Activities + Day Trips

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: 


Kelsey Moon – Activity Program Coordinator
250-753-3245 x 2737

Royal BC Museum & Victoria Day Trip


About Victoria and the Royal BC Museum

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is home to historic buildings, great shopping and some of the best museums in Western Canada. Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, classic British imagery is present through double decker busses, horse drawn carriages & formal gardens. The City, now a cosmopolitan center is lively with entertainment and a wide range of street festivals & activities.


Caving & Coombs Market Day Trip

Horne Lake Caves & Coombs Market

Join us for a day of exploring central Vancouver Island and discovering the fasinating underground world of our local caves.

Heading north of Nanaimo, we will visit the famous "Goats on the Roof" Market, in the small town of Coombs.  There will be time to explore this unique market, which features food and items from around the world. Everyone will have a chance to purchase lunch or snacks and take pictures of the goats snacking on the grass roof. 

Ice Skating

About Ice Skating Afternoon


Take part in a Canadian winter staple with an afternoon of ice skating and hot chocolate. 

 VIU, Cultural Connections, Ice Skating



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Intro to Rock Climbing

About Rock Climing at Romper Room Nanaimo

Learn to climb!  The reasons people climb are as individual as the people themselves. Some people climb for the exercise, to meet new friends in a unique environment or simply because they like to wear a tight harness and pointy rubber shoes. Whatever the reason, climbing is a satisfying sport that is never dull, so come on, give it a try! Since 1996 the Romper Room has been Vancouver Islands Premier Indoor Rock Climbing destination for fun, fitness, and to challenge your mind!

Nanaimo Clippers Game

About the Nanaimo Clippers

The Nanaimo Clippers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team based in NanaimoBritish Columbia.  They started in 1972 by Cliff McNabb whose brother Larry McNabb coached for many years at the old Civic arena. They are members of the Coastal Division of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Frank Crane Arena.

Saltspring Island - Market & Fall Fair

About Saltsping Island

Saltspring Island is the largest of the Golf islands that surround us here on Vancouver Island. Saltspring is known for its creative and unique artisan foods and markets. Join us as we visit the famous Saturday market and then go and explore the fall fair where you will find some of the unique games, food and contests that can be found at a traditional fall fair.

Deep Bay Marine Beach Tour & Picnic Lunch

About Deep Bay Marine Beach Tour & Picnic Lunch

Join us as we head North of Nanaimo to the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. The Deep Bay Marine Field Station supports both pure and applied coastal and marine research activities related to: sustainable shellfish aquaculture development; preservation of coastal ecosystems; and inter-disciplinary projects involving local communities. We also open up the Field Station to the public so that we can educate about important issues related to sustainability of coastal communities.