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

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.

ELC Orientation: Bowling Activity

Come play 5-pin bowling and meet your new classmates! This orientation activity is only $5 and includes round-trip transportation, shoe rentals, and your bowling fee. 

Seats are limited for this activity. Sign up in Building 255 at the 2nd floor front reception desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, or in the 1st floor International Commons on Thursday from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM. 

Downtown Nanaimo Walking Tour

Explore Nanaimo's downtown and waterfront on foot!

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking and dress for the weather. The tour includes round-trip bus transportation from VIU.

Seats for this free city tour are limited, so please sign up in advance at Activity Sign-Up (Thursday January 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Building 255, 1st Floor Lobby).