We originally didn’t think we would have enough time to cramp in a visit to Île d’Orléans during our stay in Québec City, so we excluded this place from our initial trip plan. Since we managed to visit Old Québec in just 2 days, we had an extra day to explore this island at a leisurely pace.
Île d’Orléans (pronounced more like “eel-door-lea”) is located about 15 minutes drive from Québec City. It was one of the first settlements in New France. Known as “Garden of Québec”, this island is famous for its produce.
This was a laid back day trip. In the morning, we visited Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, which is located just right by the bridge that connects to Île d’Orléans. In the afternoon, we spent 5 hours on this idyllic island. We stopped by to check out anything that looked interesting to us. Most establishments were not opened for the season yet, but we were still able to taste some wines and local treats.