Are you loving Memorial Road’s new facelift? Because I know I am! Check it out: all the way from East Mall to the Music building is going to have the same tasteful cobbles as Main Mall, plus they’re putting in shrubs and flowers in between the two pathways, as well as the same breath-taking cherry blossom trees you can find on Lower Mall by Place Vanier. Sweet!
Only half is done at the moment, but it’s looking good already.
But wait, there’s more! The section from Main Mall to the Music Building is already finished! Thank goodness – walking around the Fred Lasserre building every day was a major inconvenience, and now I don’t have to walk through a parking lot anymore!
Looking forward to spring when those cherry blossoms are in bloom!
Vancouver is a stunning place in the spring time, and nowhere is that clearer than in the UBC Botanical Gardens. My parents were here this weekend to help me pack up my dorm room (which I’ll make a post on later), so for fun we went to the Botanical Gardens. Rhododendron in all the colours of the rainbow, giant magnolia blossoms, and those iconic BC conifers that reach high into the sky. And boy, does the air smell fantastic!
Admission to the UBC Botanical Gardens is free for UBC students, but if you’re willing to pay a little more, I would definitely recommend paying the extra fee to go on the Greenheart Canopy Walkway. At its highest point it goes up to 70 feet above the ground, and walking across the swinging bridge is fun! Believe me, I’m afraid of heights and I enjoyed myself! Plus if you get the guided tour (at no extra cost) you get a lot of great information and insight into the forest around you and the walkway itself.
As a UBC student, you have a ton of opportunities available to you – many of them for free, on your own campus! Here is a list of some things you can do on the Vancouver campus for free with your UBC student card.
Vist the Museum of Anthropology. Seriously, if you haven’t been to MOA yet, go. It is sooo cool! Even if museums aren’t really your thing, you can still wander through the outdoor exhibit space and check out the totem poles (although the coolest ones are inside.)
Check out the Nitobe Gardens. If you haven’t heard about them by now, where have you been?! The Nitobe Garden is a peaceful Japanese garden right next to Place Vanier that you can easily while away an afternoon inside.
Go swimming. Did you know that your UBC card will get you into the aquatics centre, absolutely free? Now you do! This is one opportunity you can’t miss – fun and exercise for free, in one stop! And by the way, I also heard they have a gym in their basement, so you can save on your Birdcoop membership.
View some art. Another place that your UBC card will get you free admission in the Belkin Art Gallery. I haven’t actually been there myself yet, but I plan to really soon, and you should too!