Enjoy a getaway filled with history,
fragrant flowers and trails for lovely walks. Located just a
15-minute drive from Québec City, Île d’Orléans is an island of
wide-open spaces, secrets and beauty to explore, surrounded by the
St. Lawrence River.
An unforgettable adventure awaits you from
the dock on the St. Lawrence. Take a trip around the island on board
a zodiac with Croisières Orléans. This guided tour
is complete with the facts about maritime history, not to mention
breathtaking scenery. Back on land, discover the story of naval
construction at the Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent.
This site has an interpretation centre and offers themed activities
the whole family will love.
If you love vast spaces covered in flowers
and surprising landscaping, the Seigneurie de l’île
d’Orléans is the destination for you. Walk through the
six themed gardens, including the popular lavender field and
Japanese garden. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a
faraway land! Take a break at the Parc-des-Ancêtres,
a place of commemoration that honours the founding families of Île
d’Orléans where you can admire the wide-open spaces and the river
and enjoy a picnic. The Maison de nos Aïeux on
site recounts the past of the pioneers.
Île d’Orléans boasts various unique trails.
The Sentier d’un flâneur is a 2.5 km (1.5 mi.) trail
filled with poetry that starts at l’Espace Félix-Leclerc
and ends close to the river. At Saint-François-de-l’Île-d’Orléans,
between the lookout tower and the church, the Sentier BLEU
presents a collective work of art created by local artists “Capteurs
de mystères” that illustrates and tells the story of the island’s
tales and legends. A surprising walk at the heart of one of the most
beautiful villages in Quebec.
Since you’ll inevitably fall under the
spell of this picturesque island, you might consider setting up camp
for the night. The five-star experience provided by Camping
Orléans or Camping de la Pointe is sure
to make your visit all the more exceptional.