Located in the Saint Lawrence River, the island was one of the first parts of the region where the French settled.
If you rented a car for your stay in the city, grab a quick breakfast on the outdoor terrace of Café Krieghoff on avenue Cartier before driving out to see where all of Québec City's local bounty is grown. There is only one ring around the entire island of Ile d'Orléans (twice the size of Manhattan), with signs indicating all the farms and wineries are open for tastings — the area is especially known for its wild blueberries and strawberries. Even in the dormant winter season, this makes for a lovely road-trip drive. Make sure to stop at Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau to see some beautiful apple orchards.
It takes 20 minutes to get to the island from the Upper and Lower Towns, and about an hour to drive its periphery. Visiting the island provides a nice view of Québec City (a sight you can also get from a cruise aboard the Louis Jolliet or the ferry that departs from the Old Port, both a five-minute walk toward the river's edge from Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac).