Discover religious heritage that is rich and diverse

Attractions to discover, May 31, 2021 2021-05-31
Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette
Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette

Whether you want to go on a spiritual retreat, taste the local products made by monasteries or explore religious history through exhibitions and works of art, Quebec offers you a host of possibilities. This summer, take the time to discover inspiring churches and spiritual locations that are sure to amaze you.

Important: Be sure to follow sanitary guidelines during your activities.

Delicious homegrown products at religious sites

The Val Notre-Dame Abbey, located in Saint-Jean-de-Matha, is known for its store, where you’ll find products made with ingredients foraged in the forest by the monks, as well as a wide variety of local products from other local businesses. On site there are also trails where you can stroll and admire the beauty of the landscape. The abbey offers several activities taking place in its private forest and orchard, as well as hikes and gourmet workshops.

In the Eastern Townships, the fruit of the monks’ labour at the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac finds a choice spot in their store. The large orchard allows for the production of many apple-based products. You can buy sparkling ciders made with the Champagne method, apple butter and berry jam. And how about sampling the abbey's blue cheeses, several of which have received prestigious awards... Simply delicious!

Splendid places of meditation and tranquility

Only 20 minutes from Québec City, the Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is rich with paintings, mosaics, stained glass windows and sculptures of stone and wood. In addition to the superb neo-Romanesque basilica, which houses a chapel and other beautifully decorated places for meditation, the Sanctuary is home to the "Scala Santa", the commemorative chapel and the bronze Way of the Cross.

If you're looking for a place to meditate and recharge your batteries, you'll love the l’Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette, a true slice of heaven in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Founded in 1907 and run by the Capuchin fraternity, this spiritual oasis features attractions and activities such as an immersive multimedia show, guided tours, a museum and hiking trails. Onsite accommodations in rooms, cottages or on campsites are also available for those who wish to stay longer in this enchanting environment.

Musée des Ursulines de Trois-Rivières
Musée des Ursulines de Trois-Rivières

A lovely exhibition to learn more about the Ursulines

A century after founding their community in Québec City, the Ursulines were entrusted with the mission of establishing a cloister, a school and a hospital in Trois-Rivières. Immerse yourself in the history of this religious order by visiting the Musée des Ursulines de Trois-Rivières, where the permanent exhibition gives you an opportunity to discover the material and memorial heritage of the Sisters. Take the opportunity to visit the chapel decorated with frescoes and sculptures displaying striking architecture.

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