Cooks Creek, Manitoba, Canada: Largest Lourdes Grotto in Manitoba

From 1959 to 1965, a number of Manitoba priests built replicas of the famous French grotto. This one, engineered by father Philip Ruh and completed after his death, is easily the largest: 23,110 bags of cement, according to its outdoor sign.

Cooks Creek Rd, Cooks Creek, MB, Canada
On the east side of Cooks Creek Rd/Hwy 212, just north of Zora Rd and the Immaculate Conception Church.
May be gated. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Replica Lourdes Grotto.

Largest Lourdes Grotto in Manitoba

It's in the middle of nowhere. Quite secluded for those who want to meditate.

[Rob, 04/02/2012]

Started in 1954 for the 100th anniversary of the miracle site in France, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was a project of the adjacent Roman Catholic church's father Philip Ruh. The anniversary would've been 1958, and by 1962, when the priest died, it still hadn't been completed. The cave-like structure, made of cement shaped to look like rocks was ultimately finished and is the province's largest Lourdes Grotto replica.

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