The church is built on the highest part of Guelph. The founder of Guelph, John Galt, a Protestant, donated the land to his friend, Bishop Macdonnell of Kingston, as thanks for advice the bishop had given him for the foundation of the Canada Company. The road leading up to the church, from which the first picture was taken, is called Macdonnell Street. When Galt transferred the land over to Macdonnell, he is said to have written the following words: "On this hill would one day rise a church to rival St. Peter's in Rome."
The church is still prominent feature of the Guelph skyline. It is protected by local bylaws, and no building may be made taller than it. A few years ago there was an attempt to change the law, an a newspaper wrote an editorial counting off all the reasons why it may be a good idea to change the law, and concluded with words to the effect: "Of course, if you go through with this plan, you will never be elected again." The measure was dropped.
The church was designed by Joseph Connolly, whom I have mentioned many times before. This is considered to be his masterpiece. As to whether or not it rivals St Peter's... I would say no, but he gave it a good try.
In addition to this, I also visited the Credit River yesterday, and saw the tail end of the annual salmon migration. The lover of nature in me was awe-inspired by the sight of these mighty fish, many weighing easily thirty pounds and more, fighting their way upstream, leaping over obstacles in their single minded push up the river. The fisherman in me was appalled to see such fish while I was standing in a fish sanctuary.