Shrines of Canada
Day 1: Arrive Albany, NY
Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our flight to Albany, New York’s historic capital. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide and transfer to our hotel to settle in, relax and enjoy dinner.
Day 2: Albany
Begin the day with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, situated in the Diocese of Albany. The site of the shrine was once a 17th century Mohawk village called Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Together with five Jesuit priests killed in the native missions of Canada, they are known as the North American Martyrs. The “Lily of the Mohawks,” St. Kateri Tekakwitha, was also born here in 1656. Our next visit will take us to the nearby Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. After visiting and celebrating Mass at the shrine we will return to our hotel.
Day 3: Albany / Montreal
Depart Albany and drive across the US/Canadian border into the province of Québec. Proceed to Montreal where upon arrival we will visit St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, the world’s largest pilgrimage centre devoted to St. Joseph, the patron saint of Canada. We will then visit Old Montreal where we will see the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel which is one of Montréal’s most significant religious and heritage sites.
Day 4: Montréal / Trois-Rivières / Québec City
Depart Montreal and drive to Trois-Rivières where we will visit the Notre Dame du Cap Shrine which is the third most frequented pilgrimage site in Québec. We will also visit the Small Shrine (built in 1714) and the Musée des Ursulines. In 1697, the Ursuline Order of nuns became the first female religious congregation to establish in Trois-Rivières and its presence has greatly influenced the city’s history. Continue to Québec City where we will check into our hotel and have the remainder of the day free.
Day 5: Québec City
Drive to Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and visit St. Anne Basilica, the oldest pilgrimage site of North America (1658). Then proceed to the Parc de la Chute Montmorency which is located east of Québec City, in a wonderful natural setting overlooking the St. Lawrence River and is known for its impressive waterfalls. In the afternoon visit Old Quebec where we will discover the Place d’Armes, Catholic and Protestant cathedrals, the City Hall, the Parliament, the Citadelle, the Terrasse Dufferin, the Château Frontenac, and the Royal Place.
Day 6: Québec City / Montréal / U.S.A.
Today marks the end of our pilgrimage as we depart for Montreal airport to catch our return flight home.
The above itinerary is only a small taste of what we have to offer.
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