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All week - Bike to Work Week continues

Thur 1, 7pm Engaging with Indigenous Legal Traditions through Stories and Art. Join Dr. Rebecca Johnson and Jessica Asch from the UVic Faculty of Law as they share current research, and engage with the art and stories in the exhibition Origin Stories at Legacy Art Gallery Downtown. Hosted by University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, 630 Yates Street. Seating limited

Fri 2, 8pm - midnight The Gift Mini-Festival. Come join us anytime in the evening as we gather on Cowichan Tribes territory for Gift: Mini Festival! Collective Space will become a nexus of mutual reciprocity for the evening with gift circles and collaborative art installations, as well as the opportunity for local artisans to share their crafts by donation, barter, and trade. Guiding the night will be performers and speakers bringing perspectives on ancient and modern traditions of the gift in human life and beyond. Collective Space 166 Station Street. Cost: Pay what you feel is right! Gift economy. 

Fri 2-Sun 4 Protectors Training Camp: Tactical Non-Violence. Three days of tactical non-violence workshops at a private forest campsite near the beach in Port Renfrew. No experience necessary. To register, email Cost by donation includes camping, daily shuttle to and from Victoria, and amenities. Scholarships available. Sponsored by Forest Action Network and House of Solidarity. 

Sat 3, 9-11am Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park volunteer work party. Remove invasive plants. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet Burnside Gorge Community Association on Cecelia Street. Contact Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park via Rachel O’Neil:

Sat 3, 10-12pm Composting Basics (free)
at 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 for questions or tickets over the phone; more details and for tickets online 

Sat 3, 11am - 3pm World Oceans Day in Gorge Park, Esquimalt. Performances, food trucks, a silent auction, and the Plywood Cup Challenge! Hosted by Gorge Waterway Nature House and World Fisheries Trust 

Sat 3, 1-3pm Backyard Foraging. This outdoor workshop will teach you a new appreciation for the weeds in your garden! Identification techniques, edibility, common medicinal uses and how to use weeds as soil condition indicators. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 for questions or tickets over the phone; more details and for tickets online 

Sat 3, 4pm-11:30pm Stone Soup: Community Visioning, Breath, Dance, Song & Food. Foster sharing and participation while celebrating bounty and the richness and alligned vision of where our community is going. We will dance, sing, breathe together, eat, play and dream our present into the future! The premise behind the Stone Soup story is that if everyone contributes something, say their gift, there is enough for everyone and abundance is achieved and felt. And so this is a FUNdRaiser event raising SEED money to start a non-profit society which will buy land for an Eco Village on Southern Vancouver Island. 330 Kinver St, Victoria.

Sat 3, 5-8pm YYJ: Onward City - A Caste Projects Conversation on contemporary culture, public space, and the forces that shape our city. Whitney Davis - Arts Educator, Librarian; Jill Doucette - Founder, Synergy Enterprises; Craig Dykers - Co-Founder, Snøhetta; Helen Marzolf - Executive Director, Open Space; Jonathan Tinney - City of Victoria Director of Sustainable Development & Community Planning. $25 (includes 2 drinks & light snacks) Limited Capacity. e-mail for ticket requests. 

Sat 3, 7:30-midnight Strip Tide – A Dirty Show for a Clean Coast. An evening of inspiring burlesque that celebrates our wet and wonderful coast! All proceeds go to First Nations legal challenges against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers expansion – Strip Tide is a fundraiser brought to you by Pull Together and Wet Coast Burlesque. Together we hope to change the tides of pipeline destruction, and keep our beaches stripped clean of oil. 1411 Quadra at Johnson. 

Sun 4, 11-3pm World Oceans Day. Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating all things ocean! Free outdoor party in Beacon Park on the Sidney waterfront—entertainment, exhibitors, food, art and more! 50% off admission to the Centre this day only. Shaw Centre for the Salish sea, 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney. 


Mon 5, 12-1pm Bikes Mean Business, with Elly Blue. Elly lives in Portland, where she publishes books about bicycling and other radical topics. She is the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy. Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager Jason Johnson. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall. 

