Along the river.
Back in time.

A journey rich in heritage treasures
treasures and history

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begins here

These heritage gems tell their story through architecture, works of art, and traditions deeply rooted in history.

Come and discover a unique route through history and religious heritage on the South Shore of Montreal. Châteauguay, La Prairie, Longueuil, Boucherville, Varennes: each sanctuary is an invaluable treasure, each vestige a remarkable story.

Les Sanctuaires du Fleuve.
Along the river. Back in time.

Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville sanctuary

  • Rich in heritage objects
It is here that the famous Marguerite d'Youville, founder of the Grey Nuns and the first Canadian saint, rests. It is also here that you will find numerous art objects in her memory - including a miraculous painting! The church is also filled with very ancient objects, including a bell dating back to... 1630. Come and admire this place of worship filled with treasures that have stood the test of time.

Sainte-Famille Church

  • Rich in heritage features
It stands proud and impressive on land given by Boucherville's founder himself. It has survived centuries and even a fire. Today, it tells its story through its remarkably well-preserved treasures and striking architectural details, including its vault and crypt. Welcome to the Sainte-Famille church in Boucherville. A sanctuary that is ready to reveal itself... and impress you.

Centre Marie-Rose

  • Rich in heritage features
A devoted woman, a place named in her memory: the Centre Marie-Rose offers a fascinating journey through time, with old buildings filled with numerous artifacts steeped in history. Mother Marie-Rose Durocher, who passed away in 1849 and was beatified in 1982, remains ever-present within the walls of this heritage site, located near the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue co-cathedral. A journey to relive, a past to discover.


  • Rich in historical characters
Its foundations are entrenched in the foundation of Longueuil itself. The third church in this location since 1697, it has dominated the city skyline since 1887 with its neo-Byzantine-style dome. The Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue co-cathedral promises a visit that is both enlightening and fascinating, with its chapel dedicated to Marie-Rose, its museum, its crypt, and its countless anecdotes deeply rooted in the most ancient history of the South Shore. A stop not to be missed.

La Nativité-de-la-Sainte-Vierge Sanctuary

La Prairie
  • Rich in heritage objects
An ancient charnel house. A bell dating back to 1767. Benches with a particular function. It is here, at the La Nativité-de-la-Sainte-Vierge Sanctuary, that you will find these intriguing remnants of the past and many other remarkably well-preserved works – all ready, in their own way, to tell their story. To explore this heritage monument is to delve into the heart of La Prairie's history.

Sainte-Kateri Tekakwitha sanctuary

This shrine on the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, in the Saint-François-Xavier mission (1720), is dedicated to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American Aboriginal woman to be canonized, on October 12, 2012. This is where her grave is located and where her feast day is celebrated on April 17.

Youville Manor

The founder of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns of Montreal), Marguerite d'Youville, used it to cultivate highly productive land to feed the sick. The Manoir d'Youville site is located on Île Saint-Bernard, a former Châteauguay seigneury. This historic site, with one of the oldest mills in North America (1686), boasts an enchanting setting on the banks of the Châteauguay River and Lake Saint-Louis, as well as a wildlife refuge.
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