Getting to UBC, Parking at UBC
Teachers' Conference Weekend    21 - 23 July 2017

Summer School Week    23 - 30 July 2017
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence address:  həm’ləsəm’ House, 2525 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1W9, Canada  Telephone: 1-608-822-3304

Check Visiting Canada for documents needed to enter Canada.


TAC Summer Events 2017 are being held at the University of British Columbia in VancouverThe main campus of the University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as UBC, 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.  The nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR) located on Sea Island about a 30-minute drive to the southeast of UBC campus.

Match-making for taxis and ride-sharing in rental cars:

If you would like to share a taxi or can offer space in a rental car from or to the airport,

email details to Alison Moen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the following as appropriate:
- preferred email address for contact;
- whether Vancouver is your first point of entry into Canada;
- flight details for arrival in YVR (date, airline name and flight number, departure city, arrival time at YVR);
- flight details for departure from YVR (date, airline name and flight number, departure time, destination city);
- which event you are attending (TCW, SS, TCW & SS);
- names and number of people in your travel group;
- number of available spaces in your car.

Attendees arriving (or departing) on the same day and within an hour of each other will then be “introduced” by Alison via email to make all further arrangements directly with the other party, including how to contact each other in the event of travel delays while in transit.

Traveling to UBC by private vehicle from south or east of Vancouver

Entering Canada from the Peace Arch Border crossing between Blaine, WA and Surrey, BC  (1 hour, 54 km to UBC):

US Interstate Highway 5 becomes BC Highway 99 on the Canadian side.  After 45 km Hwy 99 crosses the Fraser River at Oak Street bridge and become Oak Street.  Turn left on West 41st Ave and drive 4.9 km, merge right onto SW Marine Drive and drive 5.3 km, turn right onto Agronomy Road, drive 2 blocks, turn right on West Mall, drive 2 blocks and həm’ləsəm’ House (the residence) will be on the right.

From Trans-Canada Highway 1, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam  (1 hour, 45 km to UBC):

The Port Mann bridge has a toll; pay online at within 7 days of crossing the bridge for reduced rate. Continue west on Highway 1 to Grandview exit (28B). Continue westbound on Grandview, which becomes 12th Ave, until Main Street (6.3 km). Turn left on Main St, right on 16th Ave. Continue on 16th Ave (7.3 km, 2nd roundabout), turn right on East Mall and drive 4 blocks, turn left onto Agronomy Road, drive 2 blocks, turn left on West Mall, and həm’ləsəm’ House (the residence) will be on the right.

Traveling to UBC by rental vehicle from YVR

Go to YVR Car Rentals to see a list of companies with on-site rental cars at Vancouver International Airport.

From YVR Vancouver International Airport  (30 minutes, 18 km to UBC):

Follow signs for Vancouver via Arthur Lang bridge, stay right on the bridge to take exit for Granville Street. Turn left on West 41st Ave and drive 4.9 km, merge right onto SW Marine Drive and drive 5.3 km, turn right onto Agronomy Road, drive 2 blocks, turn right on West Mall, drive 2 blocks and həm’ləsəm’ House (the residence) will be on the right.

Traveling to UBC by taxi from YVR

Go to YVR Taxis for information and fares.

 From YVR Vancouver International Airport to UBC: (30 minutes): Taxi stands are located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area. The flat rate to ZONE 9-UBC is CAD$35, but confirm this with your driver first. Ask for West Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard intersection (north west corner) as the driver is unlikely to know the residence həm’ləsəm’ House by name

Returning to YVR:  Returning to YVR will be metered, but should be a similar amount. Black Top 604-731-1111, Maclures 604-831-1111, Yellow 604-681-1111, Vancouver 604-871-1111, #TAXI (#8294) or the eCab app.   Reserving ahead is recommended.

Traveling to UBC by Public Transit from YVR

From YVR Airport to UBC: (1 hour): Follow the signs for Canada Line, best accessed from Level 3, between the Domestic and International terminals. Purchase Fare ticket for 2 zones ($2.85 or $1.80 senior) + the YVR fee ($5) charged only when leaving the airport. Keep your ticket!

Board the Canada Line (runs every 6-7 minutes) and go 5 stops to Langara-49th Street. Transfer to the westbound ‘49 UBC’ bus at street level (runs every 15 minutes), and get off at 2nd to last stop – Westbrook Mall at Agronomy Road. Then it is a 4-block downhill walk along Agronomy Road or Thunderbird Blvd to West Mall to həm’ləsəm’ House (the residence).

Returning to YVR: Walk up to the same place to catch the 49 bus going the other direction, or start at the UBC Bus loop behind The AMS Nest for several options of buses that connect with Canada Line.

UBC Residence and Parking

TAC Summer Event residents will be housed in the Totem Park residential area of campus in həm'ləsəm' House, corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and West Mall (2525 West Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1W9).  See the Totem Park map.

Once at the Residence: Use short-term street parking on West Mall to unload and register. From there, turn left (east) on Thunderbird Blvd and drive 4 blocks to the Thunderbird Parkade, on the left.  Buy your parking pass for this parkade online, ahead of time.

Parking Permits: Short-term street parking is paid at meters. At the meter or with Honk Mobile parking app, cost is $20 per 24 hours.
For Parkade parking, purchase a parking permit online, ahead of time, for best rates. You will need 1 week + 3 days for TCW+SS, 3 days for just TCW, 1 week + 1 day for SS.
For detailed instructions on creating an account and purchasing permits, download UBC Parking Permits
Or start at UBC Community Parking , select Manage/Purchase Permits and follow links to set up a Guest Login to create an account; you will need to enter your driver's licence information.  Don’t try to do this on your cell phone. 

Sight-seeing around Vancouver

Taxis (see list of companies above) from UBC to downtown Vancouver charge about $40. Call ahead, though sometimes taxis wait near The AMS Nest (venue for dancing and lunch).

By public transit:  If you plan to use the bus to travel around Vancouver, buy a pass at the Airport and preload it with $20. Fares will be cheaper, and you won’t need change. Catch all buses from behind The AMS Nest (venue for dancing and lunch) to go across Vancouver or to downtown, Stanley Park, or beyond to North Vancouver for Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain. Try the Translink Trip Planner at