Canton Church Historic Site - Townsend

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, known today as the Canton Church was built in 1875-1876 by the first pioneers in Montana's Canton Valley representing many faiths. The church became Montana Territory's seventh church.

Whether you come to experience the peace of the view and the quiet of the church or if you come to listen to the lively music or historical performances, the Canton Church is open every other Friday beginning in June until the end of August every summer.

The church that began as a community center has returned to its roots as the church restoration board presents an array of exciting performances throughout the summer. The church also hosts family reunions, meetings and paint outs by the Helena Art Center. Artists may want to use the church as a pleine aire location for landscape painting. Just below the church is a large park area with water and electricity available. The park is available for use by reservation.

For those who wish to tour the church, the board members host tours beginning at 3:00 until 6:00 every other Friday. Signs by Highway 284 indicate when the church is open. Visit our Website for a current listing of Events:

Mailing Address
Not Available

Street Address
3497 Highway 284
Townsend,  MT 59644

Phone: 406-266-3710

As you leave Townsend going east on Highway 12, turn left at the flashing light on secondary Highway 284, head north approximately seven miles. In 1954 St. Joseph's (Canton) Church was moved from its original setting in the Canton Valley and placed on ground connecting it to St. Joseph's cemetery.

June 17, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26

3:00pm - 5:00 viewing and tour
5:00pm - 7:30 scheduled event

Not Available

Walk-Ins Welcome

Maps, Merchandise, Parking, Public Restroom, Tour

Art, Art Gallery, Cultural, Heritage, History, Photography, Tour