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Île d'Orléans

Île d'Orléans: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

2. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

3. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Set sail on a captivating cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. See the iconic old forts, Montmorency Falls, Laurentian Mountains, and many more highlights during the journey. Your 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 Château Frontenac, Île d'Orléans, and the Côte-de-Beaupré. Learn interesting stories and facts about the city while cruising in the serene waters.

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental

4. 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.

Québec City: Evening Cruise with Live Entertainment

5. 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.

Quebec City: Island of Orléans Taste Trail

6. 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. 

Quebec City: Old Town and Montmorency Falls Bus Tour

7. 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.

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.

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

9. 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.

Ile D'Orleans: Scooter Rental Service

10. Ile D'Orleans: Scooter Rental Service

Discover Ile d'Orleans at your own leisure, with a comfortable and efficient scooter rental service. Before heading out on the street, you’ll receive a safety introduction, and you can try your scooter out on the spacious parking lot. Scooter rental is recommended for those who have driving experience on scooters or motorcycles only, and a valid driver's license is required for each driver upon arrival at the rental shop. While cruising the island you can enjoy local farm products’ tastings, enter the island’s maritime history and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes along your way. Discover also the St.-Lawrence-River from several access points, including two beaches, where you can even take a  swim. This is the perfect opportunity for those visiting the city to travel on their own terms, with the convenience of an easy-to-park scooter. You will even receive a map and suggested travel routes from the center staff to aid you in your discovery.

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What people are saying about Île d'Orléans

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,156 reviews

A must-have experience if you are in the area. The best way to park on the lower end of the falls and take the cable car up to the falls and walk across. The upper part has lots of food options and entertainment places. Worth every dollar spent.

amazing trip, excellent driver, Gary. Saw loads, choc shop fantastic, copper production place wonderful, the falls spectacular, the Basilica spectacular.

Beautiful day trip and great value for money. Seeing he falls and the copper museum were definitely the highlights!

The driver was really good with lots of information The places we saw were very interesting and enjoyable

It was an excellent tour with all covered. Timing management and fun guide.