We are thrilled to announce Country Music’s rising star, Meghan Patrick, as our Headliner on Saturday, August 24, 2019!

Meghan Patrick is one of the most exciting country artists today.  In addition to her two-year reign as the CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for 8 CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums.  She recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist.  Meghan also recently made history by becoming the first solo female artist to take home the Fans’ Choice Award at the Country Music of Ontario Awards. With her debut album, Grace and Grit generating four Top 20 singles and a Top 10 hit with Still Loving You, Meghan Patrick released her sophomore album Country Music Made Me Do It in 2018 to great fanfare.  The first single from the album, also titled “Country Music Made Me Do It” reached the Top 5, while the most recent single “Wall Come Down” rocketed to the #1 spot on the country radio charts and “The Bad Guy” was a Top 15 hit.  In concert, she’s shared the stage with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, as well as performing a duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival.

For the latest on Meghan Patrick, go to meghanpatrickmusic.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

125 Years!

The VIEx is commemorating 125 years of fairs in Nanaimo. It is with gratitude we thank our creator of this years logo and present it all to you. We cant wait till this year with all the new changes, talent, team and of course welcoming your favorite areas.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 is the first scheduled meeting for our general membership since the Annual General Meeting. It will be held in the Little Red Barn beginning at 7:00pm. Come join us to hear what the Directors have been working on for our 125th annual event and share your ideas and comments.

Welcome back West Coast Amusements.

VIEx is pleased to announce exciting changes for our 125th anniversary. This year our dates will be the fourth weekend of August 23, 24, & 25th of 2019, and we welcome back West Coast Amusements. Following is a statement from West Coast Amusements about their plans with VIEx.

West Coast Amusements is excited to be back at the VIEx for our 125th anniversary. West Coast Amusements will provide a first class midway to all our guests! Robbie (and wife Tarah) Hauser are third generation of the Hauser family (West Coast Amusements) providing family fun to events across Western Canada!

Keep an eye out for the debut of their brand new Frenzy ride, a spectacular GIANT swinging pendulum ride allowing riders the thrilling experience defying gravity with G force motion! The Frenzy rides 12 passengers with an exciting, uplifting experience where every seat hits the sweet spot! The Frenzy swings riders to a height of 60 feet with an incredible 3 G’s of acceleration as they swing 220 degree’s from side to side. Riders sit back to back, 6 across and experience both an upswing and a downward plummet of the ride with each thrilling arc of motion!

And for those not quite as daring, come down and ride the new Gondola wheel. A modern take on the ferris wheel with gondola bucket seating! Don’t forget your camera, the view from the top is impressive!

In addition to the Frenzy and the Gondola wheel, you’ll find your classic favorites! See ya’ll at the fair August 23,24,25 2019!

“We are thrilled to be back with the VIEx. We’re looking forward to our partnership with Nanaimo and bringing fun to all our fair-goers. See you in August!”

Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting held on January 8, 2019.

Your new Directorship for 2019 is:

President- Lynn Haley
Vice-President- Karen Streeter
Treasurer- Stephen Kass 
Secretary- Margaret Joyce

Supported by:

Contessa Abbott
Don Boyd
Jim Brown
Deb Cosman
Luke Hayward
Sherri McEwen
Tia Sandnes-Rickerby
Shirley Welcher

and our Office Administrator Melissa Rivard

On behalf the Directors and members of the Vancouver Island Exhibition, I  would like to thank the public for their support during our recent loss… Click to read more.

Volunteer Open House Saturday August 11, 2018 between 9 AM to 1 PM @ the main office. Donuts and coffee provided. Come meet our Volunteer Director and sign up if you can help. Great way to meet and pick the shifts and area you want.

Get in Touch

Volunteer Director

Lynn Haley



Welcome to VIEx 2018

Thank you for your time and dedication to the Fair! Please remember – you are part of a TEAM. Working together in a helpful, respectful and friendly manner will help create positive memories for you, fellow volunteers, performers, patrons and guests alike.


In the next couple of weeks the VIEx Prize Book, currently available online, will also be available at a number of locations on Vancouver Island. 

Bored and looking for something to do this summer? VIEx is Looking for volunteers!

Kids and Youth Zone Volunteer Orientation August 3, 2018 6pm @ the Little Red Barn