Visiting Vancouver

Our stunning city, with its dramatic backdrop of mountains and its miles of accessible beaches, has much to offer in the summer months.

To help you enjoy our city, we organize tours led by Regent students to many of the attractions on the UBC campus and in Vancouver. But don’t stop there! Grab some fellow summer pilgrims and head out on your own.


While Regent College does not have its own residence halls, Summer students are eligible to reserve guest accommodations nearby on the UBC Campus. For more information, please view the Summer 2015 Accommodations

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Attractions on the UBC campus

The UBC campus is home to the world-famous Museum of Anthropology (MOA), the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which boasts the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada, and the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, which showcases contemporary Canadian and international art.

The Chan Centre—known for its superb acoustics—showcases concerts of classical, jazz, and popular music.

The Nitobe Japanese Memorial Gardens, named one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, offer visitors quiet serenity in the middle of campus. The UBC Botanical Garden is a great place to see some of the old-growth trees and local plants that BC is famous for.

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

Beaches and trails close by

The closest beach to Regent College is Spanish Banks, about 20 minutes on foot. Walk down Wesbrook Mall to Chancellor Blvd, cross the street onto Wesbrook Cres, and keep walking towards the water until you hit NW Marine Drive. Take a right on NW Marine Drive and walk down the hill until you see the beach on your left-hand side. 

Once you get to Spanish Banks, you can keep walking along the water and you will hit a succession of other beaches: Locarno, Jericho, and eventually Kits Beach.

If you're a hiker, there is an extensive network of trails on the UBC campus that criss-cross Pacific Spirit Park.

In and around Vancouver

Vancouver is a very walkable city, with vast networks of paths, especially along the water. For the most scenic walking route from Regent to the city, start at one of the beaches close to campus, such as Spanish Banks. Have a wander down the bustling Broadway or 4th Avenue shops. Keep walking along the waterfront and you will get to Granville Island, where you can peruse the fresh fruit and veg stands, watch the buskers, and have a donut on the dock.

From Granville Island, you can catch the False Creek ferry to the Aquatic Centre at Sunset Beach, and walk towards the Vancouver Aquarium at Stanley Park (North America’s largest city park). After experiencing the treasures of BC’s unique marine life, get lost among Stanley Park’s trails, totem poles, and beaches or walk the sea wall for 360º views of the city.

Outdoor enthusiasts thrive in Vancouver with world-class biking, hiking, outdoor swimming, kayaking, sailing, and much more. The North Shore Mountains like Mount Seymour, Cypress Mountain, and Grouse Mountain offer hiking and mountain biking with stunning views of the city below. Grouse Mountain’s cable car zips you 1000 metres into the air. Restaurants, natural habitats, and a visitor’s centre will help you acclimate to the delightful height and dramatic views from Grouse’s peak.

Our vibrant cultural scene includes a number of summer festivals that have become a Vancouver tradition, such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the International Children’s Festival, and the Folk Music Festival. Bard on the Beach sets up tent on the sands of Kitsilano Beach with the Vancouver skyline as a backdrop. This year’s line-up of world-class performances presents Taming of the Shrew,Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and King John. Regent hosts a group to Bard during July. See Regent’s summer Activities Schedule when you arrive for details.

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

Vancouver has also gained a reputation as a “gourmet city” for food lovers. Check out the Food Vancouver website for restaurant listings, events, and coupons. One way to enjoy great food and beautiful views is to book a dinner cruise.

Other “must dos” include:

If you are out to see the sites, hop on the old-time trolleys of the Vancouver Trolley Company. This live-commentated, 26-stop, Hop-on, Hop-off sightseeing tour is your natural transportation link between Vancouver’s top attractions.

Beyond the city limits

Take a day or half-day trip, or even an overnight trip on the weekend. Every destination offers attractions to suit every taste. All destinations are best visited by car, but there are many public transportation options available. Try one or more of the following:

For transportation to any of the islands, visit the BC Ferries website for routes, schedules, and fares.

More Information on sightseeing

The BC Passport website has detailed information about all things Vancouver.

where to eat

On campus

  • University Village Food Court: this is located in the basement of the University Village, just east of Regent on University Blvd. There are all sorts of extremely cheap international food eateries in a food court setting. 
  • Starbucks, Mio Sushi, The Pita Pit, Pizza, Vera’s Burger Shack, Red Burrito, Subway, McDonald’s, A&W Burgers, One More Sushi, and Only-U Café are also in the University Village area.
  • Mahony & Sons: Irish pub food (west of Regent on University Blvd)
  • The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. (Corner of Westbrook Mall & University Blvd)
  • UBC Bookstore Cafe (6200 University Blvd)

Off campus and close to Regent

  • Enigma, 4397 West 10 Avenue, tel: 604.222.6881
  • Burgoo Bistro, 4434 West 10th Ave, tel: 604.221.7839

For more information on restaurants, go to (dinners guide tab) or (gluttony tab).