From Osprey Observer:
The Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap, located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, is one of Canada’s national shrines and is one of the most visited historic icons in the region. Also known as Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, it is Canada’s National Shrine to the Blessed Mother.
The original small wooden structure was built in 1694. A second parish church was built in 1747 to replace the first church, and this building still stands and is considered the oldest church in Canada in which Mass is celebrated daily. By 1867, more and more parishioners started coming to church; eventually, the church was too small, and a larger church was required. The stones and building material were purchased and were to be brought over in the winter across the frozen Saint Lawrence River.
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in Trois-Rivières has been a place of pilgrimage and prayer since 1888.
626, rue Notre-Dame Est
Trois-Rivières (Québec) G8T 4G9
Phone: 1 819 374-2441
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine in Trois-Rivières has been a place of pilgrimage and prayer since 1888. Opened in 1964, the monumental basilica contains two treasures: the Casavant organ, consisting of 5,425 pipes, and the stained glass windows by Father Jan Tillemans, a Dutch Oblate and master artisan. The Old Shrine is another jewel. Used for worship starting in 1720, this religious building is considered the oldest preserved stone church in Canada. The site dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which was visited by Pope John Paul in September 1984, is also worth visiting for its shady gardens and unparalleled view of the Saint Lawrence River. The perfect place to renew yourself!