university of british columbia bucket list

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After four years living and studying and working on this beautiful university campus of mine, I’ve done my fair share of exploring and adventuring. We are very lucky to have our own land outside of the official city limits of Vancouver so that everything in the vicinity is dedicated primarily to use by university students.

UBC is located on First Nations land, is surrounded on all sides by the Pacific Spirit Forest and on three sides by the Pacific Ocean – so it’s pretty stunning. If you are ever in the city or are lucky enough to study here, here’s some of my favourite things to do all year round.

Explore the Nitobe Japanese Memorial Gardens
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Take in the view from the top of the cliffs over Tower Beach
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Experience the nudist culture at Wreck Beach
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Wander through the Museum of Anthropology
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Catch a sunset over the water
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Take in the view from the top of Buchanan Tower
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Attend the annual Apple Festival
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Visit the official UBC Lookout on the drive on to campus
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Take in the iconic view of mountains behind the Rose Garden
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Visit the Blue Whale at Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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Hang out in the Nest

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Find the colourful windows of Chem

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Enjoy authentic Italian pizzas from a stone hearth oven at Mercante

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Walk one of the many trails of the Pacific Spirit Forest
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Try out a number of the on-campus restaurants and cafes

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Watch a varsity game
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Wander through the treetops at the Botanical Garden’s Greenheart Treewalk
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Wander through the cherry blossoms in spring time
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Appreciate the colors of Main Mall in fall
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Walk through untouched snow
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Spend 24 hours in Irving K Barber Library during finals season
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Drink a beer with your Prof at Mahoney’s

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And last, but most certainly not least, graduate.
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