A Canadian friend recommended a day trip to Ile d’Orleans. We were really pleased we went. It’s so picturesque! After booking out of our hotel, we drove there quite easily. My husband had done a little research but the detailed map online was in French. After getting across the bridge and driving a little way, we realised we would be best to backtrack and get some advice from the tourist centre, due to the seasonal closures and our limited ability to read the French signage.
The tourist centre attendant was very helpful. We bought the map ($1) and she pointed out locations according to our interests. This was particularly useful because we were visiting on a Monday in the fall, so not all attractions were open. We left the tourist office and started driving clockwise. Next stop was the Chocolate Centre for a coffee. Driving further, we stopped to walk up the fire tower. The leaves were just beginning to colour – we were a tad too early to see the best leaves in their full glory. We drove further around to stop at the maple farm, where the knowledgeable woman talked us through the process of producing maple syrup. We stopped at the cheese shop, which was nothing special, so we moved on to the Micro Brewery for lunch, then on to pick some apples, at Ferme Le Beau Markon. The farmer and his wife were so friendly. My daughter 16 yo was in her element as she loves new seasons crispy apples! We completed our circle around the island and then drove on to see the Montmorency Falls.