At the Monastery Ruins in St. Norbert, Manitoba
Building & Grounds
Admission to the Ruins, grounds and Guest House are free.
The Guest House is completely wheelchair accessible, including the restrooms. The grounds and Ruins are wheelchair accessible with assistance.
Free parking is available adjacent to the Guest House for up to 30 vehicles. Near the Ruins is a second lot for overflow parking and tour buses.
The St. Norbert Arts Centre makes its graceful home on a spacious country lot surrounded on three sides by the historic La Salle River (La Rivière Sale) near St. Norbert. Though the facility is just minutes from the city of Winnipeg, the site exudes the same sense of calm and seclusion as when the Trappist monks lived here. Many features of the monastery remain: a mature deciduous forest extending throughout the grounds and along the riverbanks, a fruit orchard, several vegetable and flower gardens. Most significantly--the extraordinary remains of the tyndall stone chapel and monastery, “The Ruins.” The Ruins are located on adjacent provincial park land which adds eight acres the St. Norbert Arts Centre’s five.
The Centre’s offices and residence are located in the beautiful 17,000 square foot turn-of-the-century Guest House. Built by the Trappist monks in 1912 for their guests, the three-storey French Provincial structure features a stone foundation, mansard roof, hardwood floors, twelve-foot ceilings and dormer windows. The Guest House has been declared a provincial and municipal historic site, and has undergone over a million dollars’ worth of renovation and revitalization.
Since its establishment in 1991, the St. Norbert Arts Centre has become a cultural, historical and recreational focal point for people from all walks of life and locales. Its seclusion allows for quiet contemplation and respite from the busy urban environment.
The adjacent provincial park--with its monastic ruins, river banks, mature forest, wild animals and birds, open meadows and gardens--is ideal for picnicking, jogging, cross-country skiing, canoeing, historic study, photography and nature walks.
Inside the Guest House, a 1,700 square-foot presentation room on the main floor is used for public exhibitions, performances, meetings and lectures.
All Guest House facilities are fully wheelchair accessible. The grounds and Ruins are wheelchair accessible with some assistance.
Visitors to the Centre can enjoy outdoor refreshments during the warmer months at our terrace café, currently being developed.
The interior of the Guest House has been specially designed with the Artist-in-Residence Programme in mind. The second floor comfortably accommodates up to ten artists in residence in nine fully renovated double occupancy guest rooms and one large guest suite. All rooms feature high ceilings, French casement windows, hardwood floors and vintage furniture. Resident artists enjoy the use of a fully-equipped common-use kitchen and dining area, shower and bath, and mezzanine lounge.
The St. Norbert Arts Centre offers some of its facilities for meetings, conferences and gatherings.
To book your event call our General Office at 269-0564.