Your active Okanagan life

Experience Kelowna's great outdoors

Earning your degree at UBC’s Okanagan campus means you’ll get a world-class education from a top 40 university – all while staying active with Kelowna’s exciting mix of outdoor activities. Discover how you can enhance your education with year-round adventures.

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UBC Story: Pat McCarter UBC Story: Pat McCarter

Chasing your dream to the Okanagan

Toronto, Ontario | Psychology

For Pat McCarter, choosing UBC's Okanagan campus came down to the chance to pursue his passion. He recalls how the Okanagan lifestyle lured him to UBC, and what life on campus has been like since arriving.

"I chose to attend UBC Okanagan, and I think anyone else who rides bikes and is planning on going to university should come here too."

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On-campus sports and recreation

Check out the opportunities available to you, including local trails, intramural and group fitness classes, bike rentals, special seasonal events, and more.

Campus trail maps

The Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre

Intramural sports leagues

UBCycles: A hub for biking

Special events

Summer in the Okanagan

The four seasons of the Okanagan: Summer

With four distinct seasons in the Okanagan, the selection of outdoor activities is constantly evolving. Watch the video to see what summer looks like in Kelowna and find out what you could be doing in between study sessions.

UBC Okanagan clubs

Discover clubs on UBC’s Okanagan campus that will take you outdoors and keep you active.

Concrete Toboggan Team

Each year this engineering student team designs and constructs a toboggan with a sliding surface made of concrete, and then races it in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

Exercise Is Medicine

The Exercise Is Medicine group promotes exercise as a preventative measure and treatment to disease. They aim to increase the percentage of students, faculty, and staff who regularly participate in exercise at a level to achieve health benefits.

Varsity Outdoor Club Okanagan

The VOCO caters to all skill levels and is all about the outdoors. They run club-organized trips and events, from ski touring to rock climbing to horseback riding.

Management student Matt Stefan talks about opportunities in the Okanagan.

A laid back and connected campus

Matt Stefan was seeking a laid back and connected lifestyle when he chose UBC’s Okanagan campus. “The biggest thing about the Okanagan for me was the amenities. Big White was a huge part in my decision to come out here,” he says.

Watch the video to see a slice of Matt’s experience in the Management program and the opportunities that this close-knit campus afforded him.

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UBC is visiting your community

UBC recruiter-advisors are coming to your community to give you a glimpse of university life at our two beautiful campuses.

We’ll tell you about the career opportunities in the Okanagan – like working at Disney Interactive – and how you can round out your academic experience with travel, co-ops, and more. We’ll also get you up to date on all the essentials: admission requirements, tuition and scholarships, and the application process.

Rail Jam competition on UBC's Okanagan campus.

Snow and the city: Rail Jam on campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus got a special dumping of snow for the Rail Jam ski and snowboard competition. Watch local skiers and riders show off their best tricks under the lights on campus.