The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations and rallies by opposing groups including “Worldwide Coalition Against Islam” and “Stand Up to Racism” are expected to take place in downtown Vancouver, near Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue) between 12:45 and 4:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Multiple opposing groups may participate, and large crowds are expected. A visible police presence with street closures and traffic congestion is likely.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
For further information about security in Canada:
- See the Department of State travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Canada Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, located at 1095 W. Pender St., Vancouver, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 604-685-4311. The after-hours emergency line for U.S. citizens can also be reached at that number.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).