WestPac 2009October 8-10, Victoria BC


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. 

What's New






We have confirmed several more presenters, firmed up the details on some social events, and will have registration available soon. For planning purposes, please consider our Pre-Conference tour of the newly renovated Diana M. Priestly Law Library (2:00-5:00 Oct. 8), and our Post-Conference excursion to the Cowichan Valley (Saturday afternoon-evening). See the Events page for more details.


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. For more detials and registration, check pack at this page in the near future.

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. Victoria is not, unless cricket, darts, and lawn bowling suddenly become Olympic sports.