Located in Bear Lake, Ontario, St. Olaf's Lutheran Church very well could be one of the oldest churches of any denomination in the Almaguin Highlands region.
Church services are held every second Sunday during the summer months and this year begin at 1:30 p.m.
The dates for 2016 are as follows:
July 10th - July 24th
August 7th - August 21st
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St. Olaf lived from 996 to 1030 A.D., ruling Norway as King from 1019. He established Christianity in the land, helped give the church a code of laws written in Norwegian, and completely revised the civil laws of the nation. He was slain in battle on 29 July, 1030.
This beautiful little church was built by the settlers of the area of solid white pine logs in 1876. The interior of the church is a must see, with original pen and ink pictures, inlaid dome ceiling and hand hewn pews. The old pump organ still works and the church bell can be heard for miles around, drawing the local cottagers from around the lake. On a summer Sunday the windows are wide open and the congregation is visited by the odd bee and friendly house fly; soon to be flattened by a hymnal.