Walking Programs

Walking is a convenient, accessible, and free way to improve your health, reduce stress, and make connections with the community and nature. Our walking program offers free and welcoming opportunities for you to take some time for yourself, connect with peers and colleagues, get outside, and move!

Guided Walks with the Move U Crew

Join the Move U Crew every second Wednesday at noon at the Main Mall fountain for a free 45 minute guided walk. A great way to recharge mid-day and re-focus for the afternoon. Check the schedule for a full year of walks to enjoy.

Feature Walks Starting in January 2019

The Green Building Tour | Wednesday Jan 16

Join us for a guided tour on one of the sustainable buildings of UBC!
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Whale you join us? | Wednesday Jan 23

Join us in a fascinating tour in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, which highlights organisms evolved through extreme adaptations in the process of natural selection!
Time: 12:30 – 1:45 pm (note the time changes)
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Minding Our Health | Wednesday Jan 30

Knowing our own mental and physical state is part of mindfulness, knowing where to seek help when needed is also essential! Join us to launch UBC Walkabout 2019 and get familiar with the health centres across UBC.
Time: 12:05 – 12:50 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

The Sculpture Trivia | Wednesday Feb 6

Join us for a walk defined by the different sculptures of UBC. Plus, we will make you an expert at trivial pursuit on UBC sculptures by the end!
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

The Know-Where Walk to UBC Recreation | Wednesday Feb 13

Ever wondered what recreation facilities UBC have, or where they are located exactly? Come on a walk with us and we will show you! P.S. We’ll tell you about the discounts too!
Time: 12:05 – 12:50 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Stair-ing Down to Wreck Beach | Wednesday Feb 27

Somewhat of an intensive walk to end the MoveUBC month, we’ll challenge the great stairs down to Wreck Beach!
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Ring Around the Rose Garden | Wednesday Mar 6

Starting at the Rose Garden, we will take you down to the beach, and back around to the garden!
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot:Rose Garden (note the location change!). Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Belkin Art Tour | Wednesday Mar 13

Come join us to see brilliant arts on display at UBC! You’ll be guided by professionals.
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts.
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Nitobe Memorial Garden Walk | Wednesday Mar 20

Join us in a relaxing walk in this beautiful Japanese garden
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Dog Lovers Stroll | Wednesday Mar 27

We all need to take pauses in life to de-stress. Join us for a dog walk to de-stress! Bring along your dogs and puppies! Don’t own a dog? Don’t worry, just join us, dogs are included. =)
Time: 12:05 – 12:50 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: Your furry friend (if you have one! Or two! Or more?), comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

UBC Walking Map

Use this map to discover walking routes and destinations on the UBC Vancouver Campus. You can also download a PDF UBC Walking Map for additional resources.

Sites of interest and walking routes are organized into separate layers:

  • Gardens, Parks, and Farms
  • Arts and Culture
  • Beaches
  • Community Hubs
  • Great Stairs
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible Nature Routes
  • Wreck Beach Trail – 30 Minute Walking Route in Nature
  • Tower Beach Trail – 30 Minute Walking Route in Nature
  • Main Mall Trail – 30 Minute Walking Route in Nature
  • Thunderbird Trail – 30 Minute Walking Route in Nature
  • Sword Fern Trail – 30 Minute Walking Route in Nature

Many thanks to Devon Harlos, a graduate student in SCARP (and a Sustainability Scholar) for her development of this project and to all the stakeholders who invested their time to help us create a useful tool.

Instructions for Using the Map

You can turn these layers on or off by clicking the layer icon located in the top left corner of the map window. To find out more about a destination, click on the map icons. These will lead you to more information and relevant links.

If using a mobile device, click on the box in the top right corner of the map window to open the map on the Google Maps app. By clicking on one of the destination icons the app will automatically calculate walking times from your current location and give you directions.

Tips for Having A Great Walk

  • Wear proper footwear and bring clothing appropriate to the changing weather
  • Bring a friend for a walk with you; research shows that walking with others makes you more likely to walk more often and it’s a better option for safety too!
  • Wheelchair accessible routes highlighted are routes that we’ve found enjoyable and are entirely paved pathways with curb ramps where necessary (and very small ranges in slope). There are more on campus-- we hope to expand these offerings!
  • Walk briskly for more benefits for your wellbeing.

Concerned about accessibility or health conditions?

Find out how UBC Recreation is making our programs and facilities more inclusive by visiting the Inclusivity at UBC Recreation webpage.

We understand that walking isn't an option for everyone and we believe in including everybody whenever possible.

People who have physical limitations are more than welcome to participate in our programs - there are only a few exceptions (the Stair Challenge, for example) that are not accessible. For people who want to participate in the Walkabout or other step counting programs and have concerns with mobility we recommend that they check with their primary healthcare provider prior to starting a fitness routine.

For the guided walks, we do our best to include details about the route, intensity of the walk, and distance so that you can assess if it's a good fit for you. Refer to the resources below regarding some health conditions and the benefits of physical activity.

If you have any questions about accessibility or health conditions, we're happy to discuss the details of the programs with you. Please contact physical.activity@ubc.ca for information and support.