Give it a day to walk around the Church, Museum and surrounding areas. It is like Catholic Pilgrimage, many miracles have happened here through the intercession of St. Anne, patron Saint of Quebec, Mother of the Virgin Mary, and Grandmother of Jesus. Interesting artifacts can be found attesting to the miracles happening to devotees and even non...more
The basilica of Ste Anne de Beaupre is a place of pilgrimage, receiving at least a half million pilgrims every year. The highest point is the Feast of Ste Anne, on July 26.The original church, started in 1658, was burned down and the present basilica is not 100% finished as yet. It was consecrated in 1976. It is dedicated to St Anne, who is also...more
To be honest I don't entirely understand the fascination with relics in the Catholic Church. Anyway, the Shrine of St Anne has three notable relics One is a portion of the bone of St Anne's finger, which was brought to the Shrine in 1670.The other two significant relics are two pieces of St Anne's forearm.more
Who was Ste Anne? Not much is written about her in the Bible but Anne is mentioned as the mother of the Virgin Mary, hence the grandmother of Jesus Christ.Anne is the patron saint of Quebec. She also the patron saint of horseback riders, housewives, grandmothers, unmarried women, women in labor and miners.more
This is an impressive church built pretty much in the middle of nowhere. The town itself is really small, it has not grown significantly in the last years and yet it's a place visited by thousands of people - or at least it used to be, because it's my understanding that the attendance has decreased a lot - who just come to visit Saint Anne from all...more
I have been in Sainte Anne de Beaupre twice. The first time I was there was in 1985. I remember a Waterfall Park a few miles north of Saint Anne de Beaupre. I can not remember the exact name of it. I know it is not Montmorency Falls. The waterfalls here were spectacular. I also remember getting a great view of both Sainte Anne de Beaupre and Quebec...more
The Basilica in itself is a sight to see. There are spectacular stained glass windows and excellent statues of religious figures here as well. The Stations of the Cross on the hill has some great statues as well. Just remember that many Catholics come on a pilgrimage to here and are actively persuing their faith. So you have to be respectful.more
The visit to the Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans was included in a guided tour I took from Quebec City and which stopped by several places. This chocolate shop is very close to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, that is why I post the tip in this page. It is a very short drive away, across the river, and it was our last stop before going back to Quebec.
This shop was founded in 1988 and they claim to make hand made chocolate with top quality raw materials from Belgium. They have a lot of different kinds of chocolate, shaped in different figures, and they also sell hot chocolate (liquid) which I heard was exceptional. Well, I tasted it and didn't think it was the best chocolate I had ever had (I've drunk better chocolate in Mexico, and I also had a very good one at a little coffee shop in Montreal!). But it's up to you to taste it & decide. They also sell ice creams during the summer. It was snowing when I went there so ice cream wasn't an option - as much as I love it.
The shop is nice, it smells nice and it's a warm place to hide during a snowstorm. You also have a great view of Quebec from this location across the river. But I found the prices to be a bit too high so I didn't buy anything except for the hot chocolate, so I can't tell you whether their other products are as good as they claim or not. Personally, I think it's just a place that pays to be included in the tour and which claims to be a lot better than it actually is, which you're forced to visit during the tour but maybe is not that worthwhile after all.
6 km to the east of St Anne de Beaupre is the Canyon Saine-Anne. Here you can cross suspension bridges over the Canyon, and its supposed to be an amazing place for hiking, rock climbing and rapelling.
There is lodging and a casino, as i remember
Nearby is the Mont Sainte Anne, a resort.
There is so much peacefullness there, walking around the basilica and visiting inside is a wonderful experience.
Going thhrough it's history is even more wonderful:
The original shrine was built in the 17th century on this site by grateful sailors that landed there after surviving a shipwreck. In 1876, Sainte Anne was proclaimed saint of Quebec and in the 1887, the existing church was granted the Basilica status.