Please see the following weblinks if you are interested in activities in and around UBC.

Walking/hiking forest trails that can be reached within 500 m from UBC housing … most are semi-level except for very steep ones going down to the clothing-optional Wreck Beach.

click here to have this map open in a new page:  Walk_Hike PacificSpiritPar

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits, showcasing myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world.

UBC Botanical Gardens & Greenheart Tree Walk

The UBC Botanical Gardens and optional Greenheart tree walks are located 6804 SW Marine Drive (approximately 40 minute walk from the ISPP 2018 conference centre).  Rates vary, depending upon which activities you wish to do.  Scheduled public tours as well as private walks are available.  Please contact the gardens directly at or Tel: 604.822.4208

UBC Botanical Garden
March 1 – October 31
Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Greenheart TreeWalk
April 1 – October 31
Daily 10:00 am-4:00 pm

(photo credits, UBC Botanical Gardens)


UBC Aquatic Centre

The newly renovated UBC Aquatic Centre welcomes drop-in swimmers.  If you are looking for an on-campus swimming facilities for all ages, this accessible centre can serve your needs. The facility features include a 25 metre recreational pool with diving boards, a 50 metre competition pool as well as a lazy river with accessible ramp.  Drop-in rates vary, but start at $6/adult over non-peak hours.  Please review the amenities, hours and costs at the aquatics website:

Student Union Building – The Nest

Centrally located, adjacent to the aquatics centre and bus loop, the new student union building is a great place to purchase bus passes, hang out, get a snack, or see some art.

UBC Fitness Drop-in options

Please reference the updated schedule for drop-in (pay-as-you-go) options at UBC.

Nitobe Garden

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.

Museum of Anthropology

For those delegates who have purchased the separate (optional) banquet dinner (, you already will be visiting the MOA and all the exhibits.  If you are not attending the banquet, please consider visiting this world-class museum during your visit to Vancouver.


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