Cruising Pilgrimage to Candada & New England in the Autumn
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage to Canada & New England! Spend the first few days of our pilgrimage exploring the Shrines of Montreal & Quebec before we embark on our cruise. With stops in Nova Scotia, Maine & Boston, this is a pilgrimage that is best experienced in the Autumn!
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Today we start with a visit to 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. 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, Old Montreal downtown shopping and commercial center. Overnight Montreal (B)
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 worldwide 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: Montreal (B)
This morning after breakfast, Stop at Shrine of Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Continue to Trois-Rivières to visit Canada’s National Shrine to Our Blessed Mother. We visit the breathtaking Montmorency Falls for a picture stop. Upon arrival in Quebec City, 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 *upon availability. Overnight Quebec City area. (B)
Quebec City Tour
This morning we head on a walking tour of Old Quebec City where we will enjoy the charm of the French Settlement of North America. From the Latin Quarter to the plains of the famous Chateau Frontenac. Free time for lunch before we head to the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec. Here we Celebrate Mass. After a guided tour, we head to our ship and get ready for sailing. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Prince Edward Island
You’ll visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum and the old farm site that inspired Montgomery’s first novel, Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. Discover rolling farmland, stunning seascapes, tiny villages and bustling harbors as you travel along the scenic Central Coastal Drive. Settle in downtown Charlottetown for some free time to sample the local seafood! Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
The coal industry brought immigration from many parts of the world, giving Sydney a multicultural mix of over 50 ethnic backgrounds and a global flavor to its history. Located on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is also an ideal jumping-off point for scenic adventures. In our excursion, we step back in time to the 18th century to experience Louisbourg, a thriving seaport and capital of Cape Breton Island. The fortress is Canada’s largest historical reconstruction, it has been meticulously rebuilt. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Portland offers all the amenities of a big city: art districts, a vibrant waterfront, museums, parks and diverse shopping opportunities. But within minutes, you can be enjoying the view from an historic lighthouse or tasting a juicy, local lobster. To make the most of our day in Portland, this tour combines the city highlights with a visit to historic Portland Head Light and the charming seaside town of Kennebunkport. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Bar Harbor, Maine
Today we take a tour of the best that Bar Harbor has to offer as we drive through the beautiful scenery of Acadia National Park and learn about the fascinating world of the lobster fisherman. We will journey along Park Loop Road along the ocean’s edge passing Otter Cliff and Thunder Hole where the ocean swells converge against the granite cliffs to create a thunderous roar. At the end of our tour, we will return to explore Bar Harbor’s many shops, boutiques and restaurants. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)