St-Lawrence River Shrines - A new cultural and spiritual destination
Discover the Richness of our History with this Unique Heritage Tour
From Varennes to Kahnawake, passing through Boucherville and Longueuil, the Sanctuaries of the St. Lawrence offer five distinctive places of worship of their history and built heritage. The only structured religious heritage tour in Quebec, the Sanctuaries of the River offer history, culture and heritage lovers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditions and realities of another era.
A visit to any of these sanctuaries allows you to discover daring characters who have influenced the course of our history. It is also an opportunity to admire the beauty of these historic sites where architecture, visual arts and numerous artifacts bring out the treasures of the past.
This route located near Montreal, along the St. Lawrence River, allows to immerse oneself in contemplation conducive to meditation and pilgrimage spirit.
A cultural and heritage outing
In this second part of 2021, under the sign of deconfinement, three of the five sanctuariesare accessible to the public. Each offers a temporary exhibit or a special feature highlighting a trait of our culture. Discover their particularities...
Sanctuary of Saint Marguerite d’Youville, Varennes
This sanctuary is dedicated to the first Canadian-born saint, Marguerite d’Youville. At her birthplace, discover the life, spirituality and work of this woman who devoted herself to those most in need. Visit the exhibition hall, the funeral chapel in the Basilica of Saint Anne of Varennes (1887) and the “Maison Grise”(Grey House), a place that welcomes pilgrims and offers help to the community. Also temporary exhibition.
• 201, Sainte-Anne Street, Varennes, QC J3X 1R6
Sainte-Famille Church, Boucherville
Founded in 1667, Boucherville is one of the oldest cities in Québec, and the Church Square, is the historic heart of the city. Built in stone, the church, flanked by the former convent on the right and the former presbytery on the left, dominates the place. In addition to the beauty of the church, which features a high altar considered one of the masterpieces of Quebec's ancient sculpting, a museum of sacred art has recently been built. Numerous artifacts and objects of interest.
• 560, Marie-Victorin Boulevard, Boucherville, QC J4B 1X1
Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-cathedral, Longueuil
The Co-cathedral, with its Gothic Revival architecture and Neo-Byzantine dome, was inaugurated in 1887 and is listed as a heritage building. The museum houses objects dating back to the origins of the parish in 1697. The co-cathedral’s value as a heritage building and its unique character put it among the top-rated buildings in Quebec. Also temporary exhibition and cultural activities.
• Corner of Saint-Charles Street and Chemin Chambly, Longueuil, QC J4H 1J3
The two other sanctuaries are planning to open soon. For one, the Marie-Rose Centre (Longueuil) will open its doors onSeptember 4, 2021 (unless there are new constraints from Public Health). More details will be provided later regarding the Sainte-Kateri-Tekakwitha Centre (Kahnawake).
In any case, we suggest that you contact the Shrines individually to obtain details on the schedule and conditions imposed during this post-pandemic period.
Marie-Rose Centre, Longueuil
Explore the world of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), the first women teaching order founded by a Canadian, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. On this classified heritage site, discover the Foundation House, the convent, the chapel, the museum, the exhibition room and the historic rooms where Marie-Rose lived. A 5-minute walk will take you to her tomb in the chapel dedicated to her in the Co-cathedral.
• 80, rue Saint-Charles Est, Longueuil, QC J4H 1H9
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, Kahnawake
Jesuit Mission of the 18th century located in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. Built in 1720 in the old Fort St. Louis, the mission exhibits historical, cultural and archaeological treasures, including the tomb of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Native American, canonized on October 21, 2012. Located in front of the church, the Interpretation Center is open on specific terms and schedule.
• 1 River Road, Kahnawake, QC J0L 1B0