Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the "best cities to live in" and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.

  • With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live.

  • Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English.

  • Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.

  • Vancouver is internationally renowned for preserving its natural beauty within the metropolis. It is home to one of North America's largest urban parks, Stanley Park.

  • The city has all the urban amenities of a major city, as well as easy access to the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the Pacific Coast Range.

  • There is a lively cultural scene. Some have called it a "city of neighbourhoods", each with its own distinctive character.

For more information visit TOURISM VANCOUVER


Getting Here

  • YVR International Airport is Canada’s second busiest airport.

  • It is serviced by major airlines with direct service to many national and international destinations.

  • The airport is 20 minutes from UBC or downtown Vancouver.

  • Taxi, car rental and public transit are available.

  • The new rapid transit rail to downtown takes only Only 26 minutes.

Visit TOURISM VANCOUVER for detailed information on traveling to Vancouver.

Visit the UBC website for information on traveling from Vancouver international Airport to the UBC campus.


Getting Around

Public transport

Vancouver is well serviced by buses, trains and ferries. To use the system you  will need a compass card – either a re-loadable one or a paper ticket.

  • A COMPASS CARD is a re-loadable plastic fare card that you can purchase with a $6 refundable deposit. It can be loaded and reloaded with Stored Value for discounted pay-as-you-go fares.

Fares are calculated by tapping in and tapping out at the stations. Tapping out at the station gates will display the card balance. Only tap in on the bus, not out.  Tapping out at the station gates will display the card balance. Regular adult fares are $2.75 for one zone, $4.00 for two, or $5.50 for three zones.  Regular fares apply on weekdays before 6:30 pm.

  • A Compass Ticket purchased on the bus as a paper ticket, good for using only on buses. Exact fare in coins is needed on the bus. Travelling by only bus will require a one zone ticket throughout all zones at all times, $2.75. A fare is good for 90 minutes within the purchased zone, with no restrictions on transfers.

  • TRIPSAVVY provide some great advise for using the public transport system.


Tourism British Columbia (beyond Vancouver)

British Columbia is a very beautiful province and we encourage everyone to venture further if at all possible.  Here are two sites to inspire you!