As pages in the calendar flip, many students are settling in for another semester. VIU’s gymnasium fills with resolution-motivated students, looking to sweat off the stress. For those looking for a more interesting way to beat the holiday bulge, VIU’s campus rec has just the ticket.

This January, you could find yourself snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or rock climbing. Usually planned for the weekend, these incredible activities won’t interrupt your studies. If January 13 doesn’t work for you, a rock climbing shuttle is offered weekly until March–it looks like your Tuesday nights just got vertical.

Outdoor recreation seems to be something that Vancouver Islanders do well, and due to the colder weather this month, events like “How to Build a Snow Shelter” and “Avalanche Awareness 101” (both held on Mt. Washington) are healthy choices to raise your heart-rate and your knowledge of Canadian winter safety.

Spring will arrive, and with it, many more Campus Rec activities. Seriously: a hike to Ammonite Falls (see awesome photo above), three river rafting trips and surfing in Tofino, just to name a few. However, if breaking a sweat breaks your sweat-wearing student vibe, maybe the Canucks Road Trip to Rogers Arena on February 1 is your chance to catch a game.

Don’t wait for the warm summer months to “get active” or “get outside,” VIU boasts. They warn that no matter BC’s weather forecast, events will run, rain or shine.

They also provide Health & Wellness programs throughout the semester, including the weight room workshop series, from January 13 – February 19, to help students at VIU’s gym.

The gym offers student rates on their fitness programs, making it much cheaper to join a class, if you want to try something new. The classes are scheduled to make it easy for students to join, like the Sunrise Cycle, to get a fresh start before your 8:30 classes. Late afternoon Kickboxing and Yoga classes begin in January and continue until March, leaving the rainy weather or snow activities to the adventurous types.

You can register for Campus Rec easily online. Fees range from free (yay) to around $75. For the full list of spring activities, visit the Campus Rec page on the VIU website.