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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Notre Dame des Prairies Trappist Monastery (RM of Victoria)

In 1978, the Trappist Monastery was moved from St. Norbert to a farm site south of Holland in the Rural Municipality of Victoria. Designed by academic architect Jacques Collin with assistance of Smith Carter Partners, the facility was famous for its Trappist-style cheese that was made here until 2018. In the following years, the surrounding farm land, the monastery site and its buildings were sold to a Coptic religious congregation for use as a spiritual centre. In the fall of 2021, remains in the facility’s cemetery were disinterred and moved to a cemetery in St. Norbert.

Aerial view of the former Trappist Monastery near Holland

Aerial view of the former Trappist Monastery near Holland (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

Aerial view of the former Trappist Monastery near Holland

Aerial view of the former Trappist Monastery near Holland (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

Trappist Monastery entrance marker

Trappist Monastery entrance marker (August 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.54107, W98.84863
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Trappist Monastery Ruins and Guesthouse (100 Ruines du Monastere, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Business: Smith Carter and Katelnikoff / Smith Carter Architects and Engineers / Architecture49

Memorable Manitobans: Jacques Collin (1927-2000)

Memorable Manitobans: Jozsef “Joe” Jozsa (1931-2017)

Memorable Manitobans: Georges Brunet [Brother Albéric] (1935-2022)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dairy Museum of Manitoba (St. Claude, RM of Grey)


Our Lady Of The Prairies, Holland, Manitoba, Canadian Architect.

Manitoba Trappist monastery, the last in Western Canada, for sale” by Thibault Jourdain, CBC News, 2 August 2020.

Les sépultures des frères trappistes trouvent leur repos éternel à Saint-Norbert” by Thibault Jourdain, Radio-Canada, 31 October 2021.

We thank Daniel Bahuaud (Archdiocese of St. Boniface) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 December 2022

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