VIU Cowichan Campus Group of Students

Campus Life Activities

Watch the digital display opposite the Welcome Centre, check the bulletin boards on the second floor and outside Student Affairs, read the PDF iconStudent Newsletter, and check back for exciting events for VIU students!

SPRING 2019 Semester


Music and Lunch - Thursday, February 7, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Join us for a FREE lunch while listening to the incredible rhythm of Trinidadian-Canadian reggae artist Caleb Hart.

Music and Healing with Pan Kai - Thursday, February 7, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Five Elements Music Therapy is a practice that has been in use in China for over 5000 years. As a fifth generation practitioner, Pan Kai has conducted his therapy work in workshops around the world to help people regain their health - including quality sleep, normal blood pressure, and healing of various sicknesses. Some mats and blankets will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

FREE for students, staff and faculty.

Students Unplugged, Wed, Feb 20; 5:30 pm

Join us for a totally unplugged evening of entertainment and FUN at Gibby’s Café here on campus. A free light supper is served.  Hosted by Student Ambassador Brianna.

  • Play your musical instruments
  • Recite some poetry
  • Practice your comedy act
  • Sing for joy
  • Be part of the audience
  • Friends and family welcome 

Skate Night, Saturday, March 2; 6:45 - 8:45 pm

Come and enjoy a night of skating with friends and family.

FREE admission and skate rentals for students and their guests. MUST show your student card at the door and sign in friends and family.

Bring your own skates or rentals are covered with your student card. Hot chocolate will be provided.


Always held in viu cowichan campus lecture theatre, room 140


The Fits

2015, Anna Rose Holmer, 72 minutes

  • Monday, February 11 at 6:30 pm

An effective and creepy-surreal film of an 11-year-old tomboy who struggles to fit into a girls' dance troupe, which begins to suffer from an imexplicable epidemic of violent fits.

In Between

2016, Maysaloun Hamoud, 103 minutes

  • Monday, March 18 at 6:30 pm

A feminist Israeli-French film about three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv that try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.


1960, Jean-Luc Godard, 90 minutes

  • Monday, April 15 at 6:30 pm

Modern films begin here with this French New Wave crime drama film about a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend.


Fitness for $1

Your campus life activity program subsidizes your use of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, 2653 James Street, Duncan.

Fitness for only $1 when you get your vouchers!

  • Vouchers available for students by showing student card at Student Affairs - you pay only $1 for entry to the Aquatic Centre.
  • Must be enrolled in current semester and paying activity fees; non-transferable

The Aquatic Centre includes the 25 metre pool, 3 metre diving board, wave pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and the Fitness Centre featuring the Technogym equipment.


  • Every Monday from 5:00-6:30 pm, room 380
  • Drop-ins welcome.  FREE

Changeways Group for Depression

  • Tuesday 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • January 22 -- March 12, 2019
  • Registration deadline: January 15

This 8-session psychoeducational Cognitive Behavioural therapy group teaches students the tools and insights necessary to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Sign up at Student Affairs for a brief, confidential talk with a counsellor, or a phone call if you prefer.

Facilitators: Albert Seinen, M.Ed., CCC, and Dave Barck, M.Ed., CCC


Hiking - Juan de Fuca Trail

  • Saturday, February 9, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by February 7 at Student Affairs

This program is a guided hike into a section of the Juan de Fuca Trail Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and massive old growth forests. Depending on the group's interest, we have two possible options for the day. The first option - we spend the day hiking and exploring the area around Sombrio Beach. The second option - we spend the day hiking a 10km section of trail leaving from China Beach. Both options area lot of fun and very scenic. This hike is suitable for fit beginners and intermediate hikers.

Snowshoe Tour 

  • Sunday, March 3 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by February 28 at Student Affairs

This is a day trip to the Mt. Washington Alpine Resort or Forbidden Plateau area to experience backcountry snowshoeing. The trip leaves from the resort's base area or trailhead and explores the local area and trails of Mt. Washington and neighboring Strathcona Provincial Park, or Forbidden Plateau. Introductory snowshoe lessons are provided by Vancouver Island University staff. You will be outside for the majority of the trip, especially if you have signed up for the Forbidden Plateau location, so please be prepared!

Hiking -Botanical Beach

  • Saturday, March 9, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sign up by March 7 at Student Affairs

This program is a guided hike into Botanical Beach Provincial Park. This trip explores a section of the trail that has big beaches, rugged west coast sites, fossils, and massive old growth forests. Botanical Beach is famous for its tide pools so lots of the day will be spent exploring the intertidal zone. This hike is suitable for beginners and intermediate hikers.

Cowichan Rideshare is now available!

Cowichan Rideshare is being sponsored the Cowichan Elder Care Co-op. It is a free, online service that links people who want a ride with people able to offer a ride at the same time and to the same location. A contribution to gas costs is suggested based on the distance and number of riders, but the actual amount – if any – is agreed on by the people involved before the ride takes place.

Learn how to register on Rideshare for a ride - or for riders - to  Kelowna or Calgary,  VIU Nanaimo main campus, Departure Bay, and maybe even Mill Bay Terminal to pick up your travelling friend.   Use your car or ride in theirs.  Let’s save money, wear and tear, traffic congestion and the environment - and make some new, diverse  acquaintances of all ages who could use/offer a lift and a trip contribution.