University of British Columbia (UBC) - Getting to know Vancouver


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  • Near UBC Kits Kerrisdale Dunbar Downtown (avoid Downtown eastside) “ The Drive” (Commercial Drive)
  • Finds best bike route Shows hill grade Calculates time based on your average speed
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  • Many times (rush hour) the fastest way to go places in Vancouver
  • Length of the triathlon races: Olympic (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run), Sprint (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run), Relay
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  • - Cherry Blossom Festival: celebrates the 36,000 cherry trees in Vancouver. One of the festival's most popular events is the Bike the Blossoms bike tour (April 18), which combines cycling through Vancouver's best cherry-blossom-viewing streets with tastings at several local food stops, where you meet local farmers and growers. Vancouver's "explorASIAN Festival” is Canada's second oldest Asian Heritage Month festival, established in 1997 by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. The festival runs for the whole month of May annually, making it the destination festival for worldwide Spring/Summer visitors of metro Vancouver. Celebrate your heritage with explorASIAN! Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition: annual musical fireworks competition. Four performances set to music with speakers setup on the beach and broadcasted on the radio - Fringe Festival: theatre festival, with over 459 performances this year will grace the six main stages on Granville Island and its surrounding neighbourhood, as well as a number of East Van locations,
  • University of British Columbia (UBC) - Getting to know Vancouver

    1. 1. Getting to know Vancouver James Boak and Katharine Wilson September 3, 2009
    2. 2. Welcome to Vancouver!
    3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Practical Advice - James </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vancouver geography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun in Vancouver - Katharine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UBC Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vancouver Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Outdoor Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Around Vancouver </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. We are on the West Coast
    5. 5. Greater Vancouver
    6. 6. Neighbourhoods
    7. 7. Google Maps is a great tool <ul><li>Get directions (car/transit/walk) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    8. 8. Online Bike Map <ul><li> </li></ul>
    9. 9. Transit Website <ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 10. Handy (free) little city maps <ul><li>Transit routes: from Trek Office or book store </li></ul><ul><li>Bike routes: from Trek Office or MEC or bike kitchen </li></ul>
    11. 11. Biking Information <ul><li>Must wear helmet </li></ul><ul><li>Must have lights (front and back) if riding after dark </li></ul><ul><li>Bike theft is CRAZY in Vancouver </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get a beefy lock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If your bike is the best bike on the rack, don’t leave it there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cheapest bike accessories at MEC (but not the best locks) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Biking Information <ul><li>Obey rules of the road </li></ul><ul><li>Designated Bike routes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bike lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Traffic calmed” bike streets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic light buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can take bike on bus or skytrain </li></ul><ul><li>Borrow tools to do own repairs at Bike Kitchen (on campus) or Our Community Bikes </li></ul>
    13. 13. Transit <ul><li>U-pass at bookstore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlimited use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All zones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seabus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skytrains </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Transit <ul><li> or google maps </li></ul><ul><li>Call 604-953-3333 and then 5-digit stop number for schedule info </li></ul><ul><li>Or text the 5-digits to 33-333 </li></ul><ul><li>B-line express buses </li></ul><ul><li>Night-buses </li></ul>
    15. 15. Housing <ul><li>Vancouver is EXPENSIVE </li></ul><ul><li>If west of Granville, cheapest likely to find is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor (one room no bedroom) - 700 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One Bedroom - $900 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Bedroom - $650 (each person) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cheaper east of Granville </li></ul>
    16. 16. Housing <ul><li>Many basement suites (family lives above) </li></ul><ul><li>Month to month or lease </li></ul><ul><li>Know your rights! BC Tenancy Act </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Listings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Craiglist: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even better: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AMS rentsline: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Grocery Advice <ul><li>Costco/superstore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be cheap if you can buy in large quantities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Flour/sugar/meat) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Small independent produce markets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very cheap fruits and veggies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safeway and IGA or other super-markets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be expensive if items not on sale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capers/Choices Markets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nice organic stuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very expensive </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Fun Stuff <ul><li>UBC Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Local Outdoor Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Around Vancouver </li></ul>
