Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria, Victoria (Self Guided)

Victoria located in British Columbia has a rich history and interesting people to tell it. It also has some outstanding religious sights. We offer, below, a tour that will take you through some of the most interesting religious places in Victoria.
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Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria Map

Guide Name: Best Known Religious Sights of Victoria
Guide Location: Canada » Victoria (See other walking tours in Victoria)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: alice
Christ Church Cathedral

1) Christ Church Cathedral (must see)

Like so many of the world’s cathedrals, this building took a century to construct and is vastly different from the original conception.

This is the third Cathedral Church, the seat of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, replacing two earlier buildings that stood across the road where the Law Courts building now stands. The old cathedral property was eventually sold to the province for the courthouse, but the Cathedral Close still comprises an entire city block-Quadra, Rockland, Vancouver, Burdett.

The architect Keith himself called the cathedral Gothic Revival, acknowledging a debt to medieval English cathedrals. The style is highly traditional, with the visual emphasis being on the imposing West End, towering over “Church Hill,” intended to be visible for miles. Worshippers enter through six sets of double doors, leading through a vestibule (the narthex) into the vast nave, with a sanctuary at the East end, facing Jerusalem. The nave, as finished, is one of the largest in Canada, at 93’ x 140’. Medieval-style texts are painted on interior walls, and other texts are cast in a ribbon around the top of the walls outside.

Why You Should Visit:
For gothic architecture, this is really a beautiful structure – flying buttresses, beautiful beams, and gorgeous stained glass.
Surrounded by the splendor of well-kept grounds and cemetery. There is even a labyrinth on the side of the building.

Ask the stewart on duty for the free self-guided tour pamphlet. If you ask nicely, the stewart will also open the Columbarium for you.
The cathedral is known as a frequent venue for concerts and recitals, so check their schedule.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Ann's Academy

2) St. Ann's Academy

St. Ann’s Academy was commissioned by the Roman Catholic women’s order of the Sisters of St. Ann of Lachine, Quebec. The chapel was built in 1858 and is the oldest part of the Academy. The chapel was the original St. Andrew's Cathedral. The chapel was later moved from its original location, encased in brick, and became the ’heart’ of the newly built school of St. Ann’s Academy (1871). In 1886 a Convent was added to the west side of the Academy and behind the Academy (1909). St. Ann’s Academy was an all-girls Catholic school and convent.

The Sisters of St. Ann closed the Academy and in 1974 sold the property to the provincial Department of Public Works (now the BC Buildings Corporation), which used it as office space for the public service for a few years, but it was in need of major repairs and had to be closed.

In the end, with the help of the Provincial Capital Commission, most of the building was gutted and rebuilt, basement to attic, and leased to the province as office space for the Ministry of Advanced Education, a use consistent with the Sisters' aims. The building was re-opened in 1997.

Opening hours:

Winter hours: September - Mid-May: Thursday – Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm;

Summer hours: Mid-May - Labour Day: Monday – Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church Of Our Lord

3) Church Of Our Lord

Church Of Our Lord is one of the oldest religious congregations in Victoria. It was established way back in 1874. The church is a beautiful architectural structure of Gothic style and has a great organ. The Church Of Our Lord has been declared a Federal Heritage Building.
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

4) St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was established in 1866 and is located in an impressive building with an amazing tower and huge doors, in Downtown Victoria. The structure was built in the Scottish Baronial style.
St. Andrew's Cathedral

5) St. Andrew's Cathedral

St. Andrew's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral for the diocese of Victoria. Built in the High Victorian Gothic style, St. Andrew's was Victoria's third cathedral to be built. (The first, 1858–1884, is now the Chapel of St. Ann's Academy on Humboldt Street; the second, 1884–1892, was on the site behind the current building now occupied by the St. Andrew's Square office building.)

Construction for the new cathedral began in 1890. At 8:00 am on October 30, 1892, Bishop Lemmens blessed the building before Pontifical High Mass was celebrated at 10:00am. The cathedral has been a National Historic Site of Canada since 1990.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Temple Emanuel

6) Temple Emanuel

Temple Emanuel is one of the oldest synagogues in Canada. It was established in 1863. The synagogue has a lot of social activities and is also open to tourists. The building was designed by John Wright and is a National Heritage Building.
First Metropolitan United Church

7) First Metropolitan United Church

The First Metropolitan United Church is both a major tourist attraction and a popular congregation among the faithful. The building was constructed in 1915 and came to have its present name after the merger, in 1997, of the Metropolitan United Church and the First United Church. Besides its regular services, the church organizes many interesting activities for locals like seminars, musical and children’s events, social events, etc.

Walking Tours in Victoria, British Columbia

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Create Your Own Walk in Victoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Victoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

Victoria Daily Life Walking Tour

Victoria is a major tourist destination located in British Columbia and is known to contain some of the finest British style architecture in Canada. The tour below will take you through some of the day to day routine of the locals, so enjoy!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour

Victoria Kids Entertainment Tour

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and a major tourist destination. There is a range of fascinating attractions for your children. Just take the tour below and visit some of these attractions that will entertain your children for sure.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

Best Museums and Art Galleries of Victoria

Victoria has some of the most interesting and fascinating museums dedicated to history, nature and arts. It is also a city with the most amazing and interesting art galleries, featuring art work from different times and places. Take the walking tour below to see some of the most famous art galleries in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Downtown Nightlife

Downtown Nightlife

Victoria's nightlife is diverse and bursting with vitality. We propose that you take a walk through some of the most interesting nightclubs in Victoria and choose the one that suits your taste the best.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour

Victoria is among the most British of cities in North America. It is famous for its green areas and beautiful gardens and parks. There are some outstanding architectural structures that you can visit too. In the tour that follows, take a look at some of the most visited architectural sites in Victoria.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is a popular tourist destination in large part for its marvelous Victorian architecture, such as the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion, museums, galleries and other attractions attesting to the city's British colonial past and more. Follow this orientation walk to see some of Victoria's main tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Victoria for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Victoria has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Victoria, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.