UBC: A Piece of Vancouver’s Heritage

By Tanya Roberts

Considered by many as “Hollywood North,” Vancouver is a vibrant and eclectic city. The city itself has served as the backdrop for many of Hollywood’s most recent film productions, including Tron: Legacy, the city is also a technological hub for game development. The University of British Columbia in Vancouver sits right on the bay, just northwest of the city—and UBC is just as vibrant and varied as the city of Vancouver.

UBC Sights & Surroundings: Point Grey
Surrounded by water and views of snow-capped mountains, Point Grey is a place of natural beauty and rich history. Facing the Georgia Straight, Point Grey is behind what is now the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

The Musqueam of the Point Grey area used this site as a lookout for the approaching Northern Squamish and Haida Tribes of Vancouver Island. When enemies drew near, runners hurried back through the wooded trails to alert their fellow tribe members. The Musqueam defense would meet the aggressors head-on in war canoes. This site was also used as a place for national defense during WWI and WWII. In fact, a memorial to those who served in the wars still stands there.

Vancouver offers amazing views. In the 2008 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UBC placed 2nd in Canada and 35th in the world.

The Origin of UBC
In 1910, a university commission recommended Point Grey for the location of the University of British Columbia. Point Grey was recognized as an ideal educational setting due to its natural beauty and separation from the booming urban city center of Vancouver. The commission felt that students could benefit from access to the city without being affected by the “wicked influence” of it.

UBC Today
Today, the University of British Columbia educates 50,000 students on major campuses in two cities, Vancouver and Kelowna. The university also holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. The University of British Columbia is also home to one of several Digital Media Academy’s Canadian locations. If you’re looking for the best tech camp in Vancouver, look no further than DMA.

Founded at Stanford University in 2002, Digital Media Academy’s teen camps are accredited by Stanford University. The program DMA offers is on par with University of British Columbia standards, with Digital Media Academy’s instructors being highly respected, award-winning artists, filmmakers, master teachers, and other creative professionals.

From game design and 3D Modeling, to Video Production and Digital Storytelling, Digital Media Academy gives kids and teens a chance to create the future in it’s summer camp program through STEM learning. Imagine doing that while taking in the sights and sounds of UBC in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Vancouver, Canada – and you’ve got a winning combination.