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. Tickets: $10 per person and $20 per family (2 adults, 2 kids). Buy in advance online (Eventbrite) or at the cathedral office. For details, go to www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca (group tours for schools/ community groups available on request).
June schedule for highlights tours:
Thursdays – June 20, 27 at 5.00 pm
Saturday – June 15 at 2.30 pm
Wednesday – June 19 at 2.30 pm
Specialized tours $15 per person
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.