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Address: 1 rue Principale, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
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A wonderful side trip, and great culinary gift shop

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... read more

Reviewed March 19, 2017
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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 of very good quality and come in attractive boxed sample packs for $20-$40 Canadian of... More 

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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.

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Montreal
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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. It is a perfect place to buy souvenirs of your trip to the townships, as... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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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 their liturgy. We were happy that we visited.

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Richmond, Virginia
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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 you can imagine! After the service we picked up some cheese and chocolate in the... More 

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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 (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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Reviewed October 24, 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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Reviewed October 19, 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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Reviewed October 19, 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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Reviewed October 12, 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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