Discover QMS

Established in 1921, Queen Margaret’s School is an all-gender, Preschool to Grade 12 independent school for day and boarding students.

Located on 30 scenic acres on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, QMS offers a safe and secure learning environment within a temperate climate where students can access many outdoor activities year round.

Through our unique, fully integrated Equestrian Marquee Program, QMS students have the option of blending English riding lessons into their weekly timetables.

Our Purpose: To prepare young trailblazers…no two journeys are the same.


Be curious.

Be kind.

Be brave.

Be you.

Our university-preparatory program inspires students to achieve in a structured and safe learning environment. The QMS teaching approach encourages critical thinking and problem solving by fostering joy in learning, and our values help to nurture well-rounded students who become contributing members of society.

A feeling of belonging

“Fit” is everything when choosing a school for your children or when selecting a place into which you want to pour your skills, character and energies.

Read the Head of Schools’ Welcome

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Founded by two caring teachers

Queen Margaret’s School was founded by Miss Norah Creina Denny and Miss Dorothy Rachel Geoghegan.

When they took the first step to open their own school, they had little idea what the future held for either of them.

Read more about our History

Nestled in the heart of the Cowichan Valley

Queen Margaret’s School is located on 30 acres in the Cowichan Valley. An easy walk to the town centre of Duncan, our school is 50 km (31 miles) north of Victoria and a short drive to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and ferries to Vancouver and Seattle.

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School leadership, board and staff

Our school is led and staffed by many caring individuals whose goal is to prepare our students as trailblazers who are curious, brave, kind and true to themselves. These are the people who guide and nurture QMS students every day.

Message from our Head of School Leadership Team Our Staff Board of Governors QMS Strategic Plan

Interested in learning more about Queen Margaret’s School? Contact our Admissions Team.

Admissions Team