6 Things you need to do at UBC this Fall!

October 18, 2021

The weather is getting colder and fall foliage is in full swing at UBC! We are officially in the thick of pumpkin spice latte season, spooky movie marathons and you know the baked goods are calling your name! It’s sweater weather, so get cozy because we have a few ideas for you that will get you out of the house and have some fall fun! Here are 6 things you need to do at UBC this fall.

1. Go Café Hopping!

On rainy days the best thing to do is cozy up in a café with a friend or partner. Baked goods and a warm beverage makes a perfect pair to warm you up. The UBC neighbourhoods have many amazing coffee shops and bakeries to try. Here are a few to get you started: Doughgirls Bake Shop, Blenz Coffee, Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co, JJ Bean  and Murchie’s Tea.

The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co located on UBLVD.

2. Take a Fall walk!

UBC is known for some of the best fall foliage in the lower mainland. Did you know the best way to see UBC is by foot or bike? Here’s what we suggest. It’s time to leave the comfort of your car, disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with nature. There are so many spaces to enjoy long strolls so bundle up and get your steps in. Here are a few areas to take your fall walks:

Wesbrook Village – Located just outside of the academic core, Wesbrook Village is known for the greenways that encompass the buzzing community. These greenways connect all the way into Pacific Spirit Park. There are many parks to play in and trails to explore!

Nitobe Memorial Garden – This traditional Japanese garden is an amazing space to enjoy Japanese maple trees with bold colours of maple, gold and blushing red throughout the month of October. 

UBC Botanical Garden – The Botanical garden at UBC is famous for its diverse selection of plants from all around the world. To catch all of the intense fall colours the Carolinian Forest is recommended! 

Main Mall, UBC. PC: Martin Dee

For more ideas to see fall foliage around campus, check out this blog by UBC. 

3. Soup it up!

Warm up with a hot noodle dish. The neighbourhoods at UBC have you covered. With a diverse selection of noodle houses why not taste test to find your favourite. Here are a few places to check out that we know will not disappoint: Kinton Ramen, Neptune Chinese Kitchen, Sesame, Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle and Nori.

Nori at UBLVD.

4. Spend the Afternoon at the UBC Farm, 20th Annual Farmers Market!

Fresh produce, local vendors and a great community… What more could you want? The UBC Farmers Market takes place until November 27th! This is your chance to discover legendary local vendors. The entry is free and there are now two locations to visit. View the schedule here.

PC: UBC Farmers Market.

5. Indulge in comfort food!

Everyone deserves some guilt-free indulgence! Nothing seems more fitting to fill this role than hot Nashville fried chicken. If you haven’t heard, Downlow Chicken Shack has opened its second location at UBC. Choose your spice level and enjoy the best fried chicken you will ever have, we dare you! Why not follow it up with a creamy ice cream from Rain or Shine!

PC: Downlow Chicken Shack.

6. Art Galleries and Museums galore

Naturally, being stuck inside would give anyone cabin fever. Thankfully, UBC is home to many art galleries and museums to explore! The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an exhibition called Drift: Art and Dark Matter, running from now to December 5th. This exhibition features four artists who engaged with physicists, chemists, and engineers to explore how the mysterious invisible matter has a gravitational effect on everything in the universe. Pretty cool right! 

PC: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.


While these are just a few ideas to get you started, you can find more attractions and amenities at UBC by visiting the Live at UBC Welcome Centre or by clicking here. 


Be sure to tag us @LiveatUBC if you try any of our recommendations! 

Happy Fall!