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The University of British Columbia (UBC)

University of British Columbia

Located in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood, the University of British Columbia, or UBC, is one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious universities.

It has close to 55,000 students and is home to several of Vancouver’s best museums, parks and places of interest.


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, similar to other post-secondary institutions, the University of British Columbia has cancelled all in-person classes and set up online instruction. All events at the university have also been either postponed or cancelled.

For more information about what the university is doing in response to COVID-19, see the UBC website.

University of British Columbia

The university is located at the western end of the Point Grey Peninsula, about a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

The University of British Columbia is like its own city and its amazing campus offers visitors much more than just post-secondary classes. On the property are museums, beautiful gardens, performing arts theatres and some of Metro Vancouver’s finest parkland.

Botanical Garden at UBC in Fall
UBC Botanical Garden in the Fall

UBC’s Best Places to Visit

Some of the highlights of what you can find at and around the University of British Columbia include the following:

UBC During Climate Strike
Outside the UBC Student Union Building

Festivals and Events at UBC

In addition to performances at the Chan Centre and regular student-focussed events, which happen all the time, a number of festivals and events take place at UBC that are open to the public. These include the UBC Apple Festival which is a fundraising apple-themed event at the UBC Botanical Garden on the second weekend in October.

Other Information

Click UBC’s Website to learn more about the University of British Columbia.