(Photo by Doug Clement Photography)

Perhaps a few days early – nonetheless – a white Christmas has arrived!

As many islanders woke up this morning to fresh snow coverings of at least 25 cm, the notifications of closures across the island soon followed. 

With roads covered in snow and BC Transit services suspended, people are being asked to avoid travelling today.

Related: BC Transit suspends all service in Greater Victoria due to heavy snowfall

As primary to grade 12 students enjoy their Christmas break, playing in the snow with their friends, the following six universities and colleges across Vancouver Island have announced shutdowns: 

Royal Roads University

Today, all campus roads and buildings operated by Royal Road University will remain closed.

University of Victoria 

The University of Victoria is closed today, with in person exams now cancelled for the entire day. 

Up to date information on the status of campus and cancelled exams can be found here.

Camosun College 

All classes and services offered at Camosun will be cancelled for the day 

As a transit heavy school, the university is encouraging students and employees to stay safe, keep warm and take care if they have to travel.

Sprott Shaw Community College 

Many Sprott Shaw campuses across BC have shut down, including the Victoria campus.

With an additional 10 cm of snow forecasted tonight, road conditions throughout the region remain unsafe, if you plan on driving today, Environment Canada warns those commuting to stay up to date of the condition of their route.

North Island College 

At the North Island College Port Alberni, Campbell River, and Comox Valley campuses are closed. With the exception of Mixalakwila campus, which remains open.

You can find further updates regarding campus closures and openings here.

Vancouver Island University 

Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River campuses are closed for the day including the Parksville Centre. 

Today’s exams are being rescheduled and an alternate schedule will be posted shortly. 


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