Study Tours


Study tours give you a chance to see first-hand a variety of local resilience and sustainability projects in action. The tours are designed as half day excursions that allow delegates to explore Victoria and the surrounding area via walking, cycling, and transit (and more!), visiting community-based and municipally managed projects. These “travelling workshops” provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about best practices, ask questions, and get to know what community resilience looks like in Victoria. The study tours/workshops listed below will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 and will begin at 9:00 AM. All tours will depart from the Forum venue, the Victoria Conference Centre.


Workshop: Victoria Idea Camp

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PMnetwork-4221623_960_720

Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

Description: An opportunity for municipalities to connect, share, and ask questions around smart cities, which achieve meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. The conversation will explore the connection between smart cities approaches and how digitization and information technology can provide opportunities to achieve broader resilience goals.

Note: Workshop runs until 2:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Click here for the workshop agenda.


Exploring Urban Food Systems

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Departing from Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BCagriculture-basket-beets-533360

Description: Learn about the innovative ways Victoria is cultivating community while increasing the amount of food grown in the city. Join us on a tour exploring community gardening and commercial urban agriculture! Visit a community commons garden, a youth learning garden, a community orchard, an allotment garden and boulevard gardens. We will also visit a small-scale commercial urban food producer, growing and selling food crops right here in the City.

Note: The tour includes a 2 km walk (round trip), rain or shine, come prepared. Snacks will be provided.


Community Building, Equity, and Wellbeing: A multi-modal tour in Victoria

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Departing from Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC after introductory presentationBikelane on Pandora Ave_Darren Stone

Description: Victoria is a city on the move. In order to accommodate new growth and support objectives on climate action, health, economic development and community resiliency, the City of Victoria is transforming the built environment to increase mode share for cycling, walking and public transit. This free tour will showcase examples of transportation infrastructure and how it contributes to safety, access and equity by increasing mobility options for residents and visitors. On the journey, participants will have a chance to visit different sites to learn about City programs, investments, partnerships and projects that improve the well-being of residents, encourage social connections, demonstrate community building and celebrate the important history and culture in the Capital City.

Note: This tour will be a true multi-modal experience. Participants should expect moderate physical activity and be prepared for an all-weather tour. Bicycles and helmets will be provided for the cycling portion of the tour. A bagged lunch will be provided.


People, Place & Community Passion: Building Connectedness through

Placemaking Across Victoria

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Departing from Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BCVictoria,_BC_-_Market_Square_04_(20473563926)

Description: Like other cities across Canada, Victoria is alive with activities and projects that aim to improve community connectedness and shape our public spaces for the common good. This interactive bicycle tour will visit some Victoria’s most creative placemaking sites, experience different neighbourhoods, and hear from local champions about initiatives that are all about connecting people to the places they live. From traffic calming and “pocket places,” to public art and emergency preparedness, come on a journey to be inspired by projects and processes that foster healthier, happier and more resilient communities.

Co-hosted by: Greater Victoria Placemaking NetworkCity of Victoria’s Neighbourhoods Team, and SHIFT Collaborative’s Building Resilient Neighbourhoods initiative.

Note: This tour is by bicycle. Participants should expect moderate physical activity and be prepared for an all-weather tour. Bicycles and helmets will be provided.


Wednesday, Oct. 30th activities (above) are included with your registration for the Livable Cities Forum, but are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can choose a Study Tour or Workshop when you register for the Forum. If you have already registered, we will reach out to you for your study tour/workshop selection.

Email summer.goulden@iclei.org for more information about study tours.