Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Montreal

#5 of 39 in Historic Sites in Montreal
Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
One of the city's oldest religious landmarks, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel welcomed generations of sailors and settlers arriving at the port. The 18th-century stone church stands on the site of an earlier 17th-century chapel. In the 19th century, seafarers expressed their gratitude to Our Lady of Good Help by offering models of ships, hung in the interior of the chapel. Today, you can see the votive gifts in the adjacent museum, together with dolls made by nuns arranged to form 58 scenes from the life of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys--the patroness of the original chapel. Climb a narrow spiral staircase to get to the roof, which offers scenic views of the old town. For Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and beyond, use our Montreal road trip app to get the most from your Montreal vacation.
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  • One of the few religius buildings we could enter due to Covid. Wonderful interior and stain glass windows. A must for people who love looking at cathedrals and churches.  more »
  • Quiet little gem of a museum and tour. Found this to be less touristy than other parts of the area and if you climb up the tower the view is stunning!  more »
  • This is my favourite church in Montreal. I just love the votive boats and ships suspended from above, offerings for the protection, and thanks for the salvation of seafarers. Intimate and beautiful.
  • This is a beautiful small chapel with an amazing history. The audio tour is very well done and the exhibits are informative. Don't miss the crypt and the guided tour of the current dig, incredible.

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