Scheduled activities

These are on for a limited time. Don’t miss out!

12:30 – 1 pm

Future Students Presentation
Building 210, Room 275

12 to 1 pm

Learn about bird-banding with Professor Eric Demers
Building 470

12 to 2 pm

Visit the Hatchery Tank Farm and learn about marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest.
Building 475

12 to 3 pm

Learn about amazing field school on Quadra Island and in the Yukon
Building 470

Use petrographic microscopes. Look at fossils, mineral and rock samples
Building 470

Check out models of volcanoes and caves
Building 470

Engineer materials with 3D printers and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
Building 460 Room 324

Make bird feeders and play the plant trivia game with the VIU EcoClub
Building 470

1 to 1:30 pm

Lightning Talks Part 1

  • Leon Potter, Theatre Professor: A behind-the-scenes peak into the world of theatre 
  • Dr. Tim Goater, Biology Professor Emeritus: Parasites: Nature’s spectacular superstars!
  • Dr. Julia Hengstler, Education Professor: AI (artificial intelligence) in 5 minutes
  • Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, Recreation and Tourism Management Professor: How to stay safe when the earth shakes

Malaspina Theatre

1 to 2:30 pm

Student Research Presentations
Join current and past students as they share their research results and experiences. (| Log Cabin, Building 465)

1 to 3 pm

Skeleton race
With Professor Ita McGrogan. Can you put together a human skeleton?
Building 470

Learn about the Mobile Mass Spectrometry Lab
Building 470

1:30 to 2 pm

Social Sciences – Walk and win. It’s like musical chairs without the chairs! Walk until the music stops. Prizes and fun facts about Social Sciences.
Malaspina Theatre lobby

2 to 2:30 pm

Lightning Talks Part 2

  • Dr. David Livingstone, Liberal Studies Professor: The assassination of a Canadian founder: Thomas D'Arcy McGee
  • Dr. Michael MacKenzie, Jarislowsky Chair in Trust and Political Leadership: What’s up with democracy? 
  • Dr. Becky Earhart, Psychology Professor: How much can children remember? It depends how you ask 
  • Dr. Jordan Herbison, Kinesiology Professor: Performing under pressure
  • Dr. Kenneth Duggan, History Professor: Policing without a police force in medieval England 

2:30 to 3 pm 

Future Students Presentation
Building 210, Room 275

3 to 4 pm

Social Sciences – Walk and win


Happening all day!

These events are happening all day. 

Artisan Market
Shop our incredibly talented and local market vendors.
Parking Lot F

Beer Garden
Serving local VI beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with the best view in town.
Patio upstairs above the cafeteria (Building 300)

Campus Tours
Meet at the Info Tent in the Quad (just outside the library)

Community Corner
Connect with some of our incredible community partners:

  • Kitties & Cream
  • CVI Multicultural Society
  • Nanaimo Art Gallery
  • City of Nanaimo's Parks and Recreation department
  • Go By Bike
  • VIU Sustainability
  • Muslim Women's Club
  • Kinesiology Club
  • Milner Gardens

Outside of Building 315

Community Stage
Welcome by VIU Elders followed by musical and dance performances. See the full schedule on the community stage page

Culture Couch & World puzzle
Malaspina Theatre Lobby

Food Trucks:

  • Tacomania
  • Sip and Sliders
  • Jack's Grilled Cheese
  • Mizu Real Fruit Ice cream

Parking lot F

Fun Zone
Bouncy castles, rock-climbing wall, BC Hydro bucket truck rides, Heavy Equipment Operator simulator, and electric vehicle demo.
Parking lot E

Arts and crafts, story time, therapy dogs, poli-sci PlayStation, student research and more
Building 305

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins, pumpkin carving, sugar art demos, hot chocolate, facepainting, hair feathers, and more.
Outside Campus Store

Storm the Stairs
Enter to win a prize from Frontrunners by running up the stairs to Building 470
Start at Building 185

Student Success Zone
Royal Arbutus Room (Building 300 – upstairs)

The VIEW Gallery
Art Gallery installation and art project,
Building 330

Recycling and compost are available in the Cafeteria (Building 300).

We will be handing out maps and schedules at DiscoverFest. If you're using a phone, this campus map is useful. We also have an accessibility map that shows the accessible routes on campus. And this image file shows all the DiscoverFest details. 

Map showing location of DiscoverFest activities