Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage cancelled, thousands clean up Alberta campsite after storm

LAC STE. ANNE, Alta.,- Thousands of religious pilgrims were cleaning up their ravaged campsite Tuesday after a heavy storm blew through Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., cancelling events for the first time in decades. Monday night, as many as 10,000 people were at the popular pilgrimage site where *First Nations people have gathered since at least 1889 to honour St. Anne and for untold generations before that. “It was really extreme last night,” said Andrew Papenbrock of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, which organizes the pilgrimage. “We had porta potties blown over and camps that were blown over and soaked out.” The area saw several tornado warnings Monday night, including one that touched down in Wildwood, about 60 kilometres west.  Environment Canada issued warnings, which were passed on to the pilgrims,…

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