The Pilgrims’ Way: Walking the Camino de Santiago

Marc and Maria-Lynn Johnson share their experience on the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage at an upcoming Revelstoke Library presentation.

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The Camino de Santiago trail. Photo: contributed

It had been on their bucket list since 2008. In 2014, Marc and Maria-Lynn Johnson finally completed their journey across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago.

In response to the curiosity of friends and acquaintances they will be providing a presentation of their adventure at the Revelstoke Library at 605 Campbell Avenue on Tuesday, March 7 from 7–8 p.m. The pictures and video presentation will be a half an hour followed by a discussion and Q&A. Others who have walked the Camino are invited to attend and answer questions about their own journey. Everyone is welcome and particularly anyone interested in doing this adventure themselves or vicariously through others.

This pilgimage, subject of the 2010 movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, has been an historical pilgrimage route since the 9th century and reached its zenith during the Middle Ages before the Black Death of the 14th century curbed enthusiasm for the journey.

Even though it is still used as a pilgrimage route, numbers fell off dramatically to 690 pilgrims in 1985. Since then the numbers of pilgrims has been growing reaching 237,886 in 2014. Canadians feature prominently in the numbers of pilgrims.

In fact, one of the “hospitalieres” (caretakers) in the Roncesvalles pilgrims’ hostels (called albergues) asked me, “Why are there so many Canadian pilgrims, seeing as how there are so many good hiking places in Canada?”

Please come to our presentation and find out the answer yourself!