The primary goal of our Cultural Connections Activities & Day Trips is to enhance the student experience at VIU. We seek to do this by providing opportunities for students to engage with the local community and experience cultural events, while exploring nature and connecting with peers.

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.

For more information contact: 

Michael Bauche
Activity Program Coordinator 
Phone: (250)-740-6315, Local 2737
Email: Michael.Bauche@viu.ca

Mount Washington Ski Trip

About Mount Washington Ski Trip

Join us as we make our way 2 hours north of Nanaimo to visit Mount Washington Alpine Resort where we will spend the day skiing/snowboarding/tubing. The Mountain has a wide variety of downhill terrain ranging from beginner to expert. 

Coffee Around the World: New Student Welcome Reception

Meet students and staff of VIU's Faculty of International Education while sampling coffee and tea from around the world. VIU international students will host tables representing their respective countries while serving up samples of their favourite coffee or tea from back home. 


This event is a welcome reception for new and returning international students but all VIU community is welcome!


Hosted by VIU Cultural Connections and the Peer Helper Program (International student volunteers)

Maple Syrup Festival & Skating

About Maple Syrup Festival & Ice Skating

Join us as we visit the BC Forest Discovery Centre for the Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival. There you can learn how to tap your own maple trees, or simply enjoy the live entertainment and try a variety of local Maple Syrup. After we are finished at the festival we will make our way over to the skating rink for some ice skating. Rentals are included.

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