Few other cities in the world combine the historic and the modern quite like Montreal. The city once known as Ville Marie is situated from the banks of the famed St. Lawrence River to Mont Royal, the ‘mountain’ for which the city is now named. A unique blend of 18th – 21st century architecture, horse-drawn carriages, subway trains and over 80 different ethnic groups makes Montreal a city with a vibe all its own.
Explore the old and new on a missions trip or pilgrimage to Montreal. From the bustling downtown to the old seaport, join us for an adventure with a French twist. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of the city as you explore both ancient and modern parts of your faith.
- Walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross at St Joseph’s Oratory.
- Attend a Eucharist service at one of North America’s oldest Anglican churches.
- Explore Old Montreal: the seaport, the shops, the restaurants.
- Venture into the Underground City, Chinatown, and Little Italy.
- Spend a Sunday afternoon at the TAM TAM JAM in Mont Royal Park.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – On the Journey
Our week of discovery begins as we arrive in Montreal. Although we will have lots of time to explore this remarkable city, our first destination is actually the historic capitol of the province: Quebec City. We will travel there and get settled in our lodging and then we will take some time to get acquainted with each other and with the neighborhood that will be our home for the next couple of days.
- Day 2 – Putting Down Roots
One of the most fascinating parts of exploring an old city is the mere contemplation of its location. Where and how people choose to put down roots is often a very interesting story. As we explore some of Quebec Cityʼs important historical and spiritual locales today, we will spend time pondering and discussing our spiritual roots and what makes for a life of faith that flourishes.
- Day 3 – Godʼs Abundant Love
Before we head toward Montreal and our adventure there, we will make a side-trip to view one of Canadaʼs natural wonders. The waterfall stands twenty-seven stories high – double the height of Niagara Falls- and is one of the most spectacular sights in the province. We will enjoy some time outdoors experiencing the natural beauty and we will contemplate the wonder and splendor of Godʼs love even at times when life seems to crash down on us like the fury of a waterfall.
- Day 4 – Our Light to Lead Us Home
Today we will put on our walking shoes and our explorerʼs mindsets as we take in some of Montrealʼs best. We will begin with a bit of history on a walking tour of some of the townʼs noted catastrophes. We will take the time to explore the Old Port, including the Sailorʼs Chapel and Clock Tower. In these locations we will remember the faith of explorers and sailors as they embarked upon journeys to faraway lands.
- Day 5 – Standing Out Among the Crowd
What do you stand for? What do you stand up for? These are questions that we will consider today as we explore some of the most unique places in the city, from St Josephʼs Oratory, the largest shrine to St Joseph in the world; to Christ Church Cathedral, where there is a shopping mall beneath the sanctuary; to St Patrickʼs Basilica refuge for many Irish who fled the Potato Famine.
- Day 6 – In Remembrance of Me
Today will truly be a time for worship, rest, reflection, fellowship and fun. We will begin our day in worship at a local Eucharist service. After church we will visit the Little Italy section of town for some delicious pizza. We will go to Mont Royal Park (the ʻmountainʼ for which the city is named) with the hope of catching a summer favorite activity for locals: a percussionist jam session.
- Day 7 – On Earth as It Is In Heaven
As we move through our final day in this amazing city, we will have the chance to see some more of the things that make this place so unique. From the Musee de Beaux Artes de Montreal, to the Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, a replica of St Peters Basilica in Rome, to Chinatown, to the Underground City we will wander and think about how this city and our lives can reflect a little bit of heaven here on earth.
- Day 8 – Always on the Journey
As we depart this lovely city, we hope to take the lessons of pilgrimage with us. We have been united in community on this journey and now we travel home with hopes of applying the things that we have learned about God, about ourselves and about each other in our everyday lives.
Legacy in Montreal, Canada
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.