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Old 07-22-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I wonder if you can still find roadside shrines in rural Quebec.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Heres one of the most famous i'll let you do a bit of research to discover what you are looking at.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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or this ..
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:48 AM
 
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Quebec's Casse Croutes could almost be classified as a religious establishment as they are everywhere and serve up Quebec's trinity of provincial cuisine, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and French Fries and i suppose we could add a 4th,Poutine..
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Roadside shrines would be quite rare in Quebec. If they ever did exist this was before the 60s or 70s because I do not remember that many as a kid.

One thing you do see is large crosses planted by the roadside at the entrance or exit to small villages. These are quite ubiquitous and some are very ornate.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Canada
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It isn't unusual to see shrines in the yards of homes in the French towns in Manitoba. I've passed by a few roadside shrines but I've seen more shrines in private homes.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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I just came across this thread by accident, and figured it had to do with Catholicism, because one sees a lot of shrines in Catholic homes of Mexico, too. As it turns out, according to Wikipedia: "The pre-revolutionary kingdom of France forbade non-Catholic settlement in New France from 1629 onward and almost all French settlers of Canada were Roman Catholic."

You just cannot beat the old-time religion for physical reminders of a spiritual presence in our lives.

BTW -- I loved our visit to Eastern Canada in general, but Old Quebec was my favorite. What a charming place to visit.
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