Another beautiful day so since the car ramp on ferry is broken for the next 10 days, we drove to the Ile via HWY 20 and across the bridge to Hwy 40/73 to 358 across the bridge near the Montmorency Falls to Ile d'Orleans.The Ile lies between Quebec City and Levis on the St Lawrence.
It appears to be friendly to bicyclers. The only access is via the Bridge or by private boat. There are five towns on the Ile.
Ile d'Orleans holds more than 450 years of history. In 1535 Jacques Cartier calls it the Roman God of Wine. Natives called it Minigo meaning bewitched island. Over 300 ancestral families have lived here and it honors its past by having many craftsmen, painters, sculptors, blacksmiths and cabinetmakers. It has a diverse selection of restaurants and inns and farms producing some of the finest fruit and vegetables.
On riding around the island you get a sense of serenity and a wish to want to live in such an idyllic place.
|La Goeliche Restaurant|
|Church in Sainte-Petronille|
|La Ste Familie Church|
|Stop for Ice Cream|
|La Boulange Restaurant|
|Beach and Park on St Lawrence|
|One of Many Homes|
Hwy 358 takes you around the island that is around 60km and takes with stops at least 2-3 hrs. We stopped for lunch at Cafe Bistro and toured the Manoir Mauvide-Genest. There is 1 RV park in Saint Francois that seemed very nice, but expensive at 45-60/nt.
Jean Mauvide, a young French Surgeon, settled on the Ile in 1720 and married Marie Anne Genest in 1733. He was also active in business. In 1752 he acquired the west half of the island and built the manor in the town of St Jean. We took the self tour.
|Plaque About Manoir Mauvide Genest|
|One of The Gowns|
|Bedroom of Daughters|
Strongly recommend doing the driving tour.