Stone Butter Church Photowalk 2018


Enjoy a slideshow of the Stone Butter Church Photowalk I facilitated on an overcast day in August of 2018.

Built in 1870 Father Rondeauld, with First Nations helpers, built the stone church on Comiaken Hill. It is said the he paid his helpers with funds raised from the sale of butter from his dairy herd on the mission’s farm. However, my information from a member of the Cowichan Tribes is that the locals were paid “in butter” and that butter wasn’t a part of their diet. The Stone Butter Church is located on the traditional territory of the Cowichan Tribes.

Apparently the church was only used for ten years as Bishop Demers orderd a new church be built on land with clear title after which it was abandoned and repeatedly vandalized.

Some legends have it that a reputation as the haunted church rose among the First Nations. This is unproven. Repairs were attempted in 1922 and again in 1958 and 1980 when it was rebuilt as a cultural centre but the church rapidly reverted to the ghostly vandalized structure prominently located on Comiaken Hill.

The haunted church has a rich, albeit inaccurate, history. In 1931 “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” described “The church of no services…in which no congregation has ever gathered.” According to Ripley, “the Indians will not go near (it) because all those who actually built it died mysteriously.” In this case, it truly is Believe it Not.

In reality. as mentioned earlier, services were held in the church for ten years, 1870 to 1880.


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