Île d’Orléans

July 24 2012

At last I have got round to going through the pics I took during a recent 2 day visit (9th and 10th July) up to Québec City.

If you ever visit Montreal, I highly recommend taking some time to visit Québec’s capital city. It’s wonderful narrow cobbled streets will make you think you have landed somewhere in Europe.

The first day was spent mainly touring the nearby island – Île d’Orléans. Sitting in the middle of the Saint Lawrence river, the island is a designated historical district which has preserved the traditional Quebec countryside. Île d’Orléans provides visitors with varied touristic options, including; agritourism, scenic and cultural/heritage sites and numerous activities to enjoy.

We were fortunate to have my girlfriend’s sister and partner – who have a home on the island – give us a guided tour. I could easily spend a lot of time shooting here and would love to photograph it (and the people) during the different seasons…maybe a future project😉

Our first stop was the Foyer de Charité Notre-Dame d’Orléans that provides spiritual and healing retreats. I was not sure how they felt about photographing but grabbed a few shots of the wonderful view over the Saint Lawrence river and of the vine covered walkway in the garden.

View of Saint Lawrence river from Île d'Orléans

View of Saint Lawrence river from Île d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 75mm – f11 – 1/200 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d'Orléans

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 70mm – f11 – 1/15 sec

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d'Orléans

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 42mm – f6.3 – 1/20 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d'Orléans

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 45mm – f16 – 1/5 sec

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d'Orléans

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/40 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d'Orléans

Garden of Foyer de charité Notre Dame d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4.5 – 1/20 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

I could easily have spent more time exploring the buildings and gardens, but the tour must continue…

Next stop was the Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans.

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 10mm – f14 – 1/200 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 10mm – f14 – 1/200 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 10mm – f11 – 1/4 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 10mm – f14 – 0.5 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 20mm – f22 – 2.5 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Lamp post at the Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Lamp post at the Église de Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 80mm – f22 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Rock formation on Île-d’Orléans

Rock formation on Île-d’Orléans
ISO 100 – 10mm – f22 – 1/50 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Like I said, I could spend a lot more time shooting this wonderful historic island – there are over 600 listed buildings and monuments having heritage value – and enjoying the peace and tranquility found here…

Île d'Orléans - a place to unwind

Île d’Orléans – a place to unwind
ISO 100 – 10mm – f14 – 1/13 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Coming up next….some shots taken in Québec City.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

4 thoughts on “Île d’Orléans

  1. Pingback: Québec City « Montreal in Pictures

    • I would really like to spend more time there – so many photo opportunities I think living there for a complete year to capture the beauty and people through all the seasons would be be a nice project🙂

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