Tue 6, 1-4pm CRFAIR Annual Food Hubs Round Table. An opportunity for organizations and businesses that work towards food security to share resources, celebrate success stories, and create strategies for food systems change. Victoria City Hall Antechambers. Register on Eventbrite: 

Fri 9, 7:30pm The Gettin' Higher Choir in concert with Coco Love Alcorn.  Directed by Siobhan Robinsong and Denis Donnelly. All proceeds to The Caia Connection to build a solar-powered Distance Learning Centre (high school) in the village of Kapasseni, Mozambique. Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora. Tickets: $25 / $20.  Details at 

Sat 10, 9-11am Friends of Beacon Hill Park volunteer work party to remove invasive plants. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet at base of Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Friends of Beacon Hill Park 

Sat 10, 11:45-2pm Sing for Cedar & Salmon - Cowichan Estuary. The Lila Music Community Choir hosts an afternoon of song in support of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay. Special guests Coastline a string ensemble with BC's top young musicians ages 14-21; Genevieve Charbonneau, recent winner of the BC song writing contest; Paul Ruszel and his trio; Corbin Keep, the Wild Cellist. Duncan United Church at 246 Ingram Street from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Food tables open at 11:45 am for lunch and treats. $15 for adults, and free for children 12 and under. Get your tickets from Ten Old Books, the Lila Music Centre, or online 

Sat 10, 1-3pm Creating An Herbal First Aid Kit. Learn how to make your own herbal first aid kit to have on hand for treks into the woods or your backyard. Medicinal plants and properties, how to use them, assemble a kit including a wound salve, insect sting remedy, wound powder. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 for questions or tickets over the phone; more details and for tickets online: 

Sat 10, 1pm-3pm Food for Thought: The Culture of Nature at the Royal BC Museum. Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Royal BC Museum and special guests for a lively discussion on the ways we can balance recreation and conservation. The event is free with museum admission or a membership. 


Mon 12, 5-7pm Living Well Within Limits with Dan O’Neill, Professor of Ecological Economics, Leeds University, UK. Humanity faces a dilemma.  Economic growth is unsustainable due to the environmental damage that it causes.  ‘Degrowth’, on the other hand, is politically untenable because falling consumer demand leads to recession and crisis.  As a solution to this dilemma, Dan O’Neill will discuss the alternative of a ‘steady-state economy’. UVic, Human and Social Development Building, A240 

Tue 13, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria. Great beer, great company! The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. 

Tue 13, 7pm Grassroots Power & Political Change on Southern Vancouver Island. An open discussion to identify demands and priorities for the new coalition government-in-waiting, and how we can work to achieve them. Paul Phillips Hall, 1923 Fernwood Rd, Victoria. Sponsored by Socialcoast and the Social Environmental Alliance  

Wed 14, 4pm-8pm Miiko Skin Co at Oak Bay Village Night Market. Over 100 local vendors! Huge variety of artisans selling jewellery, toys, pottery, wood turning, art cards, furniture, paintings, clothing, soaps and more! 

Wed 14, 7-9pm CRD Irrigation Controller Scheduling workshop - Saanich.  A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register. 

Fri 16, 8am Resilient Region Exchange - Greater Victoria Breakfast Series Meet-Up Cadboro Commons Conference Centre, University of Victoria Finnerty Road, Arbutus/Queenswood Room. Theme - the impacts of climate change in the capital region.

Sat 17, 9:30am - 11:30am Friends of Moss Rocks Park volunteer work party to remove invasive plants. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet corner of Eberts Street and May Street near Park. Friends of Moss Rocks Park via Pat Johnston: 

Sat 17, 10am GVCC Ride to Sidney for a picnic. Meet Saanich Municipal Hall at 10 am, pick up at Michell’s Farm at 11 am. 40 km at a sedate pace. All GVCC rides are by donation ($5 suggested) and participants must have a helmet and bicycle in good working condition. 

