UBC is a very cool place

{Jamie & Charlie during the UBC cycle classic}

Even though it’s summer holidays, the University of British Columbia is so huge, with a permanent population that there’s always something to do here. From the Museum of Anthropology (First Nations), the Botanical Gardens, Museums for Fossils, the Olympic (Ice) Hockey stadium, the swimming pools, the beaches and of course Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Here’s some pics from this place.

{these babies are everywhere and just so damned cute}

{The UBC cycle classic was a brilliant evening. There were youth, corporate, female & male races. The women’s and mens pro races were brilliant around a rectangular block course here on Campus. The action was close as you can see, and really intense. The boys loved it – well anything that keeps them up out of bed late is fun eh}

{the boys were given a camera each to use, unfortunately we didn’t know at the time that this camera Chuckie is using was damaged in transit from NZ – the bloody lens was broken ;-( }

{everything is a competition eh, just even running to get a better spot to watch the cyclists}

{we are very lucky, as out our backdoor & quite literally across the street we have the forest walks of the Pacific Spirit Regional Park. In this park which separates Vancouver from UBC, there are coyote, snakes, beavers and all manner of strange things like snakes. Still it’s a wonderful place to be, and we go more or less every day}

{this sculpture is outside the UBC thunderbird olympic skating rink (Ice Hockey venue). It’s pretty cool eh, it’s copper car parts that are made to look like transformers meets first nation art – I love it}

{one of the dozens and dozens of parks that are on UBC. The campus has something like 20,000 people living full time out here, with thousands of families from all over the world, so parks are everywhere.}

{we went to the UBC botanical gardens, they are a great place to hide away for a day. Was just having a little fun with the camera}

{this forest canopy walkway was new since we were here last and quiet simply one of the coolest things to do in Vancouver full stop. You get something like 60-70ft above the ground, the walkways are very secure but you do feel very exposed. The boys were in heaven. So much so we did it a second time…}

{except for janine who had her fill of heights and white knuckles first time around. So she was more than happy to snap some pics of us from below to show height.}

{The boys have some homework set by Mrs B & Mrs Sharma. We got our Starbucks drinks and head off to the Life Sciences building for the massive study hall – they are geeks as they loved the homework sessions}.

{Final pic is a rough pano I took from the old penthouse of a 14floor apartment block which has been turned into an adult residents only study room. It’s got the most amazing views, but the balconies are locked and the people up there are so quiet that the camera shutter even annoys them ;-( This pic was almost at sunset looking north to the mountains north of vancouver }

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