BC is known for its beautiful natural sites and the abundance of outdoor activities close to Vancouver. Whether you’re an out-of-towner looking to bask in the sun or a Vancouverite hoping to elevate your heart rate, we’ve got you covered.
The Stanley Park Seawall and its scenic views of the water sit at the west end of downtown Vancouver and are about an hour bus ride away from campus.
Queen Elizabeth Park and the VanDusen Botanical Garden both offer lush, carefully maintained greenery in addition to views of the North Shore mountains.
Closer to UBC is Pacific Spirit Regional Park, with winding temperate rainforest trails that lead to the beach.
Vancouver is famous for its nearby hikes. Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Provincial Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Brunswick Mountain and Lighthouse Park are all hiking and sightseeing destinations located in North and West Vancouver, about 2 hours away by bus or 40 minutes by car. If you’re looking for more niche trails, check out alltrails.com and vancouvertrails.com.
SQUAMISH AND WHISTLER
Head north to find several hiking and skiing destinations two to three hours’ drive away that are well worth the trip. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Mount Garibaldi are known for their rigorous hiking trails and stunning views. If you’re looking for something chill, Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls have flat trails and beautiful canyon waterfalls not far from their trailheads.
Whistler is where the world-famous skiing is at. An hour north of Squamish are the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, home to many black diamond runs designed for only the most adventurous skiers.
There is no shortage of beaches in Vancouver, and watching a beach sunset is the perfect way to end the day. UBC is home to clothing-optional Wreck Beach, but if that’s not your thing, Spanish Banks Beach, Locarno Beach and Jericho Beach are all a 20 minute bus ride from campus.
Stay on the bus for 10 more minutesand you’ll reach Kitsilano Beach and its scenic view of the Stanley Park Seawall. If you continue across the Granville Street Bridge, don’t miss Sunset Beach and English Bay Beach on the southwest end of downtown Vancouver.