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Student Activities

We offer opportunities to explore British Columbia and build long lasting friendships.

Scheduled Activities

Every school year, international students studying in Saanich participate in organized activities and excursions. While not required, SISP activities and excursions are encouraged to explore other parts of British Columbia and build long lasting friendships. Registration is completed at your school by your school based International Program Assistant or online when trips are provided by our partner, Discover Canada Tours.

New Student Orientation
(Aug. 29-30, 2024)

The SISP New Student JumpStart Orientation is a 2 day event. Students will be introduced to their schools and communities and participate in a variety of activities. Students will be involved in several events at their respective schools such as presentations, seminars, tours, games, and assessments. In addition, students will be taken outside of their schools to explore and experience the beautiful Greater Victoria area. Be sure to bring your study permit and lunch! You will receive the class schedule for semester 1 on day 2. 

Victoria Whale Watching
(Oct. 4, 2024 & Jun 6, 2025)

This year SISP will have 2 whale watching trips by the cooperation with Discovery Canada Tour in the two semesters. You will view and experience the Pacific ocean and the numerous species of birds and mammals that call it home during the 3-hour tour. Potential whale species to view are Orca and humpback. A marine mammal expert will share facts about the birds and mammals you see. The trip departs from Victoria's inner harbour. 

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Vancouver trip
(Nov 18-19, 2024)

Vancouver is a 90 minute ferry ride from Saanich. SISP takes students on an overnight trip to attend an NHL Hockey Game featuring the Vancouver Canucks. Students will also visit Capilano Suspension Bridge and the lively Shipyard District for a panoramic view of the downtown Vancouver skyline. While in the downtown Vancouver area, students also attend the FlyOver Canada IMAX experience. The trip concludes with a driving tour of Stanley Park and some shopping time in the Pacific Mall. 

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Christmas Dance
(November 28, 2024)

The Christmas Dance is a SISP annual traditional in the winter time. Santa Claus makes a guest appearance on the dance floor and at the photobooth! Enjoy a pizza dinner, lively dance floor and some fun games with your fellow international students from Claremont, Parkland and Stelly's. 

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Whistler Trip
(December 04-06, 2024)

Whistler, BC was the co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and is one of the largest ski/snowboarding resorts in North America. SISP students interested in skiing and snowboarding are welcome join this 3 day, 2 night trip. All levels of skiers/boarders are welcome with experienced Whistler/Blackcomb instructions providing instruction on the slopes. Students will also have time to explore restaurants and the numerous shops in Whistler village. Please find more wonderful SISP student activity videos from our Instagram

The Trip Includes:

  • Accommodation in Whistler
  • Ski/snowboarding equipment rentals if needed
  • Lift tickets
  • Two full day lessons with a certified Whistler Blackcomb instructor

Mt. Washington Trip
(February 13-14, 2025)

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located in the Comox Valley. This is a 1 night and 1 day ski trip including snow tubing and skiing/snowboarding. It is one of the most spectacular coastal alpine settings in North Ameria. Winter has finally arrived at Mount Washington with a huge amount of snowfall building a solid base for our upcoming trip.

Current SISP and semester 2 arriving SISP students are welcome to join the trip. Space is limited to 50 students. 


Yukon Aurora Trip
(February 19-21, 2025)

This is the inaugural trip to the Yukon for SISP to view the northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. An optional half day dog sledding tour will also be available with extra fees to SISP students on the trip. 

The Trip Includes:

Ferry transportation to/from Vancouver/ Round trip flights from Vancouver to Whitehorse/ Transportation in Vancouver and Whitehorse/ Whitehorse city tour/ Two nights accommodation/ Two breakfast, two lunches, and two gourmet dinners/ Winter clothing (boots, pants, parka, gloves and balaclava)/ Aurora Borealis viewing/ Guided snowshoeing and tobogganing

Rocky Mountain Trip
(April 07-10, 2025)

The Rocky Mountain Banff trip is an amazing trip for students taking you to the Interior, Kootenay and Rocky Mountain regions of British Columbia. The trip highlight is crossing into Alberta through the Rocky Mountains and visiting the tourist town of Banff, Alberta. On the way, students will have an opportunity to visit Lake Louise. If Lake Louise is still frozen, students will even get to walk on it. Skiing/snow tubing at Lake Louise and Ice walk at Johnston Canyon will be option activities with extra fees.

The Trip Includes:

Coach bus transportation / Experienced tour guide (2 per 50 students) / Three nights hotel accommodation - one night in Sicamous, two nights in Banff / Three breakfasts and 1 pizza dinner / Ticket to the Banff Gondola / Visit to Lake Louise / Ferry to and from Vancouver

Tofino Ocean Trip
(May 14-16, 2025)

Tofino, BC is a small town located approximately 4 hours northwest of Saanich in Pacific Rim National Park. Students attending this 3 day, 2 night trip, will view some of Canada's most beautiful beaches and pacific northwest scenery. The Pacific Rim National Park is a world renowned tourist destination. 

Students will be taken on a half day surfing lesson, and a half day bear watching trip with free time on huge sandy beaches and will stay in a awesome star hotel. They will also explore the town of Tofino for some shopping and meals. One pizza dinner and a Sandwich lunch is included in the trip. 

Year End Dance and BBQ
(May 29, 2025)

The school year wraps up with a SISP farewell dance and BBQ for students and staff. A professional DJ provides student requested music for the dance. BBQ dinner is provided by staff so come hungry and ready for some fun. The registration form for the farewell dance will be posted in your google classroom in May. 

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