The Church of
Saint John the Baptist

A short history

The history of the church dates back to 1911 when a group of lay people decided they would like to establish a new Anglican church in Pointe Claire. Its provenance is owed to St. Mary's Church in Beacosnfield, and even earlier to St. Stephen's Church in Lachine which was the mother church of St. Mary's.
In 1912, construction of the mission church of Saint John the Baptist was begun on donated farm land on St. John's Road. This first sanctuary accommodated only forty people and it was not until 1923 that the new congregation became the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist.
The size of the congregation continued to grow and, in 1924, the building and property on St. John's Road was sold in order to erect a larger structure at the present site on Ste-Claire Avenue. In 1948, a further major expansion became necessary and the building was extended to the east and a church hall was added. The older premises became the Chapel of this new complex.
This church remained in use until November, 1992, when an electrical fire sparked the complete destruction of the original church, i.e. the Chapel. The fire spread and destroyed most of the main building and its contents. Following this disaster, temporary premises were found in the former Edgewater Hotel, now demolished, on the banks of the St. Lawrence in Pointe Claire.

A rebuilding strategy was developed and three years later, in September 1995, the first service was held in the reconstructed Church of Saint John the Baptist. This new building follows much the same plan as its predecessor, with a chapel and main nave. The other public spaces have also been replaced according to the general plan which existed before the fire.