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Île d'Orléans

Île d'Orléans: Our most recommended tours and activities

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

1. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

2. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

3. Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

Visit the island of Orléans in the Saint Lawrence River on this air-conditioned bus tour from Quebec City. Take part in 5 mouth-watering tastings at 5 different stops throughout your day. Be picked up from Place d'Arme and travel towards the Island of Orléans to discover the flavors of the area. At each stop, taste products and discover their stories. Indulge in something sweet at Chocolaterie Ste Petronille (producer of chocolates, truffles, jams, and ice-cream soaked in chocolate) and at the Nougaterie of St. Pierre (a producer of nougats and other sweets).  Visit the Cidrerie Bilodeau (a producer of cider, juice, and apple jelly) and tickle your taste buds at the Vineyard of Mitan (a producer of white wines, red wines, and ice wines). Finally, reach the Tigidou jam makers. Taste creations cooked from fresh, seasonal berries. Learn more about the history and the beginnings of the colonization the area along the way. At the conclusion of your tour, return to Place d'Arme in Quebec City. 

Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

4. Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

Take advantage of the summer season on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. Whether you're with friends or are a couple, there are magical moments to be had on the St. Lawrence River as the city and the Château Frontenac are illuminated before your very eyes. Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on this cruise that begins at Chouinard Pier. Sail past iconic sights such as the Chateau Frontenac, Beauport, Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, Sainte Foy, and more. With live entertainment, a special atmosphere, panoramic views, and multiple bars and terraces, don't miss this cruise during summer in Quebec City.

Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

5. Île d'Orléans: Food Tasting and Cultural E-bike Tour

Meet your local tour guide at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you'll receive detailed safety introduction and the chance to try the electric bikes in the parking lot. Your small group will follow the guide along the sidewalk of Chemin Royal, as there is no bike path on Ile d'Orleans. The tour is about 20 km and will take about 3 hours, taking you to the island's most beautiful village, St. Petronille. The first stop is the Gosselin farm. You'll taste the famous Strawberries of Ile d'Orleans and learn about local agriculture. You'll then visit the gardens of Charles E. L. Porteous' French manor, built in 1898. Your guide will underline the important role this building played through history. Heading further, you'll reach St.Petronille with its picturesque streets. At the Chocolaterie, in the village's heart, take a break from cycling and stroll on the St.Lawrence River's banks instead, enjoying the fantastic view of Quebec's skyline and ice cream dipped in home-made chocolate! Back on the bikes, take advantage of the powerful engine getting on top of the street, where the St. Petronille winery is waiting for you. Here, you can taste some of the island's best wines. On the way back, we'll enjoy beautiful perspectives of the St. Lawrence River and the Montmorency waterfalls. Be sure to take plenty of faboulous pictures. You'll leave beautiful Ile d'Orleans with great memories of an active day.

Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

6. Quebec City: Island of Orleans Wine Tour

Discover the wine country of Orleans on this guided wine tasting tour from Quebec. Visit three vineyards and learn all about the wine production process. Taste wines from the Domaine Sainte-Famille, Le Vignoble du Mitan, and the Vignoble Isle de Bacchus wineries. Take a tour throughout the vineyard and taste local wines. Learn all about the different products available and the differences in manufacturing techniques.  Enjoy the magnificent views of Montmorency Falls on the ride back to Quebec.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

7. Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the rental shop at Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you’ll get a safety introduction, and you can take your bike for a quick test ride. Enjoy a smooth ride on these modern electric bikes that allow you to cycle the island with ease. Before heading out on your ride, you will receive a map with a personalized route to help you discover Île d'Orléans. You also have the option to choose your own route as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan between 3 to 5 hours for your cycling tour, including several stops along the way. Enjoy the option to stop for tastings of local farm products along the way, learn about the island’s history from the beginning of its colonization, and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint-Lawrence-River with endless opportunities to take great photos.

Ile d'Orleans Bike Rental

8. Ile d'Orleans Bike Rental

Start your cycling and sightseeing adventure by acquiring your rental bike at the rental shop at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, receive a safety introduction, and before you leave feel free to give your bike a test in the nearby parking lot. Before heading out onto the street, receive a map with a personalized course to discover Île d'Orléans. Alternatively, you may form your own path as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan for around 3 hours to cycle around, including several stops along your way. Enjoy local farm product tasting (at your own expense) and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your entire ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint Lawrence River with multiple possibilities to take great photos.

Quebec City: Half-Day Trip to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré by Boat

9. Quebec City: Half-Day Trip to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré by Boat

Discover Quebec on a unique and fascinating excursion that takes you on a river shuttle on the St. Lawrence river. Disembark and tour Montmorency Falls and the Chocolate Factory on Île d’Orléans. Depart from the Port of Quebec Harbor near the Louise basin locks. Don't forget to pick you your lunch box before boarding. Enjoy your lunch while on board or when you get to Ste-Anne-de -Beaupré where picnic tables are available. Enjoy the ride on the 1-hour river shuttle adventure between Quebec City and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for the best view of the lush scenery surrounding the St. Lawrence River. Next, disembark at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and take advantage of some free time to visit on your own the famous basilica Ste-Anne-de-beaupré. Then meet your guide and take an air-conditioned bus to Montmorency Falls. Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is a spectacular natural site with an 83-meter-high waterfall dominating the landscape. Take this opportunity to get close to it and soak in the energy of this amazing waterfall. Then go with your guide to the scenic Île d’Orléans and stop at the famous island's Chocolate Factory. See how chocolate is produced and have the chance to purchase your favorite chocolate. Finally, return by bus to Québec City at Place d’Armes where the tour ends.

Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

10. Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

Your tour begins with a warm welcome as you meet your guide in the center of Old Quebec. Your passionate guide will play the entertaining role of a period character from Quebec’s history, dressed in 17th-century colonial attire. See the Upper and Lower towns of Old Quebec. Discover the city’s highlights from Place d’Armes, Town Hall, Morrin Cultural Center, Governors’ Park, Plains of Abraham, Martello towers, Fontaine de Tourny, to the Parliament of Quebec. Take photos as you learn about the lifestyle of the first arrivals to Quebec.   A short 15-minute drive will lead you to the top of the breathtaking Montmorency Falls. Enjoy 45 minutes to explore the park and walk over the footbridge above the falls. Rejoin the bus for the return drive to Quebec City to admire great views over the water and back toward the city. Tour concludes with your return to the pickup point in Old Quebec.

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What people are saying about Île d'Orléans

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,326 reviews

The narrator of the tour, David, shared an incredible amount of information. How does he memorize so much and be able to recite it in both English and French? It was amazing to witness and experience.

This is a wonderful tour. The ebikes are terrific, knowledgeable guides, beautiful Island.

Our visit to Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre and Ile d’Orleans was memorable.

Our guide and driver was the absolute best! Yves, I believe is his name.

Very interesting tour, nice views of QC from the water