St Peters Church, more familiarly known as The Stolen Church, is a beautiful church in Windermere BC. Although tiny in size, it has a huge history of romance, love, intrigue and crime in the days of the pioneers of the Columbia Valley.
St. Peter’s Anglican Church was built in 1887 in the railway town of Donald, not far south of Golden, BC. Ten years later, when the CPR decided to change their railway divisional point from Donald to Revelstoke, it was agreed that several important buildings would be moved to the new location. The company announced that it would move, free of charge, any buildings to any location along its line.
One Rufus Kimpton moved his family 115 miles south to Windermere. When his beloved wife, Celina, missed her church in Donald, Rufus literally stole it from under the noses of town officials who had already dismantled the building in preparation for its move to Revelstoke. For the rest of the story, click here.
Today, church services are at:
7 PM the 1st Sunday of the month from July to October
9 AM the 3rd Sunday of the month in July, August and September
St. Peter’s Church is also a popular venue for small weddings of 90 to 100 people.
For information on services or using the church for weddings please contact the Windermere Valley Shared Ministry’s office in Invermere, 250-342-6644.