Discover everything there is to see on Île d’Orléans
 

Discover everything there is to see on Île d’Orléans

Destinations to explore, July 1, 2019 2019-07-01
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Île d'Orléans

In the middle of the mighty St. Lawrence River, but within sight of Québec City, sits Île d'Orléans, an entire island that is a designated historical district. The traditional Quebec countryside is preserved there in the cradle of New France. Visitors can delight in the island’s plentiful and flavourful agricultural heritage nestled amid gorgeous scenery.

Admire the landscapes of Île d'Orléans
Admire the landscapes of Île d'Orléans

Landscapes circuit

Take a tour of Île d'Orléans, located fifteen kilometers from Québec City, and discover the architecture, history and heritage of the charming villages along the St. Lawrence River. Real delights for the eyes, the landscapes of the island of Orléans constitute in itself an attraction impossible to circumvent. Already by accessing the bridge, you will fall under the spell of this island that welcomes visitors in all seasons. During your visit, take the time to follow the landscape interpretation trail, consisting of 12 panels strategically located in the six villages. These panels interpret the current landscapes, while making a connection with ancient landscapes. This allows visitors to get to understand and appreciate the physical nature of the island as well as the different landscapes that have marked, and even transformed, over time, the human settlements, sometimes isolated and sometimes grouped together in villages.

Enjoy family activities
Enjoy family activities

Agritourism on Île d’Orléans

At l'Île d'Orléans, the agricultural know-how, the dynamism and the innovation of the producers are present. The result is products of sought-after quality that are famous, such as strawberry, apple, potato, blackcurrant, wine and many more. As agriculture occupies most of this territory with fertile soils and varied crops, the exceptional concentration of fruits and vegetables gives rise to an ever-growing supply of fresh and processed products. Many companies specialize in local and agritourism products on Île d'Orléans. This expertise is reflected in the variety and quality of the regional cuisine tables as well as the numerous counters of local products. Recipients of many awards, the products of the island of Orleans will satisfy even the most demanding. A word to the wise: you could develop an addiction!

Île d’Orléans, a vibrant cultural and historical heritage

Île d’Orléans is recognized for its vibrant cultural and historical heritage that is treasured and safeguarded by those who maintain it: the island’s permanent residents. Conscious of the island’s value as a symbol, as much for them as for all Quebeckers, these residents have chosen to highlight the elements that make Île d’Orléans the embodiment of French civilization in North America. Maritime, natural, political, territorial, social, familial, artistic and cultural heritage—the entire chain of history and human activity, in fact—are preserved and proudly displayed. To many Québécois, Île d’Orléans has come to represent a cultural hearth, the ancestral home to which they can trace their origins. The entire island stirs powerful emotions for the members of the more than 300 families descending from the original French colonists. Today, many of them come here to recall or discover a part of their personal or collective history.

Learn more about local products from Île d'Orléans
Learn more about local products from Île d'Orléans

Celebrating art and craftsmanship on Île d'Orléans

Île d’Orléans is home to over 80 artists and craftspeople who express their creativity through different styles and techniques. The complete range of art forms - popular to speculative, figurative to abstract, classical to modern - is expressed through the visual arts, sculpture or technological media. The explosion of colour and chaos inherent in the release of creative energy is balanced by the careful arrangement of shapes and hues needed to reproduce physical reality. Time-honoured trades are also practised. The fruit of such labour, be it of fabric, metal or wood, are considered an expression of traditional know-how and works of art in their own right. Whether it serves as an artist’s model or retreat, Île d’Orléans is a source of creativity for those seeking an inspirational haven.

Visit the interpretation sites
Visit the interpretation sites

Discover Île d'Orléans through its interpretation sites

For an overview of the history of Île d’Orléans and its founding families, visit its interpretation centers, which will tell you, in their own way, the relevant past of Île d'Orléans. The Maison de nos Aïeux proposes an incursion in the historical past of this mythical island, and its stem families. Maison Drouin is a 300-year-old authentic home, the only typical inhabitant house open to the public. The Manoir Mauvide-Genest, in its size and elegance, testifies to the ambition and success of Sieur Mauvide, a young surgeon in the King's army. Espace Félix-Leclerc pays tribute to this great Quebec poet and, through his exhibition, perpetuates the memory of his life and his work. The Saint-Laurent Maritime Park, a picturesque site along the river, recounts the bygone era of wooden shipbuilding on Île d'Orléans.

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