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Day 1 Depart Toronto for Montreal. Upon arrival, visit St Joseph Oratory, which grew from a small chapel on beautiful Mount Royal to the premier Shrine dedicated to St. Joseph, and one of the world’s most visited shrines. The basilica’s huge dome reaches 97 meters and is second only in height to Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome. The sheer size of it contrasts sharply with its frail founder, Brother André, the humble doorkeeper who had initiated its construction in 1904. The shrine consists of a primitive chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt and a basilica large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshippers. Relics of Brother André and many ex-voto of miraculously cured pilgrims are exhibited. The basilica’s great organs and 52 bell chimes will occasionally rekindle solemn works of great composers. You have a tour of the Oratory and time for the Way of the Cross on the mountainside. Also, we will visit Notre Dame Basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal. The interior of the church is amongst the most dramatic in the world and regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 2 After breakfast, depart for Quebec City. En route stop in Trois-Rivières visit Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. Our Lady of the Cape (Notre-Dame-du-Cap in French) is a title given to Mary the Mother of God in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec Canada. The title pertains more specifically to a statue of the Blessed Mother which is currently located in the Old Shrine. Deep Marian Devotion existed in Cap-de-la-Madeleine since 1694 with the institution of the Brotherhood of the Rosary under Father Paul Vachon. There was a decline in devotion after the death of Fr. Vachon (1729) which lasted 115 years, until devotion to Mary was revived under Father Luc Desilets in 1867. After he had seen a pig holding a rosary in its mouth Fr. Desilets decided to consecrate himself to the Blessed Virgin and reinstate devotion to her
Then, continue to St Anne de Beaupre, visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, a major Roman Catholic place of pilgrimage and has a copy of Michelangelo’s Pietà (the original is in the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome). The basilica is also known as a place of miracles. One of the builders of the original church, Louis Guimont, helped build the church despite having severe scoliosis and needing the aid of a crutch. When the church was complete, he was able to walk independently. Subsequent visitors to the church who have prayed have left their canes, crutches and walking aides behind as testament to their healing. The main wall when you first walk into the basilica is now completely covered with crutches.
Afternoon, we will visit Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Old town in Quebec City. It is the primatial church of Canada and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec, the oldest in the Americas north of the Spanish colonies in Florida and New Mexico. It is also the parish church of the oldest North American parish north of the Mexico and was the first north of Mexico to be elevated to the rank of minor basilica, by Pope Pius IX in 1874. It is a National Historic Site of Canada, and located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic District of Old Québec. Overnight in Quebec City
Day 3 Morning, depart for Ermitage St Antonie de Lac Bouchette. In the majestic region, on wooded grounds located at Lac-Bouchette, Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette is a destination appreciated as much by pilgrims as by people on an inner quest or travelers seeking natural beauty and tranquility overnight in Quebec City/Trois-Rivières
Day 4 Return to Toronto