MIWG Monthly Meetings


The Mid-Island Woodworkers’ Guild (MIWG) puts a priority on the health and safety of our members and the community at large. Recommendations from Public Health Authorities directed toward many community activities caused the MIWG Executive to cancel all in-person Guild meetings since the spring of 2020. As a result, regular monthly Guild meetings and presentations were held “virtually” using Zoom. Shop tours were filmed with the videos being posted to our YouTube account. Activities such as wood sales continued to be held in-person, while respecting the Public Health Authority guidelines. 

In the spring of 2022, COVID restrictions were lifted in BC, thus allowing the Guild to resume meeting in-person again. Our April 13, 2022 meeting was our first in-person meeting in 2 years and we were all very excited at being able to see each other face-to-face again!

MIWG members meet on the second Wednesday of each month (except for July and August) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the VIU Trades Discovery Centre, which is located in Building 108 on the Vancouver Island University (VIU) campus in Nanaimo (451 Wakesiah Avenue). Doors open at 6:30 pm if you want to come early and help with setting up the meeting.

Guests are always welcome at our monthly Guild meetings. If you’re thinking of joining the Guild or would like more information, come to a meeting and introduce yourself and enjoy the evening!

We will also be running simultaneous Zoom meetings with the presentations being recorded and available for viewing offline on our YouTube account. This will allow people who are unable to attend the meeting in-person to still “attend” and/or view the presentations at a later time.

VIU Trades Discovery Centre

451 Wakesiah Ave, Nanaimo BC

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Parking Options

VIU has two parking lots located a short distance away from our meeting room in the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108):

  • VIU Parking Lot U, which is located right in front of the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108). There are 21 parking spots directly in front of Building 108, and more to the right in front of Building 110. Enter this parking lot from entrance W1 or W2 on Wakesiah Avenue.
  • VIU Parking Lot A, which is located at the NW corner of Fifth St and Wakesiah Ave and just south of the VIU Trades Discovery Centre (Building 108). Enter this parking lot from either entrance 5A on Fifth Street or from entrance W1 on Wakesiah Avenue.

The parking lots at VIU are all pay-parking, and they are independantly managed and monitored by Indigo Parking. The parking arrangement we have worked out with Indigo Parking is that they will provide us with a code that Guild members can input at the parking kiosk along with their licence plate number.  This parking code allows Guild members to pay a flat-rate fee of $2.00 for parking for the evening. The parking code doesn’t change from month to month, it stays the same.  Guild members can use any of the parking spots in parking lot A or parking lot U as they are all monitored by the same company.

Hint – Consider car-pooling when attending the MIWG monthly meetings as it’s more fun to drive with someone and it also will reduce costs!

There is a parking kiosk at the north end of Parking Lot A, just a short distance from the front doors of the VIU Trade Discovery Centre.

Note – Indigo Parking also has an app called “Park Indigo” that you can install on iPhone or Android phones that makes it easy to pay without having to go to the parking kiosks. To use this app, you just have to download the App from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, and then configure your license plate number, a credit card number (or use Apple Pay) and the discount parking code.

Nearby Parking Lots

For more detail, please refer to the Parking Information Map on the VIU website.

Photo Gallery

The following photo gallery shows the VIU Trades Discovery Centre and the meeting room where we will be holding our monthly meetings starting April 13, 2022.

Meetings will be held on the following days in 2022: