Last month on the blog we visited the Upper and Lower Town districts of Quebec City. Today, we’ll venture outside the city and visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls, and Levis across the St. Lawrence River.
The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is about a twenty-minute drive from the center of Quebec City. Saint Anne is the Virgin Mary’s mother and grandmother to Jesus. Saint Anne is also the patron saint of Quebec. Many healing miracles have been reported at the church.
The first statue of Saint Anne was brought from France by Monsignor de Laval in 1662.
“On March 8, 1658, a man by the name of Etienne de Lessard donated two acres to the Catholic Church so that a chapel could be built. It was built for two reasons: to provide a place of worship for the new settlers in the area and to house a marvelous statue of St. Anne. The first reported miracle at the site happened during the shrine’s construction. A man named Louis Guimond was hired to help build the shrine even though he suffered from rheumatism. After placing three stones upon the shrine’s foundation, Guimond was cured of all his ailments. This was followed by other testimonies of healed people and the shrine soon grew in popularity. Many pilgrims came to the shrine hoping to receive a miracle. When entering the church one can see two pillars filled with racks of crutches, canes, braces, and other signs of disabilities. Every item has been left by a pilgrim who reports being healed at the basilica.” (www.chalets-village.com)
They had a life-size Nativity set up in one of the alcoves. I was very impressed with how detailed it was.
Speaking of details! A rare selfie of yours truly!
Next, we headed over to Chute Montmorency. The falls, at 275 feet high and 150 feet wide, are the highest in the province of Quebec and 98 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
They have an aerial tram (Funitel) that carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls. You can also take the stairs!
We made it back to town just in time to catch the ferry to Levis, located across the river. It was the perfect location for a blue hour skyline photo of Quebec City!
I can’t wait to visit Quebec City again! Although, we are definitely going to have to visit in the summer next time!
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