As we continue to work on our personal projects here at Toad Hollow, we find that some of these projects leave us with a distinct sense of the profound.  This is especially true in regard to our project we refer to as “The Anglican Church Project“.  This exciting undertaking finds us visiting all of the churches within the Anglican Diocese of BC, photographing them inside and out for the sake of documenting them for future generations to enjoy.  Through this process we have enjoyed many personal moments exploring these wonderful parishes, focusing on both the wide views they present along with the vignettes that are found everywhere that express the personality and character of each church.  We were recently asked to work with a team to create special photographs and a video presentation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St. Paul’s Anglican Parish located in the heart of Esquimalt in Victoria, BC.  The history of this wonderful church is amazing, and the sessions and photographs we captured for the work we did for the church are something that will remain with us forever.

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 - The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 – The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 - The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 – The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 - The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Heritage Pipe Organ Built in 1891 – The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Once we were asked to participate in the project one of the first things that came to our minds was the incredible pipe organ they have installed at The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul.  We recalled from our visit a few years back that this instrument was of historic significance, having been built in 1891 and shipped to Canada where it became what was known as “the finest instrument of the kind in Western Canada”.  To read all about the storied history of this church, please visit our first blog post “The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul“, the official website for the church dedicated to it’s history, and the page that describes in detail the rich story and significance of the organ itself.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Over the course of several site visits we captured a new set of photographs intended to be used by the church for the big event celebrating the 150th anniversary of this very important church.  We were asked to take photographs of specific compositions that mirrored images found in various archives, allowing the team to create presentations that showed pictures of the original church alongside ones taken today.  We even visited the original location where the church was built in 1866.  It was dismantled and moved in the very early 1900’s to where it stands today, partly to avoid damage from naval gunnery practice in the nearby straits that was ongoing at the time.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The incredible stained glass features inside the church are found at every turn, and each piece has a very meaningful story behind it both for the church and parishioners, as well as the community as a whole.  To fully appreciate these features you simply must take a guided tour.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

It was a true highlight for the year in 2016 for us to have the chance to revisit this wonderful historic church.  With so much to see and take in, there is little wonder that the congregation that continues to enjoy the facility feels that it is a very important element within the community.  You will find details and features that illustrate the roots the church has in the local naval community, as well as the importance it exhibits for families who have been coming here for generations.  New members will find immediate peace and solace within the walls that welcome everyone who visits.

Please enjoy the video we created by working diligently with the team to celebrate this significant 150th Anniversary.  So many wonderful people were involved in the making of this video and we wish to take this opportunity to thank each and every one.  The presentation itself is just over 10 minutes in length and will give you a terrific idea of where this church got its start, and the historic journey it has experienced along the way.  We are quite sure you will be moved as we were once you learn all about it.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us today here at The Hollow.  We really hope you enjoyed today’s post and video feature.  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 ehpem says:

    Hi Toad – this is a great series, and there are lots of really nice additional photos in your gallery as well! One of the great things about many of these outwardly modest and simple churches is the splendor of their interiors. Thank you for opening the door so we can all view the inside of this one.

  2. avatar Frank King says:

    Great series, especially the verticals.

  3. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beautiful church, and a beautiful series of images!
    The organ leaves me completely without words.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of this beauty here, today, and throughout the year.

    I wish both of you, a very, very Merry Christmas, and a bright and beautiful New Year.

    • Hi Lisa, what a delightful message to get here, thank you so very kindly for taking the time to visit, and for your wonderful heartfelt thoughts! Both Mrs. Toad and I would love to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas indeed, and a Happy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing what you create and share in 2017, keep up the great posts and photographs my friend! 🙂 Cheers!

  4. avatar Larry Belt says:

    Very nice set of images. Curious as to the lens you used to photograph the organ. Love the color.

    • Hi Larry, great to hear from you here, thanks for visiting and for your terrific comments!! We use our wide angle lens for those organ shots, I believe it is a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM going by memory here. Let me know if you have any other questions, we’re always happy to share information with anyone interested! 🙂

  5. Gorgeous images, Toad! Especially love the photos of the pipe organ – magnificent! This is such an unassuming looking building on the exterior…I had no idea it was so beautiful inside.

    • Thanks Laurie! Those pipe organ shots are some of my favorite photographs I have taken during my career. I really appreciate your kind feedback on those! Thanks for coming by and commenting here!