It has been on my to-do list for a long time to visit historical places in Calgary.
And for Doors Open YYC 2018, I get to cross out one place on the list: the Knox United Church in Calgary.
I thought I wouldn’t make it this year; but luckily, the public can visit places for two days again from September 22 to 23, 2018.
Last year, it was a one day event only and I went to Calgary Horticultural Society. Whether your a gardener or not, you’ll love it just the same.
From nature, why don’t we travel to the heart of the city. Let’s have a look at one of the oldest architecture in downtown Calgary.
I was roaming inside the church when I heard then decided to join the tour.
Tip: Joining the tour is the best way to learn about the place and it’s your ticket to free access to stories and not-open-for-public areas. You’ll see what I mean later.
Our tour guide, who I didn’t get to know the name, was lovely and keen to show us almost every corner of the church to my surprise but had no objection at all.
From the 4th Street Station of the C-Train, the tower of the church can catch everyone’s attention and curiosity.
What’s up there? A lot.
There were many stuff and not much light. It turned into a storage area without heating.
We couldn’t go any farther from where I took the photo; but I wonder what it would be like seeing downtown from that perspective, although its height is minuscule compare to Calgary Tower (get in for free).
From the tower we went down to the basement where the washrooms are located and a huge hall for theatrical show and whatnot.
Then we went to more areas with more machine.
As we go our way around, we would somehow exited and find ourselves in a balcony adorned with stained glass that were donated.
I probably heard about the labyrinth in Calgary during the talk about historical gardens.
The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs has an outdoor labyrinth.
But the labyrinth inside the Knox United Church intrigued me the most. The flooring was made of wood similar to the flooring of the church which seemed odd to me.
And before the trip ends, I past by this witty sign on the door of the music room. I had to take a photo; a blogger wouldn’t miss such a thing.
The tour lasted for an hour, which is unnoticeable when having fun.
I guess it wouldn’t be the last time that I’ll visit the Knox United Church although I’m from a different religious background.
The church has events every month that might interest you.
As for the awesome tour, you have to wait for Doors Open YYC next year. Or visit the church on weekdays but, of course, access to the other areas are limited to the public.
Where did you go this year? Do you have any place to recommend here in Calgary?