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Île d’Orléans: agritourism flourishes just outside Old Québec City

 

Île d'Orleans, Quebec
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Île d’Orleans, Quebec

The coat of arms of Île d’Orléans reads “J’accueille et je nourris” (I welcome and feed), which aptly describes this island of farms, vineyards, cider mills, cheese factories, and artists.

The indigenous referred to it as the “enchanted area” and Jacques Cartier  called it “Island of Bacchus” for its wine. Later, Cartier named it Orleans Island for the Duke of Orléans, son of Francois I. General Wolfe was headquartered here in 1759.

Cassis Monna & Filles, Île d’Orleans, Quebec
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Cassis Monna & Filles, Île d’Orleans

Agritourism flourishes here. Sample locally grown or made cider, wine, cheeses, fruits, chocolate, and ice cream in this countryside setting that is just a short drive from the historic area of Québec City. Dine with gentle breezes and a view of the city at Auberge la Goélichea, in the Sainte-Pétronille area, where the first pier was built.

Graze along the Gourmet Route, sampling the area’s products. Stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting. Try the locally produced black currant liqueur known as cassis.

Kir Royale, Cassis Monna & Filles, Île d’Orleans
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Kir Royale, Cassis Monna & Filles, Île d’Orleans

Pick your own fruit, bring jams and syrups and pâtés home to friends, and sample a variety of ciders and other apple products.  Ice cream topped with chocolate is a perfect way to end your day.

Jamelade, Tigidou, Île d’Orleans, Quebec
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Jamelade, Tigidou, Île d’Orleans, Quebec

 

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