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

Try All Fitness Classes for Free from May 21-27


Try over 90 different types of fitness classes from May 21-27, 2019!

Free Week is back again for the Summer with a variety of classes in Dance, Martial Arts, Cardio Conditioning & Strength, Boot Camps, Yoga & Pilates, or Strength & Group Fitness for you to try at no cost. Absolutely no experience is necessary, and all students, staff & faculty, and community members are invited to come. Happening at the Student Recreation Centre (SRC), ARC, and Ponderosa Studios, be sure to come early as some classes can reach capacity quickly.

For up to date schedules and information, please visit recreation.ubc.ca/free-week

The Wellbeing Challenge Winner 2019

Congratulations to Stuart Clarke who will be riding around campus in style and enjoying some amazing eats as the winner of the Wellbeing Challenge grand prize: a brand-new bike and dinner for two at Fable.

The Wellbeing Challenge, a collaboration between the UBC Physical Activity Office and UBC Food Services, ran from February 11th until March 8th, over the course of both Move UBC month and Nutrition Month. The contest asked participants to explore opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity on campus by picking up a Wellbeing Challenge Passport, and visiting a variety of recreational facilities and food outlets where a “wellbeing word” was posted. Participants wrote the wellbeing word on the passport and submitted the passport at the end of the challenge for the chance to win prizes.

“This was a great excuse to explore parts of campus that I never would have otherwise—like the UBC Botanical Gardens” says Clarke, who used his skateboard to visit the wellbeing location. Next year, he will be able to use his new bike!

Feb 14 – Facilities Open & Programs Running

Updated: February 15, 2019 6:30 A.M. PST

UBC Recreation and most of its sports facilities are currently open and operating normally.

Please check back here or on Twitter for up-to-date information.

February 15 – Updated hours and closure notices for UBC sport facilities

  • Thunderbird Park – Partially CLOSED due to snow on fields
    • Staff are continuing to clear the playing surfaces and updates will be posted as they are re-opened

February 15 – Program & Lesson Cancellations

  • None

Please check this page regularly for updated information.

Members of the UBC community please consult UBC’s Winter Weather Conditions Protocol.

Move More, Learn More

Join us for UBC’s newest physical activity and health program!

Is health important to you? Are you curious about fitness? Join Move More, Learn More, a new 6-week program that teaches you about physical activity and health, and gives you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get active and improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Register online before February 3 to secure your spot!

Move More, Learn More

This targeted program is open to all self-identified female students, with a specific focus on our Asian female student population – a group with (on average) low levels of physical activity. Move More, Learn More is designed for people starting out with health and fitness to try new exercises and see what fits your lifestyle. No experience is required and no specialized equipment is necessary!

More information and how to register can be found online at: https://recreation.ubc.ca/get-moving/move-more-learn-more/.