When in Quebec, it is also really worth taking your car and explore outside the city as there are quite a few cool things to discover! As we only had a limited time, we decided to focus on visiting the Orleans Island and to climb up the Montmorency waterfall.Before telling you more about that, I have included below the links to my previous posts on our trip to Canada. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to discover more about my little world!
Part 1: Les Laurentides
Part 2: Saguenay and Saint Jean Lake
Part 3: The fjord and Les Escoumins
Part 4: Baie-Saint-Paul
Part 5: Quebec
Part 6: Quebec Foodie Guide
Part 7: Orleans Island and Montmorency Waterfall
The Orleans Island, located in the middle of the Saint Laurent, is less than half an hour drive from Quebec city centre. From its western side, you actually have a panoramic view of the city of Quebec as well as of the Montmorency waterfall. Lots of lovely houses and orchards are spread around the island ; it is so beautiful that I wanted to stop every hundred meters to take pictures 🙂 During our exploration of the island, we stopped by Cassis Monna & Filles to try their drinks and products made from blackcurrant. Yum! The founder, Bernard Monna, was the first to grow blackcurrant in Quebec when he started in 1980. Other people followed the trend and Orleans Island is now the main blackcurrant producer in the whole Quebec region!
Cassis Monna & Filles
721 Chemin Royal
QC G0A 4E0 Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
East of Quebec and facing Orleans Island, stands the Montmorency Waterfall. By the way, did you know that this one is actually taller than the famous Niagara Falls?! We climbed the 487 steps that are leading to the top of the waterfall… You have to be motivated! What is really nice is that, once at the top, there is a suspended bridge that allows you to cross the waterfall and offers a panoramic view of the area! A little cool anecdote if you visit it in winter: the water mist at the bottom of the waterfall is freezing when the temperatures are going down and you can then clim the ‘sugar loaf’!
Have a nice day!