This two-story, galleried chapel seats about 150 people. 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 Birks Heritage Chapel is located in the Birks Building on the McGill University campus.
3520 University Street
There are entrances to the Chapel on both the second and third floors of the Birks Building.
By metro or bus
McGill metro (green line): Take the University St. (rue University) exit. Walk north, pass the Milton St. intersection and the building is the second on the left.
Bus 24 (Sherbrooke) stops at Robert-Bourassa and Sherbrooke Street. Walk north, pass the Milton Street intersection and the building is the second on the left.
We do not have on-site parking for the public. On-street metered parking is available throughout the downtown core, including University Street For information about on-site parking permits, visit the McGill Parking website, or call 514-398-4559.
The Birks Building and Chapel are wheelchair accessible. When facing the Birks Building, you will notice a path to the left-hand side with an automatic door. Upon entering, you will find an elevator to your left that can take you to the first floor of the Chapel (floor 2).
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.). 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 periods.
The chapel is available for rental to members of the McGill Community. 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.
Click here to access the Birks Heritage Chapel reservation form
Weddings and Baptisms
The chapel is available for rental on weekends for weddings or baptisms. Please note that 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 also 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.
The chapel can be reserved for wedding rehearsals on Friday afternoon from 3:30 p.m.–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.
Memorial services and other events
The chapel can be rented for memorial services or events organized by McGill Faculty members or McGill Student Associations during the week or on weekends. Please fill out the reservation form to inquire about availability and rental fees.
Cancellation Administration Fee of $200 (plus taxes) for any cancellations after the Agreement has been signed and rental fee paid.