About Vancouver

Vancouver is a coastal city in the province of British Columbia in Canada. With more than 600,000 residents, it is Canada’s third-largest city. Consistently named one of the world’s most livable cities (according to rankings by The Economist, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, and others), it is where snow-capped mountains meet the ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner.

The city is a diverse mix of peoples. Close to 30 per cent of British Columbians immigrated to the province from another country. As such, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity is celebrated alongside those of domestic Canadians and First Nations peoples.

The city offers many cultural attractions, including annual film, folk, and jazz festivals. Downtown offers a lively local music scene, and is just a 30 minute trip from campus. The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is internationally renowned for its collections.

Recreational activities abound in Vancouver. Beaches and sailing centres are located close to campus. Stanley Park offers endless rainforest trails for jogging, hiking and biking. The Seawall allows you to walk or bike for hours while taking in views of the water, mountain, and city skyline. Local skiing is just a 30 minute drive from the city, and the world-class ski destination of Whistler-Blackcomb is just one-and-a-half hours away by car.

Vancouver frequently hosts many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.