Victoria Health Co-operative

Victoria Health Co-operative is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit co-op working to enhance the health and wellness of its Member-Owners and the wider community. Victoria Community Health Co-op is located in the Cook Street Village Activity Centre.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, the co-op currently offers virtual No-Touch Wellbeing Sessions on a variety of health related topics. Recent topics included: the influence of stress, emotions and nutrition on our immune system; gentle an exercise regime; youth and trauma; understanding blood pressure; nutrition. More topics to come!

Two very experienced RNs have recently joined the team and will be available by phone to provide individual and/or Zoom help. Limited in-person services, following COVID protocols, will be available when this is absolutely necessary. These services will be provided under the BC Medical Services Plan (your Care Card) with no charge to the client.  There will be a special Meet the Registered Nurses event TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021 – 7 – 8pm  at  Join this Zoom session to meet them and learn more about the services available.

Contact Victoria Health Co-operative:

Be Part of North Park’s Future

If you live, work, shop, play, study, worship, or just like to hang out in North Park, now’s your chance to have your say about not just the present, but also the future of our great neighbourhood!

May 10, 2021 — The conversation continues!

The City of Victoria is starting to engage neighbourhoods to see what they think of several proposed neighbourhood boundary changes across the City. The proposed change that would impact North Park is to move the current North Park/Fernwood Boundary from Cook Street to Chambers Street. 

A survey will be launched by the City engagement on May 10. To answer any questions you may have before completing the survey you are invited to participate in a neighbourhood meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:00pm. This conversation will be focused on the proposal to move the boundaries between North Park and Fernwood (from Cook to Chambers), as well as the boundary between Oaklands and Fernwood (from Haultain to Bay).

This event is being organized by the Fernwood Community Association. Staff from the City of Victoria, as well as representatives from the North Park, Fernwood, Oaklands, and Downtown Neighbourhood Associations will be in attendance. Everyone is welcome!

Phone in: 778-907-2071
Meeting ID: 933 350 5704

The City of Victoria is working with North Park Neighbourhood Association, Fernwood Community Association and Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Association to update the Local Area Plan (LAP). We need your input so that the revised plan will truly reflect needs and desires of the people who love this area.

LAPs are part of creating sustainable, vibrant communities. While the Official Community Plan (OCP) provides broad guidance for development and growth, a LAP guides where new housing will go, where new businesses should open, and what services and amenities are needed. Developers can refer to it for guidance on new plans, and the City will use it to evaluate proposals and set priorities for projects.

Early engagement between the City of Victoria and community stakeholders provided input and ideas for how the neighbourhood should look and feel and how public spaces can be improved. Results of this October 2020 survey are available at Community Values Survey. These results will be used to draft design guidelines and policies for the LAP. A more recent community survey was introduced with the purpose of gaining understanding of how those who live, work, and spend time in North Park want the neighbourhood to be shaped over the next 5, 10 or 20 years. Its results will help the NPNA advocate for what’s important to our residents, make budget and resource decisions, and guide land use decisions as new developments are proposed for the neighbourhood. You can learn about evolving ideas based on the early results and can voice your opinion of these ideas in a survey at (on the site you will be guided to register and create a password to participate). There is comprehensive information, in a variety of formats, that you can see at this site. Both the information and survey are based on the ideas and opinions from the early phase of engagement.

Second Round of Public Engagement: Spring 2021

It’s not too late for you to contribute your own thoughts. We need to hear from all of you who care about North Park!

Sign up for Vic Alert

We’re all aware of the kinds of emergencies that can come our way in Victoria and elsewhere in British Columbia.

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria’s free emergency notification service that informs you by text, phone and email of major emergencies or disasters that may impact you in Victoria. Vic-Alert is powered by Alertable, which is highly rated, made in Canada, and free for the public. It provides many  options to receive notifications including text, email, phone, mobile app, social media, home smart speaker, and more. You can personalize notifications by type and severity, and you can choose notifications for more than one location such as home and office. 

Unless you have subscribed to Vic-Alert since the transition to Alertable as of January 11, 2021, you are NOT an existing subscriber and will need to sign up again as a new subscriber.

