Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Memphremagog—just 22-miles north of Vermont’s border with Canada—is the Abbey Saint-Benoit-Du-Lac, a popular tourist destination. The abbey was founded in 1912 and is home to about 50 Benedictine Monks. The monks devote themselves to a religious life of daily prayer and meditation. Also, they are quite the artisans. A visitor will soon find that the cheeses produced at the abbey’s cheese shop are very popular throughout Quebec, especially the blue cheese.
Daily mass is open to the public and is celebrated at 11:00 am. The mass is unique because it is chanted. A history of the abbey is located on the walls leading to the church. The popular abbey store is located in the basement of the monastery and is where cheese and other products are sold. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:45, and then again from 11:50 am until 4:30 pm (store closes at 6 pm in the summer).