The House of Providence, also known as Providence Academy, is a former orphanage and school. It was built in 1873 by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart who, along with four other Montreal nuns, traveled to Vancouver to serve the social and religious needs of locals. She raised money for the construction of the House of Providence and 32 other charitable institutions by leading begging tours of local mining camps. The building has four stories, constructed in brick in a neo-Georgian style. It operated as a school until 1966.
Thank you for an awesome tour. You truly bring the Academy to life and Mother Joseph is presented as a real person. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. – Sharon H.
Walking Distance: Involves climbing stairs.
Those who are physically challenged may use a small elevator by prior request.