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.
The Birks Heritage Chapel is open from Monday to Friday (9 a.m.–5pm) from September to May. From June to August the Chapel is open from Monday to Thursday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). You can visit the Chapel during our 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-August). 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] mcgill.ca. 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 time and end time on the form. Rental fees are listed on the form and below.
Download the Birks Chapel reservation form
Weddings and Baptisms
The chapel is available for rental on weekends for weddings or baptisms. Please note that is your minister or officiants is responsibility 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.
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] mail.mcgill.ca.
Rehearsals The chapel can be reserved for wedding rehearsals on Friday afternoon from 3:30–5 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, Thursday evenings or on weekends as the chapel is closed on Fridays.
The chapel can be rented for Memorial Services during the week or on weekends.
The chapel may be available for booking 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.
Cancellation Administration Fee of $150 (plus taxes) for any cancellations after the Agreement has been signed and rental fee paid.