Archives: UBC students embark on Great Trek

This day in Vancouver history: Oct. 28, 1922

More than 1,000 UBC students, frustrated by the university being confined to a handful of buildings in the Fairview neighbourhood, marched through the city in order to pressure the provincial government into completing a much-needed new campus at Point Grey in an event that became known as the Great Trek.

After reaching the site of the proposed new school, they clambered up the frame of the applied science building, which construction had begun on in 1914 and then abandoned due to the First World War.

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The province got the message and kicked in $1.5 million to finish construction of the new academic grounds, which finally opened on Sept. 22, 1925.

 

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