Welcome to Ste Anne de Beaupré
You may never pick up on how deep Québec's Catholic roots go in a city like Montréal, but here, in the province, that identity is strongly 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 and dépanneurs (convenience stores). 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 late-July pilgrimage draws thousands of visitors, who crowd every open space.