Canada's official speedcubing organization

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canadianCUBING is pleased to announce the Vancouver Open, Winter 2011 speedcubing competition. The competition will be held on December 10, 2011, at Science World at TELUS World of Science, which is located at 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC.

This is an official WCA event, and as such all official regulations will be followed. Please take some time to read them over before the day of the competition, especially if you have never competed before.

Click here to access the registration form. Registration for the competition will close on December 7, 2011. Please be sure to register online to take advantage of the early bird pricing. See the Cost section for details.

Cost to competitors will be canadianCUBING's standard pricing model. If you register on the site before the close date, the cost is $10 for the first event, $2 for each additional event, capped at $20. If you did not register on the site, the cost is $15 for one event, $2 per additional event with no cap. The registration cost includes admission to Science World for the competitor and one guest.

Additional guests must pay Science World's admission rates. These rates are $21 per adult; $17.25 for youth, seniors, and students with valid ID; and $14.25 for children under 12. Family discount rates are also available. Visit their website for complete information.

For transportation, we strongly recommend using public transit for our competitors. Science World is a short walk from Main Street/Science World Skytrain station (Expo Line) and fare rates range from $1.75 to $2.50. Nearby pay parking lots are available for $10 until 6PM ($7 early bird rate before 9AM).

The following is a list of the events currently offered at the competition.

  • 2x2x2
  • 3x3x3
  • 3x3x3 One-Handed
  • 4x4x4
  • 5x5x5
  • 6x6x6
  • Magic

The top three placements in each event will receive a certificate.

Download the schedule in PDF form by clicking here. The schedule is a tentative list of the order of events and estimated start time. All competitors should be ready to compete at all times.

You can also see the Heat Sheet here. Competitors should know their heats and listen for them to be called.

We will plan to stop for half an hour for lunch in the middle of the day. Science World has a White Spot restaurant onsite; however, it may be closed for renovations come July 3rd. If so, there are many places for lunch in the surrounding area of the venue. All competitors who have a hand stamp have in/out privileges, so you can leave for lunch, and come back in without issue.

Given the strict end time of the competition, we will not be offering an official after party. Cubers are encouraged to plan their own gathers following the competition.

The closest, reasonably priced hotel to the venue is the City Centre Motor Hotel. We will recommend it if you are looking to stay close to other cubers. Their website can be found at http://www.citycentermotorhotel.com.

canadianCUBING will not be selling merchandise at this competition.

We are always looking for dedicated people to donate their time and efforts to these competitions. We need scramblers and judges for every round of every event. It is a great opportunity for parents, siblings, friends, or anyone that wants to come and be involved but does not want to compete yet. We will provide training the morning of the competition for those wishing to help out. It is not difficult, so don't be afraid!

For anyone that volunteers and helps out for an entire competition, we will act as a reference if you wish to put this on your resume or college application. We will also sign any high school volunteer hour sheets provided you work the entire competition. But you must arrange this with us before the competition. Contact us here if you plan to help out.