    19. 19. UBC REC <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>UBC REC Leagues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soccer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ultimate Frisbee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hockey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volleyball </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basketball, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make your own team or join an existing one! </li></ul>
    20. 20. UBC REC <ul><li>Outdoor Instructional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climbing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day of the Long Boat (Sept 26/27) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storm the Wall (Mar 28 – June 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMS Clubs Day </li></ul>
    21. 21. UBC Birdcoop Gym <ul><li>In the Student REC Centre </li></ul><ul><li>$25 per term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise Machines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dance classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spin classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rock Climbing/Bouldering Room </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. UBC Aquatics Centre <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor and Outdoor Pools </li></ul><ul><li>Diving Boards (1-10m) </li></ul><ul><li>Hot tub, Sauna, Steam Room </li></ul><ul><li>FREE for students! </li></ul>
    23. 23. Vancouver Sports <ul><li>Vancouver Ultimate League (VUL) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Rec (volleyball, soccer, softball) </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver Rowing Club </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Boating at False Creek </li></ul><ul><li>Jericho Sailing Centre </li></ul><ul><li>and many others… </li></ul>
    24. 24. In Vancouver
    25. 25. In Vancouver <ul><li>Pacific Spirit Park / Endowment Lands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 km of forested walking, cycling and horseback riding trails </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stanley Park </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1000 acres, second-growth forest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sea Wall : biking, walking, rollerblading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitch & Putt golf course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tennis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurants/Tea House </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>Beach volleyball </li></ul><ul><li>Skimboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Concession stands </li></ul><ul><li>Change rooms, showers </li></ul><ul><li>Jericho Beach: sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding </li></ul>Beaches
    27. 27. In Vancouver <ul><li>Granville Island </li></ul><ul><li>Public Market (local produce, homemade products, unusual ingredients) </li></ul><ul><li>Shops (glass blowing, ceramics, woodwork, stone carvings, jewellery, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Granville Island Brewery </li></ul><ul><li>Art schools and Galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants/Patios </li></ul><ul><li>Street performers </li></ul><ul><li>Kayaking </li></ul><ul><li>and more… </li></ul>
    28. 28. Festivals <ul><li>Fringe Festival (Sept 8-18) </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver International Film Festival (October) </li></ul><ul><li>Cherry Blossom Festival (April) </li></ul><ul><li>explorASIAN Festival (May) </li></ul><ul><li>Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition (July) </li></ul>
    29. 29. Hiking <ul><li>Local Mountains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cypress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seymour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grouse (Grouse Grind) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lynn Valley and Canyon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GSS Hiking Trip: Sept 12 th , $8 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capilano Pacific Trail </li></ul><ul><li>The Lions </li></ul><ul><li>Baden Powell Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Howe Sound Crest Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Stawamus Chief in Squamish (“The Chief”) </li></ul>
    30. 30. Skiing <ul><li>Local Mountains: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cypress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seymour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grouse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whistler Blackcomb </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Baker </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment: Vancouver Snow Show (Oct 24/25), Whistler Turkey Sale & Swap (Oct 12/13) </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Ski & Board Club </li></ul>
    31. 31. Whistler Blackcomb <ul><li>Student Season’s Pass: AMAZING DEAL! $460 (under 25) or $780 (over 25) </li></ul><ul><li>Edge Cards (1,5,10 days) </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Hostel: $25/night </li></ul><ul><li>Rental Equipment Available </li></ul><ul><li>Greyhound Bus from UBC to Whistler </li></ul>
    32. 32. Okanagan <ul><li>Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna, Vernon </li></ul><ul><li>Wine Touring </li></ul><ul><li>Fruit Orchards </li></ul><ul><li>Lake Okanagan </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain Biking </li></ul><ul><li>Skiing (Big White, Apex, Silverstar) </li></ul><ul><li>Golf </li></ul>
    33. 33. Thanks for listening!