Off Campus Resources

I. Life

  • Local Shopping Mall

1)      Metrotown: Biggest shopping mall in Greater Vancouver area

2)      Pacific Center: The most luxurious shopping mall in Greater Vancouver area

3)      Richmond shopping malls:shopping malls located within Chinese communities

  1. Aberdeen Center:
  2. Lansdowne Center:
  3. Richmond Center:
  • Online Shopping

1)      Ebay

2)      Amazon (US address only)

3)      Futureshop, Bestbuy, NCIX, Staples, Canadian Tire, etc

  • Grocery Shopping

1)      T&T: The most common Chinese supermarket in Vancouver

2)      Local western supermarket:safeway, no frills, save on foods, young brothers, etc.

  • Restaurant

Vancouver offers various types of cuisine from all over the world. Since every people has different definition for fine food, it is hard to recommend good restaurant to you. Just go out and explore by yourself ^_^

  • Transportation

All the public transportation service is provided by translink. You can visit their website to download bus/skytrain/seabus schedule and plan your trip online


II. Entertainment

  • Arts

1)      Opera House

2)      Art Gallery

3)      Museum

  • Explore the Mountains

1)      Whistler: Heaven for winter sports

2)      Grouse mountain: the closest skiing and hiking resort from UBC

3)      Cypress mountain: a good place for winter sports and hiking

4)      Mount Seymour: a good place for winter sports and hiking

  • Walk in Parks

As the best place on earth, Vancouver has lots of beautiful and free parks. Visit for park information. We have to mention that as the biggest city park in the world, Stanley park is really beautiful and worthy to visit. Vancouver aquarium is located inside of Stanley park  It is really good and thus is highly recommended.

  • Fishing

Vancouver has lots of fishing resources due to its excellent location. Fishing (crab, shark, salmon, etc) is a popular leisure activity among Vancouver local residents. All the fishing activities are subject to the administration of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Anyone who wants to go fishing must apply for a license first and understand related regulations.


III. Personal Development

  • Local News

1)      Local newspaper,such as 24 hours, Vancouver Sun, Metro, etc.

2)      Local TV channels:like CTV 。All the residences on UBC campus offers lots of free TV channels.

3)      Vansky:The local Chinese website in Vancouver

4)      Mitbbs:The biggest Chinese online overseas community It does have Canadian version

5)      Zhonghua list: mailing list-based information-sharing platform built by UBC students, providing various information  like housing, jobs, sale etc. Send an email to with “subscribe” in the mail body to ask to join the mailing list.

6)      Craigslist: Local online community

7)      Group Purchase Website:Groupon, SocialShopper, Livingsocial, Wonton, etc.

  • Work Information

1)      Citizenship and Immigration Canada:

2)      Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver:

3)      US visa appointment website: