4703 Kootenay St
Corner of Victoria Ave & Kootenay Street Windermere, BC
St. Peter’s Church
also known as “The Stolen Church”
The picturesque red-roofed St. Peter’s Anglican church was built by “Father Pat”, Rev. Henry Irwin. in 1887 at the town of Donald, near Golden. It was consecrated on February 24, 1889 by Bishop Shillitoe.
In 1897, when the CPR railroad moved it’s service yards from Donaldt o Revelstoke the church was dismantled with the intention of it be also being moved to Revelstoke. The Kimpton family, having themselves relocated from Donald to Windermere, arranged to have the dismantled church stolen from the rail-yards, transported by wagon and riverboat and then reassembled in Windermere. Located at the northeast corner of Victoria Avenue and Kootenay Street, the church is administered by the Windermere Valley Shared Ministry and the Diocese of Kootenay.
Windermere residents provide lawn care, plant window boxes and maintain the building. Church services are held monthly in the summer and on Christmas Eve. The church is also popular for weddings with a capacity of 90-100 people. For information on services or using the church for weddings please contact the Windermere Valley Shared Ministry’s office at Christ Church Trinity in Invermere.
In the church yard is a marker to the memory of Reverend Henry Irwin, affectionately known as “Father Pat”. The inscription reads:
REV. HENRY IRWIN
1860 – 1902
FIRST ANGLICAN MISSIONARY
IN THE KOOTENAYS
WHO BUILT THE FIRST CHURCH
IN THE ROCKIES.
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED
“All things to all men”