Île d’Orléans, Bursting with Flavour
 

Île d’Orléans, Bursting with Flavour

Destinations to explore, June 19, 2017 2017-06-19
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Île d’Orléans
L’île d’Orléans
When summer rolls around, there’s nothing more appetizing than a picnic out in the country. Île d’Orléans has many parks and beaches perfect for setting down a blanket and enjoying a scrumptious meal outdoors. This island out on the St. Lawrence is about fifteen minutes away from Québec City. Its 67-km (41 mi.) circumference is outlined by the Royal Road that leads you to six country villages for your informal feast.

Plenty of locally made products

With rich fertile lands, Île d’Orléans has everything you need to fill your picnic basket. Not only can you pick up ingredients directly at farms, but you can also use the picnic tables many have set up on their properties so that you can taste their products as soon as possible. You’ll find craft beers, cider, vegetables and fruits, not to mention cheeses, breads, sweets and lots of other treats. Île d’Orléans truly is a destination to savour.

Each village has its own charm

And all of them are a great place to picnic. Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent in the village of the same name has a shaded area facing the river. In Sainte-Pétronille, you’ll love the view of the Montmorency waterfall and of Québec City. In Saint-François, visitors can climb a lookout tower to catch the view above the picnic area. Would you rather be close to the water? In Saint-Jean, there are large rocks along the shore where you can settle down for your meal. The last two villages – Saint-Pierre and Sainte-Famille – have many patios and terraces courtesy of local businesses and artisans.

Île d’Orléans
L’île d’Orléans

The province’s biggest heritage site

Settled at the end of the 17th century, Île d’Orléans has a collection of tourist attractions and heritage buildings, including stone houses dating back to the French Regime and incredibly beautiful churches. Countryside scenery and magnificent views complete this portrait of an idyllic island.

Whether you’re simply passing through or planning to spend a few days, don’t forget this place for a picnic!

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