Activities

Following a spring/summer of total formal program suspension due to the pandemic, we are happy to state that we are now offering many of our regular activities, just adapted and conducted differently so that we ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with BC Health guidelines.  As a member, you will be able to check the calendar to see what is happening, read about the precautions and protocols that are in place and, if interested, join in!  Choose from a hike, a walk, a book club, a historical tour or many of our outdoor social gatherings.   

In addition to our more than 20 regular activities, NCGV membership also offers: 

  • Access to our membership roster, offering opportunities for our 150+ members to maintain contact with each other or strike up new friendships.
  • Our regular Buddy Up email newsletter where members can suggest COVID-appropriate opportunities to forge new connections: e.g., a virtual luncheon or neighbourhood coffee group, a physically distanced beach walk, virtual Scrabble. 
  • You can check our Blog Page on the website for snippets and pictures of past events.
We are also planning monthly get-togethers. We used to have face-to-face luncheons with interesting speakers. Now, due to COVID-19, we have plans for a variety of creative meetups so that we can still be able to stimulate the wonderful interactions and spirited conversations amongst our fellow Newcomers. Watch the calendar!

New to Greater Victoria? Meet other women interested in learning about their new surroundings, meeting those with similar interests, and engaging in a wide range of activities! Browse our activities and events listed below to see how you might start your Victoria adventure.

Members sign up for Activity Group(s) of their choice each year (on joining and/or throughout the year). Members can add or drop an activity within their profile or by contacting the Activities Coordinator. 

Activities generally take place monthly from September to June. Many Activity Groups take a break during July and August, and resume in September. Members can check the events calendar for specific details for groups continuing during the summer months.

Members, please note that activities will require an RSVP. Please RSVP when asked!

If you’re thinking about joining NCGV and have questions about our Activity Groups, contact us by clicking here.

REGULAR CLUB ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS AND GUEST SPEAKERS: The in-person Luncheons need to remain a fond memory for now due to COVID-19. We do, however, have plans for a variety of creative (virtual) meetups so that we can still stimulate the wonderful interactions and spirited conversations amongst our fellow Newcomers. Watch the calendar!

We look forward to resuming, one day soon, our traditional monthly format - speakers selected by our Program Committee who provide members with informative presentations on unique features of life in Greater Victoria. Members receive a monthly invitations, and the calendar provides a link. These are usually held the 3rd Thursday of every month from September to June, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING We hold our annual meeting in conjunction with the May luncheon, at which time we elect our new executive and introduce new activity convenors.

NEWSLETTER Keep on top of what’s happening with our Newsletter, published 10 times a year. Stories and submissions always welcome.

CULTURAL ACTIVITY GROUPS:

Some of our regular Activity Groups have been temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection.

ART IN THE GALLERY Explore the many galleries and art opportunities in the Greater Victoria area. Coffee/tea and enlightened conversation follow at a nearby venue. The 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

BOOK CLUBS Book Club groups meet monthly to discuss their book selections (any genre), usually in members’ homes.  Meetings include lively discussions and, of course, light refreshments!  The groups this year are The Novel Bunch and Happy Bookers.  Book clubs groups meet on Tuesday afternoons.

HERITAGE CLUB Learn about historical sites in Greater Victoria. The group is normally led by a guide and entry fees may apply. Refreshments often follow at a nearby coffee or tea house. A great way to learn about Victoria! The 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

READERS’ CHOICE BOOK CLUB A different kind of book club where the host (or another member) selects a theme and each member talks briefly about her choice of book, which relates to the theme.   Because of COVID-19 protocols, we will, for the immediate future, meet outdoors or hold ZOOM meetings and members will bring their own refreshments.  We will still provide great conversation.  The 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.   

DINING ACTIVITY GROUPS:

COOK WITH A CHEF  A fun adventure for those looking to learn from a professional chef. Watch a well-known Victoria chef, Dan Hayes, from the London Chef Cooking School, who will demonstrate his skills in an interactive kitchen setting and then we will share the meal that we prepared during the class. The focus is on learning new cooking techniques while preparing different dishes from countries around the globe. These classes are worthwhile for everyone from the novice to the seasoned cook. The classes take place the 1st Thursday of the month from 12:00–1:45 p.m., except for the January class, which will take place on Friday, January 10th from 12:00–1:45 p.m.

DINING OUT (singles, partners and guests welcome) Enjoy different small-group restaurant experiences around Victoria with different dining companions each month.  The last Wednesday or Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection.

POTLUCK DINNERS Enjoy home-cooked dinners in small groups of members (partners and guests welcome) at homes throughout the city. Participants are expected to host two dinners a year and to bring a dish to each dinner.  Hosts prepare a small contribution to the dinner (e.g., appetizers) not the main dish.  The 2nd Saturday of the month.  Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection

PUB NIGHT Outings are a mix of local brewpubs and traditional British-style pubs located around Victoria. Open to all members, including their spouses, partners and friends. The group will meet in a private area of the pub whenever possible. The 3rd Sunday of the month; check the Calendar for time. Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection. 

WOMEN’S RESTAURANT GROUP Enjoy lively conversation as you discover some great restaurants around Victoria. The 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GROUPS:

BIKING Have fun, get some exercise with friends and explore some of the many bike routes in the greater Victoria area. We bike 20 to 25 km every Wednesday morning from various locations 9:00 (Summer) 9:30 (Spring & Fall). 2 to 3 hours and always includes a stop for coffee.

