Ring in the new year with cathedral bell ringers

Centuries-old tradition continues on New Year's Eve at Victoria's Christ Church Cathedral

A centuries-old tradition will continue in Victoria when 10 bell-ringers ascend to the north tower of Christ Church Cathedral on the last day of the year.

The change-ringers will help the city ring in 2012 by continuously swinging 10 bronze bells weighing more than 5,900 kilograms every two and a half seconds. The music they perform dates back to the 1500s.

Muffled ringing begins at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 31), followed by silence just before the stroke of midnight. The bells will then ring out loud and clear until 12:15 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 1). Spectators in the north tower are welcome. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 930 Burdett Ave.