Student traditions

Sure, academics are important to you and UBC, but having fun should be too! Make the most of your university career by attending and participating in the unique experiences listed below during your time as a student here.

Day of the Longboat

Students have taken part in this longboat canoe event almost every year since 1987. There are both competitive and just-for-fun races. Other than participating, you can also volunteer or simply watch. This historical event usually happens around the end of September and is a great way to kickstart the school year! It’s also a perfect opportunity to explore Vancouver because it is held off-campus at Jericho Beach.

UBC Polar Bear Swim

End the calendar year with a brr! This year will mark the ninth anniversary of The Calendar’s Polar Bear Swim which takes place on the last day of term one classes. Put on your swimsuits and brace yourselves as you plunge into the Pacific Ocean with other students at Wreck Beach during winter! Are you up for the challenge? Either way, this is such a cool (pun intended) event that should be on your bucket list!

Winter Classic

As one of the biggest games on campus, this fan-favourite hockey match in January has sold out twice before! Even if you’re not into hockey, Winter Classic is not simply about the sport; the tournament, music, food and festivities all make it a fun outing with friends. Come out for the hype and to cheer on the Thunderbirds by showing off some blue and gold school spirit! Don’t forget to secure your ticket.

Storm the Wall

This highly anticipated event will return for the 43rd time next year! Last year, over 3,000 students participated in this on-campus team relay race consisting of swimming, sprinting, biking, running and of course, storming over a 12-foot wall. Do not fret if you’re not sporty or athletic, UBC Rec offers both just-for-fun and competitive divisions. Be ready and be sure to keep an eye out for registration at the end of February!