BRISK WALKERS If you enjoy energetic walking, then join us for 1.5 hrs (7 to 10 km) every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. year round, rain or shine. As we walk, we enjoy sights and chats along the way in different Greater Victoria locations, often in Victoria’s beautiful urban parks. Terrain can be varied and may include hills, dirt paths with exposed roots, sand or rocky beaches, as well as paved sidewalks. We finish with coffee at a local shop. Good walking shoes are a must, and some walkers use hiking poles or walking sticks.

THE BUTCHART GARDENS WALKING GROUP Spend an hour taking in the seasonal changes of these beautiful world-class gardens at a moderately paced stroll.  Our walk ends with a visit to the Butchart Gardens Coffee Shop allowing time to socialize with other members of the group.  If you plan to participate regularly, purchase an annual pass for the cost of just two visits and be entitled to unlimited visits for a year. The Butchart Gardens Walking Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Seed and Gift Store.   In December we walk in the early evening to enjoy the gardens all decked out for Christmas, followed by dinner.  There are no walks in January and February.

GOLF Join us for 9 holes of golf at a variety of local courses, followed by coffee or lunch. Although some course experience is an advantage, all are welcome! This activity runs year-round usually on Monday morning, but depending on the course availability, we may play in the afternoon too.

MODERATE WALKERS Join us for an hour’s walk at a moderate pace⏤best for less-energetic walkers who still enjoy the outdoor exercise! Explore a gentle trail or an interesting neighbourhood, followed by refreshments and chat. Every Friday at 9:30 a.m.

SUNDAY HIKING Hike with your spouse/ partner, or just come on your own for a Sunday morning hike somewhere in the Greater Victoria region.  Until further notice, hikers are asked to bring a snack or bag lunch rather than having lunch at a pub or restaurant after the hike.  The pace is moderate with stops (and hills) to take in the view and explore. Trails and footing can be challenging. Participants are asked to lead a hike at some point through the year. Hikes are typically 1½ to 2 hours. No dogs, please, due to allergies. The 2nd Sunday of each month at 10.00 a.m.

WOMEN’S HIKING Good exercise and great scenery on hikes of 2 to 3 hours on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 9:30 am.  Hikes take place within driving distance of Victoria, and encourage a greater level of exertion than the walking groups. Our goal is to enjoy the great outdoors and introduce newcomers to parks and trails throughout Greater Victoria. Occasionally hikes may repeat throughout the year. We pack a snack or lunch depending on the length of hikes.  Only in the case of very bad weather will we cancel the hike.  Limit will be 12 registered participants, divided into two groups of six.   No dogs please.

OTHER INTEREST GROUPS:

AFTERNOON BRIDGE Join us Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 and enjoy playing bridge.  We have different levels of bridge players and welcome those with basic bridge skills to more experienced bridge players.  We will rotate homes for those who are able to host. Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection.  Members are encouraged to gather a group of four and try Bridge Base Online in the interim. 

BIRDING Victoria is a birder’s dream. We join with SWANS (one of the Newcomers alumnae groups) on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 a.m. to explore the many popular birding sites in the surrounding area. Bring your binoculars (and favourite birding book if you have one) and we'll try to identify those little brown birds!

BuddyUP: Looking for buddies to do things with outside NCGV Activity Groups? BuddyUP is an email-based matchmaker where the sky’s the limit. BuddyUP members email the convenor with their requests (interested in taking kayaking lessons … attending concerts … regular walks in my neighbourhood … coffee group … ). BuddyUP members receive those requests twice a month via our BuddyUPDATE email newsletter, and can respond to those that interest them. Members must consent to sharing their email address. It’s fun, it’s fab, and it works!

COFFEE CONNECT: Newcomers from Royal Oak, Cordova Bay and Broadmead areas meet at a local cafe in the neighbourhood. This offers the opportunity for both new and established newcomers to meet other newcomers in the area in which they live. Often it serves as a wealth of information as to what services are to be found in their new communities. The group welcomes anyone from other areas  in the city who might want to attend as well.  The 4th Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m

GARDEN GROUP Explore Greater Victoria gardens and parks with us! These fun outings are about 1½ hours followed by chat time and refreshments at a nearby coffee shop. The 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:30pm.

ISLAND  DISCOVERY  GROUP Discover myriad west coast wonders while exploring destinations on Vancouver Island or one of the nearby Gulf Islands on outings organized a few times a year.

MOVIE GOERS View current movies at one of Victoria’s local theaters, followed by a casual dinner and light discussion. Depending on the movie options, the group may decide to attend the same movie or different movies showing at similar times. The 1st Tuesday of each month, usually between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.  Temporarily suspended until we are able to ensure an environment that provides proper COVID-19 protection.

STITCH n’ CHAT  Members meet one afternoon a month to work on our projects while enjoying light refreshments and lively chats on a variety of topics. We aren't just knitters⏤our projects include crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch, appliqués and more. You may also learn some new techniques!  Bring your own project and join us for a chance to spend some quality time on your own work while meeting other crafters in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The 1st Thursday of every month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS

From time to time, we organize events of special interest to members. Members can participate in the Victoria Day Parade, and our June luncheon and meeting celebrates the accomplishments of the past year and wishes graduating members continuing success and enjoyment, perhaps as a member of SWANS or GRADS (alumnae groups). Check the Newsletter for other special events.

CHECK THE CALENDAR

For our members⏤check the Calendar regularly. That’s where you’ll find updates about times and locations for Activity Groups. All it takes is logging in and clicking on Calendar!

Our Purpose

We offer women of all ages who are newcomers to the Greater Victoria area an opportunity to become acquainted with others through activities of mutual interest in an atmosphere of friendliness and goodwill, and to supply useful information about the local community to club members.

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