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Nice Monastery

We stopped at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac. The main chapel is a modern structure seemingly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Albany, New York

Lovely monastery in a serene setting. Free with tours available and rooms to stay if interested... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cubby V
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“gift shop”(17 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1 Rue Principale, Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, Quebec J0B 2M0, Canada
+1 819-843-4080
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac. The main chapel is a modern structure seemingly based on a mediaeval gothic church. It is interesting, but cold. The Gregorian Chant was beautiful, but the size of the church and large attendance swallowed up the sound. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely monastery in a serene setting. Free with tours available and rooms to stay if interested. Great fifities tile work and very recent addition. Well worth a stop and the gift shop has cheeses, jams, etc. Much of the monastery is closed to visitors, but...More

1  Thank Cubby V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fans of Louise Penny's books will recognize the Abbey from one of her books. It is a beautiful and very modern Abbey. Be sure to go to the shop and buy some of the fabulous cheese that the monks make. My favorite was the smoked...More

Thank Ellimac18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Magnificent grounds and architecture. The story of the monks who live and work here is very interesting. Free parking, no admission fee. The gift shop is a must. Candy, cheeses, books (in French and some in English) and assorted religious knickknacks. If I lived near...More

Thank TrayBN
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We wanted to hear the monks sing Gregorian chant but we were late and missed that. The grounds and spectacular view of the lake surely made up for the minor disappointment. The building itself was so quiet inside. So much history. And then we went...More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We dropped by in late afternoon and were in time to observe the monks’ Vespers ceremony. Then enjoyed shopping their delicious cheeses, jams, tapenades, etc. A great place to stop if you’re in the Magog area.

2  Thank Jean J
Reviewed 3 July 2018

Going to the Abbey was a waste of time for us. We read the reviews about the proper clothes and dressed accordingly from these reviews. It was 98 degrees and we were wearing pants and a dress since it said no shorts. Every other person...More

3  Thank Debra L
Reviewed 16 June 2018

If you enjoy interesting building design and a good cheese make sure you stop by and visit this abbey. This is a completely different visual concept than any other abbey I have visited and worth the short jaunt off the main highway. The monks are...More

Thank Vance_Neudorf
Reviewed 14 June 2018

This was a lovely place to visit and shop for cheese and other abbey made goods. I wish visitors could walk the entire grounds though I understand why you can't (it is a working abbey after all) but i enjoyed the small area that visitors...More

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Beautiful abbey with a nice boutique in the basement, selling cheese and other food products mostly made in the monastery. Don't miss their cheese collections. They are really delicious and also inexpensive.

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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