Things to do in and around Victoria
Galiano Conversancy Association
We offer single day outdoor excursions and ecotours.
We offer trained and experienced naturalists who showcase the unique and beautiful ecosystems of our island.
The Galiano Conservancy has been hosting school classes and groups of all ages since 2001, offering a full range of interactive environmental education programs to over 22,000 people. These hand-on programs enable participants to explore the incredible biodiversity of our island's beaches, forests, meadows and wetlands. We have recently expanded our single-day field trips into multi-day "Retreats," with overnight accommodations provided either via camping at our new 188 acre property or through renting a set of cabins with one of our island partners.
We have worked extensively with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society over the past four years, bringing out several of their groups each year. We have found it to be extremely rewarding to work with newcomers to Canada, as even though we are only an hour away from Vancouver or Victoria via ferry, they do not often make it past the urban centres. Those who do, are blown away by what we take for granted here on Galiano. We enjoy working with program partners to adapt our programs to suit the language level and educational goals of visiting groups.
I have attached a brochure with a brief description of our programs, a few photos, and some testimonials from a few of our partners. You can find out more about our organization and education programs in general at www.galianoconservancy.ca
Pauline Brest van Kempen
School Programs Coordinator
Galiano Conservancy Association
A Paddle in the Park Kayaking
The guide will take you to the best places to see the local wildlife and the hidden gems of nature. Is there a badge for kayaking or paddling?
We can do custom kayaking programs tailored to your particular needs. In the past we have done kayak lessons before a week of paddling around the Gulf Islands. We also have kayak instructors that can certify paddlers with the national recognized Paddle Canada kayak program.
A PADDLE IN THE PARK KAYAKING
Christopher Graham (250) 686-9047
Melissa Hailey (250) 686-2047
Let us take you for "A Paddle in the Park"
Situated at the gateway to the federal Gulf Islands Marine Park Reserve
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
3873 Swan Lake Road, Victoria, B.C. V8X 3W1
phone: (250) 479-0211
fax: (250) 479-0132
Under a grant from the Victoria Natural History Society, Swan Lake is pleased to offer Nature Programs for all members of the Boy Scouts of Greater Victoria.
Our 1 to 1½ hour guided programs can be tailored to fit your nature and environmental program requirements.
- Nature walks
- Nature games
- Investigate pond life
- Tracks and tracking
- Identify plants and animals
- And more...!
WHERE: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
WHEN: Weekends, Afternoons and Evenings
Centre of the Universe
The Centre of the Universe is NOT Toronto!!! Nope, it is actually right here in Victoria, at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Saanich.
The Centre offers some great programs that look at our skies in a whole new way. Whether you want a few hours of program or to sleep under the stars in the Centre, there are many things of interest.
Check out the Centre of the Universe website!
Maritime Museum of BC
The Maritime Museum offers great programs for tours, visits and sleepovers!!!
Check out all there is to do on the Maritime Museum of BC website.