We'll leave by coach for the l’Île d’Orléans, one of the first areas in the province to be colonized by the French. Colonization of the island proceeded slowly, with the majority of the new inhabitants being from Normandy, Poitou, or Perche, France. Explorer Jacques Cartier initially named the island Bacchus Isle because of the grapes growing there. He later renamed the island Orléans in honor of the Duke of Orleans, the son of the French king at the time. The fertile soil has been its richest asset since the time it was colonized, and the island retained much of its traditional rural way of life until 1935, when construction was completed on the Pont de l'Île Bridge, allowing for more traffic. Today, the island is a mix of suburban communities and farms, and it’s a popular destination for day-trippers and bicyclists. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of Cassis Monna et Filles. Cassis Monna et Filles (yes, that’s “and daughters”) has been producing black current wines and Creme de Cassis in Quebec since the early 1970s. Cassis Monna & Filles currently cultivates 16 hectares of land and produces over 40,000 bottles per year. The wine cellar is a lovely gourmet boutique and visitors are invited to enjoy tasting of high-end, black currant products.
On our return to Quebec, we’ll stop of at Montmorency Falls, within Montmorency Falls Park (Funitel ticket not included). A suspension bridge over the crest of the falls provides a spectacular view, and an aerial tram (Funitel) carries passengers between the base and the top of the falls. This is a great moment to enjoy a stroll while taking in the splendor of the landscape.
At the end of the excursion, we’ll continue on to the port in Quebec.
- Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and carry wind and rain gear for protection against the fine mist projected from the falls.
- Times are approximate. The order of the visits can change.