Before Jacques Cartier named Île d'Orléans in honor of the Duke of Orleans, it was known as L'Île de Bacchus for its wild grapes. Today, there's no sign of Dionysian debauchery on sleepy Île d'Orléans, 15km northeast of Québec City, but there is plenty to attract visitors. The island (population 6825), still primarily a 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 making everything from cider to nougat.
One 60km-long road encircles the island, with two more cutting across it north–south. Their edges are dotted with strawberry fields, orchards, cider producers, windmills, workshops and galleries. Some of the villages contain wooden and stone houses that are up to 300 years old.
There are six villages on the island. They are (travelling clockwise): St-Pierre, Ste-Famille, St-François, St-Jean, St-Laurent and Ste-Pétronille.