Spanish Banks, MOA, Botanicals
i. To start the post-breakfast day, grab caffeine from the coffee or tea shop just down the street from wherever you’re starting in Vancouver. Head to Spanish Banks Beach for a walk along the ocean and a view over the water to West Vancouver.
Rain or shine, Spanish Banks will tend to be less crowded than some other local beaches (e.g. Kits or English Bay) and it’s across the street from wooded greenery. If you want to include your dogs in part of the day’s fun, you’ll find an Off Leash Dog Beach there as well.
ii. As you drive from Spanish Banks up the hill to UBC, you can take a mild detour to your left, winding through neighbourhood streets, and admiring some fancy houses and well-tended lots.
iii. Your next main destination is the one-of-a-kind Museum Of Anthropology – situated in a striking Arthur Erickson-designed building, and housing a remarkable collection of First Nations artifacts and artwork. Situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Musqueam people, MOA offers both changing exhibits and room after room of permanent collections.
iv. Hungry? You’re steps away from the heart of the UBC campus – itself a beautiful walkabout – and a broad selection of food choices. You’ll find a range of budget-friendly dining, including the main ‘student union’ at The Nest. Dining Options At UBC
v. If you’re up for a little more outdoor wandering, UBC Botanical Garden is a great way to cap off the afternoon. Its forested gardens are large enough to offer a sense of space, even in busier summer seasons. You’ll find global varietals, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and, for the more adventurous, the Greenheart Tree Walk with its 310 metre-long tree top canopy walkway and a viewing platform ~ 20 metres above the Cedar, Douglas and Grand Firs below.
Header: Fragment from the Great Hall @ MOA. Artist TBD