Be part of the Great Trek Festival

UBC is excited to announce a new festival that celebrates the tradition of student leadership and advocacy, and recognizes the rich history of the Musqueam people on the lands of the Vancouver campus.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, the university in partnership with the Alma Mater Society will host an annual Great Trek Festival that brings together UBC Vancouver’s diverse campus history. This new event will bring together the stories of the original Great Trek of 1922 that inspired the construction of UBC’s Vancouver campus and the Musqueam people, whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory the campus has been built upon.

As part of the festivities, the Fall Classic Run route travels through the Vancouver campus acknowledging the storied Musqueam tradition of running and also the footsteps of those original students. A large celebration at University Plaza will bring together music, cultural performances, and traditional Musqueam food to celebrate our interwoven histories.

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the 1922 Great Trek, it is an important reminder of the close connections between the university and the Musqueam people. Join the UBC community this fall as we celebrate our collective histories with the inaugural Great Trek Festival on Saturday October 26, 2019. Planned celebrations include the RUNVAN Fall Classic Run, the 10km Great Trek Student Relay, a party at University Plaza, traditional Musqueam performances, and more.

Great Trek Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Whether you run, cheer, or watch we invite you to join the UBC community this fall when we celebrate our history. You can learn more at

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Ainsley Carry
Vice-President, Students

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