Hidden gems of UBC
UBC is made up of more than buildings. We have some pretty unique outdoor spaces that are the hidden gems of campus.
UBC has a farm
Yes, that’s right, an actual working farm. It’s the only working farm in the city of Vancouver. The farm is on the south side of campus and is the perfect spot if you want a break from concrete and glass. Connect with the land, and see where some of the produce sold around campus is grown
Roots on the roof
A hidden gem on the top of the AMS Nest. The vegetables from the rooftop garden are sold around campus, and add to the many sustainable spaces on campus. The garden is run by the UBC Rooftop Garden Club, which is made up of passionate members who want to keep green space as a dominant feature of the Nest
Located on the south end of campus, the skatepark is a great place for those wanting to work on their ollie. You can “hit the books” all afternoon, literally, with the massive book sculpture on the edge of the rink
Nitobe Garden: Your personal meditation spot on campus
This is considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. It’s free for students to enter - all you have to do is show your UBCcard. Trust me, if you’re ever feeling stressed, one loop around Nitobe will help settle your mind
UBC botanical garden tree top walk
Ever wanted to see Vancouver's coastal temperate rainforest from a bird’s-eye view? Well, now you can. This unique feature is a series of 20-metre high walkways suspended from huge trees, some of which are over 100 years old. If you’re seeking a bit of a thrill, and want to learn about the forests surrounding this campus, check out this hidden gem
The UBC Rose Garden (a.k.a. Instagram gold)
On the north end of campus, this is the perfect spot to visit between classes. The roses may not be in bloom year round, but the exceptional view of the mountains never fails to provide the perfect backdrop.
Wreck Beach: Your workout and beach visit all wrapped into one
Test your leg strength on the 500 stairs down to the sand and enjoy the vast expanse of ocean in front of you. Keep in mind, Wreck is Vancouver’s only clothing-optional beach, so while the views are stunning, you may get an eyeful. Also factor in the time it takes to walk back up if you’re visiting on a break between classes
Right outside the AMS Nest, this grassy hill is the perfect place to each lunch on a sunny day. Students demanded that the Knoll stayed as a feature on campus after the construction of the new Nest, so it is a treasured grass space on campus
Pacific Spirit Park
This 874-hectares park located in the University Endowment Land offers 73 km of trails amid old-growth trees and a boardwalk across a bog. If you ever need to take a walk through nature, this park is your answer.