Tour St. Paul’s

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).