Downtown Heritage Churches & SynagoguesQuick Links: Christ Church Cathedral | Church of Our Lord | Church of St. John The Divine | Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue | First Metropolitan United Church | James Bay United Church | St. Andrew's Cathedral | St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church |
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
Quadra at Rockland
Daily Offices and Eucharists vary during the week. Please visit our website for service times.
Designed in 1896, this great Gothic-style Anglican Cathedral is one of the largest in Canada. It is the Episcopal Seat of the Bishop of British Columbia. Open daily from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. All are welcome. Pioneer Square adjacent.
CHURCH OF OUR LORD
626 Blanshard Street
Services: Sunday: 9:30 am Cafe Style; 11 am Prayer Book.
Reformed Episcopal church built in 1876. The land and 1827 Appleton Organ were donated by Sir James Douglas. This is the oldest church building in Victoria and one of the finest examples of Carpenter Gothic style in B.C. Designated Federal and Provincial Heritage site. The Appleton organ was originally built in Boston in 1827 and is still in magnificent condition. The church exterior has been beautifully restored and resulted in an Award of Merit from the Hallmark Society and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the B.C. Heritage Trust. The Cridge Memorial Hall has also been restored to the original design of renowned architect Samuel Maclure. Visitors are welcome to attend a service and learn more about the church and community ministry centre at the website.
CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE
1611 Quadra Street
Services: Sunday: 8 am, 10 am; Wednesday: 7:45 am;
This Anglican church was built in 1912 to replace the first church of this name. It is a fine example of High Victorian Gothic Revival style architecture.
CONGREGATION EMANU-EL SYNAGOGUE
1461 Blanshard Street
Services: Thursday: 7 am; Saturday: 9 am.
This synagogue, the oldest in Canada in continuous use, is a national historic site which has won both local and national awards for its restoration. Guests are welcome at the Saturday service.
FIRST METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH
932 Balmoral Road
Celebrating our 150th Anniversary in 2012.
Services: Sunday: 9 am (Communion in Chapel), 11 am (Sanctuary).
Constructed of red brick in the perpendicular gothic style, originally for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church. This building was dedicated in May 1915. The congregation amalgamated with Metropolitan United Church to become First Metropolitan United Church in January 1997.
JAMES BAY UNITED CHURCH
511 Michigan Street
Service: Sunday: 10:45 am.
Built in 1891, the church has been seismically upgraded and both the exterior and interior have recently been restored to their original appearance. The church is handicapped accessible.
ST. ANDREW'S CATHEDRAL
740 View Street
Services: Sunday: 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 5 pm.
Built in 1892, this is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Victoria area. Designated heritage building, restored in 1993.
ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Douglas at Broughton
Sunday Services: Morning 10:30 am.
Located downtown at the corner of Douglas and Broughton Streets, not far from the Inner Harbour. 19th Century building, magnificent stained glass windows. Open for tours July, August, Easter and Christmas. Also open for individuals or groups by arrangement throughout the year. The oldest continuing Presbyterian Church (1889) and congregation (1866) in Victoria. Equipped for the hearing impaired and pyhsically handicapped. A Social Hour follows the service.