St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands

2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is located at Cibola Ave on the Toronto Island
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is located at Cibola Ave on the Toronto Island

St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is located on Cibola Ave, on the Toronto Islands. The picturesque church originally stood on the south side of Centre Island, facing the shore of Lake Ontario (southeast of today’s Island Water Treatment Plant). The church was moved from the beachfront to its present location in 1959 and continues today as a place of worship for the island community.

Built in 1884 as a part of the Cathedral Church of St James parish, St Andrew by-the-Lake cost $2,000 to construct. Architect Arthur Richard Denison designed the wooden structure in a semi-Gothic and Medieval variation of the Stick-Style. The cream-coloured church features chocolate-brown trim and a belfry. Beautiful stained glass windows throughout the church include a Robert McCausland-designed triptych in the north chancel.

Also built and designed by Denison in 1884 was the whimsical rectory for the Right Reverend Arthur Sweatman. The pretty little structure known as “Happy-Go-Lucky” was located next to the church on the west side.

In 1959, St Andrew by-the-Lake church, rectory and parish hall were sold to the city’s Parks Department for $22,978. While the rectory and parish hall were demolished, the church was moved to Cibola Ave and leased back to the Synod.

The church received heritage status from the City of Toronto in 1973 and Ontario Heritage Trust in 1979.

St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church Photos

Late 1880s - The rectory known as "Happy-Go-Lucky" and St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at their original location along the shore of the lake, on Centre Island
Late 1880s – The rectory known as “Happy-Go-Lucky” and St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at their original location along the shore of the lake, on Centre Island (Toronto Public Library R-3431)
Circa 1930 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was once located on the corner of Cherokee Ave and Lakeshore Ave on Centre Island
Circa 1930 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was once located on the corner of Cherokee Ave and Lakeshore Ave on Centre Island
2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is located at Cibola Ave on the Toronto Islands
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is located at Cibola Ave on the Toronto Islands
Between 1968 to 1983 - Looking north towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at its present-day location on Cibola Ave
Between 1968 to 1983 – Looking north towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at its present-day location on Cibola Ave (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 376, Item 24)
2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was built in 1884 and designed by architect Arthur Richard Denison
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was built in 1884 and designed by architect Arthur Richard Denison
2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church sign
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church sign
1884 - "Happy-Go-Lucky" rectory and St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at their original location along the shore of Lake Ontario, on Centre Island
1884 – “Happy-Go-Lucky” rectory and St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church at their original location along the shore of Lake Ontario, on Centre Island (Toronto Public Library R-3431)
2022 - The picturesque St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
2022 – The picturesque St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
2022 - Looking northeast across the water towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 – Looking northeast across the water towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 - The main entrance of St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 – The main entrance of St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 - The round stained glass window and belfry at St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
2022 – The round stained glass window and belfry at St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
2022 - The west side of St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 – The west side of St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church on the Toronto Islands
2022 - A stained glass window at St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
2022 – A stained glass window at St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church
Sketch of St Andrew's Episcopal Church on Toronto Island
Sketch of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Toronto Island (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
Sketch of St Andrew's Episcopal Church interior on Toronto Island
Sketch of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church interior on Toronto Island (Landmarks of Toronto Volume 4 by J Ross Robertson – 1904)
1890 - Goads Map showing the original beachfront location of St Andrew's Episcopal Church. Notice the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the left
1890 – Goads Map showing the original beachfront location of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Notice the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the left (Toronto Public Library)
2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was designed in the Stick-Style with semi-Gothic and Medieval elements
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church was designed in the Stick-Style with semi-Gothic and Medieval elements
2022 - Looking northwest towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church located at Cibola Ave
2022 – Looking northwest towards St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church located at Cibola Ave
2022 - Located on the Toronto Islands, St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is surrounded by beautiful trees
2022 – Located on the Toronto Islands, St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church is surrounded by beautiful trees
2022 - "The Island Church 1884" St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church sign
2022 – “The Island Church 1884” St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church sign
 2022 - St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church plaque
2022 – St Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church plaque
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