Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Wendake. It is one of the symbols of the establishment of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake (formerly called La Jeune-Lorette). Among other things, there is an altar dedicated to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha containing a relic of the Saint.
The construction of the church dates back to the 1730s. However, the building is not original, as it was rebuilt in 1865 following a fire caused by the mills located near the Kabir-Kouba waterfall. Despite the fire, the church was rebuilt as faithfully as possible and several original elements, including the high altar, are still inside. He was saved from the fire. The church was classified as a heritage building in 1957 and designated a national historic site in 1981.
Although of Catholic tradition, inside we find as many important cultural elements of the Huron-Wendat Nation as other elements illustrating characters or classic religious themes. This presence of spiritual elements linked to different cultures makes it an interesting place of worship to discover. Various masses and services are still held there, as this church is still in operation.
Directly around the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette church, you will find the Kabir-Kouba waterfall, the fresco of the Wendat people, the Onywahtehretsih square, two craft shops: Raquettes et Artisanat Gros-Louis and Le Petit Huron Moc and the Sagamite restaurant.
A tour with a guide is available with the Huron-Wendat Museum’s Esk8entesa Discovery Tour.
High season ; available with the interpreted discovery tour
Low season ; available with the Yahwatsira’ discovery tour