VIU Students at Beach

Explore Vancouver Island

Being in the mid-Vancouver Island region gives you the opportunity to be near it all — forests, the ocean, lakes and trails, small communities and big cities like Vancouver.

Are any of these activities on your list of things to do in the next year?

  • Surf at Long Beach in Tofino
  • Mountain bike on groomed trails like Doumont or the Abyss
  • Run the Westwood Lake and Morrell Nature Sanctuary trails
  • Geo-cache all over the mid-Island region
  • Get active and check out the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, with an Olympic-size swimming pool, water slides and wave pool.  You can find it within a 5-minute walk of the campus. Playing fields, tennis courts, ice skating, bicycle trails, a 400-metre track, and baseball diamond are all located next to the campus.
  • Check out the local yoga and acroyoga scenes
  • Hang out on any of our Gulf Islands – three are just a short boat ride from the Nanaimo harbour
  • Do some indoor or outdoor rock climbing
  • Join a soccer league – you can play year-round here
  • Kayak around Saysutshun Newcastle Island Marine Park
  • Stand up paddleboard on the ocean or lakes
  • Explore the waterfront, grab a coffee and take in the glorious scenery
  • Check out Nanaimo’s thriving music scene – live bands play all over town most nights of the week
  • Appreciate healthy and local food choices by visiting a farmers’ market
  • Get your hands dirty – we have an active, local DIY culture that embraces creativity
  • Ski or snowboard at Mount Washington
  • Explore the white sands of Rathtrevor Beach and campground in Parksville
  • Hike up Mount Benson or Mount Tzouhalem ridge for amazing views of the coastal mountains
  • Live the west coast lifestyle where your options are only limited by your imagination!