university of british columbia

The UBC campus lies at the tip of a peninsula just south of downtown Vancouver with forested parkland and beaches surrounding the sprawling campus. UBC has large undergraduate and graduate programs offering a highly diverse and active scholarly community.



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brain Research centre

The Brain Research Centre (BRC) is a multi-disciplinary research center at the University of British Columbia dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the brain and to explore new discoveries and technologies which have the potential to reduce the suffering and cost associated with disease and injuries of the brain.

2211 Wesbrook Mall
within the UBC Hospital
one floor up from the front entrance
on the south side


Brain Research Centre


Vancouver is a vibrant coastal city in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by beautiful British Columbia Mountains. The city has a rich multicultural background with strong ties to Asia, resulting in diverse cuisine and cultural activities. Vancouver is a young and active city where people take full advantage of the accessible beaches, ocean and mountains for fun and adventure. The weather is remarkably mild, with a long spring/summer season that doesn’t get too hot, and relatively warm and drippy fall/winter when snow conveniently avoids the city, but drops heavily in the nearby mountains.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just south of the city and both downtown and UBC can be easily navigated by taxi, public bus or ski-train.


City of Vancouver

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vancouver outdoors

Vancouver’s founders did a great job finding the perfect spot right on the beach within spitting distance of awesome mountains. This means easy access to ocean and mountain sports.


British Columbia outback wilderness can be reached by a 20 min drive from downtown Vancouver. Trails riddle local coastal mountains, with particularly beautiful hikes up the Lions, Tantalus Range, Black Tusk and the rest of and Garibaldi Provincial Park.


Winter Hiking: Avalance Report

Hiking in British Columbia

Vancouver Trails

Canada West Mountain School


Besides running on paths and roads along picturesque beaches, trails through Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver and the Pacific Spirit Park at the UBC campus offer great runs. For the more adventurous, trail running in the local north shore mountains offers a more primal experience and chance to meet and greet the local wildlife.


Running in Vancouver


The Jericho Sailing Centre on the beach between the UBC campus and downtown Vancouver offers instruction and rentals for boats and sailboards. This is a great community center shared by a number of groups including the UBC Sailing Club. All levels are welcome from beginners to pros eager to compete in weekly races.


Jericho Sailing Centre


Sculling and kayaking are favorite local sports and great means to explore the endless coastal wilderness. Rowing with local pods of orcas has been highly recommended...


Great mountains and snow means awesome skiing and snowboarding. Backcountry tele/alpine/splitboard action is easily accessible for single or multi-day fun. Local commercial ski slopes at Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains are nearby, while the world-class resort Whistler-Backcomb Mountain is a very scenic 2 hour drive away.



Cypress Mountain

Mount Seymour

Grouse Mountain


The Chief is a mountain at Squamish, 1 hour drive from Vancouver, with a fantastic sheer wall face that offers amazing climbing and bouldering.


Squamish Climbing

Cliffhanger Climbing Gym


A close proximity to backcountry wilds offers occasions to share the moment with black beers and other woodland critters...