Welcome to Ste-Anne de Beaupré
You may never fully appreciate how deep Québec's Catholic roots go in its larger cities, but here in the provinces that identity is more than evident, and here, in Ste-Anne de Beaupré, it's almost overwhelming. Approaching the town along Rte 138, the twin steeples of the 1920s basilica tower above the motels, dépanneurs (convenience stores) and souvenir shops. It's one of the few remaining mega-attractions in the province related not to nature or artificial diversions, but to faith. Since the mid-1600s, the village has been an important Christian site; the annual pilgrimage around the feast day of St Anne (July 26) draws thousands of visitors, who crowd every open space.