TRIUMF was founded in 1968 by Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia (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 19 different member and associate member universities from across Canada in the consortium that governs TRIUMF; and has allowed it to evolve into a national laboratory while still maintaining strong ties to the research programs of the Canadian universities. The science program has expanded from nuclear physics to include particle physics, molecular and materials science, and nuclear medicine. TRIUMF provides research infrastructure and tools that are too large and complex for a single university to build, operate, or maintain.
Since its opening in 1969, the laboratory has received more than $1 billion of federal investment and $40 million from the province of British Columbia. The provincial contributions fund the buildings, which are owned by UBC and located on an 12.55 acre site in the south campus of UBC. The site houses over 350 scientists, engineers, and staff performing research. It attracts over 500 national and international researchers every year and provides advanced research facilities and opportunities to 150 students and postdoctoral fellows each year. In addition to the onsite program, TRIUMF serves as a key broker for Canada in global research in particle, nuclear, and accelerator physics.
The guests will follow the beams lines from the control room to the top of the cyclotron down to our meson hall and ISAC facilities. In the meson hall, the guides will discuss the proton therapy facility and the material science and testing parts of the lab. Afterwards, they will see the TR-13 cyclotron and our nuclear medicine labs before heading off to ISAC I. The guests will see experiments like the DRAGON detectors, the TITAN ion trap, among other material science experiments. In ISAC II you will see the higher energy experiments like EMMA, TIGRESS, and IRIS. The guides can tailor the tours to the interests of the attendees.
Tours are given by researchers who will be able to answer your questions. Participants must stay with their guide for the entire duration of the tour, which generally lasts an hour to an hour and a half. Please advise the guides of any time constraints before the start of the tour.
For more information, please refer to the Company’s website at www.triumf.ca.
TRIUMF is located at 4004 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver, BC on UBC campus. Click here
for a map.
If you will be arriving by public transportation there are a few routes available:
- The #41 bus route has the "TRIUMF Centre" stop right in front of TRIUMF.
- It is about an 11 minute walk from Wesbrook Mall & West 16th Avenue, where the #25 and #33 bus routes stop.
If you plan on driving, for short term TRIUMF visitors, an hourly or daily parking pass must be purchased from the ticket dispenser. Daily parking is in effect 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. The parking rates are as follows: $1.00 per hour with maximum daily rate of $6.50.
- Due to space limiations, registrations will be limited to 27.
- If you have any questions, please contact the branch at [email protected].