Summer School - Campus Information 2017
Teachers' Conference Weekend 21 - 23 July 2017
Summer School Week 23 - 30 July 2017
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence address: 2525 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1W9, Canada Telephone: 1-608-822-3304
See below for Location, Venues, Accommodation and Parking, Campus & Local Attractions, What to Bring, Local Weather
TAC Summer Events 2017 are being held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the largest city in the province of British Columbia in Canada. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant and multicultural population of two million, located on Canada’s spectacular West Coast in view of both ocean and mountains.
International visitors please note that all persons entering Canada by any form of transport require a valid passport. In addition, except for US citizens, other foreign nationals entering Canada require either an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or visa which must be obtained in advance. Please note that document requirements have changed since 2016. To determine which documents you now need to enter Canada, go to Visit Canada.
The University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as UBC, is one of the largest and best known public research universities in Canada. About 43,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students are educated by 5000 faculty on the 400-hectare (990-acre) campus. The main campus is located on Point Grey, a headland that also encompasses Pacific Spirit Regional Park to the east and is edged by beaches to the north and west.
Downtown Vancouver to the north east and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Sea Island to the southeast are both within 30-minute drives of campus. For information on getting from the Vancouver International Airport to the university go to UBC's Airport to Campus Transportation page. Download Taxi Fares YVR to UBC.
The campus is largely laid out in a grid of malls, some of which are pedestrian only. Download TAC Venues Map for locations of the buildings described below; relevant locations are highlighted in purple and teal. To view a more extensive set of campus maps prepared by UBC for wayfinding go to UBC Campus Maps.
Accommodation and Parking
həm'ləsəm' House, corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and West Mall (2525 West Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1W9)
TAC Summer Event residents will be housed in the Totem Park residential area of campus in həm'ləsəm' House, a 6-storey L-shaped residence which opened in September 2011. Floors can be accessed by elevator.
həm'ləsəm' is an indigenous word referencing a Musqeum Nation transformer story about undergoing change and sharing resources. The pronunciation is best approximated by the boldface syllables in “hummingbird”, “legitimate”, “some” with stress on the first syllable and glottalization of the two m consonants; in English, həm'ləsəm' is rendered as Hemlesem or Humlesem.
All accommodation is in 3-room "suites" consisting of two single-occupancy bedrooms and one bathroom shared by the two people in the two single bedrooms (referred to as Connected Single Rooms in UBC parlance). Each guest bedroom has high-speed internet access via Ethernet, activated for a one-time fee of $10 plus taxes. Bring your own Ethernet cable or purchase a cable for $10 plus taxes.
WiFi is available in all public spaces in the residence and elsewhere on campus.
Laundry facilities in the residence are operated by laundry cards ($5 deposit for card and self-loaded in $5 increments; $1.25 each for washer or dryer).
Floor lounges located on every floor are equipped with fridge, microwave, sink, and TV but no other kitchen appliances or facilities.
Parking permits can be purchased online in advance by going to UBC Parking, selecting Manage/Purchase Permits, and following the steps to Guest Login for UBC Parking.
Download UBC Residence Information for further information on the residence and how to get to it
Meals: breakfast and dinner will be served in the Dining Room in Coquihalla Commonsblock, centrally located in the Totem Park residential area. Lunch will be served in The Nest (see below).
All rooms on campus are designated non-smoking.
Venues for Dance Classes, Evening Social Dances, and Banquet & Ball
The Nest, corner of East Mall and University Boulevard (6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)
All dance events and the TACSound and TACBooks shops will be located in the The AMS Student Nest (usually simplified to The Nest or AMS Nest), the new student union building that opened in 2015 and is operated by the Alma Mater Society (AMS). The Great Hall, which can be divided into two by a sound-proof wall, the South Hall, and the North Hall are all side-by-side dance spaces on the upper level of The Nest and all have sprung hardwood floors.
Lunch will be served in The Nest, either in the Great Hall foyer or, in good weather, on the outer patio.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SCD teachers who are TAC Members will be held in MacMillan Building on Saturday 22 July.
The University features the Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Memorial Garden, and other educational and cultural attractions. UBC also offers an Aquatic Centre with Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pools, the University Golf Club and other athletic facilities available to the public. Vancouver’s best hiking trails and beaches are located immediately adjacent to campus, throughout the Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Look up UBC Attractions for more information.
Look up Vancouver Tourism for things to do and see in and around Vancouver.
What to Bring
- dance shoes! extra dance shoes; extra insoles
- skirts/dresses/kilts for SCD classes and evening social dances
- some combination of red and white and/or maple leaf for Tuesday night's social dance
- elegant attire (such as ball gown, dress kilt) for ball
- casual clothes for ceilidh and after-dance hospitality mixers
- swim wear for campus swimming pools
- musical instrument if you plan to attend the optional afternoon Musicians Class or contribute a ceilidh item
- water bottle for classes and evening socials – limited water cups available as the campus encourages recycling
- Ethernet cable to connect to internet in the bedroom; not required to access WiFi in public spaces
- reading light
- clothes hangers
- an extension cord if you wish to plug in several items in your room
- kettle, coffee maker (none available in kitchen/lounge on each floor)
- personal items and toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer, etc
- hat, sunscreen, umbrella, light jacket, something warmer for the occasional cool night walking back to residence
See the Vancouver weather forecast.
July is the warmest and driest month in Vancouver, so plan on spending time exploring the campus with its adjacent beaches and Pacific Spirit Regional Park or going further afield to downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, or any of many other local attractions.
Typical daily maximum temperature in late July is 21 - 24 °C (70 - 75 °F)
Typical daily minumum temperature in late July is 12 - 16 °C (54 - 61 °F)