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:
Activity Program Coordinator
Phone: (250)-740-6315, Local 2737
Little platforms way, way above your head. Dozens of ziplines whizzing everywhere. A gravity-powered jump that makes your palms sweat. More suspended ladders, bridges, nets, and obstacle games than you can count. The swing so giant and fast that it makes your vision blur. Some call it crazy, or thrilling – kinda terrifying, or surprisingly intense. Join Cultural Connections as we hit the road and head to WildPlay in Nanaimo.
Join us for a day of exploring central Vancouver Island and discovering the fascinating underground world of our local caves.
Pacific FC Trip Information
Join Cultural Connections as we head south and cheer on our very own professional soccer team as they take on the Winnipeg Valour FC! We will be in the "party zone" - so get your face paint on and get loud!
"On the Island. For the Island."
Global Groove is a FREE monthly concert series produced just for VIU students! Each month features a different musical genre from the region and/or around the world.
The series is a proud partnership between Vancouver Island University Students' Union (VIUSU) and VIU Cultural Connections (Faculty of International Education).
Try a new sport, get outside, meet your new classmates, and start your weekend off with some fun! We will play floor hockey and volleyball at VIU Student Residences. No experience is necessary, we will teach you how to play if you have never tried it before. Everyone welcome!
Meet in Building 255, 2nd floor lobby - we will walk to the VIU Residences.
Welcome to Saysutshun, the Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park. Known as Saysutshun by the Snuneymuxw (pronounced Snuh-NAY-mow) First Nation people, this family friendly park is accessible only by foot passenger ferry or boat. With breathtaking views of the Coastal Mountains and the Harbour City of Nanaimo, the island offers a unique natural, historical and cultural experience for visitors. It is a beautiful place to spend the day with family, go on a natural adventure!
Explore what downtown Nanaimo has to offer! Seats are limited. Please sign up in advance at Activity Sign-Up Desk. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and dress for the weather. The tour includes round-trip bus transportation from VIU.