Located between Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the Pacific Ocean, UBC is home to a variety of natural and cultural attractions. Here’s a list of some of the best!
Every incoming UBC student has heard whisperings of the famous Wreck Beach. On a sunny day, the breathtaking view from this student favourite spot is more than worth the climb back up those daunting 490 Wreck Beach stairs.
Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
A major tourist attraction, the MOA boasts a wide display of the world’s arts and cultures, particularly works by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Entry to this fascinating museum is free for UBC students.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
The serene view of a beautiful pond and blooming flowers at this authentic Japanese garden is the perfect escape from hectic university life. Entry to the garden is free for UBC students.
UBC Botanical Garden
Endless greenery all around and a chance to walk above it on a suspended (totally safe) platform? Count me in! The UBC Botanical Garden is a huge landmark at UBC, known for its surreal Greenheart TreeWalk that provides you with an aerial view of the garden. Entry to the garden is free for UBC students and students get a discount on TreeWalk tickets.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Located on the University Endowment Lands, Pacific Spirit Regional Park is made up of over 73 kilometres of walking and hiking trails. Also home to many beaches and the Camosun Bog, the park is a great place to enjoy some fresh air, while engaging in healthy exercise and exploring all that nature has to offer! Entry to the park is free for all.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
UBC’s very own natural history museum, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum hosts more than 2 million specimens dating back to the early 1900s. The collection features species from BC, the Yukon and the Pacific Coast. Its most well-known display is that of a 25-metre-long female blue whale skeleton which can be seen from outside the museum. Entry into the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is free for UBC students.
Located on the north end of Main Mall, overlooking the ocean and the endless Vancouver mountains, the Rose Garden undoubtedly has the best view on campus. If you are lucky you may witness one of the many weddings and photoshoots at the garden in the spring and summer.