All Summer-Free Guided Tours available
Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00pm (27 June – 31 August)
We welcome individuals, school groups, tourists and pilgrims to visit us!
Office hours Monday-Saturday,9:00 am – 4:30pm
The church is closed on public/civic holidays
and only opened Sundays for 10:00 am morning worship.
After August 31 -We are open to the public for self-directed
tours from Monday-Friday 9:30 am to 4:00pm.
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).