Welcome/Welcome Back Trip to Victoria

Date: Saturday, May 27

Time: 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Cost: $20/person

Add-on: $28/adult admission to the Butchart Gardens

Registration deadline: Monday, May 15



This event is open to all  SFU students including domestic, international, exchange and study abroad students.  

To ensure both new and returning students will have equal access to this event, tickets will be released through two phases. A specific number of tickets will be available for purchase during the following two phases:

Phase I: April 24 to May 4 (SOLD OUT)

Phase II: May 5 to May 15 (SOLD OUT)


Are you looking to connect with new and current international, exchange & study abroad students this Summer?

Join us on a fun-filled day trip to Victoria and explore the beautiful capital city of British Columbia which is also known as the "City of Gardens" on Saturday, May 27. 

  • 1.5-hour scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
  • 4 hours of free time to explore BC's capital, Victoria 
  • OR, a 1.5-hour visit at the world renowned Butchart Gardens, with 1.5 hours of free time in downtown Victoria
  • Making new friends and memories to last a lifetime!

Want to bring a family member? A limited number of tickets for family members of SFU students will be available. Please contact ISS at for more information.

How to Purchase Your Ticket:

Tickets are sold out for this event. Thank you for your interest! 

Important Event Details

The Butchart Gardens:

The add-on activity to the Butchart Gardens will be pending on reaching a minimum of 25 adult participants. If only 24 participants or fewer sign up for this option, the visit to the Butchart Gardens will not be offered and a refund will be issued.

Group adult admission rate is $28 per person. Regular admission rates are $15.96 per youth (7-13) and $2.10 per child (5-12). 5% tax has been included in the above rates. 

By visiting the Butchart Gardens for 1.5 hours, it will leave you with 1.5 hours of free time to spend at Victoria.

ALL attendees are expected to return on the bus to the SFU Burnaby campus as part of this event. 

Should you choose not to return to SFU Burnaby, you are asked to notify the Event Coordinator of such plans and you must make your own arrangements for safe return to SFU. SFU will not be held responsible for any loss or damage suffered by an attendee who chooses not to return to SFU with the group.   

Attendees who choose to participate in additional activities or excursions in Victoria do so at their own risk and agree to hold SFU harmless for any loss or damage suffered by an attendee.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Event Itinerary (subject to change):    


Add-on activity at the Butchart Gardens:

  • 2:00 pm: Arrive at the Butchart Gardens
  • 3:30 pm: Depart the Butchart Gardens
  • 4:00 pm: Arrive at downtown Victoria
  • 4:00 - 5:30 pm: 1.5 hours of free time to explore downtown Victoria


  • 5:45 pm: Depart Victoria
  • 7:00 pm: Board ferry at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
  • 8:30 pm: Arrive at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
  • 9:30 pm: Arrive at SFU Burnaby

The trip will end at SFU Burnaby; no drop-offs will be made en route to the Burnaby campus.

What to Bring:

  1. Your ticket
  2. Student ID
  3. Camera
  4. Appropriate clothing and footwear in the event of rain
  5. Money for lunch, a souvenir (or two), or optional activities of your choosing. Save money by bringing a packed lunch and light snacks!