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Memorial/Funeral Services

St. Ann's ChapelSt. Ann’s Academy offers several options for those wishing to hold a funeral, memorial or celebration of life. The chapel is a traditional venue with Christian decorations while the auditorium, which also has stained glass windows, does not feature religious symbolism. Both venues are operated as interfaith venues. Ceremonies may be developed with or without the assistance of a funeral director or religious person. Should you wish to contact a funeral director, see below for a listing to assist you with you plans. Adjacent to the chapel is an Edwardian style parlour room, appropriate for smaller receptions. St. Ann’s Academy also has a program to receive memorial gifts or bequests. Please contact the office for more details.

St. Ann’s Academy Interpretive Centre includes the chapel, a parlour, a smaller room and the Novitiate Garden. The St. Ann’s Academy Chapel was deconsecrated in 1974 and reopened in 1997, blessed by the interfaith community of Victoria.

St. Ann's Auditorium

St. Ann’s Academy Auditorium has stained glass windows without religious symbols and accommodates slightly larger events.

Organizing the Service

You may choose to organize and lead the service yourself. If you will be using an official of your own faith, please contact them directly and ensure that they can perform the service you desire at this location. If you wish to consult with a spiritual person regarding your event, please see our List of Officiants. If you wish to consult with a local funeral director, you may wish to contact one of the companies on the listing of “Funeral Homes and Directors” (see below).

We provide:

  • In the Chapel - a microphone with portable speaker and a portable cd player if requested in advance. The chapel has an organ; however, arrangements for a musician must be made separately (see below for Musicians)
  • A staff person to assist with your access.
  • A lectern and small tables for use on the sanctuary / stage area.
  • In the auditorium — a sound system including microphone and cd player. You are also welcome to hire a musician for live music.

Before the day of the memorial

  • Please be sure to advise your guests that parking around our site is sometimes limited. Pay parking is available ($2 per hour/$7 per day). Free street parking (2 hour limit, Mon.-Sat.) is usually available on Blanshard and Humboldt Streets.
  • For those who cannot manage the chapel stairs, alternate access is available, but must be arranged in advance. Please ask for details.
  • If you are planning a reception, it is important to consult in advance with staff – see guidelines here.
  • If you need tables, or additional chairs, please let us know.

Arrival and Departure on site

  • Please carefully note your Access Time indicated on your rental form. We ask that you and your guests do not arrive before the time booked; a fee applies to early arrivals. Please advise anyone making deliveries for your service as well.
  • Limousines (two vehicles) may park on the straight drive to the front gate
  • It is helpful to have a friend to act as usher and help with seating guests.

As with your access time, please note the End Time of your rental. This is the time that all of your vehicles, guests, and service providers should be completely clear of the site, and all clean-up completed. Please carefully note your Access Time indicated on your rental form. We ask that you and your guests do not arrive before the time booked; a fee applied to early arrivals. Please advise anyone making deliveries for your service as well.

  • Limousines (two vehicles) may park on the straight drive to the front gate
  • It is helpful to have a friend to act as usher and help with seating guests.
  • As with your access time, please note the End Time of your rental. This is the time that all of your vehicles, guests, and service providers should be completely clear of the site, and all clean-up completed.

Flowers and Catering

  • All flower, and/or catering deliveries must arrive within the time booked.
  • Floral arrangements must use florist’s oasis and limited minimal water.
  • Please note we have no facilities for storage of floral arrangements, musical instruments or other equipment.
  • All floral arrangements and any boxes or trays must also be taken from the site before the end of the time booked. (We suggest you ask a friend to be in charge of this).

Funeral Homes and Directors

St. Ann’s Academy Chapel and Auditorium has facilities suitable for Funerals, Memorials and Celebrations of Life. If you wish to consult with a local funeral director, you may wish to contact one of the companies below.*

Name & Address Telephone Website and E-mail
Care Funeral Services 2676 Wilfert Rd., Victoria BC V9C 3V7 250-391-9696

carefuneral.com

bill@funeral-care.com

First Memorial Funeral Services 1155 Fort Street, Victoria BC V8V 3K9 250-384-5512 www.firstmemorialbc.com
First Memorial Funeral Services 4725 Falaise Drive Victoria BC V8Y 1B4 250-658-5244 www.firstmemorialbc.com
Funeral Service Association of BC 211 – 2187 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC 250-592-3213 www.bcfunerals.com
Haywards Thomson & Irving 4665 Falaise Drive Victoria BC V8Y 1B4 250-386-3505 info@sequoiagardens.com
McCall Bros Funeral Directors Ltd. 1400 Vancouver Street Victoria BC V8V 3W3 250-385-4465 www.mccallbros.com info@mccallbros.com
Royal Oak Burial Park & Crematorium 4673 Falaise Drive Victoria BC V8Y 1B4 250-658-5621

www.royaloakburialpark.com

info@robp.ca

Sands Funeral Chapels 1803 Quadra Street Victoria BC V8T 4B8 250-388-5155

www.sands-funeral.com

sandsvictoriafh@arbormemorial.com

Sequoia Gardens Memorial 4665 Falaise Drive Victoria BC V8Y 1B4 250-658-6202

www.sequoiagardens.com

info@sequoiagardens.com

Vancouver Island Memorial Society 1 – 1518 Pandora Ave. Victoria BC V8R 1A8 250-388-7170 memorial@ampsc.com

* You are not limited to the persons listed

You may also wish to consult the Consumer Tips line regarding hiring Funeral Directors as part of the Talking Super Pages at (250) 953-9000 #9814

Musicians

For a list of Musicians click here

Officiants

For a list of Officiants please click here.

Special Considerations for our Historic site

  • Furnishings in rooms and chapel are part of the historic setting and normally are not removed (this applies to altar settings as well). If you would like any thing moved, please discuss with staff as early as possible as there may be fees involved.
  • Absolutely no uncoated wire, tape of any kind, pins or tacks may be used on any surfaces.

Please let us know if you have any questions