According to the 2001 Census, almost 15% of the Collingwood population identified themselves as being Anglican. Locally, that congregation is served by All Saints’ Anglican Church located on Elgin Street opposite St. Mary’s Catholic Church downtown.
This church is said to be one of the most beautiful historic churches in Ontario and, it stands as one of the most significant early buildings in Collingwood. I’ve often noticed people painting pictures or taking photographs of the adjoining former manse which is seen in galleries or books across the country.
The church was erected in 1858 and expanded in 1876. From the history section of their website, “Over its long history, the church has been enhanced by a number of memorials, including magnificent stained glass windows, white oak organ case and marble font as well as unique brass pulpit and lectern, a beautiful and distinctive altar and a dramatic relief carving of “The Last Supper”.”
There is a terrific profile on the Heritage Collingwood site about the rectory building that includes a detailed history and beautiful photographs. Next time you pass these buildings, I’d really recommend taking some time to really notice how special they are.
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