For more information and to subscribe to Vic-Alert, visit:

On the same page there also are links to useful information about what to do in an emergency.

Victoria’s system, Vic-Alert, is different from the Provincial ‘Alert Ready’ system. Alert Ready is used only for Amber Alerts and tsunami warnings.

Provincial notifications are automatically sent to compatible smart phones and news/radio and do not require subscription. The City’s Vic-Alert system is used for a wider variety of hazards and includes geographically specific information which will only be sent to those subscribed to Vic-Alert. 

Don’t be unprepared — get as much information as you can!

Fresh Food Markets Hosted by Churches & Living Edge

“A few years ago LIVING EDGE recognized the growing need among working families, single parents, the elderly, students and others for free, fresh groceries in the suburbs of Victoria. Together with various churches in the city, a partnership was developed where LIVING EDGE supply the food, expertise and training, while churches support with volunteers, location and other logistical requirements. It’s been an amazing partnership with churches across the city as many people benefit from free, fresh produce weekly in an increasingly more difficult economy.”

Central Baptist Church is hosting one of these markets at  833 Pandora Ave. (at Quadra St.), right at the edge of the North Park neighbourhood. This market is on Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

And within North Park, First Baptist Church is the host for another market at 877 North Park St. on Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

When you come to the market, please bring your own bags.

Victoria’s History Comes Alive

 New Online Archives Search

The stories that form the collective history of BC’s Capital City are now more accessible through a new City of Victoria Archives Online Search, a searchable database containing over 10,000 digitized archival photos and records.

For the past 50 years, the City of Victoria Archives has been the caretaker of these unique records, carefully stewarding the stories of Victoria’s past. Now through the Archives Online Search these stories are even easier to find and access.

The Archives Online Search uses AtoM, an open source, standards-based application. AtoM is an acronym for Access to Memory. AtoM is used by many other Canadian archives and international institutions, including BC Archives, The World Bank, NATO and UNESCO.

The City of Victoria Archives continues the legacy left by Ainslie Helmcken, who became the City’s first archivist in 1967. The Archives continues this stewardship of the City’s historical records and enabling open access to this material.

North Park Village beautification- Phase 2

You’ve probably already seen the great orange and teal mural at the northeast corner of Cook and North Park Streets. It was created for the North Park Village by a group of artists under the leadership of Luke Ramsey, Victoria’s artist-in-residence.

Now we are excited by the news that grant funding has been approved for the next phase of this beautification project, which is a joint undertaking of the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Fernwood Community Association. Phase Two will extend the orange “story line” to two more corners of this intersection at the heart of our village – specifically to the north wall of Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, and the front windows of Cook Street Castle Building Centre

Huge thanks to Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, TriEagle Developments, Cook Street Castle Building Centre and Garside Signs & Displays for their participation in this project. And of course the City of Victoria’s Great Neighbourhood Grant Program.

Also, keep your eyes open for new banners at the Pandora and Caledonia Avenue ends of the village.

Help Make Our Health System Better!

“Patients have a right to actively participate in all aspects of their health care, from treatment decisions to policies.” 

Join one of Island Health’s Quality Councils responsible to set and meet high standards of care! Patient partners are invited to use their experiences of care and community knowledge to provide feedback at council meetings. Including patients on councils is one of the ways Island Health ensures that decisions and priorities reflect the needs and goals of patients, families and communities served.

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North Park Goes Live at CFUV!


As part of its Spoken Word programming,CFUV 101.9 FM, the radio station at UVic, has produced the Story Map, described as a collaborative documentary project made by members of the Victoria community.

North Park Neighbourhood Association is excited that our neighbourhood has been included in the Story Map, which went live in April!  

Go to and you’ll see a map of Victoria with location points marked on it. Each point is associated with a story about that place. Click on “List” and you’ll see a menu of the stories. The stories cover a wide range of subjects – what it’s like to live in the various Victoria neighbourhoods, gardening, music, poetry, sports, science, LGBTQ culture, and more. Stories located in North Park are from two residents (one long-time and one newer) and from the Inter Cultural Association (# 6, 14 and 24).

Check them out – then go back for more great stories from other Victoria locations!