In the middle of the mighty St. Lawrence River, but within sight of Quebec City, sits Île d’Orléans, an entire island that is a designated historical district. The traditional Quebec countryside is preserved here in this, the cradle of New France. Visitors can delight in the island’s plentiful (and flavourful) agricultural heritage nestled amid gorgeous scenery.
Inhabited for thousands of years, Île d’Orléans has a diverse tourist offer that is second to none. During your visit, you will meet agrifood producers rightfully proud of their wares, sample farm-fresh products, admire the gorgeous scenery and explore the island’s historical and cultural heritage. Many pleasant surprises await on Île d’Orléans—it’s up to you to find out what they are!
A number of businesses specializing in agritourism or the growing or making of food can be found on Île d’Orléans. Given that most of the island is devoted to agricultural or horticultural activity, it should come as no surprise that restaurants serving regional cuisine and shops selling local products are so highly praised. Foods grown or made on Île d’Orléans have won multiple awards and will satisfy even the most demanding palate. Everything is so delicious, you may just start to eat and eat! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Agritourism on Île d’Orléans
For hundreds of years, Île d’Orléans, with its bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables, abundant fishing, fertile soil and many small game animals, has been referred to as Quebec City’s cornucopia. This isle of plenty is the perfect agritourism destination. Thousands of tourists visit Île d’Orléans every year for the local food products, many of which are international renowned. Today, the island’s food production consists mainly of wine grapes, all manner of fruit and vegetables, honey, maple products, dairy products and poultry.
Savoir-faire île d’Orléans certification
On February 27, 2007, Île d’Orléans became the first region in Quebec to protect its products with its own certification: Savoir-faire île d’Orléans. A food product bearing the Savoir-faire île d’Orléans seal guarantees that is was grown or made on Île d’Orléans.
Go to the Savour the island’s bounty section to see the list of agritouristic businesses on Île d’Orléans.