Tourisme Charlevoix

Maison Mère Baie-St-Paul


Maison Mère Baie-Saint-Paul is a former convent of 180 000 sf that was converted in 2017 into a creative and innovative space. Under its three steeples are accommodations, a lunch café ,a heritage and museum tour, artist’s studios, a vast flower garden, a co-working area and even more. Harmoniously updated by architect Pierre Thibault, Maison Mère is a most inspiring and magical place, in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, city of art and heritage.

At Maison Mère, several challenging worlds coexist and live together. Together they are involved in a unique socio-economic development project where sustainable innovation is the priority. In inspiring locations filled with history, where tradition and modernity meet providing fertile ground for infinite possibilities. Discover Maison Mère, The place where everything is possible.

Maison Mère is also several organizations whose missions meet one or many of the following six broad areas of development: Food processing, Art & Culture, Education, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable development and Accommodation. Together they spell the wealth of this unique and mobilizing project.


  • Discover the unique charms of Baie-Saint-Paul’s youth hostel, a warm gathering place in the heart of town, open year-round!
    Nestled between the walls of an old history filled convent, Auberge des Balcons’ genuine character, friendly welcome and vibrant atmosphere will charm you.
    The place where nature and culture blend!


  • Mousse Café is a cozy café offering local food and "on the go" lunch. It includes also a play zone for the younglings, more than a hundred boardgames and a store for artists and children. Come and play at Mousse Café, partake in our creative activities or taste our delightful homemade cupcakes. Our café aims to accommodate families with a baby changing table, protected power outlets, a welcoming ambiance and a lot more!


  • A 125-year old heritage gem, Maison Mère is filled with the precious legacy of the Little Franciscans of Mary congregation. The museum and heritage area highlights the origin, history and evolution of the congregation that left an important mark in Baie-Saint-Paul’s cultural landscape. A visit to the chapel, a true heritage treasure, will enchant the visitor, as will a stroll in the Jardin de François.

  • At the heart of downtown, in Maison Mère’s vast back yard, bountiful fruit trees share space with lovely picnic tables. Sit on the lawns to enjoy the sun, or take a stroll on the Allée des soeurs (The Nun’s Alley), surrounded by immense maple trees, taking you from the fields to the beach. The Jardin de François located to the west of the property will charm you with its calm and beauty.

  • Buy creative and crafting material at Mousse Cafe, as well many products for kids and babies (babywearing product,s, cloth diapers, bibs, slippers, etc).

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Contact informations

63, rue Ambroise-Fafard
Baie-Saint-Paul (QC)  G3Z 2J7

  418 435-3521

Visit the official site of Maison Mère Baie-St-Paul


Open year-around

This attraction is part of Espace muséal et patrimonial des Petites Franciscaines de Marie

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