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"Sainte Anne de Beaupré, såst Ann deh bo'prà', a post-village in Montmorency co., Quebec, on the N. shore of the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of the Ste. Anne, 22 miles below Quebec. It contains a church and a dozen stores. There are very picturesque falls near the village. , Pop.300."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

...At Ste. Anne, history and tradition blend with the life and manners of today in a most striking way. The first settlers in the Cote de Beaupre built a little church on the bank of the St. Lawrence, and dedicated it to La Bonne Ste. Anne, in memory, no doubt, as Ferland says, of the celebrated pilgrimage of Sainte Anne d'Auray in Bretagne. The bank, however, was carried away by the ice and the floods. So another building was commenced in 1657 upon the site pointed out by M. de Queylus, the Vicar-General, and given by Etienne de Lessard. It was finished in 1660. The Governor, M. d'Argenson, laid the first stone, and the work was done by the pjous labour of the habitants. As one of these, Louis Guimont by name, racked with rheumatism, painfully struggled to place three stones in the foundation, he suddenly found his health restored. Thenceforward, La Bonne Ste. Anne de Beaupre became famous throughout all Canada. Among the pilgrims that flocked to celebrate her fete each year, were conspicuous the Christian Hurons and Algonquins, in whom their missionaries had inspired a special devotion for the mother of the Blessed Virgin. To this day their descendants are to be found among the thousands of worshippers whom the steamers carry from Quebec. The pilgrimage is not always such an easy excursion. Those who have special favours to implore, often trudge on foot the long journey to the shrine. A pyramid of crutches, trusses, bandages, and spectacles stands in the church, to attest the miraculous cures worked by faith and prayer.

The site of the old church is marked by a chapel built with the old materials. It is roughly finished within, containing only a few stained seats and a bare-looking altar which stands between two quaint images of Ste. Marie Magdelaine and Ste. Anne, apparently of the time of Louis XIV. By the roadside, close to the chapel, stands a rough grotto surmounted by the image of the sainte set in a niche, over which again there is a cross. Over the stones pours the clear water of a spring; this the pilgrims take away in bottles, for the sake of its miraculous healing power. Near-by is the old presbytery, and farther up the wooded slope, hidden among the trees, is a convent of Hospital Nuns. Their gentleness and kindness to the sick that resort here should by good masters—to commemorate deliverances from peril at sea, for Ste. Anne watches specially over sailors and travellers. Numbers of costly vestments have also been presented, and Pius IX., in addition to giving a fac simile of the miraculous portrait of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, set in a jewelled frame, issued a decree declaring the shrine to be of the first magnitude.

Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

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  • 1650 - Shrine Established by Fishermen
    The shrine of Sainte Anne de Beaupre is established on the banks of the St. Lawrence River by the French fishermen in gratitude for deliverance from...Read MORE...

  • 1657 - Parish Ste. Anne de Beaupre (St. Anne du Petit Cap) established

    Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White

  • 1658 - On 13 March, 1658, therefore, the missionary, Father Vignal, came to choose the site and to bless the foundation of the proposed chapel which, by general consent, was to be dedicated to St. Anne.
    The very day the Saint showed how favourably she viewed the undertaking by healing Louis Guimont, an inhabitant of Beaupré, who suffered terribly...Read MORE...

  • 1658 - The basilica in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré was initially a shrine to honour Saint Anne.
    On March 8, 1658, a man by the name of Etienne de Lessard donated two frontal acres from the West end of his property to the Catholic Church so that...Read MORE...

  • 1666 Census - There were 533 people living at the Cote Beaupre chronicles/ new_france.htm

  • 1678 - Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré established at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada
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    Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré established in 1678
  • 1698 - October 14 - New France census shows: Ste-Anne de Beaupré with 222 inhabitants todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ October_14

  • 1832 - The Parish of Ste. Anne, Cote de Beaupre,
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  • 1873
    STE. ANNE DE BEAUPRE, a post village in Montmorency co., Que., on the North shore of the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of the River Ste. Anne, 22 miles...Read MORE...

  • Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada
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    Source: Google maps

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    The Memorial Church and Saint Anne's Spring
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    Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Quebec, Canada
  • 1906
    Sainte Anne de Beaupre, a post-village of Montmorency co., Quebec, on the N. shore of the St. Lawrence, at the mouth of the Ste. Anne, 22 miles below ...Read MORE...

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  • Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre
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