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Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a village of 2,850 people (2011) east of Quebec city in the Côte-de-Beaupré County Regional Municipality in the Quebec Region. The village lies along the St Lawrence and faces the Île d'Orléans.





The majority of the municipal territory is mountainous and forested. The St. Lawrence plain stretches up to 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from the river on the boundary with Château-Richer and 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the river on the boundary with Beaupré .

The terrestrial part of the territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is made up of two contiguous rectangles, the second being smaller. To the southeast, the municipal boundary stretches for 5.6 km (3.5 mi) on the shore of the Île d'Orléans channel; to the southwest, the limit shared with Château-Richer is 13.15 km (8.17 mi), including a hook to the east of 2.05 km (1.27 mi); to the north, the municipality shares a boundary of 4.3 km (2.7 mi) with the unorganized territory of Lac-Jacques-Cartier; to the northeast, 4.4 km (2.7 mi) with Mont Saint-Anne Park; to the east, 6.9 km (4.3 mi) with the municipality of Beaupré.

Along the Île d'Orléans channel, the sandstone stretches between 327 m. at low tide (at the limit of Beaupré) at 583 m. on the edge of Château-Richer. At this last point, the river has a width of 2.0 km (1.2 mi) at high tide and up to 1.45 km (0.90 mi) at low tide.


Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré stands in a rolling agricultural country, with the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains in the background. The first church was built by sailors, seeking protection against shipwrecks off Ile-Oeuf on their way upriver to Quebec City. Saint Anne is the patron saint of sailors.



From the beginning of New France, after the founding of Quebec in 1608, the Côte-de-Beaupré was colonized between the Montmorency River and Cap Tourmente. The first land was granted in 1650 on the current territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. With the arrival of new settlers, agriculture and forestry then became the fundamental drivers of the local economy. Nevertheless, the inhabitants devote themselves in particular to hunting, fishing, crafts, river transport and the fur trade. By establishing themselves on the banks of the river, at the foot of the moraine, the dwellings benefited from an attenuated effect of the north wind.

History of the basilica
Landscaped park in front of the main entrance to the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica

The main religious gathering occurs on July 26, annually commemorating the feast of Saint Anne. This basilica is the third church of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré; the second church was destroyed by fire on March 29, 1922. Its construction began in 1923; the structural work will be completed in 1962 by the completion of the arrows surmounting the belfries. The basilica was made official in 1976 by Cardinal Maurice Roy. Nevertheless, the building remains unfinished, because of the many empty niches and unsculpted cornices.

Throughout history, several pilgrims claim to be miraculous, believing that their healing is dependent on the intercession of Saint Anne, following their prayer at the basilica. The accumulation of this type of testimony amplifies the effervescence of the pilgrimages.


The municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré was erected civilly on March 3, 1722 by an edict of the King. From its beginning, a popular Catholic mobilization based on devotion to Saint Anne, patroness of all of Quebec, led to pilgrimages and the erection of a basilica. The site of the basilica has several advantages that quickly make it a sought-after place of pilgrimage:

  • the beauty of the site at the foot of the moraine and facing Île d'Orléans;
  • the nearby attractions that contribute to the influx of pilgrims: Montmorency Falls, Mont Saint-Anne, the canyon of the Sainte-Anne River, the capes of Sault-au-Cochon;
  • its easy access by river road (the first motorized buses date from the early 1920s), by river (steamboats), then by rail (trains driven by steam locomotives arrived in 1881) .
Economic development

Steamboats (very popular until the end of the 19th century) were supplanted by the arrival of the train (including the small electric train from Sainte-Anne), then by motorized buses. Finally, motor vehicles and the improvement of road infrastructures contributed to the growth of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

The influx of pilgrims generated significant economic growth in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. The village is transformed to accommodate pilgrims, in terms of accommodation, catering, supply of souvenir items, recreational tourism activities... The supply of hotel services (including services offered by religious communities) is organized during the first half of the 20th century to support this affluence. This basilica has been run since 1895 by the Redemptorist Fathers.

In 1855, after the end of the seigneurial system in Quebec, several new municipalities were definitively created in Quebec, or some were restructured. The territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is divided into two: the parish municipality and the village municipality. Finally, the merger of these two municipalities came into effect on January 16, 1973, thus creating the city of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Get in


Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is usually visited as a day trip from Québec City; by road, follow Autoroute 440 then Route 138 downriver on the north shore. There are various tour buses which visit from the city.

By car

  • From Quebec (33 km, time: 0 hr 25 min), take Route 138 (Eastbound), to the village of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.
  • From Tadoussac (183 km, time: 2 hr 35 min), take the Tadoussac-Baie Sainte-Catherine ferry; take route 138 (westbound), to the village of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

By train

See also: Rail travel in Canada

By bus


Get around

Map of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Gas stations

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
  • 1 Basilica of Saint Anne de Beaupré (Basilique de Sainte-Anne de Beaupré), 10018 Avenue Royale, +1 418-827-3781, fax: +1 418-827-8771. An enormous church which is reputed to have healing powers similar to those of Lourdes. It has a copy of Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà (the original is in Rome). The basilica is believed to be a place of miracles. One of the builders of the original church, Louis Guimont, helped build the church despite having severe scoliosis and needing the aid of a crutch. When the church was complete, he was able to walk independently. Many subsequent visitors who have prayed at the church have left their canes, crutches and walking aids behind as testament to their healing. The main wall at the entry into the basilica is completely covered with crutches.    
  • 2 Scala Santa, 10018 Royale Avenue (at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré). Daily, depending on the season. A replica of the Holy Stairs that Jesus climbs to go before Pontius Pilate. Erected on a hillside, the Scala Santa was inaugurated in 1891. Also, statues and paintings recount the scene of the Ecce Homo (Pilate that presents Jesus to the crowd). Fre.
Convent of the Redemptoristines
  • 3 Convent of the Redemptoristines. It once was home to nuns of the Redemptoristines order. The property has been purchased by a real-estate developer, who plans to redevelop it for funeral services.    
  • 4 Atelier Paré Museum, 9269 Royale, +1 418-827-3992, . May 15-Oct 15: daily 09:00-17:00; Oct 16-May 14: W-Su 13:00-16:00. Museum, gallery and shop of wood sculpture.
  • 5 Galerie Ni Vu Ni Cornu, 10005 Royale, +1 418-702-1779, . Gallery exhibiting the works of artists selected by the members of the Ni Vu Ni Cornu jury. The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré art gallery is attached to that of 2452, boulevard Laurier, room E01A, Quebec, G1V 2L1.
  • 6 Quay of Peace (Quai de la Paix), rue du Sanctuaire, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, +1 581-308-4288. Wharf on the channel of Île d'Orléans.
  • 7 Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Lighthouse (Phare de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré), 9776, boulevard Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, G0A 3C0.

Tourist circuit

  • Circuit of the creators of the Côte-de-Beaupré (Circuit des créateurs de la Côte-de-Beaupré), . As part of the Regroupement des Intervenants culturel de la CBD, local artists offer a tourist circuit comprising 28 stations, between Boischatel and Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, linked to various forms of art, meeting the creators in their respective workshops. and to visit exhibition sites and interpretation sites. This circuit concerns as much professional artists in current, traditional arts or crafts; it also includes a visit to an economuseum, a museum, a library, interpretation centres, art galleries or distribution partners. The creators' circuit website displays the map of La Côte-de-Beaupré and the 28 recommended resorts.
  • Route de la Nouvelle-France (New France Road). Heritage, cultural and nature trail. Departing from Quebec, this route takes place on the Côte-de-Beaupré. In Boischatel, visitors can stop to see the Vézina, Jacob and Pageau ancestral homes, as well as the Manoir de Charleville. Opposite, the river offers a panorama full of life: passing boats, pleasure craft, fog, clouds...
  • BaladoDécouverte Vivre la Côte-de-Beaupré - Excursion patrimoniale (BaladoDiscovery Live the Côte-de-Beaupré - Heritage excursion), +1 877-611-6145, . Visitors can independently experience the cultural and touristic experiences of La Côte-de-Beaupré through a podcast (French and English). This guided tour of 80 km is made up of 16 places, and includes two stops per municipality. At each place visited, participants listen to relevant themes related to the municipality and the territory. Participants must download the podcast before starting the circuit to discover the Côte-de-Beaupré.


  • 8 Grande neuvaine de Sainte Anne (Great Novena of Saint Anne), Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, 10018, avenue Royale, +1 418 827-3781. July 17 to 25, 2021. Annual event for religious tourists of the Catholic faith.
  • 9 Fête de Sainte Anne (Feast of Saint Anne), Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, 10018, avenue Royale, +1 418 827-3781. July 26, 2021. Annual event for religious tourists of the Catholic faith.
  • Rythmes et Papilles (Rhythms and taste buds), +1 418 998-1856. 19 to 22 August 2021. Annual event taking place over 4 weekends of festivities. The activities are free.


  • 1 Boucherie De La Côte, 10740, boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-5333. Butcher shop offering many homemade products. With liquor license.
  • 2 Ferme Simard, 10611, boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-561-0505. Fresh produce food market.
  • 3 IGA Extra Chouinard & Fils inc, 10505, boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-2828. General grocery store.
  • 4 Super C, 10516, boulevard Sainte-Anne, #101 (Located in the Ste-Anne Center), +1 418-827-3474. General grocery store.

Specialized foods



  • 6 Animalerie chez Miawoof, 10705, boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-2423. Pet Shop.
  • 7 Atelier Redmark, 213, Côte Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-8179. Cabinetmaker
  • 8 Avalanche, 10909 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, #12, +1 418-827-3108, . Sporting goods store.
  • 9 Boréal Bike Shop, 10900 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-204-2466. Bicycle repair shop.
  • 10 Boutique le Temps s’Arrête (Time Stops Boutique), 9989 Avenue Royale, +1 418-702-1300. Antiques and flea market.
  • 11 Centre Commercial Le Centre Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, 10516 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-5044. Su 10:00-17:00, M-W 09:30-17:30, Th F 09:30-21:00, Sa 09:30-17:00. A baker's dozen of shops and services that will fulfill all of your shopping needs, as long as your shopping needs are very, very limited.
Historic house in Chateau-Richer
  • 1 Le Marie Beaupre, 9749 Blvd Ste-Anne, +1 418-827-3446. Daily 06:00-22:00. Restaurant serving burgers, pizza, ribs, chicken, pastas.
  • 2 Relais Ste-Anne, Route des Sept Crans. Restaurant serving burgers, pizza, ribs, chicken, pastas.
  • 3 Restaurant chez Jim Pizza, 9737 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-3446. Daily 06:00-22:00. Restaurant specializing in pizzas.
  • 4 Thai-Cité Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, 9652, Boul Sainte-Anne, +1 418-827-3223. Tu-Su 17:00-22:00. Vietnamese and Cambodian foods.
  • 5 O peche mignon, 9954 Royale Avenue, +1 418-931-5985. Daily 07:30-22:00. Diner.


  • 1 Microbrasserie des Beaux Pres, 9430 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, +1 418-702-1128. Tu 15:00-22:00, W 12:00-23:00, Th 12:00-00:00, F Sa 12:00-01:00, Su 12:00-22:00. 16 beers available in tasting glasses or full pints. Appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas.
  • 2 Bar Chez Charlie, 9650 Ste-Anne Blvd, +1 418-827-5837.





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  • 1 Sault-au-Cochon Sault-au-Cochon is an unorganized territory of the MRC La Côte-de-Beaupré. It is made up of a strip approximately 18 km long and 4.1 km wide (at the edge of the Massif de Charlevoix) on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, between the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve (Réserve nationale de faune du cap Tourmente) and the Massif de Charlevoix. This territory is exploited for silviculture, recreational tourism activities and the passage of the Charlevoix train at the foot of the cliff. The Sentier des caps de Charlevoix and its sub-trails are entirely developed in Sault-au-Cochon.
  • 2 Mont Sainte-Anne   Mount with a major downhill ski center of international renown, a reception infrastructure, particularly in terms of accommodation (hotels, condos, camping), restaurants and recreational tourism activities (golf, hiking trails, bicycles ).
  • 3 Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve Created in 1978, this reserve is made up of marshes, plains and forests. Its mission is to protect an American bulrush marsh which is the main habitat of the greater snow goose during its migration. This reserve is crossed below (on the northwest shore of the St. Lawrence River) by the Train de Charlevoix railway. It faces the flats of Pointe aux Prêtres. It has several hiking trails allowing the ascent via Cap Tourmente. This reserve is home to more than 180 species of birds, 30 species of mammals, 22 types of forest stands and 700 species of plants. Many school groups and tourists come here for educational visits on the flora and fauna.
  • 4 Château-Richer A town in the eastern suburbs of Quebec City. This picturesque town has many well-renovated ancestral homes. Residents benefit from a range of infrastructure and sports and leisure activities. The cultural space is developed. A 50-minute discovery podcast divided into six parts allows you to better know the church of Château-Richer. The Aux Trois Couvents museum invites visitors to discover heritage and culture through its exhibitions, workshops and events. The Côte de Beaupré is the cradle of French America.
  • 5 Beaupré Located along the St. Lawrence River, facing Île d'Orléans, the town of Beaupré is overlooked by the legendary Mont Sainte-Anne and its famous ski resort. The city has more than 1,000 upscale housing units, including four four-star establishments, two eighteen-hole golf courses, and a shopping center. In addition, tourists will find a wide choice of restaurants, pubs and dining rooms of various types: family to fine dining. Citizens have access to a lively life: social, cultural, sporting, educational... with major events. Beaupré benefits from the proximity of many attractions: A city with a great history.
  • 6 Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges Tourist resort in a mountainous area whose village overlooks the canyon of the Sainte-Anne River. Crossed by Route 360, this municipality is endowed with natural attractions (Jean-Larose waterfall, Mont Ferréol (791 m), Lac du Faubourg), leisure facilities (Mont-Sainte-Anne cross-country ski center, d'Auto-Neige Le Sapin d'Or, Le St-Ferréol golf course, multipurpose trail, Mestachibo trail, Mont Sainte-Anne mountain bike trails and Jean-Larose bike path, Villéa nature & Nordique Spa, the frescoes of the Church of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges) and recreational tourism activities (hiking, canyoning). In addition, the municipality has a large capacity for accommodation and catering. Tourists find local products there, as well as the works of artists and craftsmen.
  • 7 Saint-Joachim Coastal municipality with a residential and tourist vocation, centered on vacationing. Visitors can do many recreational and tourist activities there: hiking trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, nautical activities on the river...
  • 8 Île d'Orléans The island was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island. The island has been described as the "microcosm of traditional Quebec and as the birthplace of francophones in North America".
  • 9 Quebec City Capital of the province of Quebec. City of museums and exhibition spaces, parks and gardens, churches, major events and lots of history. Annually, the Carnaval de Québec takes place in early February.
Routes through Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
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