Montreal has not just one, but two Notre-Dame churches, both located in Old Montreal. The Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is a magnificent building, both inside and out.
The chapel that is currently on the site was built in 1771 which is very old by North American standards. It replaced the original Chapel which was completed in 1678 but later, with the exception of the stature and the reliquary, was destroyed by a fire in 1754.
Located on the Saint Lawrence River the chapel was a popular place of worship and prayer for sailors who came into the port and thus became widely known as the sailor's church. Replicas of sailing ships hang from the ceiling as a reminder of this heritage. Speaking of the ceiling, it, along with the rest of the interior, are nothing short of spectacular. Be sure to click on this link to see a stunning interactive 360° view of the interior of this magnificent chapel.
A visit to the chapel would not be complete without also visiting the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum located within. Marguerite Bourgeoys who lived in the 17th century was the first teacher in Montreal and it was her who founded the original Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. The museum features a collection of art and artifacts that highlight the culture and history surrounding the chapel and its founder.
A bonus to visiting the museum is the opportunity to go up into the chapel tower which will afford you an excellent view of the Old Port of Montreal and the Saint Lawrence river.
But wait - there is even more to this interesting site! Below the floor of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is a remarkable archaeological site that was unearthed in 1996-1997 that unearthed not only the foundations of the original chapel and evidence of the fire, but also native artifacts dating back more than 2400 years; fascinating stuff indeed.
You can also inquire if there is an expert guide available to explore the museum with you in person. When available, there is no additional charge for this service.
Note that the museum is closed from the middle of January through April 30th except for prearranged group tours.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours ChapelFee: Yes
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
400 Rue Saint-Paul E
Montreal, QC H2Y 1H4
Phone: +1 514-282-8670
Dr. Scott C. Jul-03-2019
This is quite the gem right hear Old Port Montréal! I would highly suggest anyone visiting Montréal come here and see Montréal's first Stone Chapelle!!... Read More
PatrickJ T. Feb-13-2018
Montreal is the home of many beautiful churches. The Chapelle of Notre Dame de Bonsecours is absolutely one of these beauties. I was disappointed that we... Read More
Rick B. Aug-10-2019
Just another one of the neighborhood churches that look like basilicas. In very Catholic Quebec, there are so many Catholic churches and other facilities... Read More
Accommodations near Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Orange||Champ-de-Mars||5 Minutes|
How to get to Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel by Metro
By Metro: Make your way to Champ-de-Mars Metro Station on Line 2 and take the Saint_Antoine Sud (South) exit. Walk to your right (south) along Rue Gosford to Rue Saint Paul and turn to your left. The chapel is on the right hand side just beyond Bonsecour Market.
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