Campus Attractions

Theresa Wong
Theresa Wong

“Make the most out of the university environment by overcoming your fears through exploration and experimentation. Do not let your fears or your circumstances inhibit you and treat these realities as challenges that can be tinkered with or overcome so that they no longer rule your life.”

­­— Nathaniel Andre-Peirano

Seeing as UBC Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, you might just be content wandering around aimlessly, taking it all in as you go. If you have more of a type-A personality, however, and prefer to diligently follow an (almost) comprehensive list, we’ve got you covered.

For nature lovers

UBC Botanical Garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden & UBC Rose Garden

These serene landscapes are perfect for unwinding between classes.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

With over 54 kilometres of forested hiking, walking and cycling trails, this park is great for almost any outdoor activity.

Wreck Beach

Located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Wreck Beach will be your go-to place to watch the sunset. The stairs leading down to this clothing-optional beach are surrounded by lush trees and foliage. But enjoy it while you can — the hike back up isn’t as pleasant.

For those interested in art, culture & natural history

MOA & Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Visit the renowned Museum of Anthropology to appreciate collections from a wide range of cultures and time periods. Or head over to Beaty Biodiversity Museum to catch a glimpse of the skeleton of a blue whale, named Big Blue, which is 1 of only 21 on public display in the world.

Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery & Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) Gallery

Check out the Belkin Art Gallery and admire internationally acclaimed artwork, or go see what fellow students are making at the AHVA Gallery.

Reconciliation Pole

This 55-foot totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief, is meant to represent First Nations peoples’ lives before, during and after the horrors of the residential schools era. The pole also commemorates the children who lost their lives while attending a residential school with thousands of copper nails hammered into the wood. There are many totem poles on campus, and they’re all worth viewing and reflecting upon.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Looking for a show? Stop by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts for a jazz concert or to listen to some opera in the Chan’s beautifully designed auditorium. Unfortunately most of the 2020 events have been cancelled or pushed back until 2021.

“Make the most out of the university environment by overcoming your fears through exploration and experimentation. Do not let your fears or your circumstances inhibit you and treat these realities as challenges that can be tinkered with or overcome so that they no longer rule your life.”

­­— Nathaniel Andre-Peirano
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