10 Things To Do That Are 10 Minutes Away Or Less: Living Here Means You’re Always Close To Home

March 17, 2020

At the time of posting, we recognize that unprecedented events in the health and medical sector have greatly affected our way of life here in Metro Vancouver. Our utmost concern is for ensuring the ongoing safety and well-being of all residents. We are proud of all the amenities and attractions that our communities have to offer, however due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we do want to make our readers aware that some establishments and facilities may be closed at this time. We encourage you to explore the outdoor options in this blog. 

The five communities that make up the UBC residential area are home to an array of natural landmarks, attractions and points of interest as well as premium events, activities and amenities. Wesbrook Place, Chancellor Place, East Campus, Hawthorn Place and Hampton Place are comfortably nestled among old-growth forest and are mere minutes away from the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. For the 13,500 residents that call this home, it’s an attractive, bustling residential area that includes plenty of parks, gardens, cultural amenities, shops and eateries. Wondering where to start? Here are ten things you can do that are ten minutes away or less.


Lace up your boots and slip on your backpack. The trails await! In this area, nature is literally right outside your door. Pacific Spirit Regional Park features more than 750 hectares of natural forest, lush vegetation and graceful streams. The well-kept trails – 33 in total – are maintained for year-round enjoyment.


Stunning views are just one of the many things in store at the Museum of Anthropology. Renowned for its impressive collection of art and artifacts, the MOA is home to an outstanding Northwest Coast First Nations art collection. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Beaty Biodiversity Museum that features over 800,000 fish specimens and a fully assembled, suspended 26-meter-long Blue Whale skeleton.


Who doesn’t love a good latte? The area is home to more than 20 coffee houses, including JJ Bean Coffee, Bean Around The World, The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. and Blenz Coffee. If tea is more to your liking, Murchie’s Tea & Coffee features a selection of fine teas from around the world. Raise a glass of craft beer with friends at Biercraft, where there’s more than 120 beers in stock and over 32 beers on tap.


When you’re this close to the water, your “to do” list should include a dip in the ocean. Internationally acclaimed, clothing optional Wreck Beach stretches for 7.8 spectacular kilometres. For something a bit more refined, the UBC Aquatic Centre is a must. This state-of-the-art facility features a 50m length pool, 25m lap pool, lazy river, hot tub and sauna. With its accessible leisure pool and universal change room, it’s ideal for families.


Whatever you’re craving, the neighbourhoods cater to it. Start out with a sweet treat (or two) from Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen + Bakeshop, sip on a smoothie from Body Energy Club then enjoy a scoop from Rain Or Shine Ice Cream. For something truly special, indulge in the rich taste of chocolate from the historic Rogers’ Chocolates – Canada’s first chocolatier established in 1885. Have something more filling in mind? No problem. The area is home to several eateries including Virtuous Pie, Nori Bento & Udon, Jamjar Canteen and Uncle Fatih’s Pizza.


In the UBC community, there’s plenty of green space to go around so there’s lots of room to explore. Wesbrook Village alone is home to six parks. Nobel Park features a large playground complete with a baseball diamond. Smith and Khorana Parks, each with its own play area, are uniquely connected through water. Brockhouse Park has a full-size soccer field while Mundell Park has a charming picnic area that also is home to its own waterway and playpark.


Get a group of friends together for some doubles tennis at the UBC Tennis Club, the only public indoor tennis facility in Vancouver. There’s also the UBC Baseball Rose Indoor Training Centre that boasts a number of amenities including four full-size batting cages and three pitching mounds. And for something really challenging, test your skills on the state-of-the-art climbing wall, located in The Aviary.


If you’re up for an adventure, the Greenheart Treewalk takes you above the tree canopy and provides a magnificent view of the region’s coastal temperate rainforest. This 310-meter-long walkway hangs from cedars, giant firs and Douglas Firs, many of which are more than a century old. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, check out the Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, one of North America’s premier performing arts centres thanks to its impressive design, unparalleled acoustics and first-class programs.


A place of quiet beauty, harmony and introspection, Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Every rock and plant in the garden was placed there by the landscape architect, Kannosuke Mori. Seen as a bridge across the Pacific, it is also a bridge across cultures as the garden is a place to learn about Japanese-Canadian relations. For a truly authentic experience, Nitobe Memorial Garden is also home to a Japanese tea house.


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The communities live and breathe the arts. Residents proudly support and celebrate their strong presence in the area: from the Belkin Art Gallery, with its more than 4,500 pieces of art, to the 400-seat Frederic Wood Theatre and the UBC’s own Outdoor Art Collection, growing since the late 1940s.

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