Saint Benedict Abbey, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac

4.6
#25 of 124 in Historic Sites in Quebec
In the middle of the countryside sits Saint Benedict Abbey. The abbey was founded in 1912 under Abbot Dom Pothier, the liturgist and scholar responsible for reconstituting the Gregorian chant. More than 50 monks from all over the world live at abbey under the rule of Saint Benedict. Walk through the tranquil halls, tour the grounds, and admire the architecture. Stay for a mass service and then visit the gift shop where you can purchase cheeses, jams, chocolate, and cider all made by the monks. Use our Saint-Benoit-du-Lac vacation generator to add Saint Benedict Abbey and other attractions to your Saint-Benoit-du-Lac vacation plans.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Have you read the Louise Penny Three Pines book? The ones with the fabulous food descriptions. This the abbey where the cheese comes from! “These are all from the monastery at Saint-Benoit-du-Lac”, sa...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    We weren't going to stop here... after all, its a mile or two out of the way; but the owner of the B&B we used as our jumping off point for our weekend bike trip said it wasn't to be missed. It worked...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Very disappointing visit, the only positive point is to see a very nice architecture. In terms of the visit, apart from the building, you'll see nothing... All sections of the area are closed to the public. False advertising on their site that tells us that we will "Learn about the method of manufacture of the cheeses of the Abbey", nothing like that. There is absolutely nothing of the manufacture of cheese, or cider. The only monk we saw is the one who collects the money in the Fund of the store. Not even a fresh cheese to taste only of the refrigerated... For what is the Guide, so there, it's very disappointing, she admits to herself that she has even not seen everywhere inside the Abbey. It only read cards and read what is written on the walls. She repeatedly: "I guess, I think, I think, I feel..." without really knowing, she mixes everything! She is unable to answer questions because she does not know the history of the Abbey. They would do well to make the visits not people who have studied in tourism and interested in the Abbey and the best by a monk... With a good guide and open the doors of the cheese factory, this visit could be very interesting.
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