Every year, more than 600,000 visitors tour the art galleries, gardens, and historic buildings of Ile d'Orleans (Orleans Island). Long coveted for its rich soil and fish-filled waters, the island has drawn many inhabitants, from Native American tribes to early settlers. Today the 7,000 people who call Orleans home live a simple life, preserving the traditions of those who came to the island long before.

Explore the island on bike, horseback, or by strolling along the expansive farms. In fall, the vineyards are flush with gold-tipped trees; in winter dogsledders and their packs track through the snow-covered grounds.

Four tours capture the essence of daily life on the island, visiting historic homes and artisan sites across the vast landscape. Follow the Gourmet Route to sample heavenly homemade chocolates, baked goods, cheese, and wine.

 
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Family Review of Ile d'Orleans

Away Travel Expert: Steve Jermanok
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Cruise to Isle-aux-Grues to taste the famous cheese; on Grosse-Ile see the arrival point for many immigrants to Canada.
  • Rent bikes from Ecolo Cyclo to tour the island; ask about Trail-a-Bikes for young kids and about tandems.

Address:
Tourist Information Centre
490 Cote du Pont
Saint-Pierre, Quebec
Canada


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 418-828-9411/866-941-9411
Email: accueil@iledorleans.com
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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