The First Unitarian Church of Victoria is located in Saanich, a district that lies within the territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən (lay-kwung-gen) peoples represented by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and the W̱SÁNEĆ (weh-saanich) peoples represented by the Tsartlip (Sart-Lip), Pauquachin (Paw-Qua-Chin), Tsawout (Say-Out), Tseycum (Sigh-Come) and Malahat (Mal-a-hat) Nations. The First Peoples have been here since time immemorial and their history in this area is long and rich.
This semi-rural, five-acre property is located only 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and Victoria International airport, and is easily accessed from West Saanich Road which is a secondary highway. In addition to parking for over 100 vehicles there are nature scapes to nourish the senses: wooded trails, open lawn spaces, and a labyrinth.
As Canadian Unitarian Universalists we are a welcoming community, energized by the diversity of beliefs, identity, and experience that each person brings. Rental packages are available to individuals, groups and non-profit organizations that similarly cultivate awareness, healing, and learning:
- recurring weekday hourly rentals (eg: movement classes, presentations, meetings)
- single or multi-day rentals (eg: music concerts, conferences, family gatherings)
There are two well-appointed and wheel-chair accessible rental spaces to meet your needs: Felix and Evan Lion Hall, and The Sanctuary.
A versatile venue with stage lighting effects and pleasing acoustics for the spoken voice, choral/musical ensembles and group events. Featuring professional audio-visual equipment, podium, tables, upholstered chairs and full-service kitchen.
Capcity: 250 people
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Contracts are negotiated based on rental type/duration, custodial services and set-up/tear-down optional packages. Renters must provide an insurance certificate describing their operations and rental location, with First Unitarian Church of Victoria listed as an additional insured with the following extensions:
- commercial general liability $2,000,000 minimum limit
- products/completed operations
- non-owned automobile liability
- personal injury liability
- cross liability
- tenant legal liability included
- 30-day cancellation clause
If alcohol is served, a Special Occasion Licence is also required and must be posted for the duration of the rental.
Want to create your own ceremony or rite of passage? The First Unitarian Church of Victoria features Lay Chaplains that are trained to work with you to customize your special event. For enquiries, email the Lay Chaplains directly.