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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver Island University’s Mariners Athletics and Recreation department canceled all in-person activities on March 17 and this will continue throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back for updated status on programming. In the meantime, visit our Fitness virtual programming and Outdoor Recreation virtual programming pages for some engaging content.

The safety of our students, employees, and broader community continues to be the priority.

In previous years, we have lead a number of Wellness Activites listed below and hope to get back to them soon. Have a look!

For more information please contact Danielle Hyde at

Free Fitness Week!


Are you unsure if you would like a certain group fitness class or not? Look out for our free fitness week schedule and try it before you buy it!

 Biometric & Mental Health Screening Clinic


Do you know if you are at risk of having a cardiovascular event in the 10 years? Do you know what your heart age actually is based on your health numbers? Register or drop in to the Biometric Clinic and get your health numbers!

The Biometric screening includes blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, carbon monoxide, body composition and more! Screening takes approximately 25 minutes from start to finish, is conducted by 2nd and 3rd year nursing students and is interpreted by VIU’s own Health Clinic Nurse Practitioner.

 Chair Massage


Sit down and literally relax. Let Departure Bay Massage take your worries and stresses away through a rejuvenating shoulder and neck chair massage. It truly doesn't get better than this. 

 Therapy Dogs


There is nothing that makes you feel better than a tail waggin, furry, four legged cutie walking your way for a pet…and maybe even a lick! Head to the cafeterias and get happy with adorable licks and hugs from the St. John’s Therapy Dogs. They are so cute and cuddly –you don’t want to miss out!