Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Active Living

For healthy, strong growth and development, children need at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. It should be enough to make their heart beat faster, their breathing quicken, and their bodies heat up.

You can encourage your child to live actively.

  • Model active living in your own life.
  • Find physical activities your child likes. Some children are into organized sports like basketball and hockey, while others prefer less structured activities like hiking and swimming.
  • Increase your family’s active living. Take the kids and the dog for a walk. Walk to school or the grocery store, instead of driving or taking the bus.
  • Limit the amount of time your child is allowed to watch TV, play video games, or use the computer.
  • Go outside. The freedom of all that space inspires kids to move.

Active Living Programs for Families

Central Island Healthy Lifestyles Program

The Central Island Healthy Lifestyles Program - Shapedown BC helps children (6-17) and their families achieve  a healthy lifestyle. (available in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum)

City of Victoria L.I.F.E Program

The L.I.F.E. Program provides a combination of annual credit and program savings to eligible low-income individuals and families to use towards recreational programs and services in all City recreational facilities and ten of our jointly operated centres.

Bring your completed application form to the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre at 2275 Quadra Street, Victoria.

Please note: This is only available to City of Victoria citizens. Visit the City of Victoria website for more details, the application form and guidelines.