On a trip to Quebec City, a stoll down the Orleans island is a must.
This island is not densely populated and it's people have preserved the atmosphere that the island has had for centuries. It's one of the first location of french settlement. The original settlers built schools, church and various shipyards that can still be seen today.
There are beautiful houses, restaurants and small inns worth a stop, here's a few:
THINGS TO SEE:
- 1871 Chuch in Ste-Petronille;
- 17th century four mill "Gosselin" (In St-Laurent de l"Ile D'Orleans);
- In St-Jean: 1732 church, 1855 chapel, 1858 wharf, 1734 Mauvide-Genest manor (1451 chemin Royal);
- 1718(!) church in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Ile-d'Orleans;
I also biked over to Ile d'Orleans from Montmorency Falls. I thought that there would be an easy path to follow over to the isle...but nooo. I had to cross a highway then ride along a narrow path on the side of the bridge - it was long, and cars kept zoomin' by. But, it was worth it; Ile d'Orleans is a great place to visit...I only wish that I had more time...had to get the bike back. But, I did ride through some of the island's communities and stopped to check out some of the vineyards. On the edge of the island, you'll find orchards and vineyards and wineries - while the inside looked to be a maple tree forest. Next time I visit Ile d'Orleans, I'll take a car. The picture isn't too great...my camera started acting badly...the island looks much better than what the picture displays. Actually, it's a picture of the mainland from Ile d'Orleans.
L'Ile d'Orleans is a small island located about 20 minutes away from Quebec City, and going for a drive or a bike ride around l'Ile d'Orleans is one of the locals' favorite things to do on a nice sunny day! The island is made up of six small and colorful villages, and although the road that goes around the island is only about 70 km long, you should allow at least half a day to drive around it because you'll most likely want to stop every now and then. Agri-tourism is very popular on the island, and depending on what time of the year you happen to be there, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, apples, and so on (my favorite place to go for apple-picking is at Polyculture Plante, http://www.polycultureplante.com).
There are also a few museums located on the island, including the Manoir Mauvide-Genest, dating back to 1734, and the Maison Drouin (http://www.fondationfrancoislamy.org/drouin_house.html), the oldest house on the island. There is also a great chocolate factory, a small cheese factory, a winery, a bakery, some really great restaurants, and numerous arts & crafts shops. Make sure to stop at the Tourist Info Center as you get off the bridge (up the hill, on your right) to get all the information you need and have fun exploring the island!
Right in front of Quebec City you'll find this beautiful beautiful island. Admire the cozyness of its charming houses and farms, drive around the island and stop at local shops... go the apple yards and collect them as a kid. A wonderful experience!
Just up the river about a 20 minute drive, I'le d'orleans looks like itwas floating down river and became wedged just before the river banks close in. Accessed by bridge the island is a series of small farm towns laid in sucession along a loop road that it's ends meet at 23 miles. Cider houses, orchards, wineries, bakeries, chocolatiers, bad art galleries, restaurants, inns and stone churches are the shining trinkets hanging on this asphalt necklace bound to catch your eye with their twinkle. Superfluos foliage drops a background of green to set this attractive route in front of. Many concurrent stops award the seeker with amazing views of Quebecs mini-skyline if willing to get out of the mobile.
You don't have to venture far outside Quebec before you are into authentic rural Quebec and the Island of Orleans is a perfect example.
The only way over by car is across the bridge you see in this picture.
The island has all kinds of great businesses such as farms, winery's, sugar shacks, chocolateries and the list goes on.
In the summer time you can buy all kinds of fresh products over on the island.
During my visit in the winter there wasn't as much to see.
The houses overlooking the St. Lawrence River are amazing and I was envious of their view.
From the island you also get some unique views of Quebec, the Montmorency Falls and the Ile d'Orleans bridge.
There are some very interesting houses on this island, which is amazingly close to Quebec City itself. L'Ile d'Orleans and the Saint Lawrence River were discovered by French explorer, Jacques Cartier in 1535.
"Le pont de l'Ile" The bridge to the island is just opposite the falls at Montmorency. L'Ile d'Orléans is 20 mi long and 5 mi wide.
L'ile D'orleans! Litteraly an outdoor museum. This historical island, said to belonged to Poet Felix Leclerc his filled with centenial houses, historical churches, museums, vineyards, a small recording studio (yup!) and loads of some of the most beautifull and memorable scenery you'll see. to reach it, take the bridge in front of Montmorency falls.
Just 30 minutes East of Québec, take the bridge from the North side. The island is about 30 km long, but it would take at least an hour to circle because of the superbe scenary.
Mostly farm lands in the middle, they grow potatoes and strawberries everywhere.