Standing tall and grand right in the heart of Victoria, BC is the landmark building Christ Church Cathedral.  Today’s post marks the beginning of a new series within a series called “Christ Church Cathedral” which is part of our running long-term project called “The Anglican Church Project“.  As we continue to work on this project with The Anglican Diocese of BC we are constantly delighted and amazed by the wonderful parishes we are visiting and photographing, and the wonderful people we are meeting through our work.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Constructed in 1929 with 13th century Gothic styling this building demands to be noticed.  Reaching high into the city’s skyline, this magnificent structure casts a dramatic figure in Victoria that is impossible to miss.  The intricate stonework, and all the resultant textures that come with it, frames details and features in the building unlike any other in the city.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

We’ve wanted to photograph this church for years now.  It’s one thing to imagine what an experience like this would entail, and it’s another to actually be here in person.  Without any doubt, this is the most profound experience I’ve had in my professional career, and one that will stick with me forever.  The sheer scope and scale of the facility is beyond any form of worldly description, and when you consider the craftsmanship and engineering that has gone into the design and construction of the church it leaves you absolutely astounded.

In upcoming posts we will be sharing and showcasing the largest collection of photographs we have ever created with one subject before.  Well over 1,000 individual brackets were taken and used to create the final 88 high-quality images of the church, taken both inside and out in an effort to completely document the building in imagery.  This entire experience has left an indelible mark on us, one we’re excited and anxious to share here with everyone.  The body of work we will be presenting was captured over the course of 2 days.  The first complete day was spent inside exploring everything we possibly could, and the second day found us outside shooting the exterior.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

One of the most amazing aspects of the inside shoot was most certainly a visit to the bell tower.  We’ve got some great details on the tower and a large series of images of the bells to share in upcoming posts.  The story about the construction of the tower and how the bells were created and installed will definitely be a feature post of its own, and we’re sure you will be utterly amazed as to how this all came to be.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

Next on our tour was a visit to the crypts underneath the cathedral.  We were struck by the deep sense of care and love that has gone into the devotion and maintenance here.  We disturbed nothing, leaving behind only the sounds of our shutter’s click and our heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity to visit and spend some time.

Christ Church Cathedral - Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada

Christ Church Cathedral – Victoria, BC, Vancouver Island, Canada –

The next stop on our visit was upstairs to check out the magnificent pipe organ.  The woodwork, the pipes, and the detailed work that goes into the creation and assembly of such an incredible instrument really comes to life when you spend time with it up close, as we did on this day.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scenes were with the natural light streaming in through the windows, gently draping sections of the instrument in glorious light that only served to heighten the wonder of the experience as a whole.

If you feel as we do, by this time in our post you are hungry to see more, anxious to explore the intricate details that go into creating such a wondrous place.  It’s the collective combination of all the intricacies that combine to create the overall, we find, and in the case of Christ Church Cathedral these details are as captivating as they are breathtaking.

In our upcoming posts we will chronicle our visit and all the particulars we encountered during our shoot, as well as the history behind it all.  Further information on Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria can be found at these sites if you are interested in learning more:

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us today, we really appreciate it.  We do love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Congrats to the Toads on this wonderful new series. What a grand opportunity to encounter.

    The photos are absolutely outstanding. Great craftsmanship can be seen throughout. When I think of the history of a place like this, the true meaning of blessing comes to mind.

    Happy for you guys!

    I have other post here at The Hollow (and elsewhere) to catch up on. Been under the weather for a few but this is a fine way to get back in the photographic groove.

    Enjoyed the visit, as always!

    • Oh Jimi, so sorry to hear you’ve been unwell lately, my good friend! We’re sending you our very best wishes and prayers and hope that you are on the mend. Thank you so very much for your kind support and encouragement here today, we really appreciate that a whole lot.

  2. avatar Averil says:

    What a dream to photograph. The best couple to do the job is the Toads!! Have fun both of you

  3. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Stunning, stunning images Toad. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series.

  4. avatar Bob Lussier says:

    Great stuff, Scott! I love interior church photography. The love and care that goes into the construction is so apparent, it begs to be photographed.

  5. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    This is truly so beautiful, and how fortunate you were to be able to photograph it.

    • Thank you so much, Lisa, we do agree. It’s been such a wonderful experience for us and we are thrilled to share it here with everyone. Many thanks for your kind visit, we sure do appreciate that!

  6. avatar Marnie Konrad says:

    This is one of my most favorite Cathederals! It has great sentimental value to me, and I want to you for taking time to document, and share this blessed sanctuary

    • Welcome to The Hollow, Marnie! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today and for these wonderful comments! Please do stay tuned as we roll out more feature posts on this wonderful church!

  7. Toad, I’m not a churchgoer, but all the same I’ve always thought that this is a beautiful building, both inside and out. I must say, though, your photos take it to another level entirely and deepen my already strong appreciation for its beauty. You’ve done an absolutely exquisite job, and I look forward to more.

  8. avatar LensScaper says:

    Stunning interiors – especially the one taken in the Belfry, Toad

  9. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I remember this church Toad. Walking by it made me want to go in and shoot but I didn’t have enough time in Victoria. Thanks for showing me what I missed.

    • Thank you so much for your kind visit and comments here Len, it’s always a highlight for us to see you pop by! This is an absolute must-visit spot for next time you’re here, my friend! Do let us know if that happens and we will join you on your adventure!!