Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel's activities

A place of discoveries

A place for celebrations...

The liturgical team at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours prepares Eucharistic celebrations throughout the year, making it a true meeting place. Consult the schedule of celebrations.

A place of musical expression…

Whether in the liturgy or in concert, music is a path of beauty where the Word evokes a state of listening … a path on which the quest for the spiritual can become an encounter with God.

During Les Choralies, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is partnered with many Montreal Ensembles that provide genuine spiritual experiences.

A place of pilgrimage…

The portrait of today's pilgrims has become much more diverse. On the roads, there are always seekers of God looking to deepen their faith, but there are also seekers of meaning who walk for themselves and their loved ones. They are not necessarily believers in the institutional sense of the term. They are often people, individuals who decide to take a break and return to the essence of their inner being. Pilgrimage then becomes a means of breaking out of their sometimes rusty habits, and rediscovering new paths of humanity.

We welcome pilgrims with special care.

Pilgrimages on offer:
1) Follow Marguerite Bourgeoys
2) Follow Jeanne Le Ber

Your pilgrimage includes :

  • A walking tour of Old Montreal.
  • Guided tour of the chapel.
  • A guided tour of the archaeological site.
  • Self-guided tour of the museum and belvedere.

Reservations required for groups. Minimum of 10 people to form a group
Only one payment per group required. One free admission per group of 20 visitors.

Rates for either pilgrimage
Adults: $16
Seniors: $14
Students (18-25):  $10
Youth (13-17): $8
Children (12 and under): Free


Guided pastoral visit: chapel, museum, vault, tower and archaeological site.

RSVP at least 2 weeks in advance. Minimum group size: 15 people. One free admission per 20 people. Please note that it is possible to combine your visit with a mass for your group or a mass already on our schedule.

Rates: Individuals / Groups
Adults: $14 / $10
Seniors (65+): $12 / $9
Students (18-25 - proof required): $7 / $6
Youth (13-17): $5 / $5
Children (12 and under): Free Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children): $30

Also available:

Brief presentation of the chapel: $5 per person.

It is always possible to tailor a pilgrimage to your needs and interests. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss possibilities.

Information and reservations:

Spiritual animation and pilgrimage service
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
514 282-8670, ext. 248

You are always welcome to visit Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, whether to pray quietly, to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, or to make a personal pilgrimage. These activities are offered free of charge, however a free will offering is always appreciated.

Opening Hours:
May 15 to October 15
10:00 am to 6:00 pm.


Tuesday to Friday
October 16 to May 14
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sunday and Saturday
October 16 to May 14
11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Objects Offered to the Chapel by Pilgrims

Many of the objects in Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel bear witness to the different types of pilgrims. Some of the votive hearts hanging on the walls of the sanctuary recall the many groups of pilgrims who responded to the invitation of Ignace Bourget, second bishop of Montreal, in his desire to restore the tradition of pilgrimage to the chapel of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

The model boats hanging from the ceiling evoke the attachment of sailors and longshoremen to the Chapel. The first recorded evidence of this devotion is the ship presented by the Papal Zouaves on May 26, 1872. These men from all over Canada wished to thank the Blessed Virgin for her protection on the voyage back to Canada after the Siege of Rome where they had defended Pope Pius IX. To this day, the Zouaves of Valleyfield come in pilgrimage each year on the third Sunday of September to commemorate the end of the Siege on September 20, 1870.

Portrait of a Pilgrim

Today's pilgrims are a diverse group.  While many of them are believers seeking to deepen their faith, there are others who seek meaning for themselves and those close to them without being traditional believers.  They are often persons who decide to take a break to recover a sense of their own deepest being.   Pilgrimage then becomes a means of breaking old habits and starting out afresh of the road of life.

Pilgrimage: a Meeting With the Other

Pilgrimage is first and foremost a meeting with the other, the unknown: the unknown that we meet along the way and that reminds us of our place in the human community; the unknown in us that calls us to assume our responsibilities toward every living being; and the transcendent unknown that reminds us that life will always have the last word and that we are simply called to do our best to improve this world of ours.

Whoever you are, whatever your age, your situation, your needs, come and present your desires and your fears, your weaknesses and your troubles to Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours. Do not fear to ask too much; this good Mother has her hands full of grace, and she wants to distribute it. Her most ardent desire and sweetest joy is to find hearts ready to receive it. Open your soul to trust; Mary is the help of Christians. There is nothing that you cannot delight to obtain through her intercession.

From the Manuel du pèlerin de Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours, 1848, by Felix Martin. S.J.

Spiritual Animation Services and Pilgrimages:
Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
(514) 282-8670, ext. 245
Email :

Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

400, rue Saint-Paul Est
Métro Champ-de-Mars
514 282-8670
514 282-8672