The park around St. Ann’s is open evenings for people to wander around and enjoy a romantic time. Or should that be a supernatural encounter? Tales are told from around the neighborhood about seeing nuns on the grounds during the very early mornings, but this academy has not been used as a habitat for decades.
The reasons for the haunting that happens here are uncertain. They could merely be echoes of the past than a sentient haunting. When considering that the nuns led a generally quiet life, the reasons may be more than about them. Various rooms were considered to be very eerie late at night, especially when the building was in disrepair in the late 80’s. After it was renovated, the stories still came flooding in.
Perhaps part of the reason is due to the fact the original cemetery was on those grounds. A white hawthorn tree marks the spot. Nine sisters were buried there, and after 1889, the burial grounds were moved to the front of the building. It was used until 1908.
Also, presumably, the ghost of Victoria’s famous artist and writer, Emily Carr, is said to wander the grounds too. This free-floating spirit is said to haunt several venues, including her own home on 207 Government and The James Bay Inn.
“Voices from the Past,” a yearly program conducted by the staff of St. Ann’s Academy will take place at the chapel grounds. This event will be a guided tour that will explore the life and times of the people who worked and lived in St. Ann’s. A few spooky anecdotes may be recounted too. To make reservations, please call 250.953.8828.