Attractions to discover, June 10, 2024 2024-06-10
Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec
Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec. Photo credit: Daniel Abel

The QRSTA* invites you to discover beautiful sites in Quebec that allow you to appreciate nature and learn about traditions and characters who have left their mark on history. Here are 10 sites that offer free activities you'll want to add to your list this summer.

Visit the magnificent Basilica-cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec

Nestled in the heart of Old Québec City, the Basilica-cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec is one of Canada’s national historic sites. Open year-round, the cathedral’s stunning decor is a sight to behold and free self-guided visits are offered.

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 culture of Quebec’s population.

Stroll along the trails 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 stands out for its superb walking trails that allow you to admire the beauty of nature in an atmosphere of tranquility.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine. Photo credit: Marie-Anne Gaudreault
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.

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

Discover Saint Joseph’s Oratory, a Montreal landmark and Quebec heritage jewel that offers free access and self-guided visits. 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
Centre marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs
Photo credit: Centre marial Marie-Reine-des-Cœurs

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 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: first From Copper Ore to Copper Art , then Christorama and finally A passion, an art, an extraordinary life which looks into the fascinating world of craftsman Albert Gilles.

*The Quebec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association (QRSTA) is proud to contribute to the development and promotion of Quebec’s RICH and DIVERSE religious and spiritual tourism and heritage.

In partnership with Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

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