Le Monastère des Augustines

Cultivating Care

“”My aspiration for Le Monastère is for it to continue writing the impressive history of the Augustinian Sisters, who laid the foundations of our healthcare system 384 years ago with a holistic approach to health. Today, Le Monastère harnesses its historical significance for a contemporary purpose. We strive to innovate by drawing upon the wisdom of the past, gaining a deeper understanding of the present, and collectively shaping a future dedicated to the well-being of current and future generations. As a social economy organization rooted in a rich healthcare tradition, Le Monastère has all the necessary elements to actively participate in the evolution of Western medicine as a living laboratory. We are conducting research projects to explore how our cultural heritage, encompassing physical artifacts as well as intangible elements such as traditions, practices, and values, can contribute to the overall sustainable well-being of people. Our initiatives undergo testing and documentation by experienced researchers. Our goal is to continuously enhance our offerings for the benefit of as many people as possible, while sharing research findings and expanding knowledge within both local and international communities.” Isabelle Duchesneau, Founding Director & Head of Strategic Development “


Updated on August 3rd, 2023

Le Monastère des Augustines is a haven of heritage, culture and wellness. It is located in the historic wings of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery, from which emerged the first hospital on the continent north of Mexico. Le Monastère is a non-profit organization with charitable status. Through its cultural and social vocation, Le Monastère des Augustines witnesses to the way of life, as well as the social and spiritual works of the Augustinian Sisters in this country. Inspired by the fervour and compassion that motivated the sisters, it continues to function as a place of welcome, hospitality, memory, rest and renewal.

For almost 400 years, generations of Augustine nuns tended to rich and poor alike, creating a thriving community hub and hospital. At one time, 225 sisters lived at the monastery; in 2023, just six remain. In 2013, the Augustinian Sisters bequeathed Le Monastère des Augustines to the people of Quebec. The gift comprised a classified heritage building dating back to the 17th century, over 50,000 artifacts and an archive that was recently listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World international Register.  Following major renovations, Le Monastère opened its doors as a non-profit organization in 2015 with a cultural, wellness tourism, and social mission (to provide support and respite to those who care for others), inspired by the rich legacy of the Augustinian Sisters.


77, rue des Remparts
Québec (Québec)
G1R 0C3 Canada


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