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Address: Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Sherbrooke, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
Phone Number: 819 843 4080
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Monks of the world? it depends

The Abbey is a patrimonial estate on the borders of the Memphremagog Lake in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The view is sublime and if you are looking for a quiet stroll and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The Abbey is a patrimonial estate on the borders of the Memphremagog Lake in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The view is sublime and if you are looking for a quiet stroll and a very resourceful silent environment, you should really go there. They are welcoming men only for retreats but, not too far along the road, a monastery can... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We didn't know what to expect from this visit. We were able to visit the interior on our own. In the long corridor on the way to the chapel, there are many explanations with pictures describing the history and life here. We had a nice conversation in the bookstore with one of the monks.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Saint Benedict Abbey is a wonderful place and a quiet place. The cheese sold at this store is so good. Inside the Abbey, it's a nice place to take great pictures. Please don't use your flash to not disturb people. If you are a traveler in Eastern Townships, you must go there.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a great place to go in the fall to pick apples in the orchard, and take in the fantastic view. You must buy the apple sauce they sell. it's great, no preservatives all natural.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a most unusual attraction to visit, an abbey where Benedictine monks are supposed to study largely in silence but also a place where the underground gift shop is humming as people flock to buy religious souvenirs as well as cheese, alcohol, chocolate and apples. I found the juxtaposition a tad unsettling and wish they had put the shop... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A friend suggested this stop. It was a wonderful setting and the shop was nice. Seemed a little bit like something from another world. Very nice visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Abbey was definitely the highlight of our trip to Magog and Sherbrooke. The grounds and the Abbey itself were beautiful. We were lucky enough to attend Prime, sung beautifully by the monks. We were transported to a spiritual place. Their gift shop is filled with cheeses, honey, and religious items. The honey was fabulous. Don't miss the Abbey if... More 

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Lisbon, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I have visited the Abbey twice and loved the buildings and the grounds. If you are in the vicinity of Magog, the abbey is only a short drive away - highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You step into a world of peace and tranquility here. Gorgeous grounds and buildings. A sense of calm pervades. Local monk made cheeses, wines, syrups, and other products available to enjoy in the shade of the Abbey listening to the bells and chants. Its nice to know people and places like this exist.

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Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Readers of the series by Louise Penny will recognize the inspiration for "The Beautiful Mystery" in the abbey. Along the walls inside you'll learn the Abbey's history,and if you join a service or stand and listen you'll hear the chanted song of the monks. The gift shop includes a number of cheeses, along with some set out to taste. Smoked... More 

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