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Resident Life


Residents in the Fraser Health Greater Vancouver UBC Psychiatry Residency Program are a diverse group who come from medical schools across Canada. There are numerous program-sponsored, resident social events (welcome BBQ, resident retreat, summer & winter socials, staff vs residents soccer match, journal club dinners, and other monthly social events) that are planned throughout the year that create a friendly, supportive and collegial atmosphere amongst the residents.

Additionally, there are many benefits of living and working in Greater Vancouver, and our residents enjoy spending their free time experiencing all that this great area has to offer. Below is a series of ‘Top 5’ lists provided by residents in the Fraser Psychiatry Program responding about their favourites from all over Greater Vancouver. Enjoy!


  1. Blue Water Café, Yaletown Vancouver
  2. Chambar Belgian Grill, Downtown Vancouver
  3. Shabusen Japanese and Korean BBQ, Near Granville Island
  4. Stepho’s Greek Cuisine, West End Vancouver
  5. Anton’s Pasta Bar, Burnaby


  1. Metrotown Centre, Burnaby
  2. Pacific Centre and Robson Street, Downtown Vancouver
  3. Granville Island, Vancouver
  4. Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
  5. Farmers’ Markets (All Over Greater Vancouver)

Summer Activities

  1. Grouse Grind Hike, North Vancouver
  2. Beach Day (Kits, Jericho, Deep Cove, White Rock), Greater Vancouver
  3. Stanley Park Seawall (Aquarium, Biking, Rollerblading), Downtown Vancouver
  4. Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf and Richmond Night Market, Richmond
  5. Cultus Lake (Boating, Camping, Berry Picking), Chilliwack

Winter Activities

  1. Skiing and Snowboarding, Grouse & Seymour Mountain
  2. Snowshoeing and Tubing, Cypress Mountain
  3. Skating and Ice Hockey, Richmond Olympic Oval
  4. Stanley Park Christmas Train, Downtown Vancouver
  5. Year-round mild temperatures mean summer activities can be done in winter

Nearby Getaways

  1. Skiing & Snowboarding, Whistler BC (1.5 hours away)
  2. Okanagan Wineries, Kelowna BC (3.5 hours away)
  3. Hiking, Boating, and Surfing, Tofino BC (4 hours away)
  4. Shopping and Sightseeing, Seattle WA (3 hours away)
  5. Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison BC (1 hour away)

Arts & Entertainment

  1. Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver
  2. Dr. Sun Yat Set Gardens and Historic Chinatown, Vancouver
  3. Granville Street Nightlife, Downtown Vancouver
  4. Outstanding Theatre Scene (Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Playhouse, etc), Greater Vancouver
  5. Numerous Local Live Music Venues (Commodore Ballroom, The Orpheum, etc),  Greater Vancouver

Live Sporting Events

  1. Vancouver Canucks NHL Hockey
  2. BC Lions CFL Football
  3. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Soccer
  4. Vancouver Canadians Single A Baseball
  5. Rotating Sporting Events  (2010 Winter Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2011 PGA Canadian Golf Championships, etc)


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