TAC Summer Events
Teachers' Conference Weekend    21 - 23 July 2017

Summer School Week    23 - 30 July 2017

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Residence address: 2525 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1W9, Canada  Telephone: 1-608-822-3304

See below for Location, Accommodation and Parking, Venues, Campus & Local Attractions, Local Weather, What to Bring

Vancouver area


TAC Summer Events 2017 are being held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the largest city in the province of British Columbia in Canada. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant and multicultural population of two million, located on Canada’s spectacular West Coast in view of both ocean and mountains.

The University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as UBC, is one of the largest and best known public research universities in Canada. The main campus is located on Point Grey, a headland that also encompasses Pacific Spirit Regional Park to the east and is edged by beaches to the north and west.

About 43,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students are educated by 5000 faculty on the 400-hectare (990-acre) campus. The campus street plan is mostly in a grid of malls, some of which are pedestrian only. View UBC Campus Maps.

Downtown Vancouver to the north east and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Sea Island to the southeast are both within 30-minute drives of campus.  For more information on getting from the Vancouver International Airport to the university go to the UBC Airport to Campus Transportation page.


Accommodation and Parking

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Həm'ləsəm' House, corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and West Mall (2525 West Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1W9)

 TAC SE residents will be housed in the Totem Park residential area of campus in Həm'ləsəm' House, a 6-storey L-shaped residence which opened in September 2011. Həm'ləsəm' is an indigenous word referencing a Musqeum Nation transformer story about undergoing change and sharing resources.

Bedroom suiteThe pronunciation is best approximated by the boldface syllables in “hummingbird”, “legitimate”, “some” with stress on the first syllable and glottalization of the two m consonants; in English, Həm'ləsəm' is rendered as Hemlesem.

All accommodation is in 3-room "suites" consisting of two single-occupancy bedrooms and one bathroom shared by the two people in the two single bedrooms. Each guest bedroom has high-speed internet access via Ethernet, activated for a one-time fee of $10 plus taxes.  Bring your own Ethernet cable or  purchase a cable for $10 plus taxes. WiFi is available in all public spaces.

Laundry facilities in the building are operated by laundry cards ($5 deposit for card and self-loaded in $5 increments; $1.25 each for washer or dryer).  Floors can be accessed by elevator. Floor lounges located on every floor are equipped with fridge, microwave, sink, and TV but no other kitchen appliances or facilities. Meals: breakfast and dinner will be served in the nearby Totem Park cafeteria.  Lunch will be served in The Nest (see below).

All rooms on campus are designated non-smoking.

Parking permits can be purchased online in advance by going to UBC Parking, selecting Manage/Purchase Permits, and following the steps to Guest Login for UBC Parking.

For further information on the residence and how to get to it, download UBC Residence Information.

Venues for Dance Classes and Evening Social Dances

The Nest, corner of East Mall and University Boulevard (6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)

All dance events and the TACSound and TACBooks shops will be located in the The AMS Student Nest (usually simplified to The Nest), the new student union building that opened in 2015 and is operated by the Alma Mater Society (AMS). The Great Hall, which can be divided into two by a sound-proof wall, the South Hall, and the North Hall are all side-by-side dance spaces on the upper level of The Nest and all have sprung hardwood floors.

Lunch will be served in The Nest, either in the Great Hall foyer or, in good weather, on the outer patio.

Campus Attractions

The University features the Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Memorial Garden, and other educational and cultural attractions. UBC also offers an Aquatic Centre with Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pools, the University Golf Club and other athletic facilities available to the public. Vancouver’s best hiking trails and beaches are located immediately adjacent to campus, throughout the Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Look up UBC Attractions for more information.

Local Attractions

Look up Vancouver Tourism for things to do and see in and around Vancouver.

Local Weather

See the Vancouver weather forecast.

Vancvr Climate Chart




July is the warmest and driest month in Vancouver, so plan on spending time exploring the campus with its adjacent beaches and Pacific Spirit Regional Park or going further afield to downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, or any of many other local attractions.






What to Bring

  • dance shoes! extra dance shoes; extra insoles
  • skirts/dresses/kilts for SCD classes and evening social dances
  • some combination of red and white and/or maple leaf for Tuesday night's social dance
  • elegant attire (such as ball gown, dress kilt) for ball
  • casual clothes for ceilidh and after-dance hospitality mixers
  • swim wear for campus swimming pools
  • water bottle for classes and evening socials – limited water cups available as the campus encourages recycling
  • Ethernet cable to connect to internet in the bedroom; not required to access WiFi in public spaces
  • reading light
  • clothes hangers
  • an extension cord if you wish to plug in several items in your room
  • kettle, coffee maker (none available in kitchen)
  • toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc
  • hat, sunscreen, umbrella, light jacket
  • camera