Skip to content
The University of British Columbia


Experience life in Vancouver and embrace Canadian culture through a range of unique and exciting local activities.

Icon / Orientation Activities

Orientation activities

There’s a lot to take in when you first arrive on campus. Our welcome event, faculty orientation and campus tours are great ways to help you settle in.

Icon / Tours

UBC organized tours

We include UBC campus tours and organized city tours as part of your Vancouver Summer Program so you can get a local point of view on the best things to explore during your trip.

Icon / Faculty Activities

Faculty activities

Depending on your course package, take trips to a range of exciting places to enhance your studies—including the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology, UBC Botanical Gardens and the Pacific Museum of Earth.

Attend faculty events such as movie, paint and karaoke nights, scavenger hunts around the city and picnics at the beach.

Icon / Downtime

Campus downtime

When you aren’t busy studying or exploring, try ice-skating, take part in campus karaoke or connect with friends over pizza and board game nights.

Tour some of what Canada has to offer

Visit some of Canada’s most famous landmarks—for an additional fee. Use your weekends to experience towering mountains, diverse wildlife and First Nations and Indigenous culture firsthand.

Click on the links below to explore the tours offered by Merit Travel for students participating in VSP 2024. These tours are not an official component of the program; joining them are optional and will incur additional fees.

Booking links for the tours will be sent to admitted students directly. Please make sure that you have acquired your required travel document (Visa/eTA) before you book a tour.

Victoria (1-day)

Take a ferry to Vancouver Island and visit the capital of British Columbia, Victoria—a bustling seaport town with a reputation for its outdoor activities and historical past.

Whistler (1-day)

Enjoy a scenic bus ride along British Columbia’s breathtaking coastline up to Whistler Mountain. Famous for its skiing in the winter, Whistler makes for great hiking and mountain biking during the summer.

Tofino (3-days)

Surfing, whales, hiking—need we say more? Take a few days and experience everything Tofino on Vancouver Island has to offer.

The Rocky Mountains (4-days)

Exploring the Rocky Mountains is the adventure of a lifetime when visiting Canada. Take a scenic bus tour and stop off at historic national parks to experience this famously scenic mountain range.

Ready to Apply?

Apply Now

Subscribe to our newsletter