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Tue 1, 1-4pm Beach cleanup at Clover Point with the Greater Victoria Green Team! Sign-up here:

Wed 2, 8-11pm NDP Post-Party Debate with NDP Leadership candidate Niki Ashton, Argule Attic - 777 Courtenay St. 

Thur 3, 7pm Victoria NDP Leadership Campaign Rally with Niki Ashton. Victoria Event Centre, at 1415 Broad Street,. 


Mon 7-Fri 18 Creative Eco-Art Kids Camp. with Canadian artist sculpture renowned Luc Bihan and his wife Dr. Yuri Murakami as they lead children/families towards creating a sustainable artful life of wellness. Choose 1 day, 1 week, or all 2 weeks. Registration  250-743-3067 

Tue 8, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great beer and wine, great company! 

Tue 8, 6pm Artivism: Imagination on the Front Lines, with Dr. Briony Penn, 2017 Bateman Lecturer. Briony Penn is a naturalist, writer, illustrator, artist, map-maker, educator, broadcaster, and tireless and passionate advocate for and protector of the natural world in her native British Columbia. Centre for Dialogue, Royal Roads University 

Tue 8, 7pm The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon: reinventing power, purpose and capitalism. Business as Usual is on the brink, wedged between catastrophic climate change and a tidal wave of Millennials, pounding the table for real change. These forces are transforming capitalism into a clean money revolution. Explore how you can ride the $40 trillion tidal wave to create and invest in Ethical, Sustainable Businesses. Tickets $5. ArtSpring, 100 Jackson St, Ganges, Salt Spring. 

Wed 9, 4-8pm 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 9, 6:30pm Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Lantern making). 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings. Join in the global call for the abolition of nuclear weapons with the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and special guest Rudi Hoensen, survivor of the Nagasaki bomb. Lantern making (supplies provided); Hiroshima/Nagasaki Art Exhibition; the Getting Higher Choir; Japanese cultural performance. Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network. Esquimalt Gorge Park, 1070 Tillicum Rd. 

Thur 10, 10am-12pm Beach cleanup at Gonzales Beach with the Greater Victoria Green Team! Sign-up here: 

Fri 11, 10am – 3 pm Mt. Matheson Lake Broom Bash, BBQ, and Swim. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust in removing Scotch Broom, followed by a potluck BBQ, then a swim at this gorgeous protected lake. Address and details upon RSVP to (in East Sooke). 

Sun 13, 10am Bike ride to explore Bowker Creek from outfall to headwaters. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition Easy, 20-kilometers. Bring a lunch. Starts and ends in Windsor Park in Oak Bay. Bicycles must be in good working condition, helmets required. By donation. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition 


Tue 15 Conservation Connection Forum Early Bird Ticket Sales begin (Thur Oct 12th at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific). 100 conservation organizations, First Nations, municipalities and students band together to collaborate on nature preservation in this conference followed by benefit banquet with Habitat Acquisition Trust. Reserve a ticket through or 250-995-2428 

Sun 20, 11am-3pm Art in the Alley for The Land Trust Alliance of BC, in Dragon Alley in Victoria's historic Chinatown. Local artists and musicians, delicious food, an art auction an interactive mural and displays!  All funds raised will go LTABC's land trust endeavours.   

Sun 20, 2:30-5pm Wild Foods and Sustainable Foraging with Richard Kuenels, at Wildwood, Cedar, BC. An opportunity to learn about the wild edible plants in the area and their uses. 


Tue 22 10am-1pm Amphibian Road Crossing Upgrades. Habitat Acquisition Trust seeks 4-6 volunteers to assist with finalizing newly installed Amphibian underpasses on Prospect Lake Rd. Contact: to help out. 

Thur 24, 5:30-10:30pm Miiko End of Summer Bash! Come celebrate the change in skin seasons with the Miiko team! Stock up on your products, meet the team, enjoy tasty drinks and food, and DANCE!  203-734 Aldebury Street, Victoria, BC. 

Thur 24 7:30– 9pm Evening Bat Exploration at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join CRD Parks and Habitat Acquisition Trust to learn about and see bats. Meeting at grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter at the Filter Beds parking lot off Beaver Lake Road. Contact: or 250-478-3344

Sat 26, 8am Birding with Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park.  Meet at Cattle Pt. at 8:00am with binoculars. Suitable for ages 9 and older. 

Sat 26, 10am-2pm August Organic Plant Sale, Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. A wide selection of plants for fall and winter growing including kale, broccoli, cabbages, collards, arugula, cold hardy lettuces, herbs like cilantro and parsley, and many others. Local organic farmers include Saanich Organics, Ravensong, Metchosin Farm, and Shooting Starts. Live music! Free. 250 386 9676 Alexis 


Thur 31, 7-11pm Food Eco-District Annual FED Summer Party. Jazz music, food tastings by fabulous restaurants and drinks. Fort Common Courtyard (Fort and Blanshard) Facebook Event Page for more details. Purchase Tickets  $35 includes food tastings and a drink Food Eco-District 

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 

More Local Events (and hikes): 

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 

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, 4-6:30 Free Family Cooking Classes, Duncan. Please join our facebook page to stay up-to-date on the cooking class schedule. Pre-registration required - call Jennifer Cowichan Green Community 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



Guy Dauncey, FRSA
Author, Speaker, Futurist
Yellow Point, Ladysmith, BC, Canada


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