Discover the cultural sites of Île d'Orléans - Heritage site

Located 10 minutes from downtown Quebec City, Île d'Orléans is a designated heritage site. The rich and unique landscapes, along with the atmospheres of the six municipalities that make up the island, will captivate you as you travel through. Each municipality has a distinct heritage and agricultural character centered around a village core where remarkable heritage buildings and sites are concentrated : church, rectory, central church square, cemetery, chapels, school, convent, houses, shops, barns, workshops, wharf...

Once you leave the village, the agricultural buildings dominate and blend with rural and natural landscapes that offer exceptional views of the St. Lawrence River.

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Beyond the scenery, Île d'Orléans also boasts over 400 years of history: not only did Jacques Cartier make a stopover there in 1535, but traces of prehistoric occupation have also been found on the eastern tip of the island.

All the mentioned places offer programming or temporary exhibitions worth a visit: you will be delighted with your stops at these locations and you will gain new insights to understand the territory.

The cultural sites of Île d'Orléans await you, it's an appointment!

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1. The Maison de nos Aïeux

The Maison de nos Aïeux

The Maison de nos Aïeux is a history center located on Île d'Orléans. This heritage-rich place traces the history of the island and its 300 founding families. Visitors can explore a genealogy center, which allows them to trace the lineage of their ancestors, as well as the Parc de nos Ancêtres, a space dedicated to collective memory and the celebration of the region's family roots.

2. The Maison Drouin

The Maison Drouin

The Maison Drouin is an authentic historic residence, continuously inhabited from 1729 to 1984. It provides a unique glimpse into the architecture and daily life of the time. Preserved in its original state, the house allows visitors to immerse themselves in local history and understand the lifestyle of its former inhabitants.

3. The Manoir Mauvide-Genest

The Manoir Mauvide-Genest

The Manoir Mauvide-Genest, built in 1734, is one of the last remaining residences of the seigneurial system of New France. This manor stands out for its seigneurial architecture and provides valuable insight into aristocratic life during the colonial period. Visitors can explore the various rooms of the manor and become acquainted with the history of the place and its occupants.

4. The Maritime Park of Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans

The Maritime Park of Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans

The Maritime Park of Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans is a historic site dedicated to wooden shipbuilding. This park illustrates the importance of the local maritime industry through a collection of artifacts and historical documents. Visitors can explore the shipbuilding techniques of the past and the impact of this industry on the community of Île d'Orléans.

5. The Cassis Monna et filles Economuseum

The Cassis Monna et filles Economuseum

The Cassis Monna et filles Economuseum showcases agritourism, a major economic activity on Île d'Orléans. This site allows visitors to discover artisans at work in the transformation of blackcurrants. Visitors can learn about the various stages of production and enjoy tastings to savor local products. This economuseum offers an immersive and educational experience on the craftsmanship and culinary tradition of the region.

6. Espace Félix-Leclerc Interpretation Center

Espace Félix-Leclerc Interpretation Center

The Félix Leclerc Interpretation Center pays tribute to one of the most illustrious artists of the island, Félix Leclerc, designated a historical figure in 2014. This center offers a comprehensive exhibition on the life and work of this iconic artist. Visitors can also explore hiking trails that allow them to discover the landscapes that inspired Félix Leclerc throughout his career.

7. L’Espace Félix-Leclerc - Shows

L’Espace Félix-Leclerc - Shows

The previously mentioned Félix Leclerc Space plays a central role by offering a "boîte à chansons" (song box) with an annual program particularly rich in the summer. This vibrant venue hosts a variety of artists and musical genres, allowing visitors to enjoy intimate and diverse performances, celebrating the music and legacy of Félix Leclerc.

8. Chamber music in Sainte-Pétronille

 Chamber music in Sainte-Pétronille

Chamber music in Sainte-Pétronille focuses its activities during the summer, offering a series of exclusive and unique concerts. These concerts take place in the church of Sainte-Pétronille, renowned for its exceptional acoustic qualities. Classical music enthusiasts can enjoy high-level performances in an enchanting setting, where the purity of sound harmoniously blends with the beauty of the site.

9. The New Theater of Île d'Orléans

The New Theater of Île d'Orléans

The New Theater of Île d'Orléans presents, every summer, a show that perpetuates the tradition of summer theater. The program changes each year, offering audiences a new play to discover. This dynamic theater attracts a diverse audience, providing an enriching and entertaining cultural experience while showcasing the talent of local actors and directors.

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