Extreme weather cancels remainder of the 2023 Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage

25 July 2023

Appears in: Archdiocesan News

Due to extreme weather July 24, and under advice from the RCMP, it is great sadness that we announce that the remainder of the 2023 Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage is cancelled.

Emergency protocols have been implemented. We are working with the Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation and Lac Ste Anne County to ensure everyone has food, warm clothing and safe shelter. There were no injuries, and damage is being assessed.

This is the first time in modern history that the pilgrimage has been cancelled, but the safety of all pilgrims is paramount. There were about 10,000 campers on site; many of them left and others stayed in the concession, church hall, and shrine.  They were provided with coffee and food.

Please continue to pray for the pilgrims and the continued success of the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage in the future. We will see you next year.