Outdoor Recreation

Vancouver IslandUniversity

Outdoor Recreation

Mariners Athletics & Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Welcome to Outdoor Recreation!

Outdoor Recreation offers exceptional experiences for students in a wide range of outdoor-based adventure activities. We offer guided experiences that include equipment, transportation, accommodation, leadership, and instruction.

Program offerings are a mix of one-day and overnight programs on weekdays and weekends.

Please note, the previously advertised Outdoor Recreation offerings have recently changed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope you find a program that suits your needs.

Our Activities

On Land

Conquer mountain trails, explore picturesque parks, rise above rock walls, and wind through coastal forests. Our hiking, biking, and climbing experiences can be challenging or geared for beginners.

Examples include:

  • Hiking
  • Group Mountain Biking
  • Bouldering & Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Caving

On Water

On Water

Take advantage of the rivers, lakes, and an ocean at your doorstep. Guided kayaking, paddling, and surfing adventures await along with seasonal raft guide and sea kayak courses.

Examples include:

  • Kayaking
  • River Rafting
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

On Snow

When winter hits in Canada, we go outdoors! Join a crew of snow-seekers and hit the slopes for a day of downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. Our snow-based outdoor recreation programs run from January to March. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Examples include:

  • Build (and sleep!) in a snow shelter
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

kayak rolling

Leadership and Certification

  • BCROA - Raft Guides Course

Equipment Rental

To rent equipment, please contact Matt Kellow, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator.
Please contact us with plenty of time before your adventure so we have the ability to respond and best meet your request. Thank you!

Gear and Price

  • Tent: $20/day
  • Large Backpack: $10/day
  • Sleeping Bag: $10/day
  • Sleeping Pad: $5/day
  • Stove + pots/cups/dish set: $5/day
  • Headlamps: $5/day
  • Snowshoes: $10/day
  • Weekend rental rate for the entire package includes all of the above (except snowshoes) for $75 (Friday pick up and Monday morning return)

After a gear rental request is confirmed with Matt Kellow, payment will be collected and gear picked up and returned at the VIU Gym's front desk.


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