10 free activities to add to your list this summer
Attractions to discover, June 12, 2023 2023-06-12
Centre marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs
Photo credit: Centre marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs

The Quebec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association invites you to discover Quebec’s sacred sites where you can commune with nature, learn more about traditions and meet captivating characters who have left their mark on its history. Many of these sites offer free activities! Here are 10 to add to your list.

Bring a picnic to Centre Marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs

Treat yourself to moments of meditation at the Centre Marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs, in the Lanaudière region, and enjoy a hike on your own, as a couple or with your family. The pilgrimage route will take you over the mountain, visiting five chapels along the way. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to spend the day in this natural landscape!

Take a full tour of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal

Discover Saint Joseph’s Oratory, a Montreal landmark and Quebec heritage jewel. Tour the world’s largest shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph, from the carillon and the basilica to the chapel and tomb of Saint Brother André. A free shuttle service is offered daily.

Hear tales with the whole family at the Pôle culturel du Monastère des Ursulines

This fascinating history museum showcasing the cultural heritage of Quebec’s Ursuline nuns offers free storytelling sessions and creative workshops on Sundays, which kids, parents and grandparents alike are sure to enjoy. Please note that this activity is offered in French only.

Saint Joseph’s Oratory
Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Photo credit: Nathalie Dumas
Christ Church Cathedral
Photo credit: Christ Church Cathedral

Relax in the garden of the Christ Church Cathedral

A true marvel of neo-Gothic architecture, the Christ Church Cathedral offers a peaceful oasis in the heart of Montreal. This splendid building – a Quebec heritage building and one of Canada’s national historic sites – is open daily. In summer, enjoy its cloister garden dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, a humanitarian hero during World War II.

Treat yourself to a spiritual hike at the Our Lady of the Cape Shrine

If you feel like going on a spiritual walk, stroll along the magnificent trail at Trois-Rivières’ Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. You’ll find eleven informational panels along the way with testimonials from people of various cultures and beliefs. Broaden your horizons as you bask in these thought-provoking worldviews.

Climb the tower at Ermitage Saint-Antoine

Recharge your batteries in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region in a unique, modern sanctuary ideal for today’s families. With its wide range of attractions, Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette is a large natural shrine with superb works of art, a peaceful walking trail, as well as the Saint-Antoine tower, from where you can view nature at its best!

Experience art and history at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

Just 20 minutes from Québec City, this landmark is one of the province’s four national shrines and the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine features paintings, mosaics, stained glass and sculptures that reveal the extraordinary story of Saint Anne and the role she played in the faith of Quebec’s population.

Ermitage Saint-Antoine
Photo credit: Ermitage Saint-Antoine
Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec
Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec. Photo credit: Daniel Abel

Visit the magnificent Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec

Nestled in the heart of Old Québec City, the Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec is one of Canada’s national historic site. In its crypt rest Quebec bishops and four New France governors. Open year-round, the cathedral’s stunning decor is a sight to behold.

Take your dog out for a walk at Val-Notre-Dame Abbey

Located at the foot of Montagne-Coupée, Val-Notre-Dame Abbey boasts several walking trails through forests and fields, all with spectacular views. The mountain trail will take you straight to the summit, overlooking the breathtaking Lanaudière landscape. Plus, dogs on a leash are welcome in summer!

Enjoy three exhibitions at Cuivres d’art Albert Gilles

Located in Château-Richer, the Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum presents three amazing exhibitions. From Copper Ore to Copper Art transports you to a mysterious copper mine, while Christorama lets you explore the story of the “Life of Christ.” Top off your visit with an exhibition that dives into the fascinating world of craftsman Albert Gilles.

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