To mark what would be an unforgettable year, my first weekend was spent on the charming Île d’Orléans – an island connected to Quebec city by crossing the suspended Pont de l’Île d’Orléans.
The island is notably known for it’s vast array of boutiques, strawberry fields, cidreries, fromageries, chocolateries, la cabane à sucre and vignobles where you can leisurely stop by to admire its produce and the country side views.
Not to mention the little surprises along the way…
One of my ‘life-changing’ moments was my introduction to maple syrup at la cabane à sucre on the island. A lovely local showed me how it was made and I even got to try my first maple taffy! For all those who have never been introduced to this sugary delight, hot maple syrup is poured onto ice where it solidifies in a matter of seconds to be then rolled onto a wooden stick ready to eat.
Even if you don’t want to stop by at the boutiques, the views are too good to stay sat in your car. So pick up a tourist pamphlet, rent a bike and follow one of the cycle routes that are already marked out for you on the map. Failing that, take a leisurely stroll and don’t forget your camera!