9 of Canada’s oldest buildings that are still in use

Churches, chapels and a stone mill

Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks in Brantford, Ont. (SF Photo/Shutterstock)

1. Le Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice, Montreal (1684): Built in what is now downtown Montreal, the seminary still houses active and retired Sulpicians.

2. Notre-Dames-des-Victoires Church, Quebec City (1688): This functioning Roman Catholic church was a film location for the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can.

3. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Halifax (1750): The oldest Anglican church in North America is still an active place of worship. It’s seen rough days—a wooden sill is embedded in a wall, flung there during the Halifax Explosion of 1917—but it’s also hosted royals, including Queen Victoria’s father.

4. Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Brantford, Ont. (1785): The oldest surviving church in Ontario was given bythe Crown to the Mohawk First Nation, who supported the British during the American Revolution.

5. Old Stone Mill, Delta, Ont. (1810): The three-storey grist mill, powered by the Delta Creek, continues to grind flour today using its 200-year-old millstones.

6. Province House, Charlottetown (1843): Before this building was constructed, the Island’s legislature met in homes and taverns. Most famously, in 1864, delegates met to discuss the idea of a confederation of Canada.

7. Arts Building at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (1826): The oldest Canadian university building still in continuous use, it was originally used for classes and to house the university president. Today it’s used for administration.

8. Neubergthal Street Village, Neubergthal, Man. (1876): The village, which was built by a group of related Mennonite families over five years, is distinctively Mennon- ite in its form—all the farmsteads are aligned side by side along a single street, to allow neighbours to easily help each other.

9. St. Stephen Post Office, St. Stephen, N.B. (1885): Designed to house the local post office, customs office and tax officers, the building was meant to establish a federal presence in the town. It’s now the town hall.

Source: list selected by Parks Canada

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9 of Canada’s oldest buildings that are still in use

  1. There are older, buildings like the deGannes house in Annapolis Royal and the house currently owned by photographer Sherman Hines in Newport Corner that dates to the last of the 1600s.

  2. There are MANY older buildings than the St Stephen post office. The farm house I grew up in was from the 1880s (it is still in use, not by my family), and it wasn’t particularly old for that area of southern Ontario. Even Rideau Hall in Ottawa is older than several of these.

  3. I’d like to put in a plug for St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Lachine, Quebec. It was built in 1831 and is still an active parish, though the congregation is much diminished now. It is the oldest Anglican church on the island of Montreal.

  4. Mallard Cottage in St. John’s is a National Historic Site and while its official date of construction is placed between 1820 and 1840, there is some speculation that it may date from as early as 1750. It is considered one of the oldest wooden structures in Canada. Also in St. John’s: The Basilica of St. John the Baptist, 1855.

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