Mount Newton Hall in Saanichton - Serving the Masonic & Local Community since 1929!
Mt. Newton Lodge No. 89 was formed in 1920; by 1924 the lodge and the ladies of the Eastern Star Ruth Chapter No. 22 had formed a joint venture to build the existing building on the northern part of the lands. The ladies had been given the land which had a value of $1,200 and the Lodge contributed the labour and cost of a lodge building which was approx. $12,000 (finished in 1929).
In 1924, the Lodge and Star together formed a society, the Saanich Masonic Temple Association (SMTA), and agreed, as confirmed by the B.C. Society Records, to hold 12 shares of that society by Lodge members, and 3 by Star members. The title to the land and building was put into the name of that Society, which still exists today in the same form (the Lodge actually bought a further piece of land to the south which became our parking lot).
The extensive community services provided by United Peninsula Lodge No.24 and the Mt Newton Hall are significantly enabled by the Permissive Tax Exemption generously provided by the District of Central Saanich. From academic scholarships awarded to well-deserving high school students, to group access to the Hall, we're proud to be a part of the Central Saanich community and are grateful for the ongoing support of Council! Please click HERE for all the details.
Membership Dues 2023 (and 2022 if you were delayed)!
Annual dues are what supports our community projects as-well-as “keeping the lights on”, both for the Mt Newton Hall and Grand Lodge. Click the link below for the encrypted renewal form and you can complete the whole process from the comfort of your desk at home or work (and even collect points on your credit card)! For those who prefer e-transfers and cheques (where the Lodge pays no processing fees), there are discounts available. All the information is on the renewal form!
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24 Mt. Newton Masonic Library
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24's Mt. Newton Masonic Library has now been fully & professionally catalogued and indexed. Books from this extraordinary collection (which many say rivals the archives of the Vatican) may be borrowed by members of the Lodge, with access during both regular meeting nights, as well as the Monday morning coffee meet & greet. Members borrowing books are reminded to complete the logbook in the library!
Principal Users of the Mt. Newton Masonic Hall and the Appendant Youth Organizations of Freemasonry
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
Freemasonry is an organisation that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of masons and their interaction with authorities and clients.
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24 meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except July & August), and the Lodge tyles at 7:30 PM; open to all Masons in good standing. A post- Lodge Festive Board is also held after every meeting to close each evening on a high social note!
The Lodge also hosts an informal Coffee Club which meets at the Hall every Monday morning (except holidays) at 9:00 AM. All Freemasons and their guests are welcome!
Sidney Shrine Club -
Gizeh Shriners of British Columbia
The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, also commonly known as Shriners and abbreviated A.A.O.N.M.S., established in 1870, is an appendant body to Freemasonry. In 2010, the Shriners in North America, changed their name to Shriners International.
The Sidney Shrine Club is open to any Master Mason to join, and we always welcome new members. Our club raises and gives to children's charities in excess of $50,000 per year, and has done so since 1986 when the club was constituted. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Mt. Newton Masonic Hall. For further information, please contact the Club Secretary, using the form found under the "Contact" tab.
Job's Daughters International &
Jobs Daughters is a premier organization for young women that provides a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world. Although not meeting at the Mt Newton Masonic Hall, Victoria boasts two Bethels, including No. 2, which is the oldest in Canada!
DeMolay is the premier youth organization dedicated to teaching young men to be better persons and leaders. The Phoenix Order of DeMolay has been well established in Langford, and all young men 12-21 years-old should consider joining! Please click the DeMolay icon (above) to jump to their Contact Page.
Why Become a Freemason?
From the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario:
Masonry offers the opportunity to make each man better through its teachings, his Masonic associations and a philosophy that has served the social needs of men for centuries, by promoting:
These attributes are summarized in the tenets, or fundamental principles of Ancient Freemasonry: Brotherly Love; Relief; and Truth. If these values address your needs, Masonry welcomes you!