Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) Tours
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One of Canada’s most-visited shrines, the Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) attracts more than a million pilgrims every year. Though the shrine’s origins can be traced back to the 17th century, the colossal twin-spired basilica that stands today—which dwarfs the modest village in which it sits—is much newer, having opened only in 1934.
While the Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré serves as a pilgrimage site, it also attracts sightseers. Visitors come to admire the elaborate construction and its artful stained glass windows, mosaics, and sculptures. The basilica also contains relics (specifically bone fragments) said to belong to St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ.
Most visitors come here as part of organized day tours from Quebec City. Day tours typically include transportation to and from Old Quebec, and make stops at other locations on the outskirts of the city such as Montmorency Falls and Orleans Island (Ile d’Orléans) in the St. Lawrence River.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The basilica is a must-visit for fans of history, religion and religious art, and architecture.
- Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica is an active religious site. Be respectful of those worshiping here.
- The basilica is partially accessible to wheelchair users.
- Masses take place several times daily, with extra services on Sunday. All masses are in French.
How to Get There
Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré is fewer than 30 minutes from Quebec City by car. Intercar buses depart from Gare du Palais train station in Quebec City, though departures are infrequent, with buses leaving only every few hours. Depending on their schedule, car-free travelers may find it more convenient to go as part of an organized tour.
When to Get There
The shrine is busiest during the summer months, particularly during St. Anne’s feast day on July 26, and during the Novena to St. Anne, which takes place during the week leading up to the feast. Get there around opening (8am) to see the interior at its most peaceful and tranquil.
What Else to See in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
As tiny as the town of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré is—with fewer than 3,000 residents—it does have a small cluster of tourist attractions. In addition to the basilica, you can see the Cyclorama of Jerusalem, a panoramic artwork depicting the Crucifixion; Musée Edison du Phonograph, a small museum devoted to phonographs; and the Atelier Paré, an economuseum that displays wood sculptures.
Address: 10018 Avenue Royale, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Hours: Mon - Sat: 7am - 5pm, Sun: 8:30am - 6pm
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré)
Escape to the beautiful countryside around Québec City on this half-day adventure to Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour experience, then explore the spectacular landscape just outside Québec City. Along the way, visit popular Beaupre Coast tourist attractions like the Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orléans and the Cuivres D'Art Albert Gilles (copper art museum).
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
A private city tour with us is the best way to visit Quebec City. Whether you are alone or in a group (up to 9 passengers) your guide will take you to the most beautiful places in the city and surroundings. Our drivers are tour guides accredited by the city and know the history on their fingertips. By choosing a private city tour with us, you can customize your tour as you wish. If you want to see the Quebec City countryside, we will take you there with pleasure. If you want to see the Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre, no problem too. This tour has almost no limit, we can also go to the village of St. Paul's Bay, if you want to see a small charming village with its famous art galleries. This 8-hour private tour is the best way to see all of Quebec City and its surroundings in one day!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) hours of operation?
Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) hours of operation: Mon - Sat: 7am - 5pm, Sun: 8:30am - 6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré)?
The best ways to experience Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) are:
- Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city
- Discover Quebec With an 8-Hour Private Tour
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