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Saint Benedict Abbey

1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
+1 819-843-4080
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Peace; beautiful architecture; a glimpse of a vanishing way of life

After reading Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery, set in an abbey whose members worship in plain... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cheese, Chocolate, and, yes, Chants

Have you read the Louise Penny Three Pines book? The ones with the fabulous food descriptions... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
+1 819-843-4080
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After reading Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery, set in an abbey whose members worship in plain chant...well of course I had to visit St Benoit, the community which served as a model for the book. Timed my visit for the 11:00 mass celebrated in Gregorian...More

Thank ALupnorth
Reviewed 1 week ago

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”, said Olivier, waving a cheese knife over the platter. “Their vocation is making...More

Thank Rena D
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 out really...More

Thank dsky227
Reviewed June 29, 2017

Stopped here with a group of friends while in the Eastern Townships. We took the guided tour ($12/adult), which gave us a nice overview of the history of the abbey. I would say that while the abbey is wonderful, the tour is a poor value....More

Thank Matthew D
Reviewed March 19, 2017

On our way back to Maine from Quebec, we saw a recommendation to come here. It was well worth it for the setting as a functional abbey and the unusual architecture, since it was built in the 20th century. The cheeses made on site are...More

1  Thank Docmartin52
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

It's a nice Abbey within a beautiful countryside. It's definitely worth a trip. If you get there by the right time you can take part in a worship. Which is obviously in French. It's also possibleto buy cheese produced by the monks.

Thank b22b22
Reviewed December 27, 2016

If you are a fan of Art Deco or of unique churches, do not miss this site. There is also a charming abbey store where they sell all of the products made by the monks at the abbey - honey, chocolate, cheese and much more....More

Thank Ria R
Reviewed December 4, 2016

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...More

Thank Kicking70
Reviewed November 10, 2016

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...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed November 6, 2016

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...More

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HÔTELLERIE “On recevra comme le Christ lui-même tous les hôtes qui surviendront, car lui-même doit dire un jour : “J’ai demandé l’hospitalité et vous m’avez reçu” (Matthieu 25,35). Règle de saint Benoît, ch. 53. L’hôte peut... More