UBC Recreation is committed to providing all individuals on campus with welcoming, accessible, and enjoyable physical recreation opportunities.  Explore this section to find free and low barrier activities suitable for all abilities, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

What’s Your Movement Goal?

At UBC we believe that every individual is unique in their physical activity needs and that through recreation you can connect with the community, cope with stress, and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Knowing your goals for being active can help you to determine the best options available to fit your lifestyle. Discover some programs or events at UBC that might pique your interest.

  • Discover 124 different group fitness classes for no cost at UBC Recreation's Free Week from September 9-15, 2019. Details can be found on the Free Week page.
  • Join a free Guided Walk!
  • Find some time for drop-in sports and activities such as badminton and basketball.
  • Gain confidence and learn from a Personal Trainer
  • Simply sit less and move more. Find fun and different way to be active in February with the annual Move UBC campaign.

How Can We Help You Move at UBC?


Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise between class, work, studying, commuting, and family responsibilities. We are committed to offering a diverse range of physical recreation opportunities suitable for all ages, abilities, and needs. If you have concerns about whether a program or event is right for you, reach out and let us help!

Call or send us an email at the Student Recreation Centre Operations desk to start the conversation and you will be directed to the appropriate person:
Tel: 604-822-6000 (SRC Operations Centre)
Email: src.operations@ubc.ca


UBC Recreation is a member of the Physical Activity Office and partners across campuses with multiple departments to help all UBC community members to move more and sit less.  The Physical Activity Office acts to improve individual health, wellbeing, and quality of life through a collaborative and coordinated approach to programming, research, and education in physical activity and health promotion. One of the many projects of the Physical Activity Office is the annual Move UBC campaign.  Find out how you can partner with us by contacting the Physical Activity Office directly at physical.activity@ubc.ca.

We want every person to find a way to participate in our programs. Wherever possible, we strive to adapt programs and events to offer all participants of all abilities the chance to try our programs. Here are some below!

Should you have questions about any of the programs you see both in the list above or anywhere on the Recreation website, please contact the Student Recreation Centre (SRC) Operations desk and you will be directed to the appropriate program manager:
Tel: 604-822-6000 (SRC Operations Centre)
Email: src.operations@ubc.ca


Physical Activity News & Upcoming Events

Caring For Others – Free Online Learning Opportunity

As we start to open up our bubbles, and slowly re-connect with friends and family, we may be feeling a lot of emotions, both positive and negative. It is more important than ever to care for each other, and those in our community. To aid and support members of the UBC community, UBC Recreation and the UBC Aquatic Centre are offering a FREE online course to help participants help others.

The Psychological First Aid – Caring for Others online course will help you face the stresses of life, and help others, through resiliency based training. Through the online course, you will gain an understanding of how to recognize when a person is in distress, and how you can offer help.

You will also learn the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model, which you will then use to participate in a Zoom discussion with other members of the UBC community. This discussion will be moderated by Kristin Hutniak, a certified Red Cross Psychological First Aid instructor. The discussion will end with everyone committing to an action they will be taking in their community – how will you be caring for others?

…Are you ready to start learning?!

Registration Information

What is it? A free opportunity to learn Psychological First Aid tools to use in the community. The online module will take approximately 45-90 minutes, and the discussion will be approximately 30-40 minutes.

Who can attend: Any member of the UBC community (staff, faculty, resident, student, etc.), aged 14 years or older (one person per household please).

How much does it cost? FREE! Thanks to Utown at UBC Community Grant, we can offer this course to 50 people at no cost to the participant.

How to register: Email Kristin Hutniak at Kristin.hutniak@ubc.ca and let her know which of the discussion time you would like to attend (attend only one session). She will then send you a link to the online course, and the Zoom link for your discussion.

  • Zoom Discussion 1: Wednesday, July 22, 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Zoom Discussion 2: Thursday, August 6, 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Zoom Discussion 3: Saturday, August 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Discussion 4: Monday, August 10, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Wellbeing in Nature: A Guided Virtual Experience

Mindfully relax and connect with nature and others from home or a local greenspace.

