Catholic Saints of Quebec & Montreal pilgrimage

FIRST CLASS SUPERIOR LODGING

Québec city lodging

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Relax in a Québec City abbey at Le Monastère des Augustines

In 1639, three Augustinian nuns came to Quebec City with a charter from King Louis XIII, to care for the sick and to open the continent’s first hospital north of Mexico. Some three and a half centuries later, facing rapidly dwindling numbers and the eventual extinction of their monastery, the sisters have turned their monastery into a wellness hotel, operated under the umbrella of a non-profit, to perpetuate their mission of healing. Over 40 million dollars was spent on the project.

Monastery les Augustines contemporary room

  • Private room in single or double occupancy (king, queen or 2 extra-long single beds)
  • Full private bathroom
  • Integrated storage space
  • Workspace available in certain rooms (upon request)
  • Ultra-comfortable, natural fibre bedding and towels
  • Large windows with shutters
  • Central air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking environment

Contemporary rooms

Contemporary fourth-floor rooms, include an ensuite. In the spirit of peace and contemplation, there are no televisions or telephones; in the spirit of modern travel, the hotel is equipped with WiFi.

The beauty of the concept is its versatility: Centrally located, the hotel can serve simply as a jumping-off point to explore the city, but should you choose, the serene atmosphere and full-service amenities make it an ideal retreat.

Monastery les Augustines authentic room

  • Private room in single or double occupancy (1 or 2 extra-long single beds)
  • Sink and mirror
  • Solid wood wardrobe and desk
  • Ultra-comfortable, natural fibre bedding and towels
  • Large windows with shutters
  • 6 full shared bathrooms with lock for privacy
  • Central air-conditioning
  • Non-smoking environment

Authentic rooms

Guests can also book an “authentic” room inspired by the original (and cozy) nuns’ rooms, right down to the replica single beds and shared bathroom down the hall.

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Whom you’ll meet

Say “Bonjour!” should you run across one of the six to eight remaining nuns going about her business; they still reside in an adjoining wing and sing morning praises and vespers in the choir.

Location, Location

When the sisters showed up in the 17th century, they scored some prime real estate.

Step out the main gate and you’re on Rue des Remparts (Ramparts Street), with cannons poised across the way and the shops and galleries of Rue Saint-Paul just down the hill.

In the other direction, a pedestrian exit leads into the heart of the Upper Town and its shopping and sights – Notre-Dame de Québec, le Château Frontenac and the top of the funicular, which you can ride down to Lower Town

Breakfast is included in your stay and taken in silence in the spirit of the former monastery.

Monastery les Augustines museum

One highlight: the original outer wall, now an indoor space, holds a rotating wooden case that was used to send gifts to the cloistered sisters, or to leave unwanted babies – some 1,300 all told – for whom the nuns would find homes in the community.

Best amenity

The monastery holds some 40,000 artifacts – everything from household goods and medical devices to books and religious art – and extensive written archives, many of which are displayed in the onsite museum (accessible to any visitor but free to guests), which chronicles the sisters’ centuries of work in the community and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Western health care.

Artworks both historic and modern are scattered throughout the property, too; where else can you gaze at a 19th-century portrait by famed Quebec artist Antoine Plamondon before ducking into your cell and cozying up in a bed topped by a handmade quilt?

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