• Victoria J. Polsoni

Exploring an abandoned church in Québec

Updated: May 10, 2020

This year, Christmas brought me closer to family—and an amazing new location to explore!

I noticed an old, eerie steeple standing in the middle of a small town near my grandmother's house. I drove closer to find a beautiful abandoned church.

What was once considered an architectural masterpiece, has become an eyesore and a worry to residents in the neighbourhood.

The church opened in 1951 and closed its doors in 2012. It is privately owned by a gentleman who claims he is going to use the area to build condominiums. The city is still waiting on him to bring his plan to life, as the church continues to deteriorate and suffer through the seasons.

The price tag to transform the grounds is hefty, and the owner has yet to take action on the matter. Since its closure, the city has made efforts to stop squatters from vandalizing the building and has been trying to reclaim it—but can't, since the owner has been diligent in paying his taxes. The building remains a public health and safety concern.

On the way in, we couldn't help but notice the stairs and floors were covered in ice from water that had made its way in through the broken windows and holes in the ceiling. Here's a giant icicle that would probably knock you out cold if it were to fall on your head!

The building is infected with asbestos everywhere, pigeon droppings, holes in the floors, ceilings and walls and loads of waste.

My brother Domenico standing up near the altar with what's left of one of the several fire pits found in the church.

"Le Maître est là et il t'appelle"

"The Teacher is come, and He calls you."

(Jn 11, 28)

Questionable graffiti covers the walls.

We continued to the room behind the altar, where priests would prepare for mass.

There were change rooms, a washroom as well as walls of cupboards and storage space.

Large windows lit up the church in a nice warm light.

Every inch of this area was covered in lead paint—including the ceiling. You can tell by the way it chips.

The ground was covered in a thick layer of ice, mold, bibles, litter and lead paint flakes. We could only imagine the destruction springtime will bring to this church when everything quickly melts.

A creepy chair was frozen in place, rusting away against the wall in the dressing area.

One more of the creepy chair, just because.

Thought this was an eerie room. The green paint threw off my white balance but I kinda like it.

Another room we found around the corner, could be for hosting private functions.

As we continued, we crossed over a "bridge" and realized we were in the nearby presbytery that was attached to the church.

The administrative area, painted in a beautiful moldy mint green! The desk is literally frozen in ice!

Here's what is looked like walking around... Still refused to hold onto the walls. Questionable sharp things everywhere!

As much as I do love exploring areas like this, I realize the hazards are numerous and the air quality is highly toxic to breathe. Especially when flying the drone to film the video above, it immediately kicked up tons of mold and dust that hadn't been moved in years.

Abandoned buildings fill my adventurous heart with joy—exactly what I wanted for Christmas this year.

(Please don't ask me where these pictures were taken unless you're willing to release a secret location in return!)

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