To all our delegates who arrive on Sunday, August 15, 2021 we offer self-guided tours on campus. Please pick a booklet at 10 am in the Forest Sciences Centre (2424 Main Mall, Vancouver) and spend the day learning at your own pace about First Nations connections with the University of British Columbia, the importance of forests, wood and non-timber uses in campus’ wellbeing and sustainability, or just relax in the forest or by the beach.

Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Note there is an admission fee to the Museum of Anthropology and the Botanical Garden.


InnovationThe Indigenous Fabric of UBC – VancouverThe British Columbia Effect
Sustainable wood buildings and technologyFirst Nations on the North Pacific CoastImmerse in Nature
  • Brock Commons – world’s tallest wood building

  • Earth Sciences Building

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

  • Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility

  • FPInnovations

  • Forest Sciences Centre

  • Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
  • Museum of Anthropology

  • CK Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research

  • First Nations House of Learning

  • Reconciliation Centre

  • Reconciliation pole

  • Forest Sciences Centre

  • Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
  • UBC Botanical Garden + Tree Walk

  • Nitobe Garden

  • Old growth on campus

  • UBC Arboretum/First Nations Long House

  • The largest animal on Earth

  • Forest Sciences Centre

  • Centre for Advanced Wood Processing


The tall wood building is an innovative hybrid building featuring 17 storeys of cross laminated timber floors, supported on glue laminated timber columns. The building was commissioned in the fall of 2017.

Featuring regenerative design, LEED Platinum certification.

Constructed to LEED Gold standards, this is the largest panelized wood building and the largest application of cross laminated timber in North America.

Constructed to LEED Gold standards, this is the largest panelized wood building and the largest application of cross laminated timber in North America.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader specializing in scientific solutions that support the global competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector and address the needs of its industry members and government partners.

An innovative example of the potential of wood construction when the building was commissioned in 1998 and home of the UBC Faculty of Forestry.

The Indigenous Fabric of UBC – Vancouver

MoA houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations arts in a spectacular Arthur Erickson designed building. The Museum’s Great Hall contains many fragments of totem poles from Haida and other First Nations villages along British Columbia’s coast.

A hallmark of sustainable building design on campus.

A prize-winning building that reflects the First Nations’ long regional history and cultural practice of using wood for community buildings.

Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is Survivor-centred and trauma informed space, facilitating access to records related to Canada’s Indian Residential School System.

The Pole honours the many complex aspects of reconciliation as it relates to Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.

Canada’s national centre for education, training and technical assistance for the wood products manufacturing industry.

CAWP partnered with VANOC to produce the olympic podia and medal trays in 2010.

The British Columbia Effect

The first university botanical garden in Canada, established 1912.
Greenheart Tree walk is a tree top canopy walkway among century old

The best traditional, authentic Japanese Tea and Stroll garden in North America.

Old growth on campus is dated >400 years.

At 26 m long, it is the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada, and one of only 21 worldwide.

A building that reflects the First Nations’ practice of using wood for community buildings.

One of four replicas of the “Lootas”, or “wave-eater”, which was carved by Bill Reid of the Haida Gwaii for the 1986 Vancouver Expo, now residing at the UBC Forest Sciences Centre.

Campus tour background information

British Columbia is home to several of the world’s largest lumber companies and the province is the world’s largest supplier of softwood lumber to world markets. The forest industry contributes $2.5 billion in revenue annually to the BC government. Employment in the industry is growing with direct and indirect employment currently at about 150,000. 24% of all manufacturing jobs in BC depend on forestry. More than 40% of the province’s regional economies are based on forestry activities, supporting 55,000 direct jobs in more than 7,300 businesses.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam people, in the Point Grey peninsula of Vancouver. It is a century old public institution with over 65,000 students that ranks consistently among the top 40 in the world. It has 20 Faculties, 11 Schools and 3 Colleges. Research funding nears $660 million and the University has a $12.5 billion in economic impact to the province.

The campus includes more than 400 ha of academic, residential, commercial, agricultural and operational facilities. The University is an independent municipality that regulates land use and infrastructure. It is surrounded by temperate rain forest on three sides and the ocean on the fourth, and is 30 minutes bus ride from downtown Vancouver.

For UBC, building sustainability involves supporting both human and environmental health and wellbeing by designing long-lasting buildings with minimal carbon footprints that are adaptive to change and that can be deconstructed at the end of their useful life. Therefore, wood has emerged as a key element in achieving UBC’s sustainable design goals. UBC has determined, through studies such as life cycle assessment (LCA), that wood is an optimal building material due to its structural, aesthetic and inherently low environmental impact characteristics.