Île d’Orléans, Québec

The Island of Orleans is set in the blue waters of the St. Lawrence River and slightly east from the cliffs of Quebec City upper town area. The rich soil of the island made it one of the first area to be colonized by the French in the early 1600. Still today, the island is known for its crops of strawberries, apples and grapes. The only way onto the island is through the Orleans Bridge and the road then winds its way leisurely around the entire island, offering sights of farmlands, vineyards, strawberry fields and apple orchards overlooking the river.

The Island of Orleans is the perfect spot for a day road trip as you can simply drive around the island and stop along the way for sights, antique shops, fresh fruit and vegetable stands and bakeries.

The small village of St-Jean-de-l’île-d’Orléans is about halfway around the island and is a great spot for a picnic. The huge catholic church situated right on the shore of the river is open to visitors (like every other churches on the island), and the rocky shore offers a beautiful view and plenty of big boulder to explore. And you have to stop at the bakery La Boulange, right across from the church. They offer strawberry danishes made with the freshly picked strawberries of the island ; they are to die for and will be the perfect end to your picnic.

If you want to truly “unplug”, the island offers an array of Bed & Breakfast all more charming than the other. Take your pick and enjoy the leisure of the island.