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Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac

Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac Review

Built by the Benedictines in 1912 on a wooded peninsula on Lac Memphrémagog, the abbey is home to upwards of 50 monks. They sell apples and sparkling apple wine from their orchards, as well as cheeses: Ermite (which means "hermit"), St-Benoît, and ricotta. Gregorian prayers are sung daily, and some masses are open to the public; call for the schedule. Dress modestly if you plan to attend vespers or other rituals, and avoid shorts. If you wish to experience a few days of retreat, there are guesthouses for both men and women. Reserve well in advance (a contribution of C$60 per night, which includes meals, is suggested).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 rue Main, St-Benoît-du-Lac, QC, J0B 2M0
  • Phone: 819/843–4080; 819/843–2861
  • Hours: June–mid-Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9–6, Sun. 12:15–6; mid-Oct.–May, 9–5. Closed daily 10:45–11:45 am for mass
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  • Location: Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac
Updated: 08-12-2013

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