Montreal 175 anniversary trip March Break

Would you like to journey with us to Montreal this March break?

Contact us by January 29, 2019

Welcome letter

Registration form

Waiver form

Itinerary and Details

Request for financial assistance

As part of the 175th Anniversary of the Diocese of Antigonish, the Diocesan is offering a Youth Pilgrimage to Montreal from March 18 – 22, 2019.
This pilgrimage provides today’s youth with the chance to experience a Canadian city with Catholic heritage and European flair. It will also give youth a chance to speak French and participate in a service learning project.
The cost of the pilgrimage is estimated at $1000.00 per participant. This includes the cost of flights, accommodations, some meals, attraction fees and events. More information is available in the additional materials.
We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Youth of the Diocese of Antigonish. We encourage youth to speak with their Parish Priests to see if fund raising efforts may be undertaken to help with their costs. Youth should also contact the local CWL or Knights of Columbus to see if funds might be available. Consideration for additional financial assistance may be available by completing the financial assistance request form.
We look forward to an exciting and memorable trip for our Youth!

With faith and trust,

Cathy Walsh, Diocesan Youth Ministry
Norma Blinkhorn, Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator (Cape Breton)
Anne Stubbert, CBRM Youth Minister
Nick Vince, CBRM Youth Minister


Tentative Itinerary

Monday, March 18 - Travel Day

  • Fly to Montreal
  • Take bus or taxi to hotel “M.Montreal”
  • Arrive at Hotel - Check in
  • Meet in hotel lobby at 6:30pm
  • Group Supper: Walk to Wienstein & Gavino’s
  • Evening Recap of the day’s activities and group prayer

Tuesday, March 19

Breakfast and quiet morning with your Chaperones

10:30 Morning prayer and review of day’s activities

11am Tour Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

12:15 Mass

Lunch in food court

Tour McGill University and shopping district

Service Project

Group Supper: Swartz – Montreal Smoked Meat

6pm Walk to Notre Dame Basilica

AURA – A luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Return to Hotel

Evening Recap of the day’s activities and group prayer

Wednesday, March 20


9:30 am Morning prayer and review of day’s activities

10am Walk to Tourist Bureau


City Tour of Montreal via Grey Line Bus with English tour guide

Group Lunch


Group Supper

Evening Recap of the day’s activities and group prayer

Thursday, March 21


9:30 am Morning prayer and review of day’s activities

St. Joseph Oratory

Friday, March 22 – Travel Day

Fly home


Invitation is extended to:

Youth in Grades 10, 11, 12.

Parents can travel with their teen(s) as a Chaperone.

Nick Vince and Anne Stubbert, CBRM Youth Ministers, will be chaperones for youth travelling without parents.

What is the purpose of a pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a search for spiritual meaning. This youth pilgrimage occurs during Lent when our practices include prayer, fasting and giving alms. Our prayer is that our youth will grow in their faith and grow closer to God by visiting Catholic religious sites and spending time with friends in faith while enjoying Montreal.

What is involved?

Fly to Montreal and experience a city with a strong Catholic heritage by visiting St. Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Basilica, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Mount Royal, Biodome, and McGill University / Newman Center.

A service project is included as part of the week’s program. More details to come!

Travel Details:

Cost for the week, including flights and accommodations and admission fees, is estimated at $1000.00 per person (subject to change).


What you need to do before January 29, 2019:


Submit your Registration:

Complete registration form (at end of document) and scan to Cathy Walsh

OR via fax 902-863-0037


Book your flights:

Upon acceptance of your registration by the Diocesan Youth Office, individuals book and pay for their own travel arrangements based on suggested flights.

Option a:

Drive to Halifax

Fly Porter to Montreal: departs at 4:20pm and arrives at 5:25pm $352.17 (return – as of Jan 16)

Option b:

Fly Air Canada from Sydney: departs 1pm and arrives 5:05pm $461.00 (return as of Jan 16)

NOTE: Youth travelling with CBRM Youth Ministers as their chaperones will be directed to book a specific flight and will travel as a group from the Sydney airport.

Send a $500 deposit by February 25

for shared accommodations, three group suppers, and attraction fees to Diocese of Antigonish, PO Box 100, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1S 0H5

Arrive at hotel:

Participants are asked to register at the hotel by 6pm on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Additional Details:

1.Accommodations will be shared rooms at M. Montreal (1245 St. Andre St., Downtown Montreal). This youth-friendly trendy venue is popular and accommodations need to be finalized quickly.

2.Shared Rooms will be booked by Cathy Walsh, Diocesan Youth Ministry. If you have a preferred roommate, please indicate on the registration form.

3.Breakfast will be covered in the cost of the accommodations. Lunch and snacks for the week will be paid by individuals with the exception of three (3) group suppers which will be included in the accommodations fees.

4.Fees for tours and attractions will be prepaid and included with the accommodation fee.

5. Participants should bring some spending money for snacks, lunches, souvenirs, and personal items



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