Bulkley Valley Museum

History of the Old Church

The building in Smithers affectionately known as “The Old Church” was built in 1913 as the St. James’ Anglican Church in 1913. Sitting on the corner of King St. and First Avenue, St. James’ Church and its hall became a spiritual and community centre for the growing village.

After the parish of St. James moved to its new home on Princess St. in 1975, the original parish church building was left unused and suffered disrepair and neglect.

In 2005, thanks to the dedication and vision of a dynamic group of volunteers, the building was renovated and resurrected for use as a community assembly and recital centre and given the moniker “The Old Church”. Since 2005, the Old Church has been administered by the BV Museum.

The Old Church Garden was developed in 2006 as a public green space. The gardens rely on the work of enthusiastic volunteers for their upkeep. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Museum at 250-847-5322 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Renting the Old Church

The Old Church is available for rental as a site for events such as musical performances, seminars, lectures, theatre, dance classes, weddings and birthday parties and more.

The Old Church can accommodate up to 80 people and comes with a fully equipped Northern Health certified kitchen. Available amenities include tables and chairs, upright piano, sound system, two washrooms (one accessible), and a screen and projector system. Wireless internet is generously donated by Four Dimensions Computer Centre Ltd.

Rental Cost

The current rental fee is $30 per hour (minimum 2 hours) + $25 cleaning fee. For full fee information, including full day and evening rates, as well as deposit information and pricing for additional amenities please click here to view a copy of the Old Church Rental Policy. An overview of the equipment available with an Old Church rental can be found here.

For full rental details and availability please contact the Bulkley Valley Museum (250) 847-5322 or by email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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