St Raphael’s Ruins
Glengarry, Cornwall, Ontario
Access: County Road 18, (The King’s Road) | South Glengarry, Cornwall, Ontario K0C 2J0, Canada
This site was located in the book the top 125 most unusual places to see in Ontario. I visited this on a trip to Montreal (about 15 minutes North of Highway 401) and enjoyed the ambiance, story, and unique structure. Just being on the grounds you could feel the “story” and at the back acres of lower fields where you can imagine the farming back in the day.
In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphael’s, one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. Fortunately the outer walls were spared and today its impressive scale and fine masonry work continue to attract the tourists to the site. The Ruins were declared a National Historic Site in 1999.
Visitors are welcome to tour the site. Gates are open during the day in the summer months with a curator on duty in July and August..
No charge but free will donations are gratefully accepted.
Close to: SDG Where Ontario Began