Île d’Orléans

One of the many churches on the island.

Île d’Orléans is about 3 miles east of Quebec City and was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French. We spent the afternoon of our second day in Quebec City driving around the island.

I always love walking through a cemetery. So much history there.

We made a few stops along the way. First was at Les Fromages de Île d’Orléans where they sell gourmet items, in particular, cheese. We didn’t stay there long as a tour bus with about 100 people pulled in right behind us.

We had hoped to see the fall colors while we were there but we were a few weeks too early. There were a few trees that had started changing colors.

First sign of autumn
The east end of the island overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway
The east end of the island overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway

Next was the observation tower at the east end of the island. When you climb the tower, you get a beautiful panoramic view of the island and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

From there we stopped at La Confiturerie des sorciers Tigidou where you will find the only “jam bar” that I know of. Owners Vincent and Catherine make the best jams from local fruits that I’ve tasted.

Jam Bar
Jam Bar

For the most part, we just enjoyed the scenery. Upon leaving the island, we stopped at beautiful 275 foot Montmorency Falls. A short walk will bring you up close and personal to the falls. Plan on getting a little wet.

Montmorency Falls

It was another beautiful day in Quebec.




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