Join Cultural Connections' Road Trips activities and discover Vancouver Island's vibrant communities, local cultural events and attractions.
Being connected, active, and engaged in the local environment is healthy. It can help with the cultural adjustment process for students who are new to Canada or new to the community.
Every semester, we prepare a schedule of seasonal weekly Road Tripsavailable to all registered VIU students.
Regular Road Trips Activities include:
Options to explore local attractions like as the Royal BC Museum, Butchart Gardens, Cathedral Grove, the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Visitor Centre, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Coombs Market, Horne Lake Caves and more.
Seasonal trips to local cultural events, such as Salt Spring Island Fall Festival, Foggy Mountain Fall Fair, McNab's Corn Maze and Bonfire, Pumpkin Carving, Ladysmith Festival of Lights and the Cowichan Valley Maple Sugar Festival.
Each semester we head outdoors and explore some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring local hiking trails Nanaimo and has to offer! This program is designed to encourage confidence and creativity in participants, while at the same time aiming to forge a connection with nature and a desire to protect it. John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks". From boosting fitness, to improving mental wellbeing – and even helping us in our social lives, hiking offers all kinds of tangible benefits. Did we mention - it is only $2.00!
Sign up in advance in B255 at front reception from Monday - Friday during office hours OR at the Activity Information Desk,Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.
The Cultural Couch Series is a place to engage in cross-cultural understanding. The symbol of a couch reflects the casual and comfortable nature that we come together within this student-led weekly series.
Tuesdays from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
B255 - 1st Floor Commons
The evening often consists of sampling traditional foods, sharing music, and engaging in conversation. By attending, we can gain more understanding about the world and about each other, directly from the lens of our diverse community of Vancouver Island University students.