News and Announcements

Dean's Lunch and Awards

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on February 19, 2020 - 2:01pm

The Department of Recreation and Tourism Management will be hosting its annual Dean's Lunch this year on March 24th from 11:30 - 1 pm in the Royal Arbutus Room. Please make sure to save the date. All Recreation and Tourism students are welcome!

As part of the lunch, there will be a number of awards given out to recognize and celebrate student contributions and achievements over the last year.

New partnership will allow VIU students to take outdoor experiential learning beyond the boundaries of British Columbia

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on January 24, 2020 - 3:01pm

A new partnership will allow Canadian and Norwegian university students to benefit from interdisciplinary nature-based recreation and outdoor wellness education programs offered in both countries.

Putting Leisure on the Map

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

The 10th anniversary of VIU's World Center for Leisure Excellence was celebrated on November 29, with a special edition of PechaKucha Nanaimo with the theme "Putting Leisure on the Map". The event was held at Vancouver Island University and brought together VIU representatives, faculty members, visiting scholars, students, alumni, and community members on an evening filled with fun and inspiring stories related to leisure research and practice.

BC Tourism Industry Conference - March 2020

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 10, 2019 - 4:20pm

For over 20 years, the BC Tourism Industry Conference has been providing a forum for tourism businesses and stakeholders from around British Columbia to come together to learn from experts and each other about the key issues, challenges and best practices in the industry.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with other tourism businesses, communities and government leaders – share ideas, ask questions, network, learn, and explore!

When: March 4 - 6, 2020

Where: Victoria Conference Centre - Victoria, BC

IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism - Jan 2020

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 10, 2019 - 2:35pm

The third Annual IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference will once again bring together stakeholders from the tourism industry to Victoria, to engage in dialogue and discussions on innovation and the contributions of tourism to Canada's sustainable future.

When: January 19 - 22, 2020.

Where: Victoria Conference Centre - Victoria, BC

For more information and registration, please visit:

Nordic Master in Outdoor Studies (Friluftsliv Studier) is now open for applications

Submitted by Vanessa Moraes on December 6, 2019 - 9:26am

New master’s programme, a joint Nordic Master in Outdoor Studies (Friluftsliv Studies), supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers (, with four collaborating universities – University of Southeast Norway (Bø) (coordinator), Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, Stockholm and Holar University College, Iceland. The program is now open for applicants. The study start will be in late August/early September 2020.