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 Covid-19 Advisory
  Effective 1 July 2020

  Please contact heritage organizations directly to get current                 information on operating times, programming, and Covid-19                  protocols.

  Note: Check the date of individual listings below. 2020 listings are in the         process of being updated. Always contact the organization directly to get         current information during the Covid-19 pandemic.                                       

Downtown Heritage Churches & Synagogues

Quick 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 |

Listing date: Summer 2019
Please contact the organization for current information

Quadra at Rockland

Sunday Services:
8:00 am Holy Eucharist (BCP Said Service)
9:15 am Contemporary Holy Eucharist with Children's Time & Sunday School
11:00 am Choral Holy Eucharist (BCP Service)

Daily servies during the week. Everyone welcome.

This Gothic-style Anglican cathedral is one of the largest in Canada, featuring a 4,000-pipe Helmuth Wolff organ and the region's most significant collection of traditional and modern stained glass. Scheduled tours available or visit on your own. Open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.

Listing date: Summer 2019
Please contact the organization for current information

626 Blanshard Street

Services: Sunday: 8:00am Quiet Worship / 9:30am Family Worship; 10:30am Classic Worship

Built in 1876, Church of Our Lord is now part of the Anglican Network in Canada. The land and the 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 a Federal and Provincial Heritage site. The Appleton organ was originally built in Boston in 1827 and is still in magnificent condition. The church exterior was beautifully restored in the year 2,000 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 and is now home to many activities as a Community Ministry Centre. Visitors are welcome to attend a service, and learn more about the church and community ministry centre at the website.

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Listing date: 7 July 2020
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1611 Quadra Street

The church buildings are currently closed, but please be assured that we are still open digitally. Please call or email: / 250-383-7169 ext. 226. We are monitoring our email and voicemails and continue to be here to serve you during these uncertain times. Please be safe; wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, physically distance yourself from others and stay home if you are at all unwell.

Please visit our website which will have the most up-to-date information as to when we may be physically open for services. Currently services are available online.

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.

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Listing date: 13 July 2020
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1461 Blanshard Street

Services: Thursday: 7 am; Saturday: 10 am. Please contact the office to connect with services online.
Tours, when possible, may be arranged through the office:

Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of 250 families who come together to create a dynamic and spiritual expression of Jewish life. We believe in connecting people to one another and to their Jewish roots and traditions, as well as nourishing feelings of community, security and belonging. Our special shul, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, offers tours to visitors every summer June through August with details available on our website. Many tourists visit our beautiful national historic site to explore its unique history, archtiecture and restoration.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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932 Balmoral Road

Services: Sunday: 9 am (Communion in Chapel), 11 am (Sanctuary).

Constructed of red brick in the perpendicular gothic style for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, this building was dedicated in May of 1915.

With church union in 1925, First Presbyterian became First United Church and, in January 1997, merged with Metropolitan United Church, (formerly Metropolitan Methodist Church) to become First Metropolitan United Church.

Metropolitan United Church was located two blocks away in the current Victoria Conservatory of Music at the corner of Pandora and Quadra. For more history, see

First Metropolitan maintains an on-site Archives that preserves records of the founding churches and the current church. To visit the archives, please email or call the church office at 250-388-5188.
Historic photographs can be found online at

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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511 Michigan Street


Service: Sunday: 10:15 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.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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740 View Street

Services: Sunday: 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 5 pm.
Monday: 12:10 pm.
Tuesday to Friday: 8 am and 12:10 pm.
Saturday: 9:30 am, 5 pm.

Built in 1892, this is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Victoria area. Designated heritage building, restored in 1993.

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Listing date: Summer 2019
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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 on certain days in July, August, and around 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 physically handicapped. A Social Hour follows the service.

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