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!


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

Saturday, October 20, 6–9 p.m.

Begin your evening by enjoying an inspiring talk by Jon Montgomery, Olympic gold medallist in skeleton and host of The Amazing Race Canada. Then stay for a harvest-themed reception at 7 p.m. featuring the delectable delights of the Okanagan Valley’s finest executive chefs and Kelowna’s premier pâtissière.

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Activities by Day

Friday, October 19

pancake breakfast

Kick-off Breakfast

8:30–11 a.m.
University Way

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

Free for students; $3 for UBC employees.

Sponsored by VEDA | Exclusive Student Living


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.


Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Department BBQ

4–6 p.m. (followed by Streetfest)
University Way Beer Garden

Alumni from the Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences department are invited to join the faculty and current students for a reunion and a BBQ dinner. Revisit with old friends and make some new ones.

Free event, but registration is required.


B.A.R.K. Drop-in

4:30–6 p.m.
EME1123, Engineering, Management and Education Building

Come and learn about B.A.R.K. (Building Academic Retention Through K9’s), a research-informed program that supports the emotional well-being of students and the university community.

See the B.A.R.K. dogs in action, meet the leadership team of the Okanagan School of Education (Interim Director Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta and Dean Dr. Blye Frank), and enjoy ice cream sundaes.

Free admission, but registration required.


Faculty of Management Reception

5–6:30 p.m.
Ancient Hill Estate Winery
4918 Anderson Road

Reconnect with fellow Management alumni during the Faculty of Management’s Homecoming reception. Come network, learn about the BC Wine Industry Collaboration Project and enjoy some local wine and appetizers.

Free admission, but registration required.


School of Social Work Reception at Foundry Kelowna

5:30–7:30 p.m. 
Foundry Kelowna
100–1815 Kirschner Road

Alumni, School partners and interested community members are welcome to attend this short talk on the School of Social Work and our current partnership with Foundry, followed by a reception.

Free event, but registration is required.


School of Nursing Partner Appreciation Reception

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Hotel Eldorado
500 Cook Road

Alumni, School partners and interested community members are welcome to attend this wine and appetizer function.

Free event, but registration is required.


School of Health & Exercise Sciences Partner Appreciation Reception

7:30–9:30 p.m.
Sandhill Wines
1125 Richter Street

Alumni, School partners and interested community members are welcome to attend this wine and appetizer function.

Free event, but registration is 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, a craft beer garden, carnival games, and line-dancing to the sounds of Okanagan country artist Ben Klick, a North American Country Music Association winner and hot on the heels of his sophomore album release. Fun and delicious for all ages.

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.

Sponsored by 99.9 SunFM


Saturday, October 20

Mindful Walking/Mindful Teaching

11 a.m.–Noon
Meet in Richard S. Hallisey Atrium, Ground Level, EME (Engineering, Management and Education Building)

Bring teaching and learning back to the elements of nature by joining a Mindful Walk around the campus Pond and through the Learning Garden outside EME. Led by Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Director, Centre for Mindful Engagement and Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta, Interim Director of the Okanagan School of Education, the walk is a great way to relax after a long flight or drive or amidst other Homecoming festivities.

Education alumni will have the chance to discuss their craft with two lifelong educators and current faculty members. But you don’t have to be an educator to take part—all are welcome and encouraged to join!

Free event, but registration is required.


School of Nursing Lab Tour

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
2nd Floor, CCS (Creative and Critical Studies Building)

Alumni and community members are welcome to attend and see the School of Nursing simulation lab.

Free admission; walk-ins welcome but registration appreciated.


School of Social Work Mental Health Clinic—Family Fun Event

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Interprofessional Clinic, ASC 167

Free admission; walk-ins welcome but registration appreciated.


School of Health & Exercise Sciences Lab Tours

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
ASC 163

Alumni and community members are welcome to come and see a demonstration on how the brain and spinal cord control balance and voluntary movements.

Free admission; walk-ins welcome but registration appreciated.


Engineering Extravaganza

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

Fun for all ages! A bouncy castle with children’s activities provided by Geering Up UBC Engineering & Science for Kids. A trebuchet competition for children, teens and adults.

Complimentary food truck service.

Free admission, but registration required to reserve up to two $10 food truck vouchers.


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

Various times starting at 1 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

1–3 p.m.
Nonis Sports Field

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

Free admission.


UBC Okanagan Eco Tour

1–2 p.m.
Meet in the Science Building Foyer

Enjoy an eco tour around campus with tour guides Blythe Nilson and Robert Lalonde from the Department of Biology—and don’t forget to check out the Birds of UBC Okanagan fundraising calendar.

Tour is free, but registration is requested.


The Great UBC Okanagan Scavenger Race

3–6 p.m.
Stone Circle (east of EME & Transit Exchange)
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.



6–9 p.m.
6 p.m. Presentation in ASC 140, Arts & Sciences Building
7 p.m. Reception in Richard S. Hallisey Atrium, EME (Engineering, Management and Education Building) 

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

Featured chefs include: Mark Filatow (Waterfront Wines and Catering), Jeremy Luypen (Summerhill), Darren Kashen (Craft Beer Market) and Sandrine Martin-Raffault (Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate). Check back for more updates on chefs, wineries and breweries.

This is a 19+ event (no minors).

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

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Schedule a tour

Register for Homecoming to reserve space in a specialty tour:

  • Art Collection Tour
  • Natural Environment Tour
  • Tour led by Professor Santa J. Ono

Or attend a walk-up tour at 3:30 p.m. led by one of our amazing students.

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Show Your Blue and Gold Pride!

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

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  • Okanagan Valley photo courtesy of Destination BC Photo/Andrew Strain
  • Bluebird photo courtesy of Ian Walker