Holy Churches and Shrines of Eastern Canada
Mercy Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Eastern Canada
Amerigo's popular sacred sites tours and holy site travel packages combine respect and reverence for religious history and traditions with the joy of exploring some of the most beautiful spiritual landmarks, religious heritage sites and places of worship in North America. You will travel with like-minded religious people and hopefully forge meaningful friendships with other faithful travelers along the way by sharing in an incredible religious experience.
- Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape
- Basilica of Notre Dame - Cap de la Madeleine
- Our Lady of the Cape
- Saint Joseph's Oratory
- Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
- St. Francis Xavier church
Under the spiritual direction of Fr. Thomas Belanger.
DAY 1 ORIGIN – MONTREAL – QUEBEC CITY
You arrive in Montreal to begin your pilgrimage to the shrines of Eastern Canada. You will meet with your tour director at the airport and depart by motorcoach on a scenic drive to Quebec City. Upon your arrival late morning in Quebec City, you will enjoy a scenic tour of historical and religious heritage sites, including the Palace Royale, the star-shaped Citadel on Cap Diamant, the Plains of Abraham and the Chateau Frontenac. In the late afternoon you will check-in at your hotel and be given time to relax and freshen up before evening dinner at Restaurant La Vieille Maison du Spaghetti. Following dinner you will return to your hotel for an overnight rest in Quebec City.
DAY 2 QUEBEC CITY – SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRÉ
Following breakfast, you will visit the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and enjoy a day at this site where over 1.5 million pilgrims come each year to express their devotion to the mother of the Virgin Mary to whom this site has been consecrated since the mid 17th century. You will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré followed by a guided tour, visiting a depiction of Sainte Anne, known as The Statue of Miracles. Pilgrims place thousands of prayers of petition at its base. You will also visit the Museum, seeing the annals of devotion to Sainte Anne down through the centuries as well as the inspiring stories of pilgrimages to the shrine. We participate in the Stations of the Cross. Following dinner at Buffet des Continents you will join in the Rosary and Candlelight Procession. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel in Quebec City and have time to enjoy the evening.
DAY 3 QUEBEC CITY – TROIS-RIVIÈRES – OUR LADY OF THE CAPE
In the morning you will pass through the Holy Doors of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Quebec. Following Mass at the Cathedral, you will visit one of Quebec’s natural treasures, Montmorency Falls, located just east of Quebec City at the mouth of the Montmorency River. The falls define majesty, with a vertical drop of 272 ft. (83 m) – the highest in the province, and 107 feet higher than Niagara Falls. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Trois-Rivières and visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape and the Basilica of Notre Dame - Cap de la Madeleine, which sits on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, midway between Quebec City and Montreal. Cap de la Madeleine is a place of peace, beauty and serenity. The holy site's history began in 1634 when the area was first settled. The following year the first Jesuit Missionaries arrived to serve the settlers of the new village. The first little timber chapel was built here in 1659 on a small piece of land known as “Blessed Mary's fief”. Five years later it was to become the first of Canada's Catholic churches to be dedicated as a Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, a very new form of prayerful devotion to Our Lady at that time. Late afternoon you arrive for dinner at the festive, family-style Maple Sugar Shack Restaurant. Overnight in Trois-Rivières.
DAY 4 TROIS-RIVIÈRES – MONTREALIn the morning you will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Notre Dame - Cap de la Madeleine, followed by some free time before departing for Montreal. Upon your arrival in Montreal, you will enjoy a motorcoach tour of the city, followed by free time for lunch and shopping in the city center. In the afternoon you will visit Notre Dame Basilica, one of the most sacred and beautiful churches in all of North America, followed by a visit to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. At end of day you will arrive at your hotel for check-in. In the evening enjoy dinner at the Ace Grill & Bar. Overnight in Montreal.
DAY 5 MONTREAL – SAINT JOSEPH'S ORATORYFollowing breakfast you will be given a guided tour of the great basilica – Saint Joseph's Oratory – built atop Mount Royale and recognized as one of the great Christian holy site of the world. You will have the honor of celebrating at the Mass at this shrine. This sacred place was long the dream and life’s work of Brother André, who was canonized in 2010. You will learn about the extraordinary life of the humble Brother André of the Holy Cross. Like many sacred places in various countries, the Oratory, which has room for 10,000 people, attracts visitors who seek a haven of peace and a spiritual encounter. Following some free time at the Oratory, you will dine at La Casa Grecque Restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Montreal.
DAY 6 MONTREAL – KAHNAWAKE – AIRPORT (YUL)
After breakfast you will depart for a visit to Kahnawake, the town where the Church’s newest Saint, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, lived for most of her short life. You will visit and celebrate Mass at St. Francis Xavier church, view the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and the Church’s museum. In the afternoon, you will bid Canada farewell, departing at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Though your pilgrimage has come to an end, the blessings of your time with the Lord and Our Lady are certain to strengthen and encourage you throughout your lifelong pilgrimage.
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