Tour St. Paul’s

From mid June to the end of October:  Free Guided Tours available!

Mon­day-Sat­ur­day 9:00 am — 4:00pm (mid June – end August)

We wel­come indi­vid­u­als, school groups, tourists and pil­grims to vis­it us!
Monday-Saturday,9:00 am — 4:00pm
The church is closed on public/civic hol­i­days
and only opened Sun­days for 10:00 am morn­ing wor­ship.
After Sum­mer Tour Sea­son, we begin our Autumn Tour Sea­son remain­ing open to the pub­lic for guid­ed tours from 10am-3pm (Mon-Fri) until the end of Octo­ber.  After the Autumn Sea­son … vis­i­tors are most wel­come to enjoy self-direct­ed tours from Mon­day-Fri­day dur­ing office hours.

Take a Vir­tu­al tour    (thanks to Richard Novos­siltzeff)!

The old­est build­ing in Hal­i­fax and the old­est exist­ing Protes­tant place of wor­ship in
Cana­da. Found­ed by procla­ma­tion of King George II in 1749, the build­ing was erect­ed in the sum­mer of 1750. On Sep­tem­ber 2, 1750 the Rev­erend William Tut­ty held the first ser­vice inside what was, accord­ing to Mr. Tut­ty, “not com­plete­ly fit­ted up”. The archi­tec­tur­al plans were based on St. Peter’s Church, Vere Street, Lon­don which was designed in 1722 by James Gibbs, a pupil of Sir Christo­pher Wren. The resem­blance between the two church­es is remark­able despite the addi­tion of St. Paul’s vestibule and steeple, 1812, the side wings, 1868, and the chan­cel, 1872. The tim­bers of St. Paul’s were cut in Saco, Maine and shipped to Hal­i­fax. Most of the mate­ri­als includ­ing the bricks to line the walls were made local­ly. Over two and a half cen­turies lat­er, the orig­i­nal wood­en struc­ture remains as sound as the day it was built. Charles Inglis, first over­seas Bish­op of the Church of Eng­land, arrived in 1787 mak­ing St. Paul’s his cathe­dral. Until the con­struc­tion of a chapel in 1844, St. Paul’s was also the first gar­ri­son church in Hal­i­fax.

VISITORS TO ST.PAUL’S know the church is rich in objects of inter­est. Its walls and pil­lars are stud­ded with mur­al tablets, heraldic devices and oth­er memo­ri­als. The tombs beneath the floor hold the remains of dis­tin­guished lead­ers of Church and State. Its win­dows and fur­nish­ings are memo­ri­als to oth­ers remem­bered for their virtues. Tat­tered flags and ban­ners recall the glo­ries of the fight­ing forces of the Empire in the past two cen­turies.

THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION St. Paul’s Church and Parish Hall sur­vived the Hal­i­fax Explo­sion, 6 Decem­ber 1917, with­out major dam­age. Imme­di­ate aid was avail­able in the Parish Hall. An army of parish­ioners to assist the vic­tims of the dis­as­ter. Two reminders of the Explo­sion in the church are the west gallery win­dow, and a piece of win­dow frame embed­ded above the War Memo­r­i­al Arch in the entrance area (narthex).