The Ile d'Orléans: an island full of culinary surprises!

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Ile d'Orleans near Quebec City

The Ile d'Orléans is a true gem of Canadian cuisine. The fertile soil and mild climate ensure that a variety of fruits and vegetables thrive here that you won't find anywhere else. The farmers on the island are true masters of their trade and produce exquisite delicacies that you absolutely have to try.



Take your time for an extensive tour along the island road, where you will see signs advertising fresh fruit and vegetables. Here you will also find sales rooms where the farmers sell their agricultural products directly to the consumers. And the best part? Most of the products were harvested on the same day, so they are particularly fresh and aromatic. Also visit the weekly markets on the island, where you can buy seasonal specialties and handmade products.

Ile d'Orléans is a food lover's paradise and a must-see for anyone visiting Canada. Let yourself be enchanted by the culinary diversity and beauty of this island and experience extraordinary taste experiences.

The Ile d'Orléans - Island of Bacchus

The Ile d'Orléans at the gates Quebec Citys is a true paradise for connoisseurs. Jacques Cartier already called it the island of Bacchus. Cartier discovered the island on one of his 16th century voyages up the Saint Lawrence River. Little did he know, however, that his name would prove to be a prophecy. Today you can still see the wild vines in many hedges along the island roads. Wine is now also grown on the island.


Farm on the Ile d'Orleans
Farm on the Ile d'Orleans


The agricultural history of the Ile d'Orléans

Soon after Samuel de Champlain 1608 with the construction of Old Quebec began, the first French settled on the island. They quickly noticed how fertile the soil is there. So they started farming on the island. Even today, the fields of the island run at right angles to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. They are thus in the form in which the feudal lords under French administration once distributed them to their settlers. The seigneurs were granted lands by the colonial administration. This was on the premise that they settled them and brought new immigrants to the country. The fields were all oriented towards the stream. This was the main thoroughfare of early New France. All products were transported further by boat. That's why the island from the plane still looks as if someone had lined up towel-sized plots of land.


Currants are only a product of the Ile d'Orléans


The versatile product selection of the island

Unlike back then, the range of fruit and vegetables is more varied and exotic than back then. Today, apples, peaches, berries of all kinds, corn, squash, eggplant, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, and cultivated vines grow on the island. The farmers of the Ile d'Orléans brought their agricultural products to Quebec City by boat as early as the 17th century. Even in winter, when the St. Lawrence River was full of dangerous ice floes, people could only leave the island in small rowing boats. These were made in a small shipyard on the island. The islanders have only been able to use the bridge since 1935, which now connects the island to the north bank of the Sankt Lorenz. This is still the only road connection between the mainland and the island.


Cost of direct sales on the Ile d'Orléans
Taste the local products at direct sales on the Ile d'Orléans


Direct sales from the farmer: a culinary journey of discovery

However, it is even better to buy your apples, berries, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables directly from the farmer. It doesn't get any fresher! And better not! Many of the farmers on the Ile d'Orléans have set up shops where they sell their agricultural produce and the products they make from it directly to consumers. As you drive along the Inselstrasse, you'll see roadside signs telling you fresh apples are for sale or cassis is being sold in one of the nearby houses.

Anyone who allows themselves to be invited opens up worlds of taste that are second to none. You can easily spend a whole day driving from one farm to the next to taste the delicacies that are produced on this island: a cassis that makes you think of the most amazing recipes: an exotic salad mix with fruit and cassis dressing ; fresh apple butter with which you can add variety to your breakfast. Or you can just sit on the porch of the island's winery with a glass of wine and take in the view Montmorency waterfalls can be admired on the north bank of the river.


Enjoy your meal
Enjoy it on the Ile d'Orléans


The island's popularity with Quebecers

Quebecers also appreciate this lavish and healthy offering: during the summer months, the island road becomes a veritable pilgrimage route to the island's gourmet temples. Every weekend, Quebecers flock to the island to stock up on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables and other culinary specialties for the next few days. If you don't find time for the quarter-hour drive from the city to the island, you can also stock up on fresh products from the island at the Quebec farmers' market, Le Grand Marché de Quebec.

Click on the photo and you will access our experience report about an overnight stay at Auberge la Goéliche.

Our personal experiences on the Île d'Orléans

A hidden gem near Quebec, Île d'Orléans is a place we love to visit again and again. Not only because Monika often visited the island as a tour guide during her tours, but also because as travel bloggers we learned to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the island. We would like to share our experiences with you to give you an insight into island life and offer tips for your own visit.

