City Escape: Québec City 
to the Island of Orléans

Text: Alain Labadie • Photography:

The tour starts at the Fontaine de Tourny, travels around Québec City and the Plains of Abraham to Quai des cageux along the Promenade de Champlain to the point where you can see the old Québec Bridge over the Saint Lawrence River. It continues through the historic part of Québec along Quartier Petit Champlain to the fountain facing Gare du Palais. We then ride to the Island of Orleans which inspired the poet Félix Leclerc. Everywhere you turn there are orchards, historic homes, and unforgettable scenery—so, take your time.

Length

Approximately 75 miles

Meet-up Spot

Fontaine de Tourny, facing Assemblée Nationale (Parliament of Québec)

Lunch Stop

Resto de la Plage offers a delightful menu of seafood, pizza, and burgers with a relaxing view of the St. Lawrence River. Find it at 4879, chemin Royal Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, QC, (418) 829-3315

Scenery (4 out of 5) 

From the entry close to the walled part of historic Québec to the top of the observation tower in St-François de l’Île d’Orléans, great views and vistas abound. Naturally, fall colors enhance them.

Traffic (3 out of 5) 

From light to heavy around the historic parts to little or none on L’Île d’Orleans most of the time.

Difficulty (2 out of 5) 

Take it easy, there’s no need to rush. Keep your eyes on the road and stop frequently to capture the view.

Road conditions (4 out of 5) 

Well paved all around. May be a bit rough during the spring.