Are you craving to be outdoors and (re-)connect with nature? Refill your cup and replace stress with relaxation and mindfulness with this experiential session.

Slowing down and spending time in nature can enhance our ability to enjoy life and address challenges we face. Join us for a guided experience to connect with nature and people.

You can participate in this virtual wellbeing experience from your backyard, patio or local park.

During our time together you will:

· Be invited to breathe fresh air and use all your senses to explore the beauty of nature

· Tap into nature’s amazing capacity to help us slow down, relax and focus on what matters

· Engage in active movement, meditative and experiential elements, solo and as a group

· Leave the session feeling refreshed, re-energized and inspired!

Want to read more about forest-bathing? Click here.

Event details:

WhenWednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:15-12:45pm

WhereThis is virtual session. Bring your phone/tablet or laptop to a greenspace or backyard/patio where you can connect to Zoom and to nature.

CostThis is a free session.

Register here!

About the Facilitator

Isabel Budke is a certified leadership coach and seasoned mountain woman with 20+ years of experience in education, health and sustainability. Isabel partners with leaders and teams in thriving through challenge, change and uncertainty. She is passionate about being active outdoors and integrates movement, mindfulness and nature experiences into her offerings. For more info visit www.IsabelBudke.com.

About the Organizers

This experience is brought to you by UBC Recreation and UBC Botanical Garden.

5 Very Canadian Things to Do on Canada Day

Whether you’re Canadian and have celebrated this day for years or you just want an excuse to do some celebrating, Canada day is a day for everyone to have some fun! Here are 5 very Canadian things to do on Canada Day:

  1. Get fully decked out in red and white to show your Canadian spirit! For extra Canadian points, where a hockey jersey, a “Canadian tuxedo”, or a flannel.
  2. Enjoy Canadian treats like a Beaver Tail, Timbits or anything with Maple syrup in it. A poutine would fall under a savorier treat but definitely very Canadian.
  3. Go enjoy the outdoors! As Canadians, we’ve got beautiful mountains and lakes and fields of green so get out and take in the true north strong and free.
  4. Listen to some Canadian tunes! From Drake to Justin Bieber, Celine Dion to Shania Twain, those truth north tunes are bound to bring back memories.
  5. If there are any Canada Day celebrations in your area, enjoy the celebration in your community! Some areas may be doing virtual celebrations this year meaning you can participate from wherever.

Happy Canada Day! If you end up celebrating a few days late, no big deal just change it to Happy BelEHted Canada Day!

Daily Acts of Self-Care

After experiencing various lifestyle changes, it’s still important to take care of yourself: mind, body, and spirit. Self-care is meant to refuel us, and it isn’t a selfish act. By addressing our needs, we are able to take better care of ourselves, and in turn, take care of others as well.


Here are some ways to incorporate habits of self-care on a daily basis. In order to truly benefit from the following activities, it is important to be present and truly give yourself the time to indulge in your own care.


“Physical” acts of self-care

These acts ensure your body is happy and nourished. Acts like eating nutrient dense food and getting enough rest, as well as putting on a face mask and taking a bath are important to the foundation of your body’s wellbeing.


Write down everything from your mind without judgment. By creating a distance between your thoughts and yourself, you can better understand your thoughts and feelings, and what triggers make you feel that way. This also helps to clear your mind, so it is not continuously overwhelmed.

From Time Management Ninja


Simple movement—such as walking, dancing, following a work-out session online—helps you connect with your body and feel more present. Movement creates a rush of endorphins and dopamine, regulating and improving your mood.

Talk to loved ones

By sharing parts of your life to those close to your heart, you develop a stronger sense of belonging. This allows you to feel more fulfilled and at ease, even when going through a rough day.


Expressing yourself

Whether this is through smiles, laughter, or tears, accept your emotions and express yourself. It’s okay to feel whatever you are feeling; it is all valid.

At least one activity that makes you happy 

This may be baking, listening to music, playing a video game, watching your favourite series, and/or reading a book. Whatever it is that helps you wind down—do it, and do it with the intention of going back to yourself.