Posted by: cherylyoung | June 11, 2012

Ile D’Orleans

Welcome to Île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans has been inhabited forever.

The Native Indians were the first people to be drawn

 to the island due to the abundance of fish and game,

 and were undoubtedly attracted to “Minigo”,

 “the Enchantress”, as they called it, because

of its mysterious charm.

The fertile soil then attracted the first settlers who

 established, now living in other parts of the American

 continent, can trace

 (See First Coming Families).

The island is described as the “microcosm” of

 traditional Quebec and as the birthplace o

f francophones in America.

Today, Île d’Orléans is recognized as being the most

 important district of Quebec.

The island, situated 5 kilometres down-river from

 Quebec City, is cradled between the Laurentian

 Plateau or Canadian Shield and the Appalachian


Its eastern point marks the boundary between

 the St. Lawrence and its estuary.

The layout of the land reminds us of the island’s

 seigneurial past.

Today with its 7000 inhabitants, the island maintains

 its longstanding agricultural tradition producing a

 wide range of products and also offers an exceptiona

l concentration of horticultural diversity.

Its rich natural elements interspersed with its

 outstanding architectural treasures offer a diverse

 collection of charming and surprisingly moving


Known as the “Garden of Quebec”, the Island has

 for many years provided nearby Quebec City with fresh

 produce such as seasonal fruit and vegetables,

 cereals, maple products, as well as farm products

Tourism has become an integral part of the island’s econo

my, offering an undeniable escape from every day

 life to more than 600,000 visitors each year.


Ïle d’Orléans offers each visitor first class

accomodation from a vast choice of quality B&B

s and inns, excellent regional cuisine and local produce

all sold in local shops and roadside stands,

a rich cultural heritage, pastoral scenery, the works

 of local artists and craftsmen, and, of course, the ever

 present majestic St. Lawrence.

Up to 1935, the island was cut off from the rest

 of the continent by the St. Lawrence seaway thu

s retaining its traditional rural way of life.

For the first three hundred years the colony

experienced great hardships and many mishaps;

 in spite of this it maintained its pastoral image its

 reputation as a peaceful haven and its history

 of mysterious legends.

With the inauguration of Taschereau Bridge visitors

 would discover time and time again the ancestral

 heritage and historical treasures that until then had

 been carefully preserved by the islanders.


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