Press release


Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


St. Catherine's day was a synonym of rejoicing up to the start of the 20th century. In the past, no one worked on November 25 and everyone celebrated with feasts, dancing and good times… Recreating this festive spirit, Maison Saint-Gabriel will welcome visitors and friends, on Saturday, November 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with guided tours every hour. Toffee, that famous mixture of sugar and molasses, which is then beaten and pulled to make candy, will be prepared on the site. Visitors will have an opportunity to sample some while listening to music. A true pleasure for young and old alike!

This November 25, at Maison Saint-Gabriel, your head will be set spinning by story-tellers and hosts Éric Michaud and Francis Désilets, and story-tellers Alexis Roy and Lucie Bisson. The Maison Saint-Gabriel King’s Wards will tell you about their daily lives in the company of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Music and singing with Mia Lacroix and Pierre-Olivier Dufresne. Come and spend some time discovering a beautiful oasis in the heart of Montréal and an exceptional site… and, of course, come and sample some toffee.

Come and enjoy a good time while discovering a beautiful oasis in the heart of Montreal and an exceptional site… and, of course, come and sample some toffee.

Maison Saint-Gabriel invites all of the "Catherinettes" to take part in this event, wearing hats in the style of St. Catherine. In French, the expression “Catherinette” refers to any young woman who has reached the age of 25 and is still unmarried. St. Catherine, patron saint of young girls, could only be adorned by a virgin. This honorable mission was not one young girls wanted to hold on to for any period of time, for fear of being teased. It was in this way that St. Catherine’s Day became the feast day for single women. Door prizes will be offered.

Until December 22, Maison Saint-Gabriel will receive visitors at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Don't miss the 2017 exhibit in the barn, 375 years at the heart of the action!

For this special Saturday:
Adults: $15.00
Families: $25.00 (with 3 children)
(taxes included)

Reservations required for groups.

Maison Saint-Gabriel is located at 2146 Place Dublin, in Point St. Charles, a few steps from Marguerite-Bourgeoys Park, less than five minutes by car from Vieux-Montréal, and near the Charlevoix metro station (Bus 57 East).

Information: 514 935-8136