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

Local Hikes: Westwood Lake

VIU - Cultural Connections - Local Hikes - Westwood Lake

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 1 finale hike that takes you to

Ladysmith Light up

VIU - Cultural Connections - Road Trips - Ladysmith Light Up

Trip Information

From the last Thursday in November until January 13th, Ladysmith is ignited with the life of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. Ladysmith Light Up kicks off the 2019 Festival of Lights.