St. Raphael’s Ruins

In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphael’s, one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. Fortunately the outer walls were spared and today its impressive scale and fine masonry work continue to attract the tourists to the site. The Ruins were declared a National Historic Site in 1999.

Visitors are welcome to tour the site. Gates are open during the day in the summer months with a curator on duty in July and August..

No charge but free will donations are gratefully accepted.


When John Ashurst, the heritage conservationist from Bournemouth University visited St. Raphael’s recently, he described the ashlar-facing masonry as “of the finest workmanship” and the edifice itself as “the best monument of its type in Canada”.

In 1970, a fire, natural in origin, consumed the church leaving only bare stone walls. The walls were later stabilized by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.

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In Memoriam Plaque

Families and friends of the parish arrange with the Friends of the Ruins, St. Raphaels to celebrate together with the mounting and unveiling of a commemorative brass plaque to the memory of their ancestor or loved one.

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Classiqu’Arts SD&G 150 Concert

Saturday, August 19th 2017 at 7pm. This classical musical event features local, national, international and First Nations renowned musicians and dancers, as well as young emerging talents, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday set in a sublime national historic site.

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