Things to do in Vancouver & BC
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Attractions at the University of British Columbia
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Address: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 827 4955
Explore UBC’s spectacular biological collections through exhibits and programs. More than two million specimens of plants, marine invertebrates, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils showcase the stunning natural history of British Columbia and beyond. The Beaty is also home to the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Address: 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 2759
Internationally recognized for its exhibitions, programs, and online projects, the Belkin Art Gallery is one of Canada’s premier showcases for contemporary art. We specialize in Canadian avant-garde art of the 1960s and 1970s. Download the UBC Outdoor Art Tour and discover UBC in a new way. Free admission and tours.
Museum of Anthropology
Address: 6393 N.W. Marine Drive Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 5087
MOA is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in its spectacular Great Hall, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our Multiversity Galleries, MOA offers endless opportunities for visitors to discover and learn about their own and other cultures. MOA also offer an elegant Shop, Café MOA, free guided gallerywalks, and customized tours by special arrangement.
Pacific Museum of Earth
Address: 6339 Stores Road, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822 6992
Across the street from the Beaty, the Pacific Museum of the Earth displays rocks and minerals, fossils, a seismograph, tornado machine, and exhibits relating to ocean and atmospheric sciences. Also on display is a skeleton of the dinosaur Lambeosaurus – over 80 million years old!
Irving K Barber Learning Center
Address: 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone: 604 822 3310
The Learning Centre’s spectacular 250,000 sq ft facility features contemporary artworks – including a piece from Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow – a dazzling chandelier by John Nutter, and the exceptional Chung Collection. Take in a reading, or relax at Ike’s Café.
Gardens and Outdoors
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Address: 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822 6038
Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia. Nitobe Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.
UBC Botanical Garden
Address: 6804 SW Marine Drive Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604 822 4208
UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia. Over the past 100 years, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world. In addition to unique displays of plants from around the world, the Botanical Garden includes the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure, a well stocked gift shop, and a plant centre full of rare specimens for purchase.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4
Phone: 604 224 5739
The Pacific Spirit Regional Park encompasses 763 hectares of forest and foreshore surrounding UBC, and boasts 73 kilometers of walking trails. Experience a variety of landscapes, from estuary marshes, rock and cobble beaches, wooded ravines, ancient bog, and upland forests. Regional Park Interpreters offer customized group programs on themes ranging between edible plants, birds, and bog ecology.
University Golf Course
Address: 5185 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1X5
Phone: 604 224 7799
Designed to satisfy players of every level, the course features low-mowed rough and few hazards of water to carry over. Greens on Par Threes are well protected by sand and require stealth accuracy. Move back to the championship tees and put a little more distance between you and the pins. 18 holes, Par 72.
Music and Performing Arts
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Address: 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone: 604 822 9197
Since opening in the spring of 1997, this world class venue has earned high praise for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Inside there are three unique performance spaces: the 1200-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall, the flexible Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. The Chan Centre offers a variety of performances and events year-round, from classical recitals and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and opera productions. In addition, the Chan Centre presents its own annual season of world, jazz, and folk music concerts featuring internationally-renowned artists such as Zakir Hussain, Mavis Staples, Lila Downs, and the Punch Brothers.
Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre
Address: 6361 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 2678
One of UBC’s hidden treasures, this intimate 120 seat black box theatre is a venue for work by UBC theatre students, as well as many professional productions and exciting guest speakers. Many shows are free, others range from $5 – $10.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Address: 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 2678
This historic theatre showcases the leading edge of new theatre practice. Discover everything from premieres to classics of the world stage and free talks by visiting scholars. The full season of plays features graduate and undergraduate theatre students as well as the work of faculty artists-in-residence and internationally renowned performers. Tickets $2 – $22.
UBC School of Music: Old Auditorium
Address: 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604 822 6725
Restored and renovated in 2010, this historic 1925 theatre is home to the UBC Opera Ensemble for their rehearsals and many of their performances. The 2010 renovation included a new 60-person orchestra pit; new stage lighting and rigging systems; modern classroom technology; two rehearsal halls; expanded lobby, box office and reception spaces. Each season the UBC Opera Ensemble presents two fully staged operas at the Old Auditorium (plus one at the Chan Centre), as well their popular Opera Tea on the Stage series. This 533 seat venue is also used for large lecture classes, special events, guest speakers, and performances.
UBC Aquatic Centre
Address: 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone: 604 822 4501
The UBC Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that serves athletic training, competition, and leisure needs. The Aquatic Centre includes a 25 metre recreational pool with diving boards and accessible ramp 50 metre competition, pool with Omega Swiss Timing System, Leisure pool and lazy river with accessible ramp, 34-person family friendly hot tub with accessibility lift, Steam room and sauna, Viewing decks and spectator areas.
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Address: 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6T1Z3
Phone: 604 822 6121
There are three ice surfaces inside the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre: Thunderbird Arena, Father David Bauer Arena & Protrans Arena. The Thunderbird Arena has 5,004 permanent seats and can hold up to 7,000 people for special events including: concerts, sporting events, conventions, speakers, film shoots and hockey related programs. This venue is the home of UBC Thunderbirds and is accessible for sledge hockey.
The Father David Bauer & Protrans arenas are primarily used for hockey related programs including: ice hockey, learn to skate programs, hockey school, and instructional programs (for youth, students, staff, the university community, adults and seniors). Father Bauer Arena has 900 permanent seats.
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