in Vancouver here are a few worth seeing.
The Steam Clock in Gastown
Be prepared for the swarm of tourists. everyone’s gotta see the clock at least once.
Take a walk or run around the park, or just cop a squat and enjoy the ocean and one of the many beaches surrounding the park
One of the most amazing views you’ll ever see of Vancouver. You can either walk about the mountain, what we locals call the Grouse Grind, or take the tram up. While frequented by skiers in the winter, there is quite a bit to do in the summer too, so check it out!
Capilano Suspension Bridge
If you’re not totally freaked about heights, this a great little excursion.
Driving in Vancouver can be a pain, so why not make use of our excellent transit system.
We have busses, skytrains, sea-busses and even ferries to get you around! If your staying within the downtown core, you’ll be a 1 zone fair. If you venture over to North or West Vancouver, or Burnaby, you’ll need a 2 zone fare. One important note is that on weekends and after 6:30 you’ll only need a 1 zone fare. Your fair will give you a certain time period that it’s valid for and during this time you can ride busses, skytrains and the seabus at will.
Vancouver employes transit police, so don’t get caught without a fare or you can get a nasty fine. 2 zone fares are $4 for adults and 1 zone fares are $2.75, but you can always ask your driver or fare attendant if you’re not sure. If you know your going to be travelling around all day on transit, you should pick up a day pass, which will give you unlimited travel for the day.
Buy the way, you can take our skytrain all the way to the airport, which is both fast and economical, but make sure you get on the Canada Line. There are also tons of bike rentals around the city, especially around Denman St. near Stanley Park.
Pre Conference Training
If you’re new to Unity and want to get up to speed quickly before the conference, I can help. Just click on the link below and enter code unite2013 and get a discount on the most popular Unity training course on Udemy.com. Take the course for only $29 for a limited time. Check out Anyone Can Learn to Make a Game.
I hope this information helps make your Unite 2013 visit rock. Have fun!
Need a web presence for your games or yourself but don’t to spend all your time writing code and wrangling with technology? Check out my new howto video on setting up WordPress on Bluehost in under 5 minutes. WordPress powers 1 out of every 6 websites on the internet and allows you to focus your time making your websites most important asset, great content.
To get started signing up for a Bluehost account just click here.