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Recreation

Because of Regent’s affiliation with UBC, our students have access to a number of UBC’s recreational facilities. To access facilities and services, you will need a UBC card.

Recreational facilities at UBC

Regent students have access to the following UBC. Some facilities are free, and others charge membership or user fees, which vary according to times and frequency of visits. 

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Intramural sports

Many students participate in intramural sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, or ultimate frisbee.

Contact the Regent College Student Association to find out if there are any Regent teams you can join.

Visit the UBC Rec website for the full list of recreational leagues and events. Or pick up a UBC Rec program guide (updated annually) from the RCSA office.

Varsity sports

UBC’s varsity teams are dubbed “the Thunderbirds,” and play competitive baseball, basketball, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, rowing, rugby, skiing (alpine and Nordic), soccer, softball, swimming, track, and volleyball.

If you’re a sports fan, there’s no shortage of varsity games you can watch on campus. For information on upcoming games and events, visit the Thunderbirds site.

Outdoor activities

The Varsity Outdoor Club at UBC organizes activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and hiking.

For those who enjoy water sports, the UBC Jericho Sailing Club is a great place to learn kayaking, sailing, or windsurfing.

The UBC Ski & Board Club organizes trips to Whistler. This is a great way to access Whistler-Blackcomb, the world-class ski resort that hosted part of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Clubs

The Alma Mater Society at UBC has over 350 clubs that students can get involved in. You can find the full club listing here.

Beaches and parks on campus

The UBC Campus is located on a peninsula, with access to a number of beaches including Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, and Wreck Beach. Students should be warned that Wreck Beach is clothing optional.

The campus is separated from the rest of the city by a stretch of forest, Pacific Spirit Park, with an extensive network of biking and hiking trails. For safety, we caution students not to frequent these trails alone.

The UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanical garden and a great place to see some of the towering trees BC is famous for. The Japanese-style Nitobe Memorial Garden is another ideal place for a walk or quiet retreat.

Arts, culture, and entertainment

Regent students in the Christianity and the Arts concentration are involved in theatre, film, visual arts, dance, literature, and other media. As part of their program, they are required to produce an Integrative Project in the Arts and Theology (IPIAT), which is a professional exhibition, performance, or reading of some kind for their Final Project. This is a fantastic way to experience art and culture as expressed by people from all over the world, and in a Christian context. Watch our Events page for upcoming student projects.

Regent’s own Lookout Gallery showcases exhibitions by Christian artists and Regent students in the Christianity and the Arts concentration.

The UBC campus is home to the world-famous Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which boasts the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada.

The Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery showcases contemporary Canadian and international art, while the UBC Alma Mater Society runs an art gallery where students can display their work.

The Chan Centre — known for its superb acoustics—often showcases free concerts featuring students from the UBC School of Music alongside its regular programming by professional musicians. The Chan also has a smaller space that hosts theatrical productions.

The Student Union Building operates a second-run film theatre, the Norm. Film screenings can also be views at the Department of Theatre and Film.

Vancouver of course has much to offer for arts, culture, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on Pacific Theatre, which is run by a Regent grad and produces top quality plays.

More information

Visit Attractions UBC to find out what else is happening on the UBC campus.

A great website with information on recreation in and around Vancouver is BC Passport.

Vancouver’s weekly entertainment publication, the Georgia Straight, is the best source for upcoming art, theatre, film, and music events.