Weather and driving conditions

When planning a visit to Île d’Orléans, there are a few things you should keep in mind about local weather and driving conditions.

Below, you will find useful information about weather and driving conditions on the island, as well as where to go to get the weather forecast.

Weather conditions on Île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans has a dry continental climate, which means you can expect high seasonal temperature variations and a heavy rainfall.

There are four distinct seasons on the island:

  • Spring (March to May): The days become warmer despite regular rain, though the nights are cool.
  • Summer (June to August): This season is preferred by tourists because of the long, hot days. The temperature can remain at over 25°C (77°F) for several days in a row.
  • Fall (September to November): The days begin to get cool, and leaves change colour before falling off the trees. Occasional rain, with snow beginning to appear in late October.
  • Winter (December to February): The temperature usually remains under 0°C (32°F) day and night, with snow covering the ground.

Forecast for the next few days

To see what the weather will be like during your stay, you can use the electronic forecast tool below or go to The Weather Network website.

Driving conditions

Driving conditions on Île d’Orléans are good. Speed limits are indicated in kilometres/hour on road signs. As pedestrians and cyclists share the roadways with motorized vehicles, we ask that you be particularly mindful as you drive around the island. We suggest you reduce speed during peak periods; when driving across the bridge to the island; in the winter when the roads are covered with snow and ice; and when driving through areas where roadwork is being done.

Checking driving conditions

You can use the tools below to obtain updated information on local driving conditions, traffic slowdowns, roadwork or traffic flow.

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The historical borough of Île d'Orléans celebrates Québec's rural tradition with its gorgeous scenery stretching along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, only a few minutes from Québec City. Visitors are encouraged to experience the rich and vibrant culture of this island jewel, which is the birthplace of New France. Inhabited since time immemorial, Île d'Orléans has a diverse offer of first-rate attractions.