Canada Day at Fort Rodd Hill

Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Come celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement.

Canada Day’s biggest birthday cake is always served at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Come celebrate Canada’s special day and join the excitement. Be a kid again, dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day, and take part in all the fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the HUGE cake. Special note: Admission and a piece of cake is FREE

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at The Royal BC Museum

Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us.

With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.



Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs May 18 – December 31, 2018 BUY TICKETS



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Social Media Camp – 2018

oin us in Victoria, British Columbia on May 2nd – 3rd, 2018 for the 9th annual Social Media Camp!
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Join us in Victoria, British Columbia on May 2nd – 3rd, 2018 for the 9th annual Social Media Camp!

Visit our website for more information about this event.

April Events at the Royal BC Museum

April Events at Royal BC MuseumVICTORIA, BC–The Royal BC Museum is getting into the April Fool’s spirit with some light-hearted programs and cheeky changes to the exhibitions. 

April Events at The Royal BC Museum: From Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 8 take part in the Royal BC Museum’s April Fool’s scavenger hunt. Pick up a handout, featuring important clues, at the Box Office and see if you can spot the subtle tricks our exhibits staff have played in the museum galleries. Use #museumfool to share your experience on social media.

Did you know that Killdeers sometimes pretend to have a broken wing to distract predators? And the Viceroy butterfly mimics the toxic Monarch to avoid being eaten? Find out more ways nature deceives us at Wonder Sunday: April Fool’s, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 1. For the rest of the month (April 8, 15, 22 and 29) Wonder Sunday will focus on archaeology and thelocal finds. Included with museum admission or membership.

April’s Live at Lunch is a sneak peak of our Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs exhibition. The Head of Exhibitions and Head of Learning will explain how the Royal BC Museum is preparing for the North American debut of this special exhibition. Get insider knowledge on how an exhibition of this magnitude is put together. Attendance is by donation.

Museum Happy Hour is back! Grab your friends and pop in after work for drinks, snacks and themed activities in one of the museum galleries. The series starts on Thursday, April 12 with Fooling Around with History, a game of true or false with our history collections in the Becoming BC gallery. Natural history more your thing? Come to Fooling Around with Nature on Thursday, April 26and see how you score on the true or false game in our Natural History gallery. This event runs from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10.

The Royal BC Museum is proud to bring you a screening of the Witness Blanket Documentary, in collaboration with MediaNet and the IndigeVision Film Festival. This film follows the creation of a blanket from materials related to residential schools. Carey Newman, the artist who made the Witness Blanket, will introduce the film and answer questions at the end. The free screening is onSaturday, April 15 at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited.

Celebrate International Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Royal BC Museum with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Victoria Centre. Look through a solar telescope, participate in hands-on activities and listen to presentations. Events will take place outdoors on the Upper Plaza (weather permitting) and in Clifford Carl Hall and the Newcombe Conference Hall. Included with museum admission or membership.

Celebrate the Netherlands Centennial Carillon’s 50th anniversary on Saturday, April 28 with a live performance by Provincial Carillonneur Rosemary Laing. The recital will take place from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm and features newly commissioned music for this special occasion. The event is free and will take place at the Carillon in front of the Royal BC Museum.

Immerse yourself in spring at the Fieldtripper: Wildflower Walk up Mill Hill with Curator of Botany Dr. Ken Marr. Learn about the many rare plants Mill Hill is home to. This event is on Sunday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and is suitable for ages 10 and up. Be prepared for steep terrain. Meet at Mill Hill Regional Park main parking lot on Atkins Avenue in Langford. This program is by donation (suggested amount is $5).

Learn everything you need to know to be able to conduct research at the BC Archives at the Introduction to the BC Archives workshop on Sunday, April 29 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Aimed at beginner researchers, participants will learn how to navigate the catalogue and genealogy database, access the variety of records managed, interpret finding aids, fill in call slips, use microfilm and handle original materials in a variety of formats. Participants will be given a resource kit to take home with them. Tickets are $20 per person.

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at


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MATT DILLAHUNTY Magic & Skepticism

Matt Dillahunty - The Warrior For ReasonMATT DILLAHUNTY Magic & Skepticism.  Matt Dillahunty embarks on his first world tour! Magic & Skepticism will be the key focus of his lectures, which will include a lengthy Q&A and lobby hangout after each event.

Matt has recently shared the stage with world renown authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Lawrence Krauss. He is currently finishing his first book, which is highly anticipated from the religious & non-religious community. Don’t miss this tour, as the events will not be filmed and released!

Magic & Skepticism
McPherson Playhouse
A​pril 1, 2018 | 8​:00​ PM
Tickets are $32.50*

About: Matt Dilllahunty

Matt Dillahunty is an American public speaker and Internet personality. He was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006 to 2013. Matt has hosted the Austin-based webcast and cable-access television show The Atheist Experience since 2005 and formerly hosted the live internet radio show Non-Prophets Radio. He is also the founder and contributor of the  counter  apologetics  encyclopedia Iron Chariots and its subsidiary sites.

He is regularly engaged in formal debates and travels the world speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance‘s Speakers Bureau. Alongside fellow activists Seth Andrews and Aron Ra, he traveled to Australia in March 2015 as a member of the Unholy Trinity Tour. In April 2015 he was an invited speaker at the Merseyside Skeptics Society QEDCon in the United Kingdom.

