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Vancouver Attractions


There is a reason British Columbia’s moniker is 'Beautiful British Columbia'. With spectacular city centres like Vancouver and natural wonders only minutes outside of these cities British Columbia truly offers something for everyone!

Vancouver itself has a number of "must see" tourist attractions. Whether you love the outdoors or prefer to explore the cultural and historical background of the area, there are sure to be attractions that fit your style!  Here is a small sample of what Vancouver has to offer - for more information or book a daytrip excursion, please visit Tourism Vancouver for more information.

"Must See" Attractions in Vancouver:

Grouse Mountain : A mountain resort, minutes away from the city centre. This rugged getaway is a year round source of breathtaking views and a wide range of activities including Vancouver’s most famous hike, the Grouse Grind. For those who are feeling less adventurous, a gondola ride up the face of Grouse Mountains provides the same results with less of the burn.

Capilano Suspension Bridge: Suspended since 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge presents visitors with a breathtaking view of the Capilano River from a vantage point of 70 metres above!

Stanley Park: Stanley Park is recognized around the globe as one of the great parks of the world! Vancouver's first park and one of the city's main tourist attractions, Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares right next to the downtown core.
Vancouver Aquarium: The aquarium invites its guests to view and interact with over 70,000 different aquatic species.

Granville Island: A former industrial site, Granville Island is now a hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Featuring outdoor entertainers, a public market filled with local goods and a number of artesian workshops with handcrafted goods the Island is a prime place to see what Vancouver has to offer.

Vancouver Art Gallery: Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery features an impressive display of dynamic exhibits.

Jericho Beach and the Spanish Banks : These beaches, both close to campus, offer a place to swim, play volleyball or Frisbee or just relax on the sand with a beach. The western side of Jericho Beach also features the Ecomarine kayak club and the Jericho Beach Sailing club where small boats can be rented. (

Beautiful British Columbia:

The province of British Columbia offers a wealth of tourism opportunities for visitors.  Why not extend your stay and take advantage of BC's natural beauty? To get you started, check out Tourism BC's website.


Right Here on Campus!!

Vancouver and the surrounding area offer wonderful attractions but we realize some of you may not have a lot of time to travel around. If that’s the case check out this list of  attractions, available for any guest to visit right here on campus!


Beaty Biodiversity Museum: New to the UBC Point Grey Campus, and sponsor of NAOC-V, this new public museum is dedicated to enhancing the public's understanding and appreciation of biodiversity.  It is home to over 20,000 fossils from all of the world, including the largest blue whale exhibit in Canada.  Admission to the museum is included in your registration!  Delegates must show their conference name badge for free access to the musuem over NAOC-V main conference dates.

Museum of Anthropology: A world-renowned museum, right here on campus, MOA houses an impressive collection of ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

Nitobe Memorial Garden: A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be one of the most authentic gardens of this type in North America, if not outside of Japan. Beautiful and tranquil, it provides a perfect place to stroll, reflect and relax.

UBC Botanical Garden: Located only a short walk away from conference activities, the UBC Botanical Gardens is a ‘hidden gem’ with beautiful gardens and lots of information on both native and non native plants.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park: Accessible from campus, Pacific Spirit Regional Park boasts 54kms of walking trails, 38kms of trailways dedicated to cycling and plenty of room for picnicking, relaxing on the beach or even swimming should the mood strike!

Green space: If there’s one thing UBC has plenty of its open space with room to start up an impromptu game of Frisbee or soccer.