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Historic Churches on Prince Edward Island

Historic Churches

Published June 8, 2021 | Tourism PEI
Categories: Attractions & Sightseeing

Talented brothers William and Robert Harris left an indelible impact on the province; Robert with his fine art and architect William with a legacy of historic churches. In 1880, Harris began working on the Methodist Church at Tryon, now South Shore United Church. This National Historic Site was designed in his trademark High Victorian Gothic style. His first PEI Roman Catholic Church, St. Paul's in Sturgeon, was built in 1887-1888 along with the All Souls' Chapel at St. Peter's Cathedral, which displays 16 Harris artworks.

exterior of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Souris
Photo Credit: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Souris
Exterior of Cavendish United Church
Photo Credit: Cavendish United Church
Exterior view of St. Mary's Church, Indian River
Photo Credit: St. Mary's Church, Indian River

In 1896, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Indian River and St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown were built. At the turn of the century, he continued to design landmark churches including Central Christian in 1900 in Charlottetown and St. John the Evangelist Anglican in Crapaud the following year.

A stop at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Belfast is a must. This historic church was built in 1824 by Robert Jones and the Lord Selkirk settlers who immigrated here from the Scottish Highlands. Its design is distinctly Sir Christopher Wren.

In Cavendish, Author L.M. Montgomery worshipped at the church originally built by the Presbyterian congregation in 1901 that today serves as the Cavendish United Church. The organ that she played from 1903-1911 remains on display.

Also be sure to visit the historic St. Anne’s Church on Lennox Island that was constructed in 1895, the historic Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel Church in Mont Carmel and St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Tignish, where a magnificent pipe organ is still played.

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