The stunning 13th century Gothic style Cathedral designed in late 1800s is a true beauty of Victoria BC. Located just steps away from the downtown epicenter at the very end of Courtney Street, the Cathedral bounded by Quadra Street, Rockland Avenue, Vancouver Street and Burdett Avenue.
Christ Church Cathedral is situated on 930 Burdett Avenue and welcomes everyone to simply admire the architectural beauty of the building or spend time in prayers.
Attractions around the Christ Church Cathedral:
Christ Church Cathedral is in a walking distance away from the epicenter of all activities in downtown Victoria, just minutes away from other popular downtown destinations:
- Greater Victoria Public Library – to learn more about the city, get an access to Wi-Fi, and do your work in a calm environment;
- The Royal Theatre – to visit local opera house and concert hall with a Rococo/Renaissance revival style decor;
- The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to the modern day with a full suite of shops to explore.
On the way from downtown towards the east, just within 15 minutes’ walk from the Christ Church Cathedral you will find:
- Craigdarroch Castle – to plunge into Victorian-era by admiring historic, Scottish Baronial mansion of late 1800s;
- Government House of British Columbia – to visit the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, as well as that in Victoria of the Canadian monarch.
Christ Church Cathedral today:
The Christ Church Cathedral with its gothic style architecture is open to the public and attracts not only tourist, but natural light with its impressive stone arches and beautiful stained glass which lights up the interior of the building.
The Christ Church Cathedral has a labyrinth on the side of the building which is a beauty to behold. It is a classic cathedral with vaulted ceilings, an impressive pipe organ and very astonishing contemporary artworks displaying Christian themes.
They provide a free self-guided tour. The Cathedral Memorial Hall is also used for religious educational functions.
If you have never experienced the majesty of such a place of worship, it is worth a trip!
Services at the Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral School
Christ Church Cathedral School is based on Anglican Christian faith values and has students from various ethnic and religious upbringings. Students are taught valuable lessons with regard to helping out in the community some of which include preparing and serving food for the hungry, singing and reading to our senior citizens, or organizing fundraising events for charities.
If you would like to find out more about the School Community, please contact the Schools .
If you are considering having your events at the Christ Church Cathedral, please call the church office at 250.383.2714
Ministries and Programs
With a congregation of over 400 parishioners combined, Christ Church Cathedral is able to have various ministries and programs, aims at serve the surrounding city and being a welcoming place for spiritual growth. The parish provides various ministries and programs in the community of Greater Victoria such as:
- Healing Ministry,
- Hospitality Ministry,
- Mission and Outreach,
- Refugee Support Group,
- Music Ministry and many more.
History of Christ Church Cathedral
- The first Christ Church
In 1853, the construction of a church building began and was opened in 1856 as the Victoria District Church, at that time the population of Victoria was approximately 200 people. One night in 1869, the cathedral caught on fire and burned to the ground. Rebuilding the church commenced but in the meantime for many years the parish used a vacant Presbyterian church.
- The second Christ Church
In 1872, Lieutenant-Governor J.W. Trutch laid the cornerstone for the new Christ Church Cathedral building the construction took about six months to complete, this was possible as it a wooden structure at that time.
- The third Christ Church – present
The church grow between 1872 and 1890, thus space became an issue as it was insufficient for the congregation. In 1891, a local architect (J.C.M. Keith) was commissioned to design a grander and more permanent structure. Inspired by Durham Cathedral in England, architect J.C.M. Keith produced a design in 13th century gothic style, construction began in about 1957 until 1980. This is the same stunning Cathedral we have today.
Travelling to the Christ Church Cathedral.
If you would like to drive to Christ Church Cathedral, street parking is available on Quadra Street, Burdett Avenue, and Rockland Avenue, as well as at the south entrance to the Cathedral off Burdett.
On weekdays after 6:00pm and all day on Saturday and Sunday, parking is available in the Robbins Lot off Rockland Avenue.
If you prefer to use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.
Christ Church Cathedral Office address:
930 Burdett Avenue,
Victoria BC V8V 3G8
Phone: 250 383-2714, Fax: 250 383-2744