The Nanaimo campus is located on a spectacular 92-acre (37 ha.) site on the lower slopes of Mount Benson, overlooking the city of Nanaimo, Georgia Strait, and the Coast Mountains on the B.C. Mainland. Noteworthy features of the campus include a 294-seat theatre; newly expanded library with state-of-the-art technology; gymnasium; art studios and labs; well-equipped mechanic and welding shop facilities; fish hatchery; modern, newly expanded student residences; two picturesque Japanese gardens donated by Tamagawa University and Okayama Womens College in Japan; Museum of Natural History; Nanaimo Art Gallery and gift shop; Centre for International Education; Students Union Building with student pub Velvet Underground; and Centre for Shellfish Research.
The Central Vancouver Island region has some 175,000 residents and has experienced a tremendous population growth, which has shifted the economy from mining, fishing and forestry to service, recreation/tourism, information and technology-based industries. The region is linked to the Lower Mainland through regular 90-minute ferry services and frequent 15-minute flights to Vancouver International Airport, as well as downtown Vancouver. Vancouver Island is blessed with great natural beauty of mountains, forests and seashore, a temperate climate, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
Tel 250-753-3245; Fax 250-740-6465
Updated May 2, 2005