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Fairfield in Victoria in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast (North America)

St. Ann's Academy

l'Académie St. Ann

St. Ann's Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, July 24, 2013
1. St. Ann's Academy Marker
Inscription.  For over a century, St. Ann's played an important role in the educational life of Western Canada. It served as the regional motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Ann, the major female Roman Catholic teaching and nursing order in British Columbia, which had opened its first school on the site in 1858. Inspired by convent designs in the Sisters' native Quebec, the Academy was built in three stages between 1871 and 1910. Among its notable features is the chapel, built as Victoria's first Roman Catholic church in 1858 and later attached to the rear of the convent. St. Ann's and its gardens are among Victoria's most venerable landmarks.

Pendant plus d'un siècle, l'académie St. Ann joua un rôle éducatif important dans l'Ouest du Canada. Elle servit de maison mère régionale des Sœurs de Sainte-Anne, principal ordre catholique d'enseignantes et d'infirmières de la Colombie-Britannique, qui avait ouvert sa première école ici, en 1858. Inspirée des couvents du Québec, région d'origine des Sœurs, l'académie fut construite en trois étapes entre 1871 et 1910. La chapelle, première église catholique de Victoria, fut bâtie en 1858 et attachée par
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la suite à l'arrière du couvent. L'académie et ses jardins comptent parmi les sites les plus vénérables de la ville.
Erected 1998 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationWomen. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 48° 25.16′ N, 123° 21.81′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital. It is in Fairfield. Marker can be reached from Humboldt Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria BC V8V, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Modeste Demers (a few steps from this marker); The Church of Our Lord (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sir James Douglas (about 240 meters away); The Children’s Graves (about 240 meters away); Cecilia Helmcken (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); St. Ann’s Schoolhouse (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Log Cabin to Victorian Parlour (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Also see . . .  St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site. (Submitted on January 30, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
St. Ann's Academy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, July 24, 2013
2. St. Ann's Academy
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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