Travel Guide: Ile D'Orleans, Quebec City

Inhabited by roughly 7000 people, L’Ile d’Orleans – or Orleans Island – is an island just outside of Quebec City, Canada. L’Ile d’Orleans has been considered part of the National Historic District since 1970. The area has a long-seeded agricultural tradition, and boasts farms, fresh produce and ample amounts of wine-producing grapes. The island is accessible via the Ile d’Orleans bridge. This suspension bridge crosses over the Saint Lawrence River from the Montmorency Falls to L’Ile d’Orleans. Before the bridge’s construction in 1934, the island was only reachable by ferry. In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at old Quebec by traveling to L’Ile d’Orleans.
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L’Île d’Orléans, otherwise known as Orleans Island, is located in the Saint Lawrence River, roughly 12 miles east of downtown Québec City. The island was once called Île de Bacchus by French explorer Jacques Cartier because of the wealth of wild grapes growing on the island.

L’Île d’Orléans is about 21 miles long and 5 miles wide, and is inhabited by roughly 7000 people. Despite its relatively small population, many French Canadians can trace their ancestry back to this island. It has been referred to as a microcosm of traditional Quebec.

L’Île d’Orléans has been considered part of the National Historic District since 1970. The island houses more than 600 buildings which are recognized as historically and culturally significant.

Today, the grape plants that once gave the island its name produce ample amounts of wine. The island is also home to various farms, and is famous locally for its fresh produce. These rural practices highlight the area’s long-seeded agricultural tradition.
L’Île d’Orléans is a popular spot for a short day trip, as well as for cycling. Toward the western end of the island is an impressive view of the Montmorency Falls, as well as the Saint Lawrence River and Québec City.
Access to the island is gained by the Île d’Orléans bridge, locally referred to as the Pont de L’Île. This suspension bridge crosses over the Saint Lawrence River from the Montmorency Falls to L’Île d’Orléans. Before the bridge’s construction in 1934, the island was only reachable by ferry.
If it’s a slice of old Québec that you’re craving, l’Île d’Orléans is the place to be.
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