Welcome to UBC Recreation Outdoor programs!

Learn the basics of something new, improve on the skills you already have, or simply enjoy the outdoors with expert instructors in a variety of land- and water-based activities, including golfing, paddle-boarding, sailing, scuba diving, and whale watching. UBC Recreation strives to provide fun, hands-on outdoor experiences for novice and intermediate participants, and unless stated, no prior experience is necessary. If outdoor safety or fitness education peaks your interest, become certified with our Remote and Wilderness First Aid courses and online Fitness Knowledge courses from the Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES).


Latest Outdoor News

2017 Winter Guides Now Available

UBC Recreation is here to get our community moving. We’re proud to offer a variety of programs and activities for everyone of all ages and skill level. From first time swim lessons for 6-month olds to elite youth soccer camps to seniors tennis and everything in between. At UBC Recreation, we hope to inspire you to add movement into your everyday life in fun and exciting ways. We have something for every taste and interest or be bold and try something new!

Download a PDF of the 2017 UBC Recreation Winter Guide or if you want a hard copy in hand feel free to drop by one of our facilities! You can find facility addresses & locations on the Contact Us page.

Weather Advisory | Dec 9, 2016

UBC Recreation's facilities will operate in accordance with UBC Vancouver Campus' operations. Campus updates can be found at www.ubc.ca. For cancellations and closures specific to our facilities, the most up-to-date information can be found on our Cancellations and Closures page.

Free Week

Try out that class you've always had your eye on, or check out some of the best facilities Vancouver has to offer. The best part? It's FREE! Click HERE to see all our Free Week opportunities.

UBC Recreation Spring/Summer 2016 Facility Hours

The following facility hours are in effect for the spring/summer terms:

BirdCoop Fitness Centre
Monday-Thursday: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click here to view the Spring/Summer drop-in fitness class schedule.

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Pro Shop Hours
May 1 – May 30, 2016
Monday-Wednesday: 10:15 am – 10:45 pm
Thursday-Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:15 am – 11:15 pm
Sunday: 9:15 am – 9:15 pm

June 1 – June 30, 2016
Monday-Thursday: 10:15 am – 10:45 pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:45 am – 11:15 pm
Sunday: 9:15 am – 9:15 pm

July 1 – August 31, 2016
Monday: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 12:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 12:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday: 12:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Statutory Holidays: closed

Click here to view the Spring/Summer drop-in ice schedule.

John M.S. Lucky UBC Boathouse
Monday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Office hours at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse vary based on the season and will differ from program operating hours. Please call 604.247.2951 for full availability.

Student Recreation Centre
Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Statutory Holidays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Click here to view the Spring/Summer drop-in sports schedule.

UBC Aquatic Centre

Pool Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Gym & Steam/Sauna Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:45 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:45 pm

Click here to view the Spring/Summer drop-in aquatics schedule.

UBC Tennis Centre
Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
August 1st: Closed