Thursday, November 24, 2011

Went on a historical tour today with the Saanich, BC  Newcomers Group to St Anne's Academy and Church of Our Lord. Many of Victoria's pioneers attended this church including Emily Carr and Sir James Douglas.

St Ann's Academy National Historic site. Victoria’s first Roman Catholic Cathedral, it was built in 1858, moved and added a school in 1886. Like many rural French Canadian churches it is modeled after, it has an ornate altar and ceiling carvings, gold-leaf detailing, original oil paintings, stained glass windows and a 1913 Casavant pipe organ.

The Church of Our Lord. The congregation of the Church of Our Lord was created on October 29, 1874 by the Reverend Edward Cridge and his followers, and included many of Victoria's pioneer families. Rev. Cridge had originally arrived at Fort Victoria in 1855 to be the Chaplain of the Hudson's Bay Company. The interior of the church features a magnificent hammerbeam ceiling, memorial stained glass and the historic Appleton Organ which dates from the 1820s. The church was designated a National Historic Site in 1998.