Study where the world connects with nature

Vancouver Island is a popular destination for recharging and spending time outdoors. 

VIU offers easy access to the wild and natural beauty the Island is famous for. We have the mildest climate in Canada, so you can play outside all year. 

And if you crave big-city experiences, the city of Vancouver is only a 1.5 hour ferry ride away.

Balanced living

Study breaks that include outdoor activities are good for a healthy life balance. With hiking and cycling trails within minutes of campus, that balance is easy to achieve at VIU.

Paddlers in kayaks on the ocean

Explore the Island with a guide

Outdoor Recreation

With VIU’s Outdoor Recreation program you can experience the best Vancouver Island has to offer. Outdoor Rec adventures inlude equipment, accommodation and instruction. They’re scheduled throughout the school year and feature activities like:

  • hiking
  • surfing
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • climbing
Learn about Outdoor Recreation