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Saint Benedict Abbey

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Address: 1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 819-843-4080
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This was a stop following the Eastern Townships Louise Penny tour. The surprise is that this is a relatively recent building but with a classic feel. The lovely building is in a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kicking70
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Columbia, Maryland
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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a stop following the Eastern Townships Louise Penny tour. The surprise is that this is a relatively recent building but with a classic feel. The lovely building is in a beautiful setting. We were fortunate to be there when the monks were singing their liturgy. We were happy that we visited.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived just in time for midday eucharist. Though we are not Catholics and did not understand a word of the service, the service was an awesome experience of beauty, connecting us something greater than ourselves. Renewal as good as any massage or therapy session you can imagine! After the service we picked up some cheese and chocolate in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's an impressive place. Decorated like the 60's, it's meticulously maintained. Clean, quiet with enough english/french descriptions of life in the abbey. What it takes to become a monk. You get to self reflect on life. It was nice. They produce fruit and its products (preserves/jams) and have a fromagerie. They also make cider which is somewhat bitter (it was... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Even with a couple of tour buses and parking lots full during peak fall colours, the chapel was practically empty so was a good place to reflect. We were surprised that the store that sells the wine, cheese etc...was open 7 days a week and had a big line up. The architecture was very interesting as the materials/colours where very... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

It was a lovely stop. This Benedictine Monastery is lovely and provides a quiet spot for reflection during one's holiday. It is an interesting structure with lots of historical/cultural information about the order. The 35 monks in residence have a shop there where they sell their own cheeses and apple cider and products as well as other religious articles. The... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Abbey itself is a beautiful place to visit on its own, but if you go in the fall, you will enjoy the beautiful drive as the Autumn foliage fill your visual senses with pleasure. We had the banana bread and jams from the gift shop and they were gorgeous!

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Chateauguay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I had to go for a personal conference (initiation to silence) that was held between those walls. It was the first year women was accepted as resident for an entire week-end. I was a little bit shy since I am not religiously inclined but I was still curious. The hostel was very convenient (single room with a sink, common bathrooms... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We spent about 2 hours here, but only at the frontal compound and inside the church. Its unfortunate that most other areas, including the surrounding compound are not open to the public. The reason why they did this is explained on one of the information board along the passage to the church. I wish that they could at least open... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

A very nice setting , good to visit if your in the area , but I wouldn't drive all the way just to see - a church and surrounds are just exquisite , these guys ( monks ) make grade A cheeses and chocolate , the abbey is not gothic old , but very very nice - basically you can... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My wife and I visited this monastery on Sunday. Service included Georgian chants. Interesting to a non Catholic. Beautiful setting and exterior of buildings. Inside is oddly modern. Store in basement had no opportunity to sample anything, so if you have not had their products before, no idea what they taste like.

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