Birks Heritage Chapel

A view of the Birks Heritage Chapel

This two storey, galleried chapel seats about 150. It originally reflected the interdenominational nature of the original colleges, and the ecumenical intention of Divinity Hall, now the Birks Building. Its more recent function reflects the pluralism of the campus, and the variety of faiths within the School of Religious Studies and McGill itself. The chapel is available for rental to members of the McGill Community only.

The Birks Heritage Chapel is open from Monday to Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) from September to May. From June to August the Chapel is open from Monday to Thursday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). One can visit the Chapel during opening hours. No appointment is needed.

Please note that the Chapel is closed from December 20 to January 5, and on Fridays during the summer months (June to August). The Chapel is also closed on St. Jean Baptiste Day, Canada Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. The Chapel is not available for rental during these time periods.

Renting the Birks Heritage Chapel

If you wish to rent the Birks Heritage Chapel, please fill out the Birks Chapel Reservation form below and email it to chapel.relg [at] We will reply by email to let you know if the chapel is available for your dates. Please include all your proposed dates, as well as start and end times on the Birks Chapel reservation form. Rental fees are listed on the form and below.

Wedding and Baptism

The chapel can be rented on weekends for weddings and baptisms. Please note that it is the responsibility of your minister or officiant to complete all the legal and/or religious documents pertaining to your marriage or baptismal ceremony. You are free to use the minister or officiant of your choice. We have provided a list of suggested possible Ministers and Officiants below.

List of suggested Ministers and Officiants

For information about having Roman Catholic Services in the Birks Heritage Chapel, please contact the Newman Centre, 3484 Peel Street, telephone: (514) 398–4106 or (514) 398–4107, email: newmancentre [at]


The chapel can be rented for wedding rehearsals on Friday afternoons from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Friday evenings after 5 p.m. or on weekends. During the summer months (June to August), the chapel can be reserved only on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. –4:30 p.m., Thursday evenings or on weekends as the chapel is closed on Fridays.

Memorial Service

The chapel can be rented for Memorial Services during the week or on weekends.

Other Event

The chapel may be rented for events organized by McGill student associations or by McGill Faculty members. Please fill out the reservation form to inquire about availability and rental fees.

Rental Fees

Weddings or Baptisms—registered students and Alumnae (weekends only) – 2 ½ hours

$598.39 (plus taxes) = $688

Weddings or Baptisms (weekends only) – 2 ½ hours

$808.00 (plus taxes) = $929

Rehearsals (Thursday or Friday 3:00–4:30 p.m.) – 1 ½ hours

$252.23 (plus taxes) = $290.00

Rehearsals (Thursday or Friday after 5 p.m. or weekends) – 1 ½ hours

$500.10 (plus taxes) = $575.00

Memorials Services (Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) – 2 hours

$200.05 (plus taxes) = $230.00

Memorial Services (weekends or after 5 p.m.) – 2 hours

$500.10 (plus taxes) = $575.00

For any other kinds of events, complete and submit the form for a quotation.

Cancellation Administration Fee of $150 (plus taxes) for any cancellations after the Agreement has been signed and rental fee paid. Additional time (over the end time of agreement) will be charged at $100 (plus taxes) per hour.