Worthy of a road trip for the Big Bang Theory characters, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics research, is located right here at UBC. TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories and it collaborates with other facilities around the world, including CERN in Switzerland. They are also home to the world’s largest cyclotron. Each year, TRIUMF receives hundreds of visitors locally and internationally, and they offer tours throughout the year with an expanded summer schedule for free public tours in the summer.
Free Public Tours of TRIUMF
In the summer, TRIUMF (at 4004 Wesbrook Mall) opens its doors to the public every single weekday, excluding holidays, for a free drop-in tour at 1:00pm – and children are welcome with accompanying adults.
Discover the advanced work that researchers are doing right in our back yard with particle physics, nuclear physics, materials science, nuclear medicine, astrophysics, and accelerator physics.
The laboratory is a working facility and so members of the public can come see and learn about the physics experiments they run and gain an idea of what it is like to be a scientist. It is a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about the applications of physics research, see what a physics experiment looks like, and see physicists at work.
TRIUMF was founded over 40 years ago by Simon Fraser University, UBC, and the University of Victoria to meet research needs that no single university could provide. The University of Alberta joined the TRIUMF consortium almost immediately. There are currently twelve full members and seven associate members from across Canada in the consortium that governs TRIUMF.