Île d'Orléans (English: Island of Orleans) is located in the Saint Lawrence River about 5 km (3.1 mile) east of downtown Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The island was one of the first parts of the province to be colonized by the French, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island. The island has been described as the "microcosm of traditional Quebec and as the birthplace of francophones in North America."
The island is accessible from the mainland via the Île d'Orléans Bridge from Beauport. Route 368 is the sole provincial route on the island, which crosses the bridge and circles the perimeter of the island. At the village of Sainte-Pétronille toward the western end of the island, a viewpoint overlooks the impressive Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls), as well as a panorama of the St. Lawrence River and Quebec City.
Île d'Orléans is twinned with Île de Ré in France.
Open Water Swimming
- In the fall of 1955, Jacques Amyot swam in the St Lawrence River and succeeded in the first 80 km circumnavigation swim around Île d'Orléans.
- In 2001, a 77 km circumnavigation swim was started around Île d'Orléans. The first year was shortened due to weather conditions. The 2002 race was held.