Canada – Montreal & Quebec Pilgrimage
Barcelona, Montserrat, Manresa, Zaragoza, Toledo, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Barcelona, Montserrat, Manresa, Zaragoza, Toledo, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela
Explore Canada on a fascinating six-day Catholic Pilgrimage to Montreal and Quebec accompanied by a Priest who will celebrate daily Mass, be available or the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and lead Spiritual Activities. Begin in Montreal with a visit to St. Joseph’s Oratory, the world’s largest Shrine dedicated to this great Saint. Also tour the Notre Dame Basilica, largely responsible for much of Montreal’s religious history, and the Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Canadas National Shrine to Our Blessed Mother. In Quebec, see the French roots of this beautiful city and even visit Montmorency Falls Park. Visit the Ursulines Monastery, St. Augustine’s Monastery, the National Shrine of Sainte Anne-de-Beaupre and more!
Your trip includes
- Airline fee of $25. per each suitcase / checked in luggage. Meals not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1: Arrive in Montreal, Canada
Make your way to your local airport to board your flight(s) to Montreal. Arrive in the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver, and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time before, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Montreal - St. Joseph’s Oratory
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will board the motorcoach to celebrate Mass at the St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal, the world’s largest shrine to St Joseph. The oratory was initially a modest chapel founded by St. Brother André in 1904. The simple faith of Brother André blossomed into the spectacular site we see today. The pilgrimage center now receives over two million visitors annually who come to meditate and pray for St. Joseph’s protection and intercession. The basilica’s dome reaches 97 meters and is second in height only to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The construction began in 1904 and was finished in 1966 with a number of architects over the decades, resulting in representations from an intriguing variety of architectural styles. During our tour we will venerate the relics of St. Brother André and view the two great pipe organs, along with the carillon of 56 bronze bells that are played often throughout the week. We will celebrate Mass and pray the Way of the Cross on the mountainside before we continue our journey. Next we will visit the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral), the seat of the Archdiocese of Montreal. This Basilica was visited in 1951 by Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI and in August of 1969 by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II. He returned in 1984 as the first pope to visit Canada. Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner on your own and the chance to see the sound and light show at Notre Dame Basilica. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 3: Montreal – Kahnawake - Montreal
Today we will continue exploring magnificent Montreal. Departure towards the Amerindian reserve of the community of the Mohawks of Kahnawake and visit to the sanctuary dedicated to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, canonized in 2012 becoming the first Native American Saint. Guided tour of the Jesuit Mission established in 1720 and the tomb of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Lunch at the Manoir d’Youville. In the afternoon, visit the Historic Site Marguerite Bourgeoys and Notre-Dame de Bon Secours Chapel. Dinner in the Old Montreal. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 4: Montreal - Sainte Anne de Beaupre
Early departure to Sainte Anne de Beaupre. En route, stop at the Copper Art of Albert Gilles and discover 85 years of savoir faire. The artist decorated many churches in North America. Be moved by his religious inspirations. Lunch at Marie Beaupré. Then visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, an important pilgrimage place credited by the Catholic Church with many miracles of curing the sick and disabled. It receives about a half-million pilgrims each year. Immerse yourself in the compelling history and spiritual significance of the shrine through artistic masterpieces such as mosaics, stained-glass windows, and both stone and wood sculptures throughout its many chapels. By the end of the afternoon, continue to Québec city and check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Quebec.
Day 5: Quebec - Holy Door of Notre-Dame de Quebec
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Holy Door of Notre-Dame de Québec, then celebrate mass at Notre Dame de Québec cathedral, the oldest parish in North America. In the afternoon there will be a guided tour with the Corporation du Patrimoine et du tourisme religieux de Québec to explore Québec City, discover this UNESCO World Heritage site, and meet the three Blessed Founders of the Canadian Church: Mgr François de Laval, first bishop of Québec inside the Cathedral he built; Marie de l’Incarnation, founder of the Ursuline Nuns of Québec in their exterior chapel; and Catherine de Saint-Augustin, spiritual founder of the Augustinian Nuns of l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec (first hospital) inside their monastery. Finish at the church Notre-Dame-des- Victoires. Dinner and overnight in Québec city.
Day 6: Quebec – Trois-Rivieres – Montreal
Early departure to Trois-Rivières: it is under the watchful eye of Mary, Mother of Jesus that we pass our morning at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, the largest Marian shrine in Canada. Standing on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine welcomes pilgrims from around the world to pray in the oldest standing Canadian chapel built in 1714 and in the large modern basilica which was inaugurated in 1964. The Basilica is adorned with magnificent stained-glass windows and a Casavant organ with 5425 pipes, one of the largest in Canada. The shrine reveals an oasis of greenery with its tranquil gardens that overlook the river. You will be inspired to spend time in personal reflection with our Lord in this peaceful shrine and its surrounding landscape. The visit to the Little Sanctuary will open our eyes to two major events which occurred here: the miraculous ice bridge and the Miracle of the Eyes. We will ponder the symphony of colors and the beauty of the stained-glass work of the Basilica depicting the life of Mary. Enjoy lunch onsite. In the afternoon, visit the museum of Father Frederic Janson and the museum of the Ursulines. Drive to Montreal. Dinner and overnight in Montreal.
Day 7: Return Home
You will enjoy your last breakfast with your new friends at the hotel before checking out. We will take you to the airport for your departure, and you will arrive home with wonderful memories and a refreshed faith. Thank you for choosing us for your Canadian pilgrimage!
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
Special Clergy Discount
A Clergy Discount is available to all members of “Clergy” within the Catholic Church. This includes Seminarians, Deacons, Brothers and Sisters, Priests, Monsignors, Bishops, Cardinals, and His Holiness.
About your trip
Montreal is home to several spiritually enriching sites. The first stop on your tour will be on top of Mount Royal to take in a spectacular view of Montreal. Over your days in this magnificent city you will see St. Joseph’s Oratory, the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral), the 350 year old Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel, the connected Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica, Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation (Church of our Lady of the Presentation), also known as Ozias Leduc en Mauricie (after the artist), and the peaceful pilgrim house at Our Lady of the Cape Shrine.
The second half of your pilgrimage will be spent in lovely Quebec. You will visit the oldest institution of learning for women in North America at Ursulines Monastery, celebrate the works of St. Marie Guyart of the Incarnation at the Centre Marie-de-l’Incarnation, and learn about the co-founder of the Canadian church at the Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin. Next you will celebrate Mass at the basilica-cathedral Notre-Dame de Quebec with a visit to the crypt and the François de Laval Center. Day two will entail a visit to the amazing National Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, the St. Anne museum and the shrine’s old stone church, the Albert Gilles Copper Art & Museum nearby, and lastly the Montmorency Falls Park.