VIU Hosts Spring Break Activities

VIU is hosting several activities during Spring Break for new applicants. Some activities are open to the public, including tours of VIU's giant sturgeon holding tanks. Email to pre-register.

March 23, 2015 - 10:00am

The public is invited to register for free bird banding and chemistry demonstrations, as well as tours of the Natural History Museum, hatchery facility and giant sturgeon holding tanks, during Spring Break Days at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Nanaimo campus March 23, 24 and 25. Pre-registration is required.

These free, fun and educational activities are being offered to the general public, and to new applicants who plan to attend VIU in September, says Joanna Hesketh, Recruitment Officer at VIU.

“The goal of Spring Break Days is to give new applicants a chance to visit the campus, get their questions answered and get a feel for what it is really like to be a student at VIU,” says Hesketh. “We’ve organized some Spring Break Days activities just for them, and some that the general public and prospective students can participate in as well.”

New applicants can register for tours of select program areas, labs, student residences and the campus. They can also sit in on select classes and lectures, such as the Tourism class on fundraising and sponsorships, attend demonstrations in VIU’s Chemistry and Biology labs, join a photography design session in Graphic Design, and more.

Everyone is welcome to attend a showcase of research, scholarly activity and community engagements projects by VIU’s undergraduate and graduate students during the CREATE conference in the upper cafeteria (Building 300) which runs from March 24 to 26. Posters and displays will be set up in the upper cafeteria from 10 am to 4 pm each day, and students will deliver presentations about their projects. 

The public can also register to attend a “My Favourite Lecture” series: ‘Words are Worlds: Literature and Writing’, ‘How do Stories Shape our Experience of the World?’ and “Snowflakes, Spider Silk and Chemical Weapons: three short chemistry talks’. Tours of VIU’s Social Sciences faculty, the Art building and studio, and the campus in general are also open to the public.

To register for Spring Break Days activities, email

Drop-in advising sessions are available each day from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 3 pm in Building 200 for anyone who wishes to get their questions answered about everything from admissions to course selection.

VIU’s student ambassadors will be available in Building 300 to answer questions and guide visitors to various campus activities during Spring Break Days.

For more information, please visit



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