New tours this summer
Christ Church Cathedral will be hosting scheduled guided tours for the first time this summer, offering an insight into everything from flying buttresses to bellringing. The 45-minute highlights tours will explore the nave and chapels, their art and architecture and the people behind the building. Let our trained docents guide you around this fascinating landmark. The Gothic cathedral design (two towers and rose window) is familiar in Europe, and ours is brimming with art and history!
Call 250-383-2714 for more information.
Tuesdays- June 11, 18, 25 at 2.30 pm
Thursdays – June 20, 27 at 5.00 pm
Saturday – June 15 at 2.30 pm
Wednesday – June 19 at 2.30 pm
Available at the Cathedral office or on Eventbrite. Cost is $10 per person (free for children 12 yrs and under with an adult) for general tours. The tours last about 45 minutes. The general highlights tour will take you around the nave and upstairs to the chapel.
For families: Explorer’s Trail
We have a special handout for families with children who will enjoy hunting for items as they walk through the glorious space.
Schools and community groups can book their own tours. Details on request. [email protected]
The specialty tours start at $15 per person. Each week, we will have a different special tour to give you an up-close look at one aspect of the Cathedral. You're in a small group led by an expert. Check the calendar for details.
June 14, Friday – Bell ringing (2:30 pm) Climb to the bell tower where the tower captain will explain and demonstrate the art of change ringing .
June 26, Wed. Stained Glass Visions. (2:30 pm) A look at an outstanding collection of stained glass, some windows hidden from view to most visitors, guided by Ed Schaefer, the cathedral’s curator of stained glass.
July 5, Friday. Harp and Angels: Women in the Church. (2:30 pm) After you hear about some real-life angels, see work by pioneering artists. Includes tea and a concert by Victoria harpist Gwyneth Evans.
July 9, Tues. Cathedral Music: Pipe Dreams and Song. (2:30 pm) Hear some history about choral music, and then join Michael Gormley, music director emeritus, in the organ loft for a demonstration.
July 17, Wed. Wartime in the Cathedral. (2:30 pm) What do Coventry Cathedral and the Canadian Scottish Regiment have to do with the Cathedral? Hear the human stories behind the two World Wars and their impact on the cathedral.