SHRINES OF CANADA

  • Duration:8 NIGHTS/ 9 Days
  • Countries Visited:Canada
  • Highlights:EASTERN CANADA PILGRIMAGE including Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City and Major Canadian Shrines
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Toronto x Montreal/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Continental breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and touring as per itinerary
    • Transportation by a private motorcoach
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Select International travel portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART HOMETOWN-ARRIVAL TORONTO

Upon arrival you are met by your tour escort and proceed to Niagara with a stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and the St. Therese Shrine. This Monastery and Shrine are located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, with a breath taking view of Niagara Falls. We celebrate Mass at the Shrine. You then visit Niagara Falls and enjoy a remarkable sight as you view the beautiful Falls illuminated that evening. Overnight Niagara area. (D.)

DAY 2: TORONTO

Following breakfast high above the Falls atop either the Skylon or Minolta Towers, we drive to Midland and visit the National Shrine of Canadian Martyrs. The most famous of these St. John de Brebeuf and St Gabriel Lalemant, together with two other Jesuit priests, a Jesuit brother and one lay person died for their faith. There will be time to attend Mass at the Shrine. Return to the bustling city of Toronto for a visit to the CN Tower, and time at leisure. Overnight in Toronto (B.)

DAY 3: TORONTO – OTTAWA

Before leaving Toronto stop at St Michael’s Cathedral to attend Mass. The Cathedral is in the heart of Toronto, and is the main church of Canada’s largest English-speaking archdiocese. On our way to Ottawa, we board a boat on the St. Lawrence Seaway for a cruise of the 1000 Islands. Then enjoy a leisurely drive to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City, a city of grace and charm. Overnight Ottawa. (B.)

DAY 4: OTTAWA

This morning your panoramic tour starts off at magnificent Parliament Hill, the center of Canadian political life and architectural beauty. We will stop and admire the grandeur of the world famous Museum of Civilization, which also offers a wondrous panorama of the Capital City. Continue on to Sussex Drive with its museums, churches, embassies, everything from the Royal Canadian Mint via 24 Sussex Drive, the Prime Minister’s home, to the Governor General’s residence at beautiful Rideau Hall. Drive along Rideau Canal. Today we attend Mass at Basilica of Saint Patrick, founded in 1855, the oldest English speaking Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. Overnight in Ottawa (B.)

DAY 5: MONTREAL{mosimage}

This morning’s journey continues along the Ottawa River, then by the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Provence of Quebec. As we approach the city of Montreal you see off in the distance St. Joseph’s 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. We then embark on a city tour, including a visit to St Patrick’s Basilica better known to Montrealers as “The Irish Church”. Following Mass, you become acquainted with this cosmopolitan city, and its European flavor. See such sights as: BNP/Laurentian Bank Tower, the famous Mount Royal Hotel, Molson Centre the home of the Montreal Canadian Hockey team, Palais des Congress convention center, Place des Arts heart of Montreal’s cultural life, Dorchester Square, Sainte Catherine Street downtown shopping and commercial center. Overnight Montreal (B.)

DAY 6: MONTREAL- NOTRA DAME DU CAP

Start our day with a visit to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, a scaled down replica of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Continue on to Notre Dame Basilica, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, and one of the most beautiful churches in North America .We continue to the Shrine of Cap de la Madeleine, Canada’s primary Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Notre-Dame-du-Cap Shrine is a marvelous shady park that surrounds a beautiful small stone church. This old church bears witness to three centuries of the religious life of people of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. Each year, 550,000 Christians world wide join in a pilgrimage acknowledging the presence of the Virgin Mary in their life and ask her motherly protection. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who are in charge of this Shrine, have erected an impressive basilica whose lines are similar to the American Indian wigwams. You tour the Shrine, celebrate Mass, say the Rosary at the Bridge of Rosaries, see the Gardens of Our Lady and join in the Candlelight procession. Overnight in the area. ( B.D.)

DAY 7: QUEBEC CITY

This morning following breakfast ,we depart for Quebec and enjoy a panoramic tour of this very unique city. Experience Europe without leaving the continent. You will be visiting The Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, world famous Chateau Frontenac, National Assembly, attend mass at the Basilica Cathedral Notre Dame De Quebec, an impressive Citadelle and famous Hotel Chateau Frontenac. Tonight you will want to wander through the old walled city and have a treat in one of the many cozy and charming French restaurants. Overnight Quebec City area (B.)

DAY 8: QUEBEC CITY – SAINT ANNE DE BEAUPRE

Following breakfast, we visit the breathtaking Montmorency Falls for a picture stop, and Jerusalem Cyclorama, the world’s largest painting. From the observation deck you can see the entire city of Jerusalem, and over 50 miles of the surrounding countryside, with scenes and events taking place on the day Christ died. The remainder of the day is spent visiting the beautiful Shrine of Sainte Anne De Beaupre. This is Canada’s most famous Shrine and place of pilgrimage. Dedicated to St. Anne, by the Jesuit Fathers in 1657, the sanctuary is in a small village near St. Lawrence River. The stones of this beautiful church whisper to all who come here of the joys, happiness, hopes, fears, pain and suffering of all those who came before to place their prayers before the Lord, His Blessed Mother and His Grandmother. You have time to attend Mass at the Basilica, place your petition at the base of St. Anne’s beautiful statue, attend Adoration and prayers for the sick, pray the Stations of the Cross or spend time in the Memorial Chapel.  As an act of penance, many pilgrims go up the Holy Stairs on their knees. Tonight we join in the Candlelight Procession. Overnight Quebec City area. (B.D.)

DAY 9: MONTREAL

After breakfast you board the bus back to Montreal for your flight home. (B.)

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