Cosmic Odyssey

Cosmic Odyssey with CBC Science Journalist Bob McDonald and acclaimed Canadian organist Jenny Vincent

Cosmic Odyssey: adventures in space through universes beyond our own, with informative and entertaining narratives from Bob McDonald, ( ) CBC’s science guru, topped off with Canada’s Jenny Vincent ( ) providing the music on the majestic organ.

Punched with outstanding visuals on large screens, this show is not to be missed. The first performance sold out in Vancouver Island’s Oceanside area in October 2017 and received ecstatic praise from concert-goers.

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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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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

What You Need to Know About Moving to Victoria

If you’re a professional or a business owner who’s thinking of moving to Victoria, or have recently moved to this beautiful city, this talk is perfect for you.

If you’re a professional or a business owner who’s thinking of moving to Victoria, or have recently moved to this beautiful city, this talk is perfect for you. You’ll find Victoria is unlike any other city you’ve ever lived in. Sue moved here over 25 years ago and it was her best move ever, however she was surprised to discover how many people move to Victoria and don’t always have such a positive experience.

Sue has now dedicated a key area of her coaching practice to helping professionals and business owners who want to move to Victoria, determine if this move is right for them and if it is, help them enjoy a smooth and successful transition. Sue also helps newcomers to Victoria who want to take full advantage of all the city has to offer and would like the support of a professional life & career transitions coach who knows the city and how it works. Sue helps people through info sessions like this one, workshops and one-on-one coaching.

In 90 minutes, Sue will share valuable information including a profile of Victoria residents, the climate, the job market, the full range of outdoor and indoor activities, the interesting makeup of local government and perhaps most valuable of all, her inside scoop on what it takes to fully embrace living in Victoria. There’ll be time for Q&A, networking with other participants and some surprise special offers too.

While some information will be provided that will be relevant for families, this event is in a small group setting and is specifically designed for adults. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate, reserve your FREE seat immediately to avoid disappointment and get the inside scoop on living in Victoria from a local expert.

Here’s what recent participants liked the most: “A lot of valuable information” “The structured approach and the way the information was delivered” “Well organized” “Friendly atmosphere” “Good use of my time

Royal OnStage presents National Geographic Live

Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves.   

Brian Skerry, Photographer

Ocean Wild: The Light Beneath the Seas

Dolphin Photo: Brian Skerry

Dive deep into the world’s oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers. Watch as Brian Skerry’s images illuminate the vast, hidden world beneath the waves.

Brian has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater using his camera to tell the story of some of the ocean’s most elusive inhabitants. His mission: to enlighten and inspire people to care about the beauty, bounty, and health of the world’s oceans.

Join him live on stage for an intimate look at dolphins’ intelligence, hangout with the enigmatic manatee, and explore the ocean in search of the first photos of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the wild.

*Ticket prices are subject to change.

*Tickets starting at $42.50

9th Annual Intuitive Arts Festival

This 2 day festival brings together psychics, energy healers, alternative medicine practitioners and spiritual seeker from all across Vancouver Island.

9th Annual Intuitive Arts FestivalThe DaVinci Centre

The Intuitive Arts Festival brings together psychics, energy healers, alternative medicine practitioners and spiritual seekers from all across Vancouver Island and beyond. Over 44 exhibitors will be sharing their knowledge, wisdom and wares.

Included in your admission are back to back workshops, speakers and lectures happening throughout the weekend to inspire your spiritual journey. Heal the past and step into your true potential. Psychic Readings, Mediumship, Animal Communication, Energy Healing, Massage, Shiatsu, Qi Gong, Accupressure, Tarot, Palmistry, Tea Leaf Reading, Runes, Iridology, Quantum Touch, Reiki, NLP, Hypnosis, Time Based Therapies, Past Lives, Jewellery, Art, Clairvoyant Readings, Crystal Singing Bowls, Shamanism, Life Coaching, Alternative Medicine, Bodytalk, Rock\’n\’Gem, Spiritual Gifts and much more . . .

Journey inward to connect to your true self with a weekend full of mystical and experiential delights.
LEARN tools and tips about energetic healing practices to enrich your daily lives that used in Holistic Health, Alternative Medicine and Metaphysics.
SPEAK with professional psychics, mediums, counselors and personal coaches to find answers and guidance for your life\’s journey.
CONNECT with like-minded individuals and groups in the community that have a passion for spirituality, healing and that beyond our fives senses.
EXPLORE workshops, lectures, classes and seminars that are all included your admission.
EXPERIENCE a healing massage or energy healing session by local professionals.
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TeenFest ***Postponed til Spring 2018***

This one day FREE exhibition, for youth ages 12 to 18 years, and their families, will give teens in the Victoria area the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers, their communities and community leaders

***This event has been postponed til Spring 2018***

EThis one day FREE exhibition, for youth ages 12 to 18 years, and their families, will give teens in the Victoria area the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers, their communities and community leaders.

By creating opportunities for interaction, activities, workshops and performances for this age group, TeenFest will engage and connect our youth, their families and the businesses and organizations that support them.

Event highlights include: •A chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card •Teen Talent Contest •Skateboarding •Climbing Wall •Performance by Teen Musicians, Singers and Bands •Interactive Sports and Gaming activities •60+ booths to see, learn, shop and sample •4 different areas to explore – Life & Education, Cool Stuff, Fashion & Beauty and Health & Wellness •Dance performers on the main stage •Special Guests and SO MUCH MORE!


Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

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

Family Sundays at AGGV

We are excited to partner with the Sierra Club of BC and World Fisheries Trust for the first Family Sunday of the season! Who knows? You might leave the Gallery an environmental activist!

Family Sundays
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Oct 15 2-4pm | Environmental Adventures | Inspired by Water Work Space Exhibition

We are excited to partner with the Sierra Club of BC  and World Fisheries Trust for the first Family Sunday of the season! Who knows? You might leave the Gallery an environmental activist!

Enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas connected to current exhibitions and programming! Join us for cool activities for all ages which take place throughout the Gallery, including the gardens in warmer months. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians – every third Sunday of the month (Oct – June from 2 – 4pm)!

Program is included with admission *OR* purchase a family membership for only $75 and receive unlimited Gallery admission, Family Sundays and discounts!