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The Eco-Personals

Non-Profit paid positions available at OUR Ecovillage: Canada Summer Jobs (15-30yrs) and returning Students. Ecological Design Assistant, Food Systems and Farming Assistant, Sustainable Food in the Kitchen, Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, Eco-Children's Program Assistant. Send your resumé to 


Sat 1, 8:30am-4pm Dogwood at Gorge Canada Day Picnic. Come see how you can help us reclaim our decision making power over our environment and democracy.

Sat 1, 9am-10am Zero Waste Canada launches BOLT ACROSS CANADA tour to promote Zero Waste and zero emissions. Meet James Bay Anglers boat ramp, 75 Dallas Road, Buddy Boyd and Barbara Hetherington, with the grassroots non-profit organization Zero Waste Canada will be dipping the wheels of their all electric Chevy Bolt into the water on the Victoria shoreline as they begin their odyssey across Canada from coast to coast as they raise for green awareness. This is Leadership

Sat 1, 4pm-11pm Oh! (Decolonize) Canada 150. Mungo Martin House, Royal BC Museum. All-Nations Drum Circle and Round Dancing. Open mic, story-telling, many inspiring speakers. Potluck Food-sharing, Food Not Bombs.Facebook  

Sun 2, 6am-10am Sunday Morning Biospheric Art Practice. A periodic gathering of artists who wish to reframe their practice from a biospheric perspective: Listening and sensing the particular location, and responding within it, breathing it together. Bring something eat and/or drink if you would like to join us after practice for breakfast. Bring swimwear for an early morning swim. Durrance Lake. Facebook 

Sun 2, 1pm-4pm Spirit of Nature Walks or Guided Tour at Mary Lake. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this special property, under conservation ownership since 1947 so nature has a strong presence. 1-4pm self-guided with map of trails; 2-3pm guided walk & talk; 3-4pm Slide show & discussion in the house on the lake. $5 donation. Children under 12 free. People with mobility issues ask for vehicle access on the driveway. Please stay on marked trails and be mindful not to disturb the wildlife. This is Leadership

Wed 5, 7pm Bag It. Free film screening. Join people from 130 countries and refuse single-use plastics during Plastic Free July ( Hopefully by November, we will become a single-use plastic bag free Victoria 12 months of the year! Bring kids and parents - an all-ages event! Panel discussion on single-use plastics with Lisa HelpsJill DoucetteSarah Wagstaff, Whole Foods Market; Caitlin BrownMEC. Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square.Facebook 

Fri 7, 2-4pm Taste the Cow-Op and Olive the Senses are bringing Cowichan-Grown produce to Victoria in an easy and convenient way. Come and learn about the Online Farmers Market and meet some of our farmers while enjoying fresh and local produce paired with delicious Olive the Senses dressings.  Olive the Senses, 9-1701 Douglas St. Facebook 

Sat 8, 9am-2:30pm Bottles for the River, in the parking lot of Nanaimo Country Club Centre, by Lucky’s Liquor Store. A seasonal fundraiser by the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) to raise money to coordinate the Nanaimo River Watershed Roundtable. See 

Sat 8, 10am GVCC Magical History Tour! Renowned historian John Adams will lead an easy 20 km bike ride with frequent stops to talk about Victoria's history. Meet Centennial Square. Bicycles must be in good working condition and helmets are required. Facebook 

Sat 8, 10am-2pm Zero Waste Sooke at the Sooke Country Market. Victoria Compost Education Centre's Education Coordinator, Kayla Siefried with a food-waste digester and an earth machine. Otter Point Road at Eustace, Sooke 

Sun 9, 8:30am-11am Willows Beach Cleanup with Moksha Yoga. July’s Monthly Beach Cleanup is early! Join us at Willows Beach at 8:30 am Sunday, July 9th for a yoga warm up with Moksha Yoga Victoria. We’ll clean the beach from9 am to 11 am so that we’ll have time to join the Pride Parade! This is Leadership

Sun 9, 11am-6 pm Dogwood at Victoria Pride Festival. Come see how you can help us reclaim our decision making power over our environment and democracy. 


Wed 12, 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!  Facebook 

Sun 16, 11am-1pm Transfer Beach Mid Island Beach clean up. Join us for our monthly beach cleanup at Ladysmith’s Transfer beach! We will provide the gloves/buckets/bags. All you have to do is show up! Surfrider


Mon 17 - Fri 28 Natural Plastering And Eco-Finishing Workshop. The art and craft of earthen plasters, clay and lime paints, and Tadelakt (finish in Moroccan bathhouses). Find out how to create healthy non-toxic/non-chemical and beautiful finishes to enhance your air quality and built environment. With Arizona based Atheena Steen and her Navajo sculptural style, Ayla Challenger, and Carrie Campbell from California. Register online or 

Wed 19, 4:30pm-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.Facebook 

Sat 22, 10am-2pm Meet the Maker. Come and meet the creator of Miiko Skin Co, and receive a personalized skin consultation! Locally made, locally sourced, local to the core. Alcove Homegrown Living, 689 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC. 

Sat 22, 12pm-6pm Repair, Restore and Rewild the Juan de Fuca Park. Only an hour west of Victoria, neglect and greed are trashing our beloved Juan de Fuca Park and the world-famous Marine Trail. We are equipping volunteer hikers with maps and info on documenting erosion and clearcuts. Meet China Beach trailhead. Bring your own cameras and GPS to help us collect damage reports. Sign our petition: Zoe Blunt, 250-813-3569.Facebook 

Sat 22, 12pm-5pm Vegtoria, Victoria’s Veg Fest in Centennial Square.  Favorite vegan businesses and animal advocacy organizations from across North America, tons of delicious vegan food to eat, prizes, speakers, bands and more! Hosted by the Vancouver Island Vegan Association. 


Mon 24, 6:30pm Movie Monday. The Nature of Inspiration with Victoria-based cinematographer Ian Toews and clips from his nature and documentary work: Grasslands, Bugs On The Menu, etc. See why his work is a cut above. Q&A with the artist! EMP theatre 1900 Fort - By donation - details 

Wed 26, 4:30pm-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.Facebook 

Sat 29, 9:45am-1pm Remove English Ivy from Brighton Walkway in Oak Bay with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Sign up here: 

Sat 29-Sun 30 Wild Herbs, Movement & the Matrix. Spend a nourishing and informative weekend on Pender Island with a Master Herbalist. Enjoy a relaxing weekend away while meandering through the woods learning about the extracellular matrix and connecting with the healing herbs. $175. Facebook 

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 

More Local Events: 

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 

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), 

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

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

Guy Dauncey, FRSA

Author, Speaker, Futurist
Yellow Point, Ladysmith, BC, Canada


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