Last weekend we drove up through Maine to Québec City. I’ll be writing more about our time in the city proper but before we checked into our AirBnB, we made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré. The shrine is located in the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and is about a 30 minute drive from Québec City.
It is a beautiful church that is steeped in history. When Pope St. John Paul II visited Canada in 1984, he specifically made a visit to the Shrine, praying in front of the glorious statue of St. Anne, the mother of Mary.
The shrine is also the host of several miracles. At the back of the church, dozens of crutches of all sizes and shapes decorate the massive columns framing the center aisle. They once belonged to men, women and children who have been healed after asking St. Anne de Beaupré for a miracle.
It is one of those places that, no matter your faith or if you even believe in God, it is powerful and full of hope. I lit a candle, praying for peace after all of the chaos the world has recently endured.
If you travel to Québec City, the beauty and inspirational presence makes this Shrine a must-see. You can also make a day of it and drive a little further up the St. Lawrence River to Baie-Saint-Paul, a quaint little town right on the water that has some of the most beautiful handmade items. If you want to stay closer to the city, take the finicular up to the top of Montmorency Falls for some stunning photographs. You can also take a drive around the picturesque Île d’Orléans. It’s about an hour long ride but there are plenty of small farm stands that provide some of the freshest berries and vegetables you will ever enjoy.