5 Ways to Experience Île d’Orléans This Summer

Vignoble Ste-Pétronille - view
Xavier Girard

Content partner: Tourisme Île d'Orléans

Just minutes from downtown Québec City, Île d’Orléans is the perfect place to unwind, take in the beautiful scenery, and sample the local delicacies. You might think a day trip will do it, but there’s so much to explore on the island that it’s really worth spending the night! Here’s a round-up of the hottest places to explore this summer.  

  • 1

    Taste the Latest in Local Flavours

    Île d’Orléans is a beloved destination for foodies with a reputation for its wines, ciders and spirits all crafted on the island. Pay a visit to the producers to taste them at the source or find them on the menu at a number of restaurants.

    First up on the tour of new culinary offerings is La Midinette, the latest project from the Monna sisters (Cassis Monna & filles). This new combination bakery and buvette is opening soon, so stay tuned! You can also enjoy upscale snacks on the beautiful patio at La Goéliche after placing your order from their gourmet trailer on the wharf.

    At Vignoble Sainte-Pétronille, mouthwatering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are served up on the gorgeous patio, while Resto de la Plage has undergone a complete makeover. Wherever you dine, cap off your day with a cool treat and enjoy a unique and delicious goat milk ice cream from Ferme Audet.

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    Take in a Show

    The evenings are anything but dull on Île d’Orléans! This summer, the Espace Félix-Leclerc performance venue will present seven concerts by Québec artists. 

    For a unique musical experience, take in an evening of chamber music in the beautiful Sainte-Pétronille Church. Make a night of it by enjoying a pre-show dinner on a restaurant patio.

  • 3

    Experience the Magic of the St. Lawrence

    More than just a river, the St. Lawrence is a source of wonder. Download the new mobile app Littoral - The Constellations of Île d’Orléans to walk the paths along the river while listening to stories from local residents.

    Want to get closer to the river? Board an inflatable boat with Croisières Orléans or paddle a sea kayak with Quatre Natures and let yourself be lulled by the waves at sunset.

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    Learn about the Island’s Rich History

    Visit sites that bear witness to the history of Île d’Orléans and keep the culture and heritage of this cradle of French America alive. Start with the Maison de nos Aïeux historical centre, which presents the genealogy of the families that have called the island home for generations.

    Go back in time by visiting La Maison Drouin, a preserved authentic farmhouse, and the elegant Manoir Mauvide-Genest. Explore a 19th-century rowboat shop at the Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent and stop by the Espace Félix-Leclerc, which pays homage to the great Québec poet.

  • 5

    Fall Asleep to the Sound of the Waves

    Turn your visit into a real getaway by spending the night on the island. That way, you can take your time and see all the sights, immerse yourself in the atmosphere, and really take in the beauty of your surroundings—not to mention the sunsets!

    Where to lay your head? New classified accommodations have recently been added. Try the condos at Au Pélican de l’Île and Le 98 for their comfort and proximity to the river, the OM Villégiature bed and breakfast for its warm welcome, and the Auberge Triangle d’Été for its eco-friendly approach and its yoga classes.

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Annie Lafrance
Annie Lafrance

A keen observer of consumer and design trends, journalist and columnist Annie Lafrance has specialized in fashion and lifestyle coverage for over 15 years. Its mission: to promote local creations, artisans and merchants in Québec City.

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