Category: Churches

Mass Casualty (Abandoned Churches)

With declining congregations, shrinking budgets and aging buildings, churches are closing all across Canada. I can remember my grandfather attending church every Sunday. It seems like a lost faith with people too busy or who don’t practice faith. These photos are from various abandoned churches across Ontario that I’ve explored over the years. Some of…


St. Giles United Church in Hamilton, Ontario

History of St. Giles United Church In March of 1907 the Presbytery of Hamilton granted permission to establish the St. Giles Presbyterian Sunday School and Church. A petition gained 116 signatures in support of building a new church. Mass was initially held in a tent until November of 1908 when the church construction was completed….


Hickson United Church Ontario

The Hickson United Church was built in 1901 and opened in 1902. Given the small size of the town of Hickson, the church was used as a meeting place for community functions including baptisms, weddings, funerals, Bible school, Brownies, Girl Guides, Scouts, weddings and baby showers.As with so many churches across Canada (approximately 9,000 of…


Abandoned Ontario Stained Glass Church

This abandoned church is located in rural Ontario. It started as a wooden church built by Scottish settlers to Canada in the 1850’s. The present day church was built in the early 1900’s. It appears to have been last used around 2005.  The architecture is very unique. Such a rare find for rural Ontario and…


Abandoned Studite Monastary in Woodstock, Ontario

The Studite Monastary in Woodstock, Ontario belonged to the Studite Fathers, a Ukrainian religious group. Studites work for eight hours, rest for eight hours and pray for eight hours. The Studites are one of the oldest monastic orders of the church. They have a board of directors and monastery located near Rome. The Studites owned…