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Île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans (Canada)

Practical information on Île d’Orléans

  • Encounters with locals
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • River
  • Vineyards
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Museums
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Essential
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
15 minutes by car from Quebec
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Île d’Orléans

Seasoned Traveller
168 written opinions

The cradle of the French speaking Americas, the Ile d’Orléans is a picturesque place to stay where you can admire the French Canadian heritage. It's one of my favourite places to visit in this region.

My suggestion:
Chocolat Favori is a Quebecois company that specailises in making chocolates. But across the country what it's famous for is its chocolate dipped ice-cream, called "crème molle" in Quebec, a real treat!
My review

It was called the Ile d’Orléans by Jacques Chartier in honour of the Duke of Orleans. Today the island is a historic area of Canada and is valued for its heritage. Lots of French colonists were asked to install themselves there during the colonisation. Amongst others, the field stone houses are a remnant of French rule.

I lived in Quebec for a long time and didn't need an excuse to go to the Ile d'Orleans. It's opposite the city and it's easy and quick to get there. What's more, it's the perfect place to try fresh local products because its chief local activity, after tourism, is agriculture. I go there to pick apples nearly every Autumn. Some owners open their fields to every one so you can have a a good day picking fruit surrounded by your family or friends.

If you have a car or a bicycle it's fun to tour the island stopping at the vineyards to taste the wine, ice wine and cider. You'll need a designated driver for a car!

Orchards on the Ile d'Orléans
Cathy Trichet Seasoned Traveller
45 written opinions

The Ile d'Orléans is 'Félix Leclerc Island', as it was here that the famous Canadian composer lived until his death over 20 years ago.

My suggestion:
During your visit to Quebec, take the time to tour the island. You'll love this little verdant island in the Saint Laurent River, only 15 minutes from Quebec.
My review

We knew about the Ile d'Orléans (Island of Orleans), thanks to friends who live there. Only three roads lead to the island, two of which are closed in winter. It's calm, green and dotted with farms or houses that are nestled in the countryside - peace and quiet abound. Our friends, Nicole and Dany, live in a little house that's perched on a headland. It's isolated and sunkissed. Dany had planted a vineyard and makes his own wine, a pertinent ode to the nickname Jacques Cartier gave to the island - Ile Bacchus.

We headed out by car, stopping at St François to climb up the observation tower. A hundred or so steps later and we found ourselves high above the eastern point of the island. We continued our tour, stopping at each of the island's six villages. There are lots of local crafts and beautiful churches; we were really pleased we'd visited this island, which is so close and yet so far from the city's urban buzz.

Vineyards on the Ile d'Orléans
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