Friends are waiting to see you at our very first UBC Okanagan Homecoming.

Fall in the Okanagan—is there a better time to be on UBC’s campus in Kelowna? We’re ready to welcome you back with the best that our beautiful region has to offer at harvest time.

Visit campus and see what’s changed. Reconnect with old and new friends while you sample local beer and cider at Streetfest. Meet an Olympian and taste the best of local chefs, wineries and breweries. There are so many reasons for joining us at Homecoming 2018—you don’t have to choose just one!


Complete just one registration form for Homecoming 2018, and choose your events. Fees apply for some events.


A royal visit, a prime minister’s town hall, a conversation with an astronaut—just a few of the events we’ve held recently on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Let us treat you like royalty at a selection of Homecoming events designed with you in mind. Taste the best of the Okanagan harvest, meet an Olympic champion and, most importantly, catch up with some old friends.

Signature Event
featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Jon Montgomery

Nourish: Mind, Body and Palate
Saturday, October 20 at 6 p.m.

Join Jon Montgomery, host of The Amazing Race Canada,  for an inspiring talk, followed by a harvest-themed reception. See Saturday’s event listing for details.


Activities by Day

Friday, October 19

pancake breakfastPancake Breakfast Kick-off

8:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
The Courtyard

Calling all students! Help us kick off this inaugural UBC Okanagan Homecoming. Breakfast food, coffee, prizes and fun to start your day!

Free admission.


alumni exhibition homecomingVisual Arts Alumni Exhibition

4–6 p.m.
FINA Gallery, CCS

Join the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for an exhibition of new works by alumni from our BFA and MFA programs followed by a wine and cheese reception with the artists.

Free admission.


Engineering Industry Night

4–6 p.m.
Lower Level, EME (Engineering, Management and Education Building)

An opportunity for networking with local industry professionals, followed by vignettes of featured School of Engineering alumni. Reminisce with guided lab tours and check out the new Maker Space!

Free admission, but registration required.


Ben KlickUniversity Way Streetfest

6–9 p.m.
University Way

The Okanagan is becoming as famous for craft breweries as it is for amazing wineries. Join us for a night of food trucks, carnival games and line-dancing to the sounds of Okanagan country artist Ben Klick. Fun and delicious for all ages.

Keep checking back for the lists of featured local breweries and cideries.

Free admission; limited number of half-price coupon books available for pre-purchase during registration—$15 (valued at $30) for use at food trucks, drink vendors.


Saturday, October 20

Engineering Extravaganza

11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Lower Level, EME (Engineering, Management and Education Building)

Fun for all ages! Food trucks and a bouncy castle with children’s activities provided by Geering Up UBC Engineering & Science for Kids. Will you win the trebuchet competition?

Free admission, but registration required.


Element of Discovery

11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fipke Building Foyer and FIP 121

Join UBC Okanagan Chemistry Outreach ambassadors—Chembassadors—to discover the chemical elements of our world. Explore chemical phenomena with fun hands-on activities, visit research and undergraduate laboratories, and discuss the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives.

Come by for explosions of fun, prizes and liquid nitrogen ice cream. No chemistry experience required! This event is targeted at both the young, and young at heart.

Free admission, but registration required.


Campus Tours

1–4 p.m.
Leaving from University Centre

UBCO is your home-away-from home, so if you want to wander campus to reminisce and delight in the many changes, go for it! If you want a guided tour, our guides are standing by to help you enjoy the many great things about UBC Okanagan.

Rumour has it that we have at least one very special tour guide…Professor Santa J. Ono, UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor!

Free. See Schedule a Tour below for details.


heat vs thunderbirds men's soccerMen’s Soccer Match: UBC Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds

1 p.m.
Nonis Sports Field

Catch the action as UBC’s two men’s soccer teams go head-to-head.

Free admission.

The Great UBC Okanagan Scavenger Race

3–6 p.m.
With special guest Jon Montgomery, host of Amazing Race Canada

Think you know the Okanagan campus? Love some friendly competition? How about great prizes? Sign up a team of 4 and be inspired by Olympic champion Jon Montgomery before you set a course through a series of challenges and clues. Students and alumni are welcome. Teams that include both are encouraged!

Following the race, we’ll celebrate with food, drink and prizes. Check back for prize updates and race rules.

Registration Fee: $20 +GST per team. Only the team captain needs to register.


Nourish: Mind, Body and Palate

6–9 p.m.
Location TBD

Make your Homecoming unforgettable by joining Canadian Olympic champion Jon Montgomery for his inspiring talk at 6 p.m., and then stay for a 7 p.m. harvest reception of lush samplings from local chefs, wineries, craft breweries and cideries.

Featured chefs include: Jeremy Luypen (Summerhill), Darren Kashen (La Lupita) and Sandrine Martin-Raffault (Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate). Check back for more updates on chefs, wineries and breweries.

Ticket Cost: $50 +GST per person


Jon Montgomery delighted Canadians by winning Gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The now infamous video of Montgomery wearing his gold medal and drinking a pitcher of beer while walking through the streets of Whistler surrounded by screaming fans is sure to go down in Canadian lore. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and auctioned off Justin Bieber’s cell phone number to a delighted Juno-award audience.

Now, as host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for our country’s most beautiful sights. Genuinely funny and always inspiring, Montgomery will share his Olympic journey and important lessons on teamwork, leadership, and dreaming big.


Rediscover UBCO

Reflect on the Past

UBC’s Okanagan campus has seen tremendous growth and change since opening its doors to 3,500 students in 2005.

Take a look back at campus milestones: building booms, innovative research accomplishments and events that put campus on the world-stage while connecting UBCO to the local community.

History & Milestones


Our Campus Today



Want to be part of the action at Homecoming 2018? Join our volunteer team as a promoter or organizer, or help out at guest services or events.

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We’ll be running a variety of tours Saturday afternoon.

Register for Homecoming to book space in the tour led by Professor Santa J. Ono, UBC’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

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Visit the Bookstore in the Administration Building (ADM 110C) and get suited up in UBC gear.

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