St. John the Baptist Heritage Church in Colwood recently had the heating upgraded. (Photo contributed by Bruce Hodding)

St. John the Baptist Heritage Church in Colwood recently had the heating upgraded. (Photo contributed by Bruce Hodding)

105-year-old church in Colwood gets an upgrade

St. John the Baptist Heritage Church still has the original interior and vaulted ceilings

St. John the Baptist Heritage Church in Colwood recently got a small face-lift.

The 105-year-old church has had many upgrades throughout the years – the most recent being to the heating system.

Five years ago a stained-glass window was replaced and a ramp was added in the back of the building to make it accessible to those with mobility challenges.

The City of Colwood has managed the maintenance of the church since 1993, in addition to Pioneer Cemetery and Emery Hall.

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The church was built with the help of prominent local families of the day, including Laura Dunsmuir and the Colwood Women’s Institute, who hosted fundraising parties for the church at Hatley Castle.

Laura was the wife of James Dunsmuir, the former premier and lieutenant governor of B.C.

Edith and Arthur Peatt donated the land for the church and for Pioneer Cemetery.

The facade of the church is Carpenter Gothic architecture, with the original tongue and groove cedar interior and vaulted ceilings still intact.

The church holds approximately 85 people and is used for many different occasions including weddings, art exhibits and community meetings.

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