Side Trips from Montreal Sights

Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac

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Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

Built by the Benedictines in 1912 on a wooded peninsula on Lac Memphrémagog, the abbey is home to upward 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).

Sight Information


1 rue Main, St-Benoît-du-Lac, Québec, J0B 2M0, Canada

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819-843–4080; 819-843–2861-store

Sight Details:

  • Shop hrs: June–mid-Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9–10:45, 11:45–6, Sun. 12:15–6; mid-Oct.–May, Mon.–Sat. 9–10:45, 11:45–5

Published 10/26/2015


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