Vancouver is home to one of Canada’s best universities, the University of British Columbia. I took the opportunity to visit the sprawling nature-filled campus. I love the old buildings and metropolitan vibe of the University of Toronto, but being the nature lover that I am, I couldn’t help but fall in love with UBC. Here are some of the highlights of my visit.
9:45AM PDT. I arrived at the UBC Botanical Garden. It was a very foggy and chilly (though not as cold as I’m used to in Ontario) morning. This 44-hectare (110 acres) garden houses over 8000 different plant species. It is the home of the UBC Greenheart Treewalk and is also the oldest botanical garden in a university in Canada.
10:31AM PDT. After getting lost for a bit, I finally found the entrance to the UBC Greenheart TreeWalk. This was a fun adventure. There were probably ten or so people in the entire garden, so I had the TreeWalk to myself. It’s a 310-meter long self-guided tour on a treetop canopy. I’m usually afraid of heights, but being around so much nature helped me get over it.
11:10AM PDT. After that exhilarating time at the TreeWalk, I decided to explore the garden more. It’s literally so huge that I didn’t get to explore the whole place.
11:50AM PDT. After walking around the Botanical Garden, I decided to find somewhere I can eat. I walked around the campus and found a place called Bean Around The World, which is apparently a popular place in Vancouver since they have several locations around the city. I can’t remember what exactly I had for lunch, but it was some sort of turkey and spinach sandwich. Anyway, after lunch, I decided to head to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. I didn’t take a lot of photos there because I was too immersed with the extensive collection of natural history. If I had the time, I would have read every single entry there. Natural history nerds like myself will find themselves looking through drawers upon drawers of specimens.
2:40PM PDT. After spending a good amount of time in the biodiversity museum, I headed to the Nitobe Memorial Garden. This charming Japanese garden honours the memory of Japanese author Nitobe Inazō.
3:00PM PDT. I only spent about fifteen minutes at the Nitobe Garden before going to the Museum of Anthropology. This museum features an impressive collection of art particularly of First Nation peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Like what happened at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, I got so engrossed with the amount of things that I could learn from the different exhibits and galleries in the museum, so I didn’t take a lot of photos there.
3:45PM PDT. Again, I wanted to spend more time at the MOA, but I also wanted to visit the Museum of Vancouver before it closed for the day. I got a cab from UBC to MOV which took about 15 minutes, give or take. The Neon Vancouver, Ugly Vancouver exhibit was on that time, and it was a pretty cool series of art installations to see.
5:30PM PDT. I decided to head home to take a quick shower and rest before seeing my friend my from uni who now lives in Vancouver. We went to Meet on Main and it was fun catching up with her after about three years of not seeing each other.
Well, that’s it for today. Tomorrow, I’ll share my experiences exploring Stanley Park and some other places in Vancouver. Until then!