Visits through the ages

Our joint visits to the Île d'Orléans as travel bloggers began a few years ago. The first time we visited the island as a couple, we stayed overnight in the Auberge La Goéliche, a charming inn with a breathtaking view. It was an intimate and personal experience that introduced us to the island's tranquil beauty. On the second visit, we opted for a guided tour instead to experience the island from a different perspective. This decision proved to be an excellent one as we discovered hidden gems that we might have missed on our own. Our guide also helped us gain interesting insights into life on the island, even in bad weather.


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A guided tour under gray skies

We took a lot of video footage during our guided tour, even though the weather wasn't quite what we expected. However, instead of letting the rain stop us, we took the opportunity to visit some of the Île d'Orléans producers. Instead, we tried the wines in the wine shops and stopped at a cassis producer where we were able to experience the local production up close. Another highlight was our visit to the Manoir Mauvide-Genest, a historic property that allowed us to delve deep into the history of the island.


Lunch at Auberge La Goeliche
Monika and Steeve at Auberge La Goeliche


The sunny side of the Île d'Orléans

When the weather is nice, the Île d'Orléans reveals its full charm. The north bank, for example, attracts with its wineries, whose terraces offer a wonderful view of the vineyards and the St. Lawrence River. In Sainte-Pétronille, not far from Auberge La Goéliche, a chocolate shop tempts you with delicious sweets, ideal for onward travel. A stop at the Phare de Saint-Laurent, where you can watch the sailing boats and container ships, is also a must.

For those who want to experience the island in all its glory, we recommend planning 1-2 days. The tour around the island offers countless views of the St. Lawrence River and takes you past cheese dairies, cider producers, apple farmers and winemakers where you can stop and taste their products.


The best accommodation on the Ile d'Orléans

You can find more information about rooms and amenities by clicking on the links. You can also book accommodation there.

Auberge La Goéliche* – Historical charm with a view

Auberge La Goéliche, located in Sainte-Pétronille, is more than just a hotel – it is a piece of history with unparalleled views of the St. Lawrence River. This charming hostel not only offers comfortable rooms, but also excellent cuisine that focuses on local products. Its romantic charm and idyllic location make it the perfect choice for couples and anyone looking to relax in a historic setting.

Our personal experiences at Auberge La Goéliche

Le Moulin de St-Laurent – ​​modern comfort in a historical garb

Just outside the center in Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Le Moulin de St-Laurent offers a unique mix of modern comfort and historic ambience. Set in a carefully restored historic building, the property features cozy apartments with kitchens, ideal for self-catering. The proximity to the river and the opportunity to experience nature right on your doorstep make it the ideal place for families and nature lovers.

Address: 6436 Chem. Royal, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC G0A 3Z0, Canada

Resto de la Plage – Enjoy close to the beach

For those looking to be close to the water, the Resto de la Plage in Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans is an excellent choice. In addition to being a restaurant with delicious local specialties, this property also offers comfortable rooms with breathtaking river views. The relaxed atmosphere and the direct beach location invite you to linger and enjoy - perfect for a romantic trip or a little break from everyday life.

Address: 4879 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC G0A 3W0, Canada

Bistro du Hangar – culinary experience with overnight stay

The Bistro du Hangar in Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans combines culinary highlights with comfortable accommodation. Here you can dine in a modern atmosphere and then spend the night in one of the stylishly furnished rooms. The proximity to local attractions and the opportunity to discover the island culinary make the Bistro du Hangar a highlight for all connoisseurs.

Address: 4723 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC G0A 3W0, Canada


You can book further accommodation on the island here*.


Culinary highlights and sights of the Ile d'Orléans

The Île d'Orléans is also worth a trip for culinary reasons. However, since the opening times of the places mentioned are constantly changing, it is advisable to call before visiting. Here are some of our favorite places:


Auberge La Goéliche, 22 Rue du Quai, Sainte-Pétronille, tel. +14188282248
Le Moulin de St-Laurent, 6436 Chem. Royal, Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +18886293888
Resto de la Plage, 4879 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14188293315
Bistro du Hangar, 4723 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14182030787

Sugar shacks:

Cabane à Sucre La Sucrerie Blouin, 4315 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14188292587
Cabane à sucre Familiale, 2063 Chem. Royal, Sainte-Famille, Tel. +14188292740
Le Relais des Pins – Cabane à sucre, 2013 Chem. Royal, Sainte-Famille, Tel.+14188293455


Manoir Mauvide Genèste, 4818 Chem. Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14188292630
La Seigneurie de l'Île d'Orléans, 3658 Chem. Royal, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14188290476
The Observation Tower, 3465 Chem. Royal, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Tel. +14188293100
Ancestors Park on Orléans Island, 2485 Chem. Royal, Sainte-Famille, Tel. +14188290330

Map of the restaurants, sugar shacks and attractions of the Ile d'Orléans


And finally ...

