Pearson College UWC is located along the forested shores of the Pacific Ocean at sheltered Pedder Bay, on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Our beautiful campus is 29 km southwest of Victoria, the provincial capital. We are proud to acknowledge that we live and learn on the unceded territory of the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation.

Directions to Campus

Directions from Swartz Bay ferry terminal

Total Travel Time: approximately 1 hour

  • Drive off ferry ramp straight onto Hwy 17 S
  • Travel south on Hwy 17 S for approximately 15 to 20 minutes
  • Take Exit 11 toward Royal Oak Drive
  • Merge right onto Island Hwy 1 (signs say “to Nanaimo”)
  • Take Exit 10 toward View Royal, Colwood
  • Take a slight right onto Island Highway S, which changes to Old Island Hwy
  • Continue on Old Island Hwy, which changes to Sooke Rd
  • Continue on Sooke Rd, passing Royal Roads University on left
  • Turn left at Metchosin Rd, the second light after the Dairy Queen on left
  • Drive along Metchosin Rd for 11.7 km (approximately 20 minutes) to Pearson College Drive, eventually passing MyChosen Café on right, Weirs Beach and RV park on left
  • Turn right at Pearson College Dr
  • Continue on Pearson College Dr for 1.6 km
  • Follow signs to Visitor Parking
  • Follow walkway opposite entry to parking to the Administration Building


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Directions from Victoria International Airport

Total Travel Time: approximately 1 hour

  • Head  south on Conora Rd towards Ocean Ave W
  • At roundabout, take second exit onto the Pat Bay Highway/BC 17 S
  • Merge onto Hwy 17 S
  • Take Exit 11 toward Royal Oak Drive
  • Merge right onto Island Hwy 1 (signs say “to Nanaimo”)
  • Take Exit 10 toward View Royal, Colwood
  • Take a slight right onto Island Highway S, which changes to Old Island Hwy
  • Continue on Old Island Hwy, which changes to Sooke Rd
  • Continue on Sooke Rd, passing Royal Roads University on left
  • Turn left at Metchosin Rd, the second light after the Dairy Queen on left
  • Drive along Metchosin Rd for 11.7 km (approximately 20 minutes) to Pearson College Drive, eventually passing MyChosen Café on right, Weirs Beach and RV park on left
  • Turn right at Pearson College Dr
  • Continue on Pearson College Dr for 1.6 km
  • Follow signs to Visitor Parking
  • Follow walkway opposite entry to parking to the Administration Building


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Directions from Victoria

Total Travel Time: approximately 45 minutes

  • Follow Douglas Street (Hwy 1) north toward Colwood, Nanaimo
  • Take Exit 10 toward View Royal, Colwood
  • Take a slight right onto Island Highway S, which changes to Old Island Hwy
  • Continue on Old Island Hwy, which changes to Sooke Rd
  • Continue on Sooke Rd, passing Royal Roads University on left
  • Turn left at Metchosin Rd, the second light after the Dairy Queen on left
  • Drive along Metchosin Rd for 11.7 km (approximately 20 minutes) to Pearson College Drive, eventually passing MyChosen Café on right, Weirs Beach and RV park on left
  • Turn right at Pearson College Dr
  • Continue on Pearson College Dr for 1.6 km
  • Follow signs to Visitor Parking
  • Follow walkway opposite entry to parking to the Administration Building


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Thinking about popping in for a visit? We’d love to see you, but as this is an active campus, we ask that you abide by some general guidelines. Call 250.391.2411 with any questions, or email visit@pearsoncollege.ca.

Before You Visit

Campus Visitors

Visitors are most welcome but to avoid disrupting classes and other activities, we advise that students who left in the previous year, friends and siblings of current students are allowed to stay overnight only on Fridays or Saturdays, subject to the availability of rooms in the Max Bell Hall. We do not encourage parents to stay on campus unless in exceptional circumstances. Visiting parents are asked to find off-campus accommodation. Contact admin@pearsoncollege.ca for a list of recommended accommodations.

Permission to visit or stay overnight must be obtained in advance from the Dean of Students. During the first two months of the school year, when first and second year students are getting to know each other, and during the examination period stretching from the second half of April (when more intense preparations begin) to the end of term, we generally ask that students do not invite guests to the College, or host them.

Upon Arrival

  • Check in at the Administration building reception desk to update your contact information and to pay your room and board fee.
  • Please make sure you are aware of College rules, some of which may have changed since you were a student. Staff can advise you about changes on campus since you left.
  • Join students, faculty and staff for meals in the cafeteria if you visit during academic terms. Meal tickets can be purchased from the receptionist in the Administration building.
  • Note that that there is no smoking permitted anywhere on campus.
  • Remember that people live on campus year-round; please respect their privacy and be sure not to enter the houses unless accompanied by a house resident.