A walk in Abbotsford Convent

After having a hearty lunch for Mother’s Day, fam and I went to the Abbotsford Convent to spend the rest of the day walking and talking about what has gone by during the past weeks that we didn’t see each other.

With lush gardens, the Abbotsford Convent is a slice of the country, an art haven, a botanical park all rolled into one.

First thing we saw was this huge tree which was so pretty with all its autumn leaves.

Always attracted to owls… here is an art on the window of the first building

Here are some artistic endeavours of student artists, I am guessing.

Windows on one side of the convent.

Walking past the gardens are these pretty pink and purplish flowers.

Lots of outdoor spaces where we sat and had a bit of a nap under the shade of the old tree haha. There were many of us doing just that.

Went inside the convent building and saw these huge windows on one side of the corridor.

And art works inspired by the nuns who founded the convent and an array of locally produced fabrics on the opposite side.

Autumn at the convent

Today, the Convent is home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space.

There are surprise art pieces sprouting out in unexpected places. Like this one at the back of the restaurant kitchen.

On the grounds is the Good Shepherd Chapel. What amazing stained glass windows. It would have been better to see it against the light but unfortunately the doors were closed.

You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Exiting the grounds to the parking lot is this sculpture.

Inspired by:

Jo’s Monday Walk

Cee’s Flower of the Day – FOTD

Xingfumama’s Whatsoever is Lovely

Ludwig’s Monday Window

Natalie’s Photographing Public Art Challenge

John’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Art in the Park and other Places


  1. restlessjo says:

    I love convents, Teresa, and this looks like a wonderful day out. Thanks and belated happy Mother’s Day! I can see it was.

    1. Teresa says:

      Had a great day, thanks Jo! And same here…I do love convents too!

  2. This convent is truly a wonderful place to spend some time. The architecture is as beautiful as the art. Great response to the challenge.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much. I was surprised to see some piece of art in many turns that I made.

  3. bushboy says:

    Ever so good Teresa. What a fabulous place to stroll and take photos 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      I was happy to see the many art pieces all around. Thanks Brian.

  4. Natalie says:

    Teresa, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. That convent looks like a lovely place to explore. The architecture, murals and sculptures are beautiful and interesting. I also like that the convent has been repurposed and put to good use for the community and small businesses.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Natalie. It also has Sunday markets but not on this Sunday. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Toonsarah says:

    What a great place for a walk with all those beautiful trees and so much art to explore!

    1. Teresa says:

      Random decision. Glad we went. Thanks Sarah

  6. Ludwig says:

    Thank you for allowing us to tag along on your family outing. A most amazing place.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Ludwig… amazing windows in there.

  7. JohnRH says:

    Great photos, great walk. Unusual art, with the nun-inspired and fabrics, etc. 👍

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked that John.

  8. Nicole Sara says:

    The purple flower photo is splendid!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Nicole 💜

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Teresa, great timing on the visit! Absolutely loved this place, it’s amazing. My favorites were the statues with fabric. Terrific choice for the week.

  10. XingfuMama says:

    Beautiful place. They really have it all from the classical architecture to the natural beauty and the contemporary and vibrant art.

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes, it is exciting to see everything.

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