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Island of Orleans: Tours and Guided Visits

The Island of Orleans is one of Quebec's best-kept secrets and is a paradise for food lovers. With juicy strawberries, divine chocolates and fruity wines among the local goods that are produced on the island, there are plenty of treats for you to try.

Tours on the Island of Orleans explore the many chocolateries, vineyards and farms that create such exquisite fare.

Where is the Island of Orleans located?

The Island of Orleans is located just outside of downtown Quebec in the St. Lawrence River. This makes it the perfect day excursion for sightseeing in Quebec.

There is no public transport to the isle, but you can hire a car and drive the short distance from the city. You'll take the Autoroute 440 east out of the city and travel across the bridge that connects the island to the mainland.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the many tours on the Island of Orleans that transports you between the two destinations.

What are the best things to do on the Island of Orleans?

Isle de Bacchus Winery

Isle de Bacchus is a renowned vineyard that overlooks the St. Lawrence River and has been producing flavorful wines for the last 40 years. The island was originally named Isle de Bacchus when it was discovered in the 16th century, because of the wild vines that covered its proximity.

At the site, you can participate in a guided tour of the vineyard, book a wine tasting session or buy a bottle of your favorite tipple to take home with you.

Chocolaterie de I'lle d'Orleans

This chocolatery is more than just a chocolate shop, it's a must-visit iconic destination for every visitor of the island. One of the products that the Island of Orleans is famous for is its homemade chocolates, most of which come from this store.

It's the prime place to stock up on edible souvenirs for your friends and family, however, you may end up eating them yourself before you get home. Its chocolate-dipped homemade ice creams are celebrated far and wide, and you can devour yours while sitting on the banks of the river.

Ferme Léonce Plante strawberry farm

The strawberries grown on the island are succulent and sweet, and bound to be some of the best you've ever tasted. Picking your own berries is a fun way to spend an afternoon and ensure you select the ripest fruits.

Alongside strawberries, you can also purchase ready-picked fruit, including blueberries, raspberries, melons, apples and plums. There is also a range of vegetables on offer.

What are the best tours to visit the Island of Orleans?

Island of Orleans food and drink tour

The Island of Orleans is known as a haven of culinary treats, including wine and chocolate. Your Island of Orleans food and drinks tour will begin in Quebec, where you'll meet your group and travel over to the isle by bus.

Once you've arrived, you'll sample locally produced food and beverages, such as ice cider and cassis liqueur at multiple establishments. You'll learn about the history and culture of the island through your taste buds before returning to the city.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans half-day tour

This tour gives you a speedy overview of several intriguing sites around Quebec. You'll travel first to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré's Basilica which is a striking church with imposing spires and intricate mosaics.

You'll continue on a tour to Montmorency Falls which is higher than Niagara Falls and just as ferocious. Finally, you'll visit Ile d'Orleans to buy some delicious local treats for the journey back to the city.

Food tasting and cultural e-bike tour

This e-bike tour allows you to explore the island with ease, starting in Quebec. You'll travel 20 kilometers around the island, and the jewel of the tour is the village of St. Petronille. You'll stop by a strawberry farm and take a turn in blossoming gardens.

Once you reach the village, you'll experience a chocolate tasting and the island's own wine. On your return journey, you'll pay a visit to Montmorency Falls for a quick photo opportunity.

Island of Orleans sea kayak tour

If you're looking for an adventurous excursion, consider a tour of the Island of Orleans by kayak. You'll paddle down the St. Lawrence River, taking in the sights of Ile d'Orleans as you float along. There is ample wildlife to be seen along the route, including ospreys, puffins and occasional whales.

You'll make a stop to regain your energy and sample some of the delights of the Island of Orleans before you continue your kayaking excursion.

What are the prices of Island of Orleans tours?

Food and drinks tours on the Island of Orleans include transportation from Quebec, a local guide and several sampling sessions of food and drink. You can expect to pay US$38.

Tours that visit Montmorency Falls cost US$60 and include round-trip transportation, a bilingual guide, live commentary aboard your vehicle and entrance fees.

E-bike tours on the Island of Orleans include the rental of the bike, as well as safety equipment and accessories. Product tastings of local strawberries, wine and chocolate are also included in the tour price of US$106.

Kayaking tours last three hours and cost US$36. The price includes kayak hire, safety equipment and a wetsuit. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide, who will provide you with snacks when you stop for a break.

Where do Island of Orleans tours start?

The starting point of Island of Orleans tours varies. You may meet your guide on the island itself, or you might meet in Quebec City. All tours let you know the meeting point before booking so that you can arrange transportation.

When is the best time to visit the Island of Orleans?

Visit during the summer months to experience the island at its liveliest. If you're a foodie, you may wish to participate in a tour of the Island of New Orleans as soon as you arrive in Quebec. However, most people will prefer to spend a few days exploring the center of the city before venturing onto the island.

Travel to the island early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Alternatively, head there during the late afternoon and sit on the banks of the St. Lawrence River to watch the sunset.

Travel tips

  • If you participate in any walking tours on the Island of Orleans, make sure you're wearing comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • The main language of Quebec is French, so practice a few polite phrases before you travel to Ile d'Orleans.
  • If you have time, make sure you visit Montmorency Falls which is right next to the island.