The abbey of St-Benoît-du-Lac is nestled among the rolling hills of southern Quebec near the town of Magog.
The abbey was founded in 1912 by Dom Joseph Pothier, a Benedictine abbott who came to Quebec from the Abbey of St Wandrille at Frontenelle in France.
The architect of the abbey was Father Paul Bellot, who oversaw the building of the Abbey between 1939-1941.
The impressive looking building is home to about 50 monks who live according to the rules of St Benedict. The decorative brickwork and mosaic tile floors of the foyer and hallways contrast with the peaceful serenity of the church and the smaller private chapel.
Just outside the church is a stone from the ancient abbey of St Wandrille, in France, which dates back to the 14th century. The stone has been carved into a maple leaf, symbolising the continuing heritage and bond between the two abbeys.
This is a beautiful place to visit. It was disappointing that some of the tourists who were visiting at the same time as me did not show respect for the quietness requested by the monks, nor for the reflection and prayer that was obviously being sought by other visitors.