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.
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.
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:
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a small biological museum.
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park is located in the UBC Endowment Lands, has over 70 km of forested walking and hiking trails, and is easily one of Metro Vancouver’s finest parks. Inside the park is Camosun Bog, with its own great places to explore, and Wreck Beach – Vancouver’s famous clothing-optional beach (conveniently located not far from campus).
- The Museum of Anthropology is located right on campus and has an exceptional collection featuring First Nation aboriginal art and culture.
- The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has a 1200 seat concert hall, a cinema and a theatre.
- The UBC Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden of which the Japanese Nitobe Memorial Garden is a part.
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 following (as well as others):
- Wesbrook Village Festival – a community event in September at Wesbrook Village.
- UBC Apple Festival – a fundraising apple-themed event at the UBC Botanical Garden on the second weekend in October.
Click UBC’s Website to learn more about the University of British Columbia.