The Québec City Area not only has more of the province’s classified religious heritage than anywhere else, it also harbours Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, the continent’s oldest Catholic pilgrimage site outside of Mexico. Explore the religious sites that bare witness to Québec City’s history.

Churches and Religious Attractions

An incredible wealth of religious diversity can be felt in one basilica, two cathedrals including a basilica-cathedral, one hundred and thirty churches and twenty chapels including ten conventual, all of which bear witness to the many origins that colonized the region: Catholics, Anglicans, and other Protestants.

See the major religious attractions:

See also other religious sites of the Québec City Area.

Did you Know?

The side chapel in Notre-Dame de Lorette Church is dedicated to Saint Kateri (Catherine) Tekakwitha, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. She is the first North American aboriginal woman to be canonized.

Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré  | Credit:  OTQ / Guy Lessard
Credit: OTQ / Guy Lessard

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

This is the most popular religious site in the province. It is home to the annual Sainte Anne Novena. The experience is a deeply moving and spiritual for the thousands of pilgrims who gather here from all over the world in the hopes that their prayers will find a kind ear in the good Sainte Anne.

The Novena begins every year on July 17, and concludes with the Feast Day of Sainte Anne on July 26.

Religious Communities

Religious communities played a vital role in building Québec society. Among these, les Ursulines were committed to education, les Augustines to health, and les soeurs du Bon Pasteur were dedicated to various charitable organizations.

Many of the communities that settled here devoted themselves to the arts, having brought from their homelands knowledge and skills.  

Religious Tourism

A Heaven of Heritage, Culture and Wellness

Le Monastère des Augustines occupies the fully restored home of the first North American hospital north of Mexico. It specializes in holistic healing and shares the heritage of the Augustinian sisters, but in a non-confessional setting. In addition to unique accommodations and holistic care, it features a museum presenting a look back at the evolution of medical thought. 

Chalice. France, c. 1673. Solid silver and gold (vermeil). Musée de la civilisation collection.  | Credit:  Nicolas Dolin
Credit: Nicolas Dolin

Sacred Treasures

For centuries, marvellous treasures were hidden away in shadowy churches or out of sight in the depths of monastic communities. Today, these beautiful objects have been brought back to light. Take part in an extraordinary treasure hunt and discover them for yourself.

Event

The High Feast of Saint Anne, celebrated every July 26 at the Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, is preceded by nine days of preparation with daily preaching. This period is called a novena.

Getting Married in Québec City | Credit:  OTQ / Guy Lessard
Credit: OTQ / Guy Lessard

A Wedding in Québec City

A magical and romantic backdrop, a host of fine restaurants, world-renowned services—Québec City is the dream setting for a wedding that’s simply divine!

St. Matthew Cemetery

Our Beautiful Cemeteries

Explore these interesting cemeteries, they are whispers of history..

Program Suggestion

Québec City’s religious heritage, both material and spiritual, is unimaginably rich. Its places of worship and museum collections tell a fascinating story. Experience “Québec City: Beautiful and Spiritual” and explore a world where artists surpassed themselves in service to their faith.

Opening Hours, Mass schedules and Cultural Activities

Find all the useful information (French only) to visit the religious heritage of Québec City.

Québec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association

Continue your discovery of Québec's religious heritage with the Québec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association.

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Nancy Dacres

Nancy Dacres

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