Located in the village of Val Marie, right next to Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Convent features nine bedrooms, long balconies on the main and second floors, a large sitting room, and Chapel. Preserved from the original building plan, the Chapel is ideal for retreats, workshops, meetings, and quiet reflection.
Built in 1939, The Convent was a high school operated by The Sisters of Assumption. After closing, the building stood vacant for 18 years until discovered by Robert Ducan during a 1996 summer vacation visit to Val Marie.
The Convent is an ideal place to stay while exploring Canada’s Grasslands National Park. The Park is a land of prehistoric badlands, lush coulees, and broad river valleys sweeping to distant horizons. It is the only place in Canada where colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs still exist in their native habitat.
Grasslands Park and surrounding area are wonderful places to view Plains Indians archaeological sites, featuring buffalo jumps, teepee rings, medicine wheels, and ancient village ruins.
The Canadian Geographic January-February, 2009 Issue says that The Convent is one of the four most unique places to stay in Canada.
What the Lonely Planet Travel Guide says about us:
“Val Marie is tiny but contains one of the best places to stay in the province if you’re into character. The Convent Inn is actually in a restored convent. The woodwork is impressive and the white duvet covers complement the rich oak tones of wall-unit cupboards. A huge lounge with overstuffed furniture and a left-book library provide a great place to relax after a hike. Continental breakfast is included.”