Maison Mère, in Baie-Saint-Paul, encompasses many things. First and foremost, it was the historic convent complex of the Little Franciscans of Mary, who played a pivotal role in the religious, cultural, and socio-economic development of the Charlevoix region. After serving as the residence and workplace for these remarkable women, the buildings were acquired by the City of Baie-Saint-Paul in 2017 to establish a socio-economic development and innovation center for the entrepreneurial youth of Baie-Saint-Paul. Over time, the project evolved into a magnificent complex that has preserved its old-world charm while enhancing its beauty with contemporary flair. Within its walls, bold projects are developed, diverse activities are created, and unique events are planned to serve the well-being and progress of the local community. Several organizations and businesses have made it their home, flourishing in the serene and inspiring atmosphere of this place.


Maison Mère, a non-profit organization, is active in a number of sectors that reflect its vision for the region: agrifood, arts and culture, education, entrepreneurship, lodging and sustainable development.


Working hand in hand with the region’s vibrant forces, Maison Mère fosters visionary projects that share a common goal of regional cultural and socio-economic development, as well as creating benefits for the entire community through collaboration and mutual support.

Maison Mère truly lives up to its name. It is the heart of a great family that strives to foster the emergence of innovative projects and activities in a healthy environment. This is accomplished through various offerings such as a coworking space, a cooperative coffee shop, a museum space, alternative accommodation services, office spaces, and more.


To learn more about the occupants of Maison Mère, their opening hours, available services, and the activities taking place there, click on the following  code. 

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