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VIU Students' Union Clubs & Events

Share your interests with others and join one of the several clubs that operate under the guidance of the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union (VIUSU). The VIUSU also organizes campus social events such as BBQs, welcome festivities and movie nights. Weekly events are held at the Students’ Union Pub.

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Cultural Connections

Join other VIU students from all over the world in exploring the community and Vancouver Island. Experience day trips, cultural events and activities while in the company of new friends.  Organized by our International Education faculty, the activities and experiences are available all year long, and new day trips are available each semester!  Visit Building 255 to sign up.

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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation offers you the opportunity to foster meaningful connections, healthy practices and holistic learning while you’re at VIU.  Stay healthy and happy by participating in fun events organized by Campus Rec.

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Outdoor Recreation Programs

Outdoor recreation programs are designed to enhance the formal education process by involving students in a wide a range of activities, both indoors and outdoors, at very affordable rates. Outdoor recreation activities include:

  • Non-credit instruction courses in sport and recreation including canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and rock climbing.
  • Scheduled swimming pool sessions including sauna, hotpool, and weight room.
  • Outdoor activities and outings including downhill and cross-country skiing, surfing, hiking, river kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and river rafting.
  • Leadership and skills training in sea/surf kayak guiding and river rafting.

For more information on program offerings or registration information, please drop by the Gymnasium equipment office, or contact the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at 250-753-3245, Ext. 2480.

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Mariners Athletics

VIU offers a full athletic program to meet the needs of students involved at a varsity level of competition. To be eligible to participate on inter-varsity athletic teams, students must be registered in a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work per term and meet academic requirements.

VIU is a charter member of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST); 14 B.C. University/Colleges are actively involved in the conference. Athletes travel to league and tournament commitments at various University/Colleges in B.C. Winners of provincial play-offs advance to national championships, held annually in different provinces. The Athletic department at VIU is traditionally one of the top programs in B.C. and Canada: 48 provincial titles and nine national titles have been won by the Mariners.

The athletic program at VIU is committed to a program of excellence, with a strong emphasis on quality coaching. Scholarships and awards are given annually to athletes who demonstrate excellence in their athletic or academic performance.

For current teams and detailed information, please visit VIU Mariners Athletics. The athletic program is coordinated and supervised by the Director of Athletics.

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The Navigator

The Navigator newspaper is published for the Vancouver Island University community on 14 selected Wednesdays of the academic year. The free newspaper is partially supported by the Students’ Union Fee. Students and VIU employees are invited to submit articles for publication. The Navigator Newspaper Society (NNS) is a non-profit society incorporated under the British Columbia Societies Act. Its purpose is to publish The Navigator newspaper, ensure its editorial integrity, and provide students with practical experience in running a newspaper. Elections to the NNS Board of Directors are held annually.

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