A camping favourite.
The church was constructed in 1885 and was part of the St Charles Mission (a Roman Catholic missionary congregation). The church still stands in its original location in Historic Dunvegan. In 1956 the church became part of the provincial historic park. Guided tours are open seasonally from mid-May until September.
The information boards that accompany the building state that, “the St Charles Mission was established by members of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate as a missionary centre for First Nations and Metis people in the Peace River region. The location was of interest to the mission as the area was an important gathering location for First Nations people. In addition, the presence of a fur trade post could provide supplies and materials for the mission as well.” And it goes on to state that, “The completed church included of the main building and a small apse that is attached to the north end of the building. Following closure of the mission in 1903 the building was used as a grain storage, family residence, a bunkhouse for travelers crossing the Peace River, a gasoline station and a tire repair shop.”
My boys love exploring the area every year. They ask questions and try to imagine what life would have been like in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.
This post is connected to “Our Lady of Peace.”
Posted by Shari Marshall – 2019