Walking at UBC

 

According to WalkBC “Walking is a simple way to improve overall wellbeing and reduce the chances of developing the health concerns associated with inactivity“.

Walking is also free and can be done almost anywhere – so why not at UBC?

Below are a list of active walking groups and walking related activities at UBC’s Point Grey Campus. All groups and activities welcome newcomers and participants of all abilities.

UBC 30 Minute Walking Maps

Print or share five new walking trail maps  around campus.  Developed by  students a UBC SEEDs program project they not only provide inspiration but come complete with distance, steps, terrain and difficulty level.

Main Mall Trail

Sword Fern Trail

Thunderbird Trail

Tower Beach Trail

Wreck Beach Trail

Click here to view the full project report.

Step It Up – UBC Recreation

These walking programs are free or inexpensive, and designed for all students, staff, faculty and community members. Join us for a walk and every time you Step It Up, you’ll be entered to win a FREE FITBIT FLEX.

 UBC Walkabout  – Every January

Walkabout is an annual 9-week health and wellness challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings. Staff, faculty, students and community members create teams of five and compete to cover the distance of a new virtual route each year – everyone is welcome to join the challenge. Registration is $10. For more information click here.

Walk and Talk Club: 10am Every Monday

Meet Up Location:The Old Barn

This club is for people who would like to meet new friends and get active! Throughout the season the group will explore the entire UBC Campus and nearby Pacific Spirit Park with a different walk each week. Walks will occur rain or shine. For more information click here. (First-timers must call 604.827.4469 to register)

Walk the Walk @ VGH: 12.30-1pm Every Day (Mon- Fri)

BCdiabetes.ca runs a daily walking program at their offices at the Vancouver General Hospital site.  The program runs rain or shine every working weekday. Participation is free. Anyone is welcome to join us – patients, staff, visitors, and others who wants to make regular low-impact physical activity a part of their daily routine with supportive company. Where? 2775 Laurel Street (map). They meet in the lobby of the Diamond Health Centre next to the Information Desk. When? 12:30pm to 1pm. They leave promptly, so aim to arrive at 12:25! Questions? Get in touch the walking program at walk@bcdiabetes.ca, or just to let them know to expect you!

Free UBC Walking Art Tour Guides

The outdoor artworks at UBC are a source of aesthetic pleasure, commemorate histories and events, and introduce new ideas and possibilities into the campus environment. The new UBC Outdoor Art Tour features twenty-six sites including works from the University Art Collection, objects of interest, and artwork that has been commissioned or donated to specific departments and faculties. Experience the campus in a different way. Click here for more information.

Too busy to get out of the office? Try a Walking Meeting

Walking meetings are becoming more popular as they allow work and productivity to continue while promoting healthy behaviours. Take advantage of the beautiful natural environment and become healthier and more productive in the process. Click here for more information.

UBC Sustainability – Green Building Walking Tours

These popular guided tours are free and customized for groups on campus. Each one-hour tour takes participants through the interior spaces of a sustainable buildings at UBC to reveal the stories behind its green features and operating systems. Click here for more information.

Pacific Spirit Park – Printable Trail Map

Are you interested in the many walking trails within Pacific Spirit Park at UBCs Point Grey Campus? For a detailed  map click here.

UBC Botanical and Nitobe Gardens

UBC Staff, Faculty and Students have free admission to the UBC Botanical Gardens and the Nitobe Memorial Gardens with a valid UBCCard. For more information click here.

If you have a walking group at any UBC location; and welcome newcomers please email melissa.lafrance@ubc.ca.

Off Campus Resources

For the most reliable and up to date information about local trails and hikes, visit Vancouver Trails or Outdoor Vancouver.


Getting active at UBC has never been easier. Learn about the walking activities happening right now!

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