Saint Peter's Church, Cheticamp

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Enjoy the architecture and the peaceful atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church, where the hilltop location feels refreshingly removed from the city rush. The 1893 structure lets you see the whole parish through the windows; inside, observe the polished floors and the white altar with paintings of saints and biblical stories. Make sure you pass by the choir loft to view the old organ, still used during mass. Arrange your visit to Saint Peter's Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cheticamp using our Cheticamp sightseeing planner.
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  • In the tiny peaceful Acadian village of Cheticamp, along the world tempting Cabot Trail, sits this church, built in the late 1800’s with rock dragged across the bay ice by parishioners. The interior w...  more »
  • Beautiful church. Make sure to up to the choir loft to see the organ, and see the church and apse below. Wonderful art and figures. We are very glad we stopped (in the middle of a rain storm) and visi...  more »
  • We stopped by this church on a free afternoon. The view from the top of the front steps is beautiful and is only matched by the interior of this beautiful church. It is well maintained and very welcom...  more »
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  • Beautiful hymns every week. World renoun handmade church.
  • Beautiful church.
  • Cheticamp is an Acadian Parish founded in 1785 and entrusted to the Eudist Fathers in 1953. Three churches have been successively built, in 1790, 1810, and 1861, about one mile south east of the present one. The present church was constructed in 1893 at the cost of $41,950 by Father Fiset whose tomb may be visited under the Sanctuary. Designed by David Ouellet (1844-1915), a Quebec City architect. Joseph-Hubert Morin, a contractor from Trois-Pistoles and the other tradesmen (including Jean Belzile et Fils) who worked on the church, were all from Quebec. With its tall silver spire and steeply pitched roof, it resembles many other Catholic churches built along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The church is also valued as one of only a few stone churches on Cape Breton Island and as one of the finest examples of a style of church architecture developed in Quebec which is rarely seen outside that province. The main body of the church is constructed of rusticated sandstone and consists of a long nave with a large square central tower and open octagonal belfry on the west façade reaching over fifty metres in height. The main entrance is surmounted by a large rose window with stained glass. An elongated chapel and sacristy is attached to the eastern end of the church. Most of the exterior details of the church are French Neo-Classical in origin, such as rounded arch windows with keystones, pediments, and entablatures. Stones for the construction were hauled on the ice by groups of parishioners from Cheticamp Island across the harbour. The interior of the church is the most impressive aspect of architect Ouellet’s design. The barrel-vaulted nave with its two aisles and upper gallery leads the eye straight towards the main altar in the eastern apse. The ornate altar, built in 1912, has a Baroque-style baldacchino over the tabernacle. Two rows of nave piers with multiple Corinthian columns support an upper gallery and stop just one bay short of the chancel skilfully introducing the effect of a transept into the rectangular plan. The vault and ceilings, decorated with plasterwork and gold leaf, were completed by 1900. The church is 212 feet long, 74 feet wide and the steeple rises to 167 feet. In 1957 the church was repainted and decorated, frescoes and stained glass windows were added. The organ, one of the first Casavant, was acquired in 1904 and is still in excellent condition. St. Peter's Church is situated on high grounds near the harbour and can be seen from all parts of the Parish, from the mountains and from the sea for many miles around. This imposing monument, with its architecture, its frescoes and its stained glass windows, is one of the most beautiful churches in the Maritime Provinces. It is also a witness to the deep faith and determination of its parishioners of past and present generations.
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