Believe it or not, this was actually my first time on the Ile d’Orleans, and boy was I excited to go! Although I had initially been disappointed at all the wineries/cidreries that I wouldn’t really be able to properly appreciate, a coworker pointed out that there were also a fair number of confectioners, chocolatiers and ice cream