Edmonton's Historical Churches, Edmonton

Edmonton's Historical Churches (Self Guided), Edmonton

When it comes to cultural or religious attractions, Edmonton will amaze you by its large number of beautiful buildings. Indeed, this city boasts not only the biggest number of churches, cathedrals and temples in all of Alberta, but also the oldest religious buildings. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most beautiful parishes and churches in Edmonton.
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Edmonton's Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Edmonton's Historical Churches
Guide Location: Canada » Edmonton (See other walking tours in Edmonton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: ChristineS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St Joseph's Basilica
  • St Joachim Catholic Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • All Saints' Anglican Cathedral
  • McDougall United Church
  • St Josaphat's Cathedral
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
St Joseph's Basilica

1) St Joseph's Basilica

St. Joseph's Basilica is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic diocese of Edmonton and it is one of the largest churches in the entire city. This basilica features more than 60 glass windows painted with different Bible scenes. Its construction began in 1913 and it was completely finished in 1963. During the Great War, its construction was stopped until 1924. In 1917 this basilica became a separate parish for English-speaking parishioners because the French speaking people were given their own parish named St. Joachim’s. In the following years, during the Great Depression and the Second World War, construction was once again halted. In 1954, construction began again, and this time the parish acquired a new appearance and a new design.
St Joachim Catholic Church

2) St Joachim Catholic Church

St. Joachim's Church is another church in Edmonton which distinguishes itself by being the oldest Roman Catholic parish in this city. Its foundation was influenced by bishop Albert Lacombe who converted a small building into a chapel. Later this chapel was renamed by another bishop – Alexander Antoine Tache in St. Joachim. In 1877 this parish changed its location and was rebuilt on Jasper Avenue. In 1886, Hudson's Bay Company finished construction of the 3rd church, named St. Joachim. Much later, in 1978, this parish was designated as a provincial historic landmark.
First Presbyterian Church

3) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church is located in downtown Edmonton. The congregation celebrated its 125th anniversary in November 2006. The Organizational Meeting for this congregation was held on November 3, 1881, and the first building opened at 104 Street and 99 Avenue a year later. The second structure was completed and dedicated in July 1902 at 103 Street and Jasper Avenue. The present building was completed in November 1912.

A notable minister was The Rev. David George McQueen, DD, LLD who served for 43 years, starting in 1887 upon graduation from Knox College, University of Toronto, and guided the formation of numerous congregations in the area. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly in 1912 (hosted by First in the second building) and as "Interim Moderator" in 1925, before Ephraim Scott was elected to resume the "Continuing Presbyterian Church". McQueen's predecessor and FPC's founding Minister was Rev. Andrew Browning Baird, DD, who arrived in Edmonton before the arrival of the railway, but left Edmonton for a professorship at Manitoba College.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
All Saints' Anglican Cathedral

4) All Saints' Anglican Cathedral

All Saint's Anglican Cathedral is the cathedral serving the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, which covers central Alberta. It serves as the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Edmonton, currently the Right Reverend Jane Alexander.

The Parish of All Saints' was founded in 1875 by the Reverend Canon William Newton, the first known Anglican missionary to the Edmonton area. The parish first meet in a log cabin at the corner of what is now Jasper Avenue and 121 Street. The present building was completed in 1956, after tearing down the structure built in 1921, and was finally given the permanent status of cathedral. The parish hall to the north, which predated the current Cathedral, was demolished in 1973 with Cathedral Close, with the senior's complex and synod office building eventually being built in its place.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
McDougall United Church

5) McDougall United Church

McDougall United Church is impressive because of its heritage and history. It is one of the oldest Protestant congregations in Edmonton and all of Alberta. Their first church was built in 1873 and the present sanctuary was built in 1910; it can hold approximately 2000 people. They provide institutional religion, worship services began each Sunday at 10.30 am and their Sunday School also begins at 10.30 Am. Inside you will see a wide number of icons and religious statues and figurines. Most of the icons were created by John Magafas.
St Josaphat's Cathedral

6) St Josaphat's Cathedral

St. Josaphat Cathedral is a Ukrainian Catholic cathedral in Edmonton, one of the best examples of Byzantine Rite church architecture in Canada. It is the seat of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton, and has been a cathedral since 1948. Occupying 18 city lots in the McCauley neighbourhood, the cathedral has been recognized for its heritage significance and "is distinguished by it seven domes, columned entry portico, and red brick veneer embellished with darker brick pilasters and inlaid cream coloured crosses.

The parish was established by the Basilian Fathers in 1902, at first without a permanent home. The current building was designed in 1938 by the Reverend Phillip Ruh, an Oblate missionary from Belgium who intensively studied the Byzantine Rite building designs of Ukraine so that the building would be culturally acceptable to the parishioners. His design mixes elements of Ukrainian Baroque with Western European influences, to produce a unique Canadian style dubbed "Prairie Cathedral". This cathedral is considered to be "the most elaborate Ukrainian Church in Alberta" and "one of the finest examples of Ukrainian-Canadian church architecture". Ruh also designed St. George Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Construction lasted from 1939 to 1947. The building became a cathedral when Edmonton was selected as the seat of a new exarchate headed by a bishop. The first bishop was the Most Reverend Neil N. Savaryn, appointed "Bishop Ordinary for the Apostolic Exarchate of Edmonton serving Alberta and British Columbia".
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Sacred Heart Church

7) Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church was opened in 1913. It was built in the French Gothic style with many large windows that fill the body of this church with light. During its long history, this church became home to many people of different backgrounds, giving them food and shelter. Since 1971, every Christmas they give a dinner in honour of this holiday and a lot of citizens don’t hesitate to contribute. The parish was renamed Sacred Heart only in 1991.Architecturally speaking, this beautiful and large parish is a true example of Medieval art.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

8) Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is located in the north district of Edmonton known as “Church Street”. It is accessible for people from the entire city. Services of worship are usually provided on Sundays from 10 Am. But this church keeps its doors open each day for prayers until 5 Pm. People of all backgrounds are welcome, regardless of religious confession, race and age.

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