At Queen Margaret’s School we focus on each student and their strengths to inspire, guide and empower them. We accomplish this through the delivery of an innovative curriculum and providing a variety of opportunities in athletics, equestrian, academics, service and the fine arts.

Our tradition of providing an outstanding education to girls and boys stretches back to 1921. We create accomplished lifelong learners who make a positive impact on the world.

We encourage you to explore all that we have to offer your child.

Queen Margaret’s School offers a university preparatory education to 330 students in our co-ed Early Children Education Program (ECE), Junior School (K through Grade 6, Grade 7 & 8 single gender) and all girls Senior School (9-12, boarding and day).

Our picturesque 27-acre campus on Vancouver Island offers Canada’s only fully-integrated on-campus English Equestrian Program, an intensive ELL program and a welcoming global boarding residence.


Contact: Rebecca McKay
Phone: 250-746-4185
Toll Free: 
Fax: 250-746-4187
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $200
International Application Fee: $200


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Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: no

Campus Life

The QMS boarding residence is a multi-cultural, welcoming environment where your daughter becomes part of a larger family. Our boarders enjoy a wide variety of activities in the evenings and on weekends. Activities include: music lessons, dance, cardio & fitness, movie nights, swimming, shopping trips, hockey games, skiing, school dances and cultural celebrations throughout the school year.

Opportunities are also provided to explore some of the most notable cities in Canada and the United States through chaperoned long weekend and spring break excursions.

Dorm Life

Department Director: Celina Mason
Average Students Per Dorm: 50
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
Dress Code:  Uniform

Student Life

At QMS, we acknowledge that a student's personal development and growth can be enriched in many ways. This includes making a commitment and contribution to the wider school community. As a result, students enroll in at least one sport and a second sport or club a year.

Students display respect for others and sportsmanship in all activities. We expect each student to take advantage of the many opportunities offered at Queen Margaret's School and to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Dorm Amenities
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Vending Machines
  • Wireless Internet
  • Equestrian Centre & Tennis Court
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court(s)
Clubs & Organizations
  • Dissection Club Equestrian Council
  • Asian Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Publications
  • Sailing Club
  • Science Bowl
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Surfing
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts & Athletics

Queen Margaret's School provides exemplary curricular and co-curricular athletic and club programs that provide students with the opportunity for physical as well as academic development. Mandatory physical education for all students combined with an integrated Outdoor Education program, develop physical fitness and skills while enhancing sportsmanship and strengthening student self esteem. Our world class equestrian program offers riders of all skill levels a unique opportunity to experience and enhance their sportspersonship and stable management skills and knowledge.

Our comprehensive Fine Arts program provides students with curricular and co-curricular opportunities for artistic development in visual and performing arts. Our goal is to enhance self-confidence, creative expression, aesthetics and communication skills via theatrical productions, musical recitals and competitions, and art exhibitions.

Arts Department Director: Angela Anderson
Athletics Department Director: Kirstin Bains

Interscholastic Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outdoor Education
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

Summer Programs

Queen Margaret's School offers academic English 10 & 11 during the summer months. Successful completion of the academic English 10 & 11 courses allows students to transition from ELL, prepare for or upgrade their English provincial exam. The QMS Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre also offers various Equestrian based summer programs from a first time young rider to an advanced senior school rider and one of Canada's only Vet Camps. All Equestrian camps are managed by Ms. Jessie Fraser, Equestrian Director.

Department Director: Debbie Cook