A new religious heritage circuit in Quebec, the Saint Lawrence River Shrines introduces you to five distinctive places of worship. Start with the Mohawk community at Kahanwake, continue through Longueuil and Boucherville up to Varennes, and discover the rich heritage of these sites, classified historic monuments.
Immerse yourself in the traditions and lifestyles of another time. Meet daring people. Admire the beauty of these shrines with their visual arts, architecture and displays of numerous artifacts. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere that lends itself to quiet contemplation and pilgrimages.
This route along the Saint Lawrence River near Montréal will provide you with a unique experience that is simultaneously spiritual, cultural and touristic.
SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA SHRINE
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.
COCATHEDRAL OF SAINT-ANTOINE-DE-PADOUE
The Cocathedral, 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 cocathedral’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.
Explore the world of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), the first woman 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.
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 sculpture, a museum of sacred art has recently been built. Numerous artifacts and objects of interest.
SANCTUARY OF SAINT MARGUERITE D’YOUVILLE
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, a place that welcomes pilgrims and offers help to the community. Also temporary exhibition.
Admission: : $5 per person per shrine
Contact : Michel Couturier