St. Ann's Academy

835 Humboldt Street V8W 1N8 Victoria (British Columbia) Map
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About St. Ann's Academy

St. Ann's Academy is an idyllic wedding venue in Victoria that features a beautiful historic chapel, spacious indoor locations, lovely grounds, and a private garden for your celebration. Host your outdoor ceremony in the secluded Novitiate Garden, a reception in Sisters’ Parlour, or capture a romantic moment on the staircase. St. Ann's Academy will create a one-of-kind experience that you and your guests will never forget.

Facilities and capacity

The exquisite St. Ann's Academy offers a variety of event spaces for your wedding ceremony and reception. Couples can host their celebration in any of the indoor and outdoor locations, which include the following:

  • The Chapel at St. Ann's: The historic chapel boasts stunning 23-karat gold leaf decorations that sparkle in the natural light of the space. The space can accommodate 125 guests and hosts ceremonies of all religious faiths and beliefs. Guests can use the Interpretive Centre area that includes the Foyer, Anterooms, and Novitiate Garden.
  • Novitiate Garden: The lavish greenery, large gazebo, and perennial flowerbeds create the perfect setting for a garden ceremony. It has the capacity to accommodate 150 to 200 guests, while the bench-lined gazebo can host an intimate ceremony of 50 guests. The space can be transformed into a dance floor.
  • Academy Green: Situated in front of the St. Ann’s Academy building and to the west of the main driveway, Academy Green can host a tented wedding. This large, open grassy area can accommodate an outdoor ceremony of 200 guests. The Orchard, located on the other side of the driveway, offers a rustic setting for your celebration.
  • Auditorium: The simplicity of this space will impress you and your guests. It includes art-glass windows, two aisles with fixed seating, and a stage accessed via a center staircase. It can host an indoor ceremony of 200 guests.

For an intimate cocktail or tea-style reception for 50 guests, the historic Sisters’ Parlour and adjacent Foyer are the perfect choice.

Services offered

St. Ann's Academy recommends three hours of booking for weddings to include time for setup and cleanup, photo sessions, and receiving lines/meet and greet. The venue provides a list of suggested vendors for photography, planners, musicians, and wedding resources. Couples have the flexibility to choose vendors from the provided list or bring their own. Rentals include the following:

  • 45-minute rehearsal
  • Use of the 1913 Casavant pipe organ in the Chapel
  • Signing table and decorative pen
  • Use of the Sisters’ Parlour and Priest’s Breakfast room as waiting areas for bridal parties
  • 40 wooden folding chairs for indoor or outdoor use
  • Six-foot folding buffet-style tables
  • A portable CD player
  • Use of catering kitchen

History

Victoria’s first Roman Catholic Cathedral was built in 1858. The Cathedral moved and added the school in 1886. The 1910 formal garden, located at the northwest corner of the property, contains rare trees and the remains of an exclusive fountain. In 1974, the Public Works Department of the BC government purchased the building from the Sisters of St. Ann and used it as office space. It remained closed for more than a decade until the Provincial Capital Commission partnered with the BC Buildings Corporation for renovations. It took two years and $16.2 million for the renovation of the 76,000-square-foot building. The majority of the building was converted into a modern office space.

Location

St. Ann's Academy is close to Saanich and Beacon Hill Park. It is approximately half an hour from Victoria International Airport.

  • Number of guests From 5 to 150
  • Type Government, historic, park/zoo
  • Style City, classic, garden, vintage
  • Event Services Outside vendors
  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season C$ 1,960.00

More information about St. Ann's Academy

  • What kind of settings are available?
    Covered outdoor
    Indoor
    Uncovered outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    C$ 1630
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    C$ 759
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    C$ 581

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2 Reviews for St. Ann's Academy

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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    Eleni Anthony · Married on 16/05/2015

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    Stunning grounds! Beautiful chapel! Great value! I highly recommend!

    Sent on 31/01/2015
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    Erin Wilkie · Married on 17/05/2009

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    The lovely people at St. Ann's Academy were very flexible and helpful. It is one of Victoria's most popular wedding ceremony sites for a reason - location is excellent, the grounds are lovely, and the private garden/chapel combination offers both indoor and outdoor space. They also give lots of information to help with planning music, etc.

    We actually decided to elope after doing much of our planning and St. Ann's Academy moved our ceremony booking from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon in order to increase the likelihood of another wedding party wanting the same time. When this happened (it took about a month), they returned our "non refundable" deposit with sincere best wishes for our wedding. They were excellent and I can't thank them enough!

    Sent on 02/06/2009

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