Vancouver is unique in the world, as a modern cosmopolitan
metropolis which sits at the very edge of a huge and very wild
area of forest, fjords, islands, and high mountains. From the
top of one of the 3 Vancouver ski stations (Grouse,
Cypress, or Seymour) one looks south across
metropolitan Vancouver (2.2 million) towards the Gulf Islands,
Vancouver island, Mount Baker, and the Seattle metropolis (2.6
million). To the north one sees a vast expanse of mountains,
glaciers and forest, with no evidence of any humans. This
area, extending 2000 km up to the arctic, only crosses 2 paved
roads on the way. It is populated by cougars (pumas), grizzly
and black bears, wolves, eagles, moose, elk, and countless
smaller species, which occasionally descend into Vancouver.
the winter many tourists come to for skiing. Whistler-Blackcomb, the largest ski station in
North America, is 60 km north of Vancouver. In the summer
(beginning May-June) even more people come for kayaking and canoeing,
sailing, hiking and camping, mountaineering and
rock-climbing, or just to enjoy the many km of beaches in
the Vancouver area, or out in the hundreds of islands which
lie between Vancouver island and the mainland.
More information can be found from Vancouver tourism, or by exploring
the information on the relevant PITP webpages and links.
See also our ever-expanding PITP photo gallery, and links to
other photo webpages. For those visiting the UBC campus,
there are many things to do, ranging from exploring the beaches to
visiting the Nitobe gardens, the vast Pacific Spirit park, and
the world-famous UBC anthropology museum.
For information on accommodation, both on and off campus,
eating and restaurants, etc., go to the links PITP webpages.