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.
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:
First Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isle and modelled on the famous St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-cathedral was built in 1647, leading in 1664 to the establishment of the first Roman Catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies.
Built on the vestiges of Samuel de Champlain's Habitation, it is the oldest stone church in Canada.
The oldest pilgrimage site in North America is dedicated to Saint Anne.
See also other religious sites of the Québec City Area.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Continue your discovery of Québec's religious heritage with the Québec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association.