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 (starting September 12, 2018) 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 This Fall:

Who Let the Dogs Out? | Wednesday Sept 12

Join us for the first puppy walk of the season!
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Meeting Spot: Main Mall Fountain. Look for the Move U Crew in turquoise T-Shirts
Bring: Your furry friend (if you have one!), comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Trick or Treat Trail Walk | Wednesday Oct 31

Kids can’t have all the fun on Halloween. Join us for a stroll with treats along the way.
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.

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.


UBC Walkabout

Registration is now open. Sign up before Monday, January 28, 2019.

Walkabout is an annual 9-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. It was designed and launched in 2005 by Dr. Joy Butler, Faculty of Education, UBC. This year, UBC Recreation is partnering with the Faculty of Education and UBC Human Resources to visit the communities affected by BC Wildfire. Everyone is welcome to create teams of five and compete in walking the distance of the virtual route.

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.

Why Walk?

  • Walking is a convenient and low cost option to get moving, appropriate for all levels of fitness and does not require special clothing or equipment.
  • Fun way to explore campus.
  • Easily fit in between classes, on the way to/from work, or as part of a meeting.
  • Walk with family members, colleagues or friends of all ages, without excluding anyone.
  • Meet new people and make friends on a walk.
  • Good for your mental health and in reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.
  • Improves your cognitive functioning, focus, and energy levels for school and work.