Life in Vancouver

Canadian Culture

Living in Canada

Canada is a great place to live, work and study. If you have not visited Canada before, you may notice a few cultural differences.

Vancouver is located on the traditional territories of three local First Nations: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. UBC itself is located on the ancestral, unceded, traditional territory of the Musqueam people. To learn more about the First Peoples in Canada and the city of Vancouver and its location on unceded Coast Salish territory, the First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers to Vancouver is a great resource.

During your time at UBC you’ll learn more about Canadian culture and understanding Canadians. For a few helpful tips to ease the cultural transition, visit UBC's guide to adjusting to life in Canada.

For international and newcomer Canadian students, we recommend the publication "Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia", a great overview of the norms of communication in Canada.