Both the Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica are dedicated to St. John the Baptist. I think that's because legend has it that John Cabot landed in this area on John the Baptist feast day. I visited the cathedral and was surprised to see that the cathedral had a wooden beamed roof! I was offered a free tour by a young lady sitting near the entrance doing cross stitch to pass the time in between visitors and she said the previous cathedral also had a wooden roof which was why it was gutted by fire in 1892 but rebuilt the same way.
There was a small museum in a side area and the stained glass was exquisite. The windows have all been made since the fire except for two surviving ones from the 1880s and the various windows have been created over the decades right up to one installed and dedicated this past June. It was fascinating to compare the styles of the artists over the years. My favourites consistently seemed to be the ones created from about 1905 to 1915. I don't know if it was the style or the colours which tended to be more muted and more whites and reds than the brighter, clearer glass of the 40's and 50's.
In the crypt/lower level of the cathedral is a tea room which may be open only seasonally. For a set price, you receive with your coffee or tea, a plate of scone wedges and muffins and a plate of sweets and squares.
Along Military Road rises the stone Catholic Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist. You can see it from all over the city as it's near the top of the city which slopes down to the harbour. On one side is a little museum with old religious artifacts and the rooms displaying the artistic endeavours of the Sisters of Charity where I was awestruck by some illuminated script one nun painted over 100 years ago and quite impressed by some of the exquisite embroidery.
The basilica has a beautiful painted ceiling over the plaster mouldings and has nice stained glass and statues.
Both churches are worth a visit.