Île d'Orléans June 6 – 12, 2015
6 Days, 5 Nights Sunday-Friday
Come away with us on our next adventure to l Île d’Orléans!
The Île d'Orléans (the island of Orleans), 15 minutes from Quebec city, is an island that has been inhabited since the dawn of time and was the destination of many of Nouvelle France’s settlers. Cartier, upon discovering the island in the 1500’s, named it the Isle of Bacchus because of the plentiful grape vines he found there.
You do not have to travel to France to have a French culinary experience. The Île is a culinary gem, home to farms, fromageries, wineries, cideries, many of which have been in operation since the 1600’s. We will visit the artisanal producers, learn and practice the classic methods for producing traditional French cuisine and explore the Île’s historical treasures.
You can fill your leisure time with many activities. The oldest golf course in Canada can be found there, there is an abundance of eclectic shops featuring local artisans and antiques, access to cycles for cycling tours or choose one of many beautiful, serene waterside retreats to enjoy a good book or a time of reflection.
Sunday evening on arrival
We will gather in the restaurant at the Auberge Le Canard Huppé which will be our home base for the five nights that we will be exploring the , and enjoy getting to know each other over an Île d'Orléans tasting menu prepared by Aubergiste/Chef Philip Rae.
“An inn cradled on the island and rocked by the river. The "Le Canard Huppé" Inn is a small charming hotel ideally located between the St. Lawrence river and fields. Private and hospitable, it offers you peace and comfort in one of its rooms in the Auberge champêtre.
Inspired by Quebec tradition, regional cuisine reigns supreme.”
Tourisme Île d'Orléans
Day 2: Monday
We will spend the morning learning the basic cooking skills that we will require for the week’s food preparation. These will include basic knife skills, stocks and sauces and confit method.
Then we will venture out the wineries of the region for tours and tastings and then finish the day with a delicious meal at the rustic, charming 1720’s mill Le Moulin de St-Laurent.
Day 3: Tuesday
We will visit La Boulangerie Blouin, an artisanal bakery where they make their croissants, breads, pies using their great grandmothers’ recipes and traditional methods dating back nearly 100 years. While there, we will learn about basic pastry preparation and enjoy lunch in the restaurant.
We will then return to the Auberge and the afternoon will be yours to discover the boutiques and Galeries D’Art in the district of Saint Laurent or to enjoy our surroundings by cycle or by golfing on the 140 year old Club de golf Orleans or anything else you would like to pursue.
We will prepare our evening meal together, using our new skills, under the guidance of Chef Philip using fresh ingredients sourced locally.
Day 4: Wednesday
We will venture out to tour and taste at the Les Fromages de Île d'Orléans where they have been making cheeses for over 250 years.
In the afternoon, we will visit La Ferme D’oc where they primarily raise ducks and you will learn about the traditional humane methods of producing Pate fois gras. Then on to enjoy a tasting at the Microbrasserie Île d'Orléans, returning to the Auberge for cocktails and a lesson on preparing the perfect cheese and charcuterie board featuring the cheeses and pates we collected during the day.
For our evening meal, we will visit Cabane à Sucre L’En-Tailleur for a classic French Canadian repast.
Day 5: Thursday
After breakfast, our day will start with a drive into the heart of Vieux Quebec, Old Quebec city, where we will spend the day discovering the history of the this beautiful city that is one of the National Historic Sites and the birthplace of Nouvelle France.
We will lunch at an authentic creperie and in the late afternoon we will go to a personal residence in the heart of the city where we will use all of our new skills and knowledge of cooking methods and products that we have discovered over the past several days to create a perfect meal!
Day 6: Friday
Following breakfast, we will enjoy a wrap up celebration of the week. Then you are free to spend the time until your departure to see more of the Île or to get in another cycle or a round of golf. There is so much to see and do!
Then Bon Voyage! You will be transferred to the airport or into the city if you choose to stay on in Quebec.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the cost of the adventure?
Your accommodation, airport transfers and transportation during the week, breakfast and all dinners, wine or alternatives with the evening meals, cooking lessons and events and all excursions. Airfare is not included.
How do I book?
You can book online through the links below. A $500.00 per person deposit is required to register. The balance will be due 30 days before the adventure. Note: You do not have to have a paypal account to pay online. When you go to checkout there is the option of Checkout (where you can use any credit card) or Checkout with Paypal. Just choose Checkout if you don’t want to go through Paypal. Another option for payment is e-transfer. Contact us for more details
What if I have to cancel?
You will receive an 80% refund if you cancel 30 days before the tour begins, 50% if you cancel 29-15 days before the adventure and there will be no refunds 14 days or less before. We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect you should life events prevent you from coming.