St Paul’s was founded by St James church – the first Anglican parish church in Vancouver – as a mission to serve the railway workers moving into Yaletown at the end of the nineteenth century.  The new parish was centred upon the West End, where it became a thriving community with roots in the British Isles.  One hundred and thirty years later, St Paul’s has grown out of its roots and is now a radical and forward-looking parish that serves the diverse and vibrant community in which it is situated.

Read Peace be to the whole community: The story of St Paul’s in the West End.  Part 1 Building the House of the Lord describes how the early parishioners built a church and a parish hall and used them as means of growth and expansion.  Part 2 Gathering the Community, recounts how the parish has responded to changing circumstances and new challenges.

The following pdf files are available for download (you will need an acrobat reader to view the files):

Parish History Part 1  (in pdf)                                    Parish History Part 2  (in pdf)