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VIRC MembersThe Vancouver Island Retriever Club is primarily a Field Trial Club. We hold informal (picnic trials) usually once a month - normally scheduled for the 2nd Sunday in each month. We also host a couple of more formal CKC sponsored trials, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

We have a small library of Retriever training books and DVDs for use of club members. There is also a monthly bulletin giving information on club activities, and our website -

We do not have any formal training sessions but with a little luck people can be met at the monthly trials with whom a new member can get together to do some training. Our membership is drawn from the southern part of Vancouver Island from Nanaimo south. Our trials are usually held in the Saanich Peninsula area (near Victoria) or the Duncan-Chemainus vicinity.

Another retriever club in the area is the Pacific Rim Hunting Retrieve Club . It holds Hunt Test events. Information about them is available at It is sometimes a more suitable club for those whose main interest in developing a hunting retriever and just getting their dog out in less competitive events. It seems to be centred a little more in the Duncan and lower mid-Island areas. Many of our members belong to and compete in both clubs. Whatever you decide I am sure you will enjoy working with your retriever.

Bob HarmanIt is often better to discuss your needs, wishes and expectations in person and I would welcome doing this if you phone me, Hope Roberts, in Victoria at 250-216-6359.

If you should decide to join the VIRC our membership dues are $25 per calender year. A cheque for this sum together with your name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address can be sent to VIRC c/o Hope Roberts, 5152 Rocky Point Road, Victoria, BC V9C 4G7.

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