Instagram Guide to Quebec City, Ile d’Orléans and Charlevoix

Few Montrealers will ever admit to this, but the region of Quebec (not the province, but the administrative region that surrounds the capital city) is absolutely gorgeous. From the ancient streets of Old Quebec City to the bucolic plains of Ile d’Orléans and the dramatic landscapes of Charlevoix, one can hardly be bored in this neck of the wood. It’s an incredibly varied region that provides an extremely rich experience, in many different ways: culinary, culture, adventure and nature wise, for example.

Being just three hours away from Montreal, it’s also a great destination for a long weekend getaway for locals in need of fresh air or visitors wanting to fully capture the Québécois spirit.

Along with two of my favorite bloggers (Dez Jeff and Pamela McNaughtan), I roamed the streets of Québec City and Ile d’Orléans, later on venturing by myself to Charlevoix in order to find the best photography spots, new restaurants and things to do. I’m going to write a very detailed article about the region’s best attractions, but for now, here are my photographic discoveries.

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Old Quebec City
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MORE lovely windows!

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Architecture in Vieux-Port

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The view from the Québec-Lévis ferry

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Looking up from Marché Champlain

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View from La Citadelle

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Place Royale

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Rue Saint-Pierre

Ile d’Orléans

I wrote about this little gem of an island quite extensively, and I have been known to refer to it as my happy place. Or, as my blogger friend Pamela put it, “the island is everyone’s happy place”. What is often referred to by locals as the “garden of Quebec City”, the Island of Orleans is quite lovely to visit, at any time of the year. But whatever you do, make sure to interact with locals; farmers and producers want nothing more than share the love they have for the island with visitors and have people enjoy the fruit of their labor.

The Island of Orleans is nothing if not a foodie getaway, I’ll say that!

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Traditional New France houses

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Eat all of the strawberries.

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Fromagerie de l’Ile d’Orléans

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Duck confit poutine with blackcurrant wine sauce at Mona & Filles

Charlevoix

Charlevoix was a huge change in scenery from Quebec City — out with the winding, historic alleys and in with jaw-dropping beautiful panoramas. I had the chance to stay at both Hotel La Ferme and Manoir Richelieu; one is a modern, bucolic property while the other is a lavish palace built during the golden days of Canadian rail history. Two contrasting places, one beautiful region.

That’s the real beauty of Charlevoix.

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Traditional Québécois architecture in La Malbaie

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The jetty at La Malbaie

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The wreckage on Baie Saint-Paul beach

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Baie St Paul houses

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Looking at St Lawrence River

* Disclaimer: I was a guest of Quebec Region Tourism on this occasion. As always, all opinions are my own. I mean, the photos prove that the place is gorgeous, who wouldn’t want to promote that?
 

Have you been to Quebec City, Island of Orleans or Charlevoix?
What is your favorite out of the three?
Would you go there on a day trip from Montreal?

10 Comments on Instagram Guide to Quebec City, Ile d’Orléans and Charlevoix

  1. Wandering Carol
    August 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Quebec rocks. Love those strawberries!!!

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  2. Leigh
    August 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Would love to visit Charlevoix and Ile d’Orleans. I’ve never set foot in either place and they both have tremendous appeal.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 21, 2014 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

      They really do! And they’re both quite close to Quebec City, so it’s easy to see them on a day trip. I highly recommend it!

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  3. kami
    August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am (3 years ago)

    oh, I was there last year and I enjoyed all the places so much! Especially Baie-St-Paul was such a pleasant, relaxing surprise! This post brought up some nice memories :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am (3 years ago)

      I do admit to having a soft spot for Baie St Paul. Such an epicurean place.

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  4. Jean-Thomas
    September 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Quel magnifique article et périple – une excellente idée de voyage pour les longs week-ends.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      September 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Merci Jean-Thomas! Effectivement, c’est une destination de rêve.

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  5. Leigh-Anne King
    June 3, 2015 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    Your pictures are so stunning! I’m in love with this area as well, if you are able to you should check out the village of Tadoussac and Saint Rose du Nord!

    I’m afraid to say that lovely abandoned ship at Baie Saint Paul has been burned. It was such a magnificent site, such a shame it was damaged.

    Wonderful shots!

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    • Marie-Eve
      June 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Leigh-Anne! I really want to see more of the area in the future, thanks for your suggestions. And that is devastating news for the boat :-(

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