Who could ask for a more beautiful setting than Victoria, British Columbia? The climate is great. The school is located close to downtown, the University of Victoria and even some beaches. Boarders are allowed to go on "Leave" from the school (rules vary by age). Because of the natural beauty of the west coast, their Outdoor Education classes take place in mountains, and on the sea (kayaking). There is a hospital very close to the school. Our daughter had the opportunity (!) to experience it first hand. As parents, we were delighted with the response of the school doctor, the house parents and the medical staff at the hospital. U Vic is also close by, and has some amenities available to SMUS students.
The school is in an excellent location. It is in a safe neighbourhood within safe walking distance of malls, restaurants and entertainment. It is on the bus lines, making access to downtown Victoria easy. It is near the University of Victoria, which is also a real benefit to the students seeking first-hand university exposure and experience. The campus feels like a campus, an island oasis even, yet integrated to the community. The only downside to SMUS (perhaps more unique to our family) is that Victoria is very far away from New Brunswick. That said, we have found access to be easier than we originally thought it would be and the opportunity to visit has rekindled family and friend relationships for us and our son which would not have happened otherwise.
The campus at SMUS is absolutely beautiful and another great thing about it is that it’s centrally located near numerous bus stops and a small shopping plaza that’s frequented by students. Students are welcome to go off-campus, within reason of course, and they take advantage of this fact whether it’s to go walking up Mt. Tolmie during the warmer months or look at the local sights by the pier downtown. The neighbourhood around the school appears to be pretty quiet and safe.