A year-round playlist of activities, sporting events and live concerts makes this one of the best places in town for entertainment. Start the party at the Chan Centre, a stunning landmark designed by internationally renowned architect Bing Thom. The concert hall is often cited as one of the world’s best, and is designed to make you feel like you’re inside a musical instrument. On Jun. 26, the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (page 70) gets feet tapping there with playful swing and jazz tunes like “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Tuxedo Junction.” Come for the music, stay for the bowties. Head over to the University Golf Club (page 81) and take your best swing at a public golf course that’s been rated #1 by local newspaper readers for 10 years in a row, or race to the top of the climbing wall inside The Nest, the spectacular new student union building. Make sure to check out the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s (page 74) blue whale skeleton, dramatically suspended in mid-air—one of only 21 on public display in the world—then explore the labyrinth of plant and animal exhibits hidden below. Need to pick up souvenirs? The UBC Bookstore (page 28) is fully stocked with cozy clothing, the latest in literature, and endless gift options that ensure your return home is met with delight.
The impressive Chan Shun Concert Hall in the Chan Centre