Enjoying a rejuvenating walk in the forest, a stroll by the sea or a breath of fresh mountain air is like a balm for the spirit. Quebec offers a host of possibilities for an inspiring journey, full of sublime scenery and heartwarming encounters. Whether you want to plan a trip, a pilgrimage or a short hike, check out these suggestions of six destinations to commune with nature by the Quebec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association.
Book an inspiring trip with Spiritours
Specialized in the organization of trips that heal the soul, Spiritours offers trips to Quebec every year. This year you can discover the Gaspé Peninsula or the Magdalen Islands. Choose the package that suits you best and get ready for a trip that will take you to admire Forillon National Park in all its splendour or to walk part of the magnificent Sentiers Entre Vents et Marées, a 230-kilometre trail system that could be described as the islands’ pilgrim way.
Experience a moment of spirituality at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
Twenty minutes from Québec City stands the oldest pilgrimage site in North America: the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine. On the hill, in the quiet and cool atmosphere of a majestic maple forest, is the Way of the Cross, where 14 stations evoke different moments of the Passion of Jesus. This place is ideal for meditation, either outside or inside the magnificent basilica that recounts the extraordinary story of Saint Anne.
Refocus at the Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary of Rigaud
A pilgrimage site located on a hillside in the Montérégie region, the Our Lady of Lourdes Sanctuary of Rigaud is surrounded by a panorama of rare beauty. From the end of May to October, you can take the opportunity to attend mass outside, under the trees, and to have a picnic in a superb environment. From the small historic chapel, the view of the city of Rigaud, the Ottawa River and the surrounding area is breathtaking.
Connect with nature by staying at Manoir D'Youville
On the shores of the Châteauguay River and Lake Saint-Louis, in the Montérégie region, Manoir D’Youville is an exceptional resort where you can recharge your batteries in a peaceful environment. The manor welcomes you on Saint-Bernard Island, where trails lead into the heart of the Marguerite-D'Youville wildlife shelter. The footbridges, docks and other lookout points will delight visitors who love nature, birdwatching and photography!
Find a peaceful atmosphere at the Ermitage Saint-Antoine
A friendly welcome and spectacular nature: two things that define this unique and modern spiritual oasis located in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region has in store for you. Ermitage Saint-Antoine charms young and old alike with its impressive observation tower from which you can admire the starry sky or the sunrise. Le Flâneur (the stroller) is a trail on site that is easy to access and free of charge. It’s a must to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding landscape!
Photos credits: Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, François-Marie Héraud / Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes de Rigaud