Take a 15-minute drive—or an hour's bike ride—from Québec City to visit Île d'Orléans, a vital reminder of Québec rural life in the 1700s. The island, reached by bridge, is one of the oldest settled areas in the province. Though it's only 34 kilometers (21 miles) long, it has more than 600 buildings of historic significance. (Count the steepled churches—there's one in each of the six parishes.) The island's farms supply the kitchens of Québec City with apples, berries, ice wines, maple syrup and other products. Spend a relaxing day eating and sipping your way around the island, stopping at farm stands, galleries and craft shops and admiring the bucolic views of the St. Lawrence River.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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