VIU - Cultural Connections - Local Hikes

Cultural Connections - Local Hikes

Join Cultural Connections as we head outdoors and explore some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring, local hiking trails throughout the fall semester. We have selected 4 hikes that are based out of Nanaimo and one finale hike that takes you to Elk Falls, located 1 hour and 43 minutes north of VIU, and is one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island! This program runs from March to April on selected Fridays from 1:30 to 4pm. The cost to join is only $2, with the exception of our finale hike - costing $10 due to the extended duration of the activity (overall travel time). Please sign up in advance. 

What to wear

  • Proper clothing for the weather and for walking
  • Running shoes or hiking boots (good shoes for walking)
  • No sandals

What to bring

  • Snacks and Lunch
  • Water bottle 
  • Umbrella or rain coat (in case it rains)
  • A backpack to carry all your items
  • Camera

Meeting Location

VIU Building 255 Main Lobby at 1:30pm

Trip Includes

Transportation to and from the hike and a guided hike on one of selected local trails.

Policies, Health & Safety

We have an ongoing commitment to ensure the safety and quality of our trips, with trained and responsible student leaders, staff and community partners. Before you sign-up, please check out our policies and procedures for more information about how to prepare for a trip, as well as our cancellation policy.

How to Sign Up

Our activities are available to all current VIU Students. Sign up with us in person in Building 255.

You will need to have your:

  1. Student card,
  2. Proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Insurance Policy)
  3. Payment of $2 (cash is currently the only method of payment for activities)

Hours & Locations for Signing Up with us

Faculty of International Education Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm in Building 255, 2nd Floor Reception.

Lunchtime Activity Information Desk Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 1pm in Building 255 - 1st Floor International Commons.

Waiver Form

Please read our general waiver form for VIU group activities in the attachment section below. All participants are required to read and sign the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign the morning of the trip.


Dayna Baxter – Activity Program Coordinator  
250-753-3245 Ext. 2737