It’s been a mild winter here on the west coast in comparison to what everyone else seems to be facing in North America. Still, the temperatures are a bit cool and the lingering damp in the air has a way of cutting right through to the bone, leaving you chilled. Right after the New Year celebrations had slowly gone quiet, Mrs. Toad and I hopped aboard a little ferry to head over and shoot the Anglican Churches of Salt Spring Island, just off the coast of Vancouver Island, as we continue our work on our project called “The Anglican Church Project“. This is a project that we love to work on, and every opportunity we can we try to visit a new church to photograph it.

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mark's - Salt Spring Island

St Mark’s – Salt Spring Island –

We arrived at our first location very early in the morning. The air was so damp you could almost see it. This added a wonderful mood to the scenes, accenting the heritage architecture and details of the churches wonderfully. Inside, the woodwork at St. Mark’s was just exquisite. Well over 100 years old now, this heritage church is still active in the community and forms an integral part of it. This sense of love and appreciation for the church is evident in all the little details that were to be found everywhere, as it was in the feel you had while standing in the church and becoming an inherent part of it, even if just momentarily.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mark’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

St Mary's - Salt Spring Island

St Mary’s – Salt Spring Island –

Our next stop on our whirlwind adventure day was at St. Mary’s church. At this spot, it was actually colder inside the church than it was outside; we were starting to lose our feelings in our flippers! This sure didn’t preclude us from taking in this wonderful heritage church in all of its inherent beauty. Once again, this 100+ year old church is totally adorned in wonderful woodwork, adding palpable warmth and ambiance to the scenes we were photographing. Although recent history here on Salt Spring Island in terms of colonization only goes back 100-150 years, the stories of how the island was settled and developed were a source of delight for us. Signs of this storied history were found everywhere, adding layers of depth to our overall experience.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: St. Mary’s Anglican Church – Salt Spring Island.

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

All Saints’ by-the-Sea - Salt Spring Island

All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island –

Our final session found us visiting All Saints’ by-the-Sea, a wonderful church that is based on old and new architectural elements.  Once again we find the warm and beautiful woodwork to be a central feature in the church, adding so much character and personality.  This is an inviting space, one that makes you feel instantly at home.

A few short hours later it was time to wrap up and head for The Hollow.  As we don’t get a chance to visit the islands as much as we would like under ideal circumstances, we headed to one of the small towns on the island and had a wonderful lunch overlooking a marina as the cold west coast winter swirled around outside.

Here is the entire catalog of photographs: All Saints’ by-the-Sea – Salt Spring Island.

We’ve mentioned a few times previously, and it certainly bears mentioning yet again; this project we call “The Anglican Church Project” is one of the most personally fulfilling projects we’ve undertaken here at Toad Hollow.  We’ve just scratched the surface in terms of the churches we’ve shot so far, and we are very much looking forward to following through on this project in its entirety.

Thank you so much for your kind visit today, we truly appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Don Barton says:

    Wonderful photos, Toad. I’m particularly fond of your Anglican Church series. These are a wonderful addition to that collection.

  2. Love the second shot and the last one, my favorites for sure, nice work as always, keep them coming

  3. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Warm; woodsy… you can just feel yourself inside of one of them on a chilly winter day…very comforting!

  4. avatar ehpem says:

    I love this series Toads. While I have seen these churches from a distance quite often, I have not stopped for a good look, and clearly I must. Your galleries are very comprehensive too – so many different views. Great project!

  5. avatar Edith levy says:

    Beautiful Toad. The interior shots are exquisite.

  6. avatar Jimi Jones says:

    Outstanding work as always! What a great experience, photographing these historic churches. 🙂

  7. avatar LensScaper says:

    I love the interiors of these churches, Toad. The warmth of the wood is so inviting. This is a tremendous series and it’s good to learn that these churches in what I assume must be quite small communities are still in active use.
    And damp cold always seems colder than dry cold. The damp sure does get right int one’s bones.

    • Hi Andy, many thanks for popping on by!! Indeed, these are VERY small communities, and as you have mentioned here it sure is wonderful to see them so active and in such great condition. Thanks for your visit today, Andy, that means an awful lot to us!

  8. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    A super continuation to the series Toad. The warmth of the interiors is a stark contrast to the outside shots and the weather.

  9. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    Truly these are just beautiful.
    You are so fortunate to be able to photograph them, and I thank you for sharing them here with us.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!