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The role of the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation

Ideafest presents- Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation.

Ideafest presents- Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation.

Free- registration required

March straight into spring with the Royal BC Museum

Royal BC MuseumVICTORIA, BC–This March, venture outdoors for mammoth walks and outdoor photography. Learn more about ecosystems around you with programs on native and invasive species and the plants of Northern BC. Get an insider’s look at research taking place at the Royal BC Museum, which is helping us better understand the nature and history of this province.

Enjoy the fresh spring air at Island View Beach on our Fieldtrippers: Mammoth Walk on Saturday, March 3. From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm join curator of archaeology Grant Keddie for a look at a local place where mammoth remains and other Ice Age discoveries have been made. Boots or old shoes are a must. Inaccessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Ages five and up. Approximately a two kilometre walk. Bring water and snacks. By donation.

The theme of our weekly family event for the month of March is Wonder Sunday: Animals of Nature. Join us from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (March 4, 11, 18, 25) to learn which animals are native to Vancouver Island and which came from somewhere else. Discover what you can do to protect the environment from the unintended consequences of introducing an invasive species.

Unearth mysteries in plant distribution, see rare plants, find out what a pseudoflower is and discover the power of DNA markers at curator of botany Dr. Ken Marr’s Live at Lunch talk on New Plant Discoveries from the Northern BC Alpine. Admission to this event is by donation. It takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Wednesday, March 7 from noon to 1:00 pm.

 In addition to our world-class exhibitions, publications and programs did you also know that we also produce original research? We invite you to drop in on Research Day for a single presentation, a session or the full day. Learn about the fascinating studies taking place across our organization in 2018 and the new knowledge that our collections have generated.

Research Day takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; session one, Biodiversity Past to Present, is from 10:15 am to 11:45 am; session two, BC Journeys: Cultural and Economic Perspectives in BC History, from1:00 pm to 2:00 pm; and session three, Indigenous Heritage and Reconciliation, is from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Can’t make it in person? Tune into our Facebook page where we will be live streaming each session.

Are you an animal lover? Come to Stories at Helmcken House, our monthly storytelling series, to hear folktales, myths, legends and personal stories of animals of nature. This event is on Saturday, March 17 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Looking for the perfect spring break activity for your aspiring shutterbugs? Sign them up for Spring Break Camp at the Royal BC Museum where they can develop their skills in this photography-themed week. Spring Break Camps run March 19 to March 23, 2018 and March 26 to March 30, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (before and after camp care is available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm). Spring Break Camp is $280 per person; 10 per cent discount for members.

 Don’t worry: kids don’t get all the fun. We’ve also got a Photo Camp for Adults so you can unleash your inner wildlife photographer. Learn from Shane Lighter, Royal BC Museum staff photographer and Sam Rose Phillips, professional wildlife photographer. This day-long workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced intermediates. You will spend time in the classroom and in the field, so dress appropriately and bring your camera. The workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $45 per person; 10 per cent discount for members. Please note that lunch is not included.

For more information about any of these events, visit our online calendar at

Crimes of the Heart comes to the Phoenix Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

UVic Phoenix Theatre
February 15 – 24, 2018
8:00 PM Cost: $15-$26

Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart: Through teasing and laughter, the Magrath sisters relive sweet memories and confront past resentments at their Grandaddy’s house, after the youngest sister Babe is arrested for shooting her abusive husband. Each sister must come to terms with the consequences of their own crimes of the heart. Humorous and heartfelt, this Pulitzer prize-winning black comedy, written by Beth Henley, beautifully captures the incredible power of family.

Crimes of the Heart Runs February 15 – 24 2018 Note: Free pre-show lecture on Friday February 16 at 7pm.

Tickets: $15-$26

UVic Phoenix Theatre
3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada

Phoenix Theatre productions serve an integral part of the academic requirements of students enrolled the Department of Theatre’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

When you attend the Phoenix Theatre you experience some of this city’s most exciting and eclectic theatre – while participating in the education of our students. Our students learn by doing! They are involved in every aspect of these productions – from acting on stage, to the design, creation and management of sets, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

Discover the difference that the youth, talent and energy of our students can make and get a preview of Canada’s next generation of theatre artists!

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Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society Donates $5K to Young Musicians


LAKETOWN RANCH BENEVOLENT SOCIETYCOWICHAN VALLEY, BC: The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society will be presenting a $5,000 cheque to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation (CVPAF) for 10 scholarships to young, local musicians. CVPAF executive board members, Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society representatives and a few of the scholarship recipients will be meeting at Adage Studio on Tuesday, November 28th at 2:45pm. Members of the media are encouraged to come for interviews and photos.

For Laketown Ranch and Wideglide Entertainment – the event production company that created Sunfest Country Music Festival and Laketown Rock Music Festival – supporting young musicians in the Cowichan Valley is hugely important.

“Giving back to our community has always been a part of our mandate and a measure for the success of our events. Last year we created the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society in order to continue this giving in a more official capacity”, said Greg Adams, owner of Laketown Ranch and President of Wideglide Entertainment.

The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society chose to donate to the CVPAF because of their unyielding support of Cowichan Valley youth in the performing arts and their families.

“First and foremost, we want to support the families in our community. We hope these scholarships will not only help these kids pursue their musical passions, but also give their parents a break from bearing the financial weight of music lessons”, said Adams.  

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