It was a cloudy day in September but the atmosphere on board the coach was enthusiastic. We were heading towards l’île d’Orléans to discover the many charms of this jewel on the St.Lawrence river. The first stop was at the Tourism Information Center located just a few minutes away from the Pont de l’île. The Information Center is open year-round and now offers visitors a completely bilingual website .
The second stop was at the “Parc maritime”, a step back in time to learn about the islands maritime heritage. Our third stop was at the economuseum Cassis Monna & Filles where owner Anne Monna gave us an overview of their renovation projects and had us taste a variety of exquisite black currant products made in a traditional way. And last but not least our fourth and final stop was at the Grange de l’île, Inn and Restaurant, managed by the owners of the house Amélie Bilodeau and Pierre Fortin. The restaurant specializes in international cuisine using fresh and local produce from the island and can boast a fine selection of imported wines. The Inn offers 8 rooms in total and a reception area for 80 people.
In fact, l’île d’Orléans has much to offer its visitors and it is easy to understand why one of the most popular activities on the island is to simply enjoy driving along the main road, le chemin Royal and to take in all its bucolic scenery.