If you are looking for a culinary adventure, then the Ile d'Orléans just outside Québec City is an absolute must. Here you will definitely find a variety of fresh, seasonal products and handmade delicacies that you will not experience anywhere else. The island's farmers are true masters of their craft and produce unique taste experiences with great attention to detail.

A tour along the island road will take you again and again to the farmers' sales rooms, where you can buy freshly harvested products directly from the field. Here you will find everything your heart desires: from exotic fruits and vegetables to handmade sauces and spice mixtures. And the best thing about it is that you can buy the products on the Ile d'Orléans directly from the producer, which guarantees particularly high quality and freshness.

In addition to the culinary offerings, the Ile d'Orléans also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. The picturesque streets and fields definitely offer views of the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding nature. Relax on a winery porch and enjoy the view Montmorency waterfalls or watch the ships on their way to the sea.

The Ile d'Orléans is a paradise for connoisseurs and an experience that you shouldn't miss. For example, spend a day on the island and enjoy the culinary diversity and beauty of the island. For example, try out the different products and get to know the farmers and their stories. A visit to the Ile d'Orléans will leave you with numerous taste experiences and memories.

Have you ever been to the Ile d'Orleans?

What sights and delicacies have you discovered and tried? Is there anything you particularly recommend? Share your experiences with us in a comment. Our readers are definitely looking forward to your tips.


In a wine shop on the Ile d'Orleans
In a wine shop on the Ile d'Orleans


Questions and answers about Ile d'Orléans:

What activities are there on the Ile d'Orléans apart from enjoying culinary specialties?

In addition to the culinary offerings, the Ile d'Orléans also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. There are many beautiful roads and fields that offer views of the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding nature. Here you can go for a wonderful walk or ride a bike.

Are there also accommodations for travelers on the island?

Yes, there is a variety of accommodation options on Ile d'Orléans, from cozy bed and breakfasts to luxurious hotels and resorts. You can also stay in one of the many charming holiday homes on the island and enjoy the rural atmosphere.

How long does it take to explore the Ile d'Orléans?

You should plan at least one day to explore the Ile d'Orléans. However, if you have time, it is advisable to explore the island over several days in order to fully enjoy all the culinary treasures and sights.

When is the best time to visit Ile d'Orléans?

The best time to visit Ile d'Orléans is definitely during the summer months from June to September, when the weather is mild and pleasant and the fields are in full bloom. However, the island also has its charm in autumn and spring and is less crowded then.

Can I book a guided tour of Ile d'Orléans from Québec City?

Yes, there are a variety of guided tours that take you to the Ile d'Orléans from Québec City. Here you also have the opportunity to explore the island's culinary treasures with an experienced guide and get tips for the best restaurants and markets.

How to get to the Ile d'Orléans?

The Ile d'Orléans is connected to the north bank of the St. Lawrence River by a bridge and can therefore be reached by car. There are also public buses that run from Québec City to the island.

Are there also opportunities for water sports on the Ile d'Orléans?

Yes, there are various water sports options on Ile d'Orléans, such as kayaking and canoeing. Boat tours are also possible and offer a great view of the island and its surroundings.

Is it also possible to have a special experience on the Ile d'Orléans in winter?

In winter the Ile d'Orléans offers a special experience. Then there is, for example, the opportunity to experience ice fishing on the frozen St. Lawrence River or take a snowmobile ride. The Christmas markets on the island are also very popular.

Is it also possible to taste and buy local wines on the Ile d'Orléans?

Yes, there are several wineries on the Ile d'Orléans that produce and sell their own wines. Here you also have the opportunity to taste different varieties and buy your favorites directly on site.

Can you also discover traditional handicrafts on the Ile d'Orléans?

Yes, there are a variety of artisans on the Ile d'Orléans who exhibit and sell their products. Here you will find, for example, handmade ceramics, jewelry, textiles and much more. This is definitely a great way to purchase unique souvenirs to take home.


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Source: On-site research supported by Tourism in Quebec and Steeve Gaudreault of Cicérone

Text: © Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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The Ile d'Orléans: an island full of culinary surprises!

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

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