Just 25 minutes from downtown, and accessible by public transit, the University of BC is home to many world class, Must-See attractions. Explore Canada’s oldest University Botanical Garden, wander through a traditional Japanese garden, then head inside and explore a world renown collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art or over 2 million specimens at Vancouver’s only Natural History museum.
With its soaring architecture, spectacular sea-to-sky views and stunning collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art, plus its’ dramatic Great Hall, featuring magnificent carved house poles, and Haida artist Bill Reid’s cedar sculpture, The Raven and the First Men the Museum of Anthropology delivers. Don’t rush your visit to this acclaimed BC museum — the impressive collections of global art and artifacts are worth your time. Be sure to explore the special exhibitions and wander the scenic grounds. Check for tour times when you arrive, they’re free with admission.
If you’ve got the kids in toe, the family friendly Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a must. The giant blue whale skeleton hanging over in the lobby welcomes guests to Vancouver’s only natural history museum. A treasure trove of over two million fish, fossil, bird and bug specimens await to engage and inspire young scientists. The dedicated “Discovery Lab,” documentary screenings and special exhibitions add to this experience.
Then take it outside, the UBC Botanical Garden the oldest university botanical garden in Canada offers a delightful showcase of BC’s native flowers and trees. Established in 1916, the Garden features a alpine, rainforest and medicinal gardens. For the adventurous, the 310-metre-long Greenheart TreeWalk offers a unique view of the landscape from suspended walkways and platforms strung between Douglas firs, cedars and grand firs high above the forest floor.
Carefully cultivated to provide year-round beauty, the Nitobe Memorial Garden is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the garden is especially photogenic in spring and fall when colorful cherry blossoms and maple leaves brighten the tranquil pathways