Victoria Foundation Community Day celebrates Capital Region with free admissions

 VICTORIA, BC – The most recent issue of Victoria’s Vital Signs explored how feeling like an accepted, engaged part of a community instills a healthy sense of belonging in a person.

With this front of mind, the Victoria Foundation is pleased to be bringing back Victoria Foundation Community Day to Greater Victoria on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. This special day gives residents the opportunity to explore and celebrate their own community through free admission, parking and other perks for 40 attractions throughout the region.

“We know from Vital Signs just how important feeling a part of a community is to a person’s wellbeing and sense of belonging,” said CEO Sandra Richardson. “That’s why we’ve created this opportunity for people to really get out and explore their own region without any barriers. We want everyone to have the chance to see the sights, meet their neighbours, learn a thing or two, and, most of all, have fun.”

Expanding on last year’s extremely popular event, the 2017 edition features even more locations to visit, including everything from museums to galleries to gardens, parks, churches, non-profits, sport facilities and more, many of which are registered charities. Each will be opening their doors, offering experiences, activities and knowledge at no cost, all in celebration of Greater Victoria and its residents.

Participating attractions include the Robert Bateman Centre, Boulders Climbing Gym, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Abkhazi Gardens, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, British Columbia Aviation Museum, CARSA Peninsula Co-op Climbing Center and Outdoor Fields and many more.

Details, including a full list of participants and an interactive map of locations, can be found at Participants are also encouraged to share photos of their day via social media using #VFDay, to foster an even greater sense of community.

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Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and the sixth largest of nearly 200 nation-wide. The Victoria Foundation manages charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, income-earning funds. The proceeds from these funds are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date the Victoria Foundation has invested more than $176 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in B.C. and throughout Canada.

Media contact:

Kyle Wells, Communications Specialist

Victoria Foundation

P. 250.381.5532      E.