Île aux Coudres Travel Guide

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Île aux Coudres Highlights

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     The perfect weekend getaway destination! 

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     Construction on road when we did the tour 

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Île aux Coudres Things to Do

  • The religious heritage of...

    The very first mass in Canada was celebrated on l'Ile-aux-Coudres on September 7, 1535, when French explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross on the island to take possession of the land in the name of the King of France. Saint-Louis, the first parish of the island, was established at the beginning of the 1740s, and the church that now stands in the...

  • The island's mills (Les Moulins)

    The first residents of the island often had to cross the river to the main shore to get food items that were not available on l'Ile-aux-Coudres. They often had to face harsh conditions, and crossing the river in a canoe often proved to be a very dangerous adventure. In 1815, famine struck on the island. To make sure this would not happen again, a...

  • Discover the history of...

    To make biking around the island even more interesting, the residents of l'Ile-aux-Coudres have come up with a heritage circuit. The circuit is included in the free tour guide that is available everywhere on the island (you can also print a map off the Website). It includes all the historically significant buildings around the island, as well as a...


Île aux Coudres Restaurants

  • For a nice Sunday brunch

    If you're not staying at a B&B and are looking for a place to go for breakfast, the restaurant at Hotel Cap-aux-Pierres has a really good brunch. With a nice selection of fresh fruits, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hashbrowns, pancakes, French toasts, pastries and more, everyone will find something they like to start off the day on the right foot...

  • Gotta love the atmosphere!

    One thing you should know when travelling to l'Ile-aux-Coudres is that there are not that many restaurants and considering the island's popularity, reservations are strongly recommended. Thanks to VTer Simonneeddy's tip, we had made a reservation at La Roche Pleureuse for dinner. This small hotel complex was built in 1930 and was named after one of...


    3 STAR dining, Waitresses in period costume, smoked salmon entré, wine, and an excellent meal with great desert and coffee. Seafood


Île aux Coudres Transportation

  • Free ferry to l'Ile-aux-Coudres

    To get to l'Ile-aux-Coudres, you first need to drive to the village of Les Eboulements, where you'll see a sign for the Ile-aux-Coudres ferry. After driving down the very steep hill, you'll reach the village of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. Drive through the village and take a left when you see the ferry sign. The right lane is reserved for cars going...

  • I want to ride my bicycle!!

    Don't go around driving like a ,uppet on a rally race!! RENT A BIKE!!!They are very cheap and..thought they are not the best, they get you around.:)To get one, getoff the ferry, turn left and keep going straight..the rental shop is a house to your left.(34, rue du port)

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  • Don't leave the island without freshly...

    On any given day, you'll find people lining up by the cash register of La Boulangerie Bouchard and after you've had a taste their homemade bread, you'll understand why - who would eat any other sort of bread if they had the chance to eat this bread instead?! The bakery, which was founded in 1945 by the father of the current owner, also offers...

  • Bring home a little taste of the island

    Back in 1918, the Pedneault family planted their first 300 fruit trees on l'Ile-aux-Coudres. Since then, the family business has expanded, and the Cidrerie Vergers Pedneault now offers a wide selection of products, including vinegars, ciders, liquors (mistelles), honey, jelly, and much, much more! From mid-September to mid-October, visitors can go...

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Île aux Coudres Off The Beaten Path

  • La Maison Croche (The Crooked House)

    As we were biking around the island, we came upon this crooked house aptly called "La Maison Croche". All the windows are tilted one way or the other, and apparently the house was built by a dying man who loved bending the rules and moving away from tradition. The house is open to visitors who wish to find out more about its history. Also, right...

  • The lighthouse!

    This is a must see...that is a bit off the main road.Take the time to go and see the lighthouse. Thought this is as close you can get to it (with a 400mm zoom), the bay it sits in is beautifull.(and you can drive up the parking of the abandonned house to get closer..and cuddle with your gf..;)

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Île aux Coudres Sports & Outdoors

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    Bikes in all shapes and sizes at Velo-Coudres!

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    If you happen to be travelling to l'Ile-aux-Coudres without a bike, you can rent one at Velo-Coudres. Whether you are looking for a mountain bike or a road bike, a twin (tandem) bicycle or a four-wheeled bicycle (including models that can fit up to 6 adults and 2 children), you'll find everything you and your family need starting at $6 per hour for regular bikes, $12 for twin bikes, and $14 for four-wheeled bikes. If you're really out of shape, you can even rent a scooter so there's really no excuse, you gotta leave the car behind!

    Velo-Coudres is open daily, from May to October.

    Equipment: All you need is a good pair of shoes and comfortable clothes. You can rent a helmet at Velo-Coudres.

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    Pointe de l'Islet at the western tip of the island 4 more images

    by Jefie Written Oct 8, 2007

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    Favorite thing: As I was biking around the island, I saw so many beautiful landscapes, it was impossible to stop everytime to take a picture (or I could have, but it would have taken forever to complete the tour!). I took an incredible number of mental pictures of the place, and of course I did take a few real pictures, which only show a small portion of the beauty surrounding l'Ile-aux-Coudres. I hope you enjoy them!

    Fondest memory: The beauty, the nature, enjoying life at a slower pace... :o)

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