If you have any questions please contact Matt Kellow at Matt.Kellow@viu.ca
Sea Kayaking - Recently Added !!
April 11, 2021
$20/session - Students
This one-day session is designed as an introduction to sea kayaking. Over the course of the day students learn basic sea kayaking techniques. Students learn how to prepare for a sea kayak day trip, how to enter and exit a kayak, and basic strokes. The rest of the day is spent improving upon and learning new skills, paddling, and exploring the ocean.
March 28, 2021
$35/session - Students
This is a fun and exciting day of river rafting. The upper Nanaimo River is the river run we use for this rafting trip. Students are given an extensive pre-trip information session before we go rafting for the day. All course participants are given a full wetsuit that is worn while in the rafts. The river is very scenic and has some excellent whitewater rapids that we run in the inflatable rafts. We normally have lunch midway down our river run. Students should expect to carry rafts and rafting gear to and from the river. As this is a Talk to Me event there is a special focus put on social connections and meeting new people
Jan 16/ Feb 7/ Mar 7, 2021
$25/session - Students
REGISTER HERE for Mar 7
This is a day trip to the Mt. Washington Alpine Resort or Forbidden Plateau area to experience backcountry snowshoeing. The trip leaves from the resort’s base area or trailhead and explores the local area and trails of Mt. Washington and neighboring Strathcona Provincial Park, or Forbidden Plateau. Introductory snowshoe lessons are provided by Vancouver Island University staff.
Cross Country Skiing
Jan 31/ Feb 28, 2021
$30/ session - Students
8am - 5:30pm
REGISTER HERE for Feb 28th
This is a day trip to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort to cross country ski. Introductory cross country ski lessons are provided by VIU staff for interested students. We generally ski in the morning/lesson and return to Mt. Washington’s Raven Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we ski again and enjoy the beautiful mountain trails in and around the area.
Waterfall Hiking - Rosewall Falls
March 14, 2021
$12 - Student
10 am - 3:30 pm
This trip is a guided day hike up to Rosewall Falls. Rosewall waterfall is located north of Nanaimo and is accessed through a rough trail network. The trail is steep in spots and the weather could be challenging, so please be prepared.
Standup Paddle Board
This one-day session is designed as an introduction to the popular new sport of standup paddleboarding (SUP). Over the course of the activity, students learn basic SUP paddling techniques. Students learn how to prepare for a SUP day trip, how to get on and standup on the board, and basic strokes.
Surfing - Cancelled
April 11 and 17, 2021
$48 - Students
$25/Students (no transportatiom)
7 am - 6 pm
Pacific Rim National Park
REGISTER HERE for April 11 with transportation
REGISTER HERE for April 11 without transpotation
REGISTER HERE for April 17 with transportation
REGISTER HERE for April 17 without transportation
This is a fun and exciting day of surf instruction and surfing in Pacific Rim National Park. While on the beach students are given a pre-trip information session covering the following topics: surf formation and surf dynamics, surfing hazards, personal hazards, and how to surf. After the information session students then spend the rest of the day surfing. Depending on the weather and student interest, we normally spend about 3.5 hours surfing, and then travel back to Nanaimo.