Development project

Development project

Our Lady of the Cape Shrine is a place whose contribution is made on several levels. It is a haven of peace and a spiritual beacon open to the world. With more than 430, 000 visitors a year, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine is a major tourist attraction in the Mauricie region, as well as a place offering a cultural program. It is also a site of life with an important social contribution and heritage place with 130 years of history. The Shrine is a collective pride that today is meant to be relevant to present and future generations. It is therfore thanks to new facilities at the service of the renewed programing that the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape attract a wider and diversified clientele.

CONCEPT OF DEVELOPMENT

This project, carried out by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in collaboration with the architectural firm AECOM, aims to adress the following development issues :

The user-friendly aspect of the site

The mission of the Shrine is to be a welcoming haven of peace and a spiritual beacon. By improving the overall comfort of the site and an appropriate welcoming aspect (the visitor’s center), the Shrine will be better able to fulfill its mission.

Highlighting the spirit of the place

The development project will clarify the meaning and character of each space, sacred or otherwise, to amplify the experience and attract a more diverse audience.

The opening on the river

The opening on the river is the pride of the Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector of Trois-Rivières. Valuing the river coastline is close to the heart of the local community. Reclaiming this site of exceptional beauty will include a natural agora, an incomparable 1879 ice bridge experience and a breathtaking vue of the river.

At the natural agora, conferences and shows will take place.

The definition of the visitor’s journey

Whether you are a tourist, a neighbour of the Trois-Rivières community or a pilgrim, the project will make it possible to welcome them all in a unique and adapted way with various itineraries.

Monetization of the site

In the present condition, the Shrine could not carry out its mission in the long term. The project will increase revenues and diversify revenue sources, while remaining accessible to all. The development will ensure the sustainability of the work of futur generation.

THE BENEFITS

This structuring project will have significant economic benefits for the city of Trois-Rivières, the Mauricie region and Quebec. Indeed, over the next 10 years, it is estimated that more than 700, 000 visitors every year, and estimated 353 jobs created or maintained during the construction phase, 104 jobs supported every year, and an impact of nearly $ 90 million on Quebec’s GDP. Also this project will ensure the sustainability of the heritage, will preserve the environment and consolidate the financial base of the organization. Thanks to new facilities for a renewed programming, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine will attract a wider and more diverse clientele.

Beyond the figures, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine will become a lever for the well-being of neighboring populations by provinding quality spaces for families, making the river accessible and offering a place of silence and meditation to seekers of meaning, silence and sacredness.

THE FINANCING

To carry out this innovative $ 44.3 million project, the organization provides public/private funding. At this point, the Shrine was awarded the following amounts :

  • $ 360, 000  par years over 20 years from the City of Trois-Rivières
  • $ 1, 848, 500 from the Quebec Ministry of Tourism for the construction of the visitor’s center.

Further discussions are underway with other departments and councils to seek their support and potential financial participation. More announcements to come!