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St. Ann's Academy, Victoria

St. Ann's Academy, Victoria

St. Ann’s Academy was commissioned by the Roman Catholic women’s order of the Sisters of St. Ann of Lachine, Quebec. The chapel was built in 1858 and is the oldest part of the Academy. The chapel was the original St. Andrew's Cathedral. The chapel was later moved from its original location, encased in brick, and became the ’heart’ of the newly built school of St. Ann’s Academy (1871). In 1886 a Convent was added to the west side of the Academy and behind the Academy (1909). St. Ann’s Academy was an all-girls Catholic school and convent.

The Sisters of St. Ann closed the Academy and in 1974 sold the property to the provincial Department of Public Works (now the BC Buildings Corporation), which used it as office space for the public service for a few years, but it was in need of major repairs and had to be closed.

In the end, with the help of the Provincial Capital Commission, most of the building was gutted and rebuilt, basement to attic, and leased to the province as office space for the Ministry of Advanced Education, a use consistent with the Sisters' aims. The building was re-opened in 1997.

Opening hours:

Winter hours: September - Mid-May: Thursday – Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm;

Summer hours: Mid-May - Labour Day: Monday – Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: St. Ann's Academy
Sight Location: Victoria, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Victoria, British Columbia

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles