As we continue to work on our long-term project documenting all the Anglican churches in the Anglican Diocese of BC, we are finding that this project is much more than simply photographing all the lovely facilities. It’s also a personal journey of discovery for us. There are most certainly commonalities amongst the various facilities, but there are also distinct differences that make each building unique. Thanks for joining us today as we continue our running photoblog series “The Anglican Church Project” where today we feature St. Michael and All Angels’ in Victoria, BC.

We find that many of the churches we visit that were built in the late 19th century and early 20th century are architected using the classic Gothic Revival style. This particular style lends itself to an overall and deep sense of character, embodying both the history of the Anglican church as well as the important link between the new lands being settled upon in the mid 1800’s and the homelands in the UK where most everyone who came to the island originated from.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Nestled in a primarily rural setting just on the outskirts of the city of Victoria, this beautiful little church stands out as something distinct and special.  Built in 1883 through the gracious donation of land, time and materials from key community members as well as benefactors overseas, the parish quickly became an intricate part of the burgeoning community of Victoria.  Life in the late 1800’s on Vancouver Island saw none of the creature comforts we’ve become accustomed to over the past few years here on the island.  When you stop and think about this, you quickly realize that it was only through the hard work and toils of those who cared enough to be determined to build such a structure that such a facility came to life.  And this tradition clearly carries on today.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In 1913 the bell tower was constructed to house a bell that was brought over from China.  The design and construction of the tower is completely sympathetic to the architectural detailing of the main facility, dovetailing into the construction absolutely seamlessly.  As we visit the Anglican churches on our project, we find that the bell and bell-tower are intricate parts of the overall feel and character of the parish, and the one we find here at St. Michael and All Angels’ is a terrific example of this.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Around back of the church we find the original cemetery.  Given the beautiful and peaceful setting it sits in, we find an outdoor sanctuary where visitors can come and reflect and connect with those interned here.  Many of the graves are those of the original pioneers whose spirit was so central in the building of the community on Vancouver Island.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Stepping inside we discover a welcoming interior, crafted with ornate and intricate details that exude the love and craftsmanship that went into the church’s design and construction.  No detail is overlooked here in this meticulously maintained facility, and in the late afternoon we find the warm tones from the sun to be a welcome element.  It is noted that the stained glass windows in this church are rather rare for buildings of this era.  Don’t they add a wonderful dash of color and joy to the interior?

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The perfect combination of natural wood finishes, highly skilled woodwork details and the vibrant colors and light found in the stained glass all work in harmony on the inside of the church.  As you view the interior space of the church from the balcony, the natural light lends itself to accent the overall feeling of peace and belonging you find here.  This sense is truly palpable.

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St Michael and all Angels - Anglican Church - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St Michael and all Angels – Anglican Church – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Vignettes are found everywhere, revealing themselves in every turn you make.  We love capturing these little stories in a picture and sharing them here with everyone, and we can only hope that some of the wonder and love we experience on these sessions is reflected in our photography.  What started out as a simple love for heritage architecture has since grown into its own complete project, and through this work we find ourselves on a personal journey of discovery.  Everyone we meet through this work is happy to share their story, eager to show the facility in the best light and is all too happy to connect with us on a deep and personal level as we interact and take in the facility and it’s surroundings as a whole.

I believe this makes this one of the most meaningful and important projects we’ve ever worked on here at The Hollow, and for that we are eternally grateful for the opportunity.

We hope you’ve enjoyed touring St. Michael and All Angels’ with us today.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and join in with us here.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so do please feel free to leave us any comments you may have.

To see all 31 high quality photographs of this church, please visit our gallery “St. Michael & All Angels, Victoria, BC“.




  1. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    One of the MANY things I love about this series, is that in each, one can truly see all of the love that went into the construction, and this is yet another beautiful example of that. These are really wonderful photographs. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful churches here!

    • Gee, thanks so much Lisa, that’s just so kind of you my friend! We really appreciate all the wonderful support and encouragement you share with us here!! 😀

  2. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Beautifully, Toad; especially the magical warmth of your interior shots.

  3. avatar Janice Monk says:

    Wow! As I mentioned on Facebook, this is the church my husband and I were married in almost 30 years ago! These photos are absolutely stunning. You have captured the beauty and essence of this lovely church in such intricate detail and shared information I was not aware of like it being built 101 years before our wedding! And when you speak of the warm tones of the sun in the late afternoon. I must share with you that on our wedding day, it was overcast, and cloudy, but we were told that as we were saying our vows, the son shone through and cast it’s rays upon us!

    • How wonderful is that, Janice!? Wow, I just love stories like this! 🙂 I really enjoyed connecting with you here and on Facebook regarding this lovely facility, thank you so much for taking the time to not only visit, but for also sharing your great story here that I have no doubt will be enjoyed by all our readers! We truly hope to see you here at The Hollow again!

  4. avatar Ron says:

    Interesting I took some photos of a church built around the same time as this one and the structures look similar.
    Did a blog with photos take a look at it. All the pictures were taken in HDR with a Olympus mirror less camera.

    http://holy-trinity-episcopal-church-florida.blogspot.com/

    • Wow, Ron!!! Wow!!! GREAT shots, my friend, I can see a lot of similarities between these buildings, indeed! Love the interior, that woodwork is just amazing, and the red door at the front adds a ton of character. Thank you so much for popping by to see us and for sharing your great work here!

  5. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Another gem on your wonderful island Toad. Your images really convey the workmanship that went into this beauty. So well documented in your detailed approach to these places.

  6. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Love this continuing series Toad and the interior shots are amazing.

  7. avatar LensScaper says:

    One of my rules when I am out is never to walk past a church without trying the door to see if it is open. You never know what you are going to find within – each is unique. And it’s that uniqueness that makes this such a fascinating project. Some of these churches have similarities externally and I really like this style of architecture, but inside there is always something that sets each church apart. Except that all seem to have this wonderful warmth in the way wood is used. You are involved in something real special here, Toad

    • You simply have no idea how much your wonderful comments mean to me, Andy. Thank you so much, it would seem you totally understand the driving force for us behind this project. We are very honored and privileged to be a part of it all, that’s for sure! Thanks so much for visiting, and for leaving your wonderful comments!!

  8. avatar ehpem says:

    I missed this one last summer when I was in the field. Great to find it! I drive by here all the time and so it is especially nice to be able to stop by through your blog and have a good look! For instance, I had no idea there was a bell tower. I like your processing too – you seem to be keeping a very consistent look within the churches project, which works very well when browsing different churches.

    • Thanks a whole ton here, ehpem, we really appreciate it when you pop by to see us here! Thanks for your kind words of the work we are producing, we work hard to maintain a consistent style across the entire catalog as we have plans for the entire collection in the future in terms of publishing a book. Cheers my friend!!!