July 6th – Saguenay – The Virgin Mary Statue

06 Jul

It was my bright idea to hike up the mountain to see the Virgin Mary statue. It was erected by Charles-Napoleon Robitaille, a Quebec City merchant travelling on the frozen Saguenay River. He fell through the ice and

“imploring the Virgin Mary for help, he finally managed to pull himself out of the water. Having become very sick as a result, he again pleaded with the Holy Virgin to let him live ten more years so that he could take care of his family. Wanting to give thanks to She who saved him twice, Robitaille decided to have a statue of the Virgin erected on Cape Trinité…The statue was shipped to L’Anse-Saint-Jean on a steamer but a handling error sent the statue overboard. Fortunately, it was made of white pine and it floated. It was then towed by rowboat to the foot of Cape Trinité, a 15 km trip. Originally made from three wood blocks, it had to be cut into 14 sections before it could be hauled to the top of the cape by hand; a job that took eight days to complete.”

I can imagine that the path the top of the cape in 1881 (that is when it was erected) was probably not as nice as it is now. We had stairs and rest stops along the way and yet we were very tired once we reached the top.

Here are a few pictures of the boat from the way up.




To prove that we made it all the way there, here are a couple of pictures of us.



According to my Fitbit, the entire trek was 15000 steps or 10 km, so we were pretty tired when we got back. Of course, probably not as tired as the 100 or so people going up in the heat of the day! As we were coming down, we passed then and they kept asking how much further it was (they were still near the bottom). Anyway, if you do decide to do this hike, you should start early in the morning (we were the first and only ones on the trail).

We spent the afternoon swimming. It was so nice to cool off!


Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Sailing in the St. Lawrence


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8 responses to “July 6th – Saguenay – The Virgin Mary Statue

  1. velma

    July 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Nice little stroll! My poor FitBit is going to forget how to work over the next few days. Looking forward to hearing more. We leave Monday at 6:00 for our trip, wish me luck!

    • JH

      July 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Oh! You are going to Pictou on Monday?
      I think I read that Adam is on the mend?

      • velma

        July 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Adam is home, 16 pounds lighter and beginning to eat solid food. Off to sunny NS, Pictou County here we come!

  2. Amy Q

    July 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Great pics, Jane! We are loving doing this trip vicariously through you?

    Velma, I’ll send a Facebook msg to catch up on your news.

    Ciao ladies,

  3. Anne

    July 7, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Nice pics ?sounds like Banff . Nobody starts till noon in their crocs

  4. Anne

    July 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Sounds like all is going well . We will soon be back home and reading your blog from Canmore

  5. Wezie

    July 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Not many know but t’was I who towed the Virgin behind my cedar-strip rowboat with the half-eaten oars. (More on that later.)

    • JH

      July 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Keep your comments coming! 😉


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