A person doing a flip off a diving board at the UBC Aquatic Centre

9 Ways to Stay Active in Winter at UBC Point Grey

January 8, 2024

It’s January, and if you’re anything like us, sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions can be a resolution in itself. It’s a good thing there’s plenty of ways to keep up your fitness regime when UBC Point Grey is your neighbourhood! 

We know winter in Vancouver can be chilly (and rainy), but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until spring. At UBC Point Grey, there are numerous opportunities to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle even when the temperatures drop. From serene yoga studios to invigorating outdoor activities, here are 9 ways to keep moving and stay fit during the winter months.

VNYSA Yoga Studio

Escape the winter blues by indulging in some mindful movement at VNYSA Yoga Studio in Wesbrook Village. With a variety of classes catering to all skill levels, this studio provides a warm and inviting space for yogis to stretch, strengthen, and find balance. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, VNYSA Yoga Studio offers a respite from the cold and an opportunity to connect with your body and mind.

Woman doing yoga at VNYSA Yoga Studio

Wesbrook Community Centre

The Wesbrook Community Centre is a hub of activity, offering a diverse range of fitness programs and recreational activities you can book on a seasonal basis, or drop in. From group fitness and dance classes to drop-in sports, there’s something for everyone of all ages. Take advantage of the indoor facilities to break a sweat and socialize with fellow UBC community members. It’s a great way to stay active while building a sense of community during the winter months.

Zumba class at Wesbrook Community Centre

UBC Recreation

UBC Recreation has a plethora of options to keep you moving, from fitness classes to skating for children and adults alike. Join a hockey league, do a drop-in skate, martial arts, or a dance class. From January 8th to 14th, you can try any classes that tickle your fancy for no charge during Free Week.


Aquatic Centre

The Aquatic Centre is a fantastic resource for all ages with state-of-the-art facilities providing a climate-controlled environment for swimming and water-based fitness. Dive into a swim workout or join a water aerobics class to keep your body active and engaged, even when it’s cold outside.

A person doing a flip off a diving board at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Photo credit: Paul Joseph

UBC Tennis Centre

Unleash your inner Serena Williams or Roger Federer at the UBC Tennis Centre. With both indoor and outdoor courts available, you can enjoy a friendly match with friends or take advantage of lessons and clinics offered throughout the winter. Tennis is a fantastic way to stay active, improve your agility, and have fun – all while staying sheltered from the winter weather.

UBC Tennis Centre

Running/Hiking in Pacific Spirit Park

For those who prefer to be outside in the crisp winter air, Pacific Spirit Park offers a stunning backdrop for running and hiking and provides the perfect canopy shield from the rain. The lush evergreen forest and well-maintained trails create a serene environment for outdoor enthusiasts along with their furry friends. Bundle up, lace up your running shoes, and explore the natural beauty that UBC Point Grey’s backyard forest has to offer. Be sure to dress warmly and stay hydrated in the cooler (and wetter) temperatures.

A person looking up at the trees in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Photo credit: Martin Dee

Additional Activities

UBC Point Grey is home to a wide array of facilities and programs that cater to various interests and open to the public. Check out the UBC BirdCoop Fitness Centre for a traditional gym experience, or consider joining a dance class or membership at the UBC Dance Club to stay active and learn new moves. Additionally, keep an eye on the UBC events calendar for special fitness events and workshops that may pique your interest.


Don’t let the winter chill dampen your commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. UBC Point Grey provides a wealth of opportunities for students and the public alike to stay fit and engaged throughout the colder months. Whether you prefer the warmth of indoor facilities or the invigorating embrace of the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone here to ensure you stay active and energized all winter long. So, bundle up, grab your workout gear, and embrace the chill with many ways to stay active at UBC Point Grey 🏃