Before Jacques Cartier named Île d'Orléans in the Duke of Orleans' honor, it was known as L'Île de Bacchus for its wild vines. Four centuries later, Québécois troubadour Félix Leclerc, who died here in 1988, likened the island to France's famous Chartres cathedral. Today, there are no signs of Dionysian orgies on sleepy Île d'Orléans, which is 15km northeast of Québec City, but there is plenty to attract visitors. The island, still primarily a pastoral farming region, has emerged as the epicenter of Québec's agritourism movement. Foodies from all around flock to the local économusées (workshops) to watch culinary artisans at work.
One road (60km) circles it, with two more running north–south. Their edges are dotted with strawberry fields, orchards, cider producers, windmills, workshops and galleries. Some of the villages contain houses that are up to 300 years old, and there are wooden or stone cottages in the Normandy style.