Tours & Experiences
We're creating new experiences at Our Lady of Mercy Heritage Church Complex. Stay tuned for a complete schedule of summer events.
Miracles and Mysteries Tour
Hear marvellous, decades old stories of inexplicable wonder brought to life by a local guide. Step back in time, over 100 years ago, to when a man volunteering on the construction of this monumental wooden Church fell from the roof and walked away. Then journey through a century of unexplained phenomenon and averted disasters. Discover the power of roses to create miracles and the faith of a rural mining and fishing community. After the tour, enjoy tea and a homemade dessert in our tearoom.
Price includes 90-minute tour and tea and dessert in our on-site tearoom. Dessert selection may vary. Tours start at 10:30am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We also offer private and group tours for 6 to 20 people and tours for school groups. $6 each per child under twelve, $22 each per adult. Advance booking is preferred, but not necessary. Available May 15 to September 30, 2023.
Take a guided tour of Our Lady of Mercy Heritage Church – Newfoundland & Labrador's largest wooden structure. It is the oldest wooden building in Newfoundland (excluding Labrador). The interior features beautiful custom woodwork, stained-glass windows, and a hand carved altar. All was built by local fishermen, farmers and miners between 1914 and 1925.
Admission & tours are $5 per person.
Do-It-Yourself Beach Boil Up
Pick up a tasty boil up kit full of Newfoundland favourites from Our Lady of Mercy Tea Room. From there, follow Danny’s Trail to the beach. Danny’s Trail follows the coastline along Port au Port Bay and features unique limestone formations and embedded fossils. Pick a place on the rocky shore to build a campfire for your boil up and enjoy the sights and sounds of the salty sea.
We provide everything you need for an easy beach boil up. All kits include kindling, matches, campfire grill, water, kettle/pot/pan, cups, tea bags, and a map to the local beach. Choose from three boil up options: (A) Tea and Purity Biscuits – choice of lemon creams or ginger biscuits, $30/kit. (B) Tea and Toutons – bread dough, cooking oil, and molasses, $40/kit. (C) Tea and Mussels – fresh mussels (in-season), and garlic butter, $50/kit. Customizable. Must be booked 24 hours in advance.
Music in the Church
The Port au Port Peninsula and surrounding regions have long been known for their talented musicians and songwriters. Join them from 2-3pm daily in Our Lady of Mercy Heritage Church for traditional, folk, country, and other genres of music. The tall wooden ceilings and unique craftsmanship of the church make for wonderful acoustics.
July 3 to August 31, 2023. Admission is $10 per person, or purchase a season pass.
Two season pass options:
· $199.00 Valid for up to 40 shows.
· $100.00 Valid for up to 20 shows.
Present the pass on entry to be stamped and dated. This pass may be shared with friends and family — up to a maximum of four persons per show. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a season pass.
Craft & Gift Shop
Our newly renovated craft and gift shop is located inside the museum and features the work of local artists and craft persons including original artwork, prints, cards, knitted goods, quilts, ornaments, Afghan blankets, and more.
Mass of the Assumption
On August 15th, we celebrate the Mass of the Assumption with a special service held by the local Roman Catholic Diocese.
The church does not host regular services. However, it is available for special services throughout the year.
Museum & Tea Room
After a tour of Our Lady of Mercy Heritage Church, visit the museum, an old rectory, which is filled with stories, articles and items from the early days of Port au Port. Then, sit down for a cup of tea or coffee along with a large variety of home baked goods.
Admission & tours are $5 per person.