Sat 17, 1-3pm Make Your Own Miso. In this workshop we'll make our own miso by mixing prepared cultured rice from a local Japanese grocery store with other ingredients. We'll also discuss the wide variety of methods used for making miso, other foods that can be made with koji, and resources for learning more. 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 for questions or tickets over the phone; more details and for tickets online: 

Sat 17, 2-5pm CRD Micro/Drip Efficient Irrigation introductory workshop - Sooke. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register. 

Sat 17, 7:30pm The Gettin' Higher Choir in concert with Coco Love Alcorn.  Directed by Siobhan Robinsong and Denis Donnelly. All proceeds to The Caia Connection to build a solar-powered Distance Learning Centre (high school) in the village of Kapasseni, Mozambique. Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora. Tickets: $25 / $20.  Details at 

Sun 18, 11-6pm Car Free YYJ on Douglas Street. The city’s third annual community celebration with vendors, music, and much much more! Grab the entire family and enjoy your Father’s Day on Douglas Street for this free event! The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be on-site to share more about our conservation projects -- look out for our table and show your support for BC's beautiful nature! Free and open to the public. 


Tue 20, 5:30-9pm Decolonization Potluck Picnic: Next Steps in Settler Solidarity. A monthly casual evening meetup sharing food and conversation focused on devising plans of action as settlers in support of Indigenous-centred community initiatives. A potluck will precede the conversation, so please bring along a tasty dish! By Donation. Proceeds will go to local Indigenous-led community initiatives. Garry Oak room, 1335 Thurlow Rd, Victoria 

Wed 21, 9am-12pm Weedy Wednesdays at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Contribute to the ongoing restoration and upkeep of this beautiful Garry Oak ecosystem at our weekly work party. Come out and enjoy one of the longest days of the year! End of Aitken Rd, Duncan. For questions or to register, contact or visit 

Wed 21, 10am and 2pm National Aboriginal Day Paddle: neighbours standing together to protect the Saanich Inlet. WSÍKEM (Tseycum) elders invite you to meet at WJOLELP (Tsartlip) boat ramp for 10am blessing. Potluck picnic at WSÍKEM Longhouse 2pm. Bring canoes & paddles, regalia, songs, potluck contribution, and smiles. To reserve a rental kayak or paddle board call Pacifica Paddle Sports 250-665-7411. $28/person, proceeds support Saanich Inlet Network. 250.589.2856 

Sat 24, 12-3pm Bubbles and Bees: 25th Anniversary Garden Party. Celebrate 25 years of composting and conservation education in your neighbourhood! Discover how the Compost Education Centre has evolved over a quarter century. This open-house style family friendly free event will feature musical entertainment, face painting and local wine and beer sampling by donation. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street. 

Sat 24, 1pm - Sun 25, 4pm Intercultural Shamanism & Plant Spirit Medicine Workshop on Pender Island. Join Don & Sandy Ollsin on beautiful Pender Island for a weekend of deep nourishing fun. Learn how to tune into your environment, the plants, rocks, elements, fungi and more. Explore your own cultural shamanic roots. For details, see 

Sun 25, 9am-12pm DIY Sunscreen and Deodorant Workshop. Oaklands Community Association. Learn how to make natural deodorant and better understand toxic and non-toxic ingredients in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants. You will also make sun cream (SPF 25) using natural ingredients and zinc oxide. Your skin will have the safest summer ever! 


Mon 26, 5-7pm Health and a Health Care System for a One Planet region, with Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, UVic. CityStudio, 742 Johnson Street, Victoria. 

Wed 28, 4:30-8:30pm Miiko Skin Co at Oaklands Sunset Market. The Oaklands Sunset Market is a free, weekly community celebration featuring over 50 local food growers and producers, artisans, crafters, and body products, live music, a bi-weekly beer garden, and a space for the community to come together and meet their neighbours.

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 

More Local Events at This is Leadership: 

Gulf Island Events on Mayne, Saturna, Pender and Galiano:


Affinite Wealth Group:

Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:



Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail. 250-743-3067  

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133 

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift! 

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or 

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552 

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515 

Every Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: 250-748-8506 

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria 

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211 

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation   

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield. 

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556 


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