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St. Peter's Anglican Church

37 Walsh Street, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, S0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/02/09

Front elevation, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Bruce Dawson, 2004.
St. Peter's Anglican Church, 2004.
Interior, 2004.; Government of Saskatchewan, Bruce Dawson, 2004.
St. Peter's Anglican Church, 2004.
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Other Name(s)

St. Peter's Anglican Church
St. Peter's Anglican Pro-Cathedral

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/03/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

St. Peter’s Anglican Church is a Municipal Heritage Property occupying two lots at 37 Walsh Street in the Town of Qu’Appelle. The property features a two-storey brick church constructed in 1885.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of St. Peter’s Anglican Church resides in the property's association with the Diocese of Qu’Appelle. In 1885, Regina was the leading contender for the headquarters of the southern Saskatchewan Diocese as it was the seat of government for the North-west Territories and the fastest growing community in the area. Originally, Bishop Anson, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, wished to make St. Paul’s in Regina the first Cathedral and the diocesan headquarters. However, the congregation of St. Paul’s objected and the Bishop chose the Town of Qu’Appelle as the headquarters. Built in 1885 and consecrated on June 30, the church became the first Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle. The interior of St. Peter’s Anglican Church contains the banner of St. Peter, which was embroidered by Roman Catholic Nuns from the south of France, an oak lectern handcrafted in 1886, a Bishop’s chair which was paid for by donations collected in England by a special organization called ‘The Qu’Appelle Association in England’, and a carved oak reredos, which was crafted in Oberammergau Germany. These furnishings were carved and placed in the church to reflect its importance as the Pro-Cathedral church of the Diocese. St. Peter’s remained the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese until 1944, when the title was transferred to St. Paul’s Church in Regina.

The heritage value of this property also lies in its role as a place for social functions, both religious and secular. As one of the oldest and largest places of community gathering in Qu’Appelle, St. Peter’s has hosted numerous weddings, funerals, baptisms, church socials and picnics in its parish hall, which was built in 1905. The property continues to serve the community in this fashion.


Town of Qu’Appelle Bylaw No. 3/82.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the St. Peter’s Anglican Church resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements of the property that speak to its historic distinction as the first Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, including the banner of St. Peter, the oak lectern, the Bishop’s chair, and the carved oak reredos;
-those elements of the property that speak to its role as a place of religious gathering, including the stained glass windows featuring various religious motifs, and crosses on top of the bell tower and the peak of the gabled roof.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1885/01/01 to 1944/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer

Henderson, William



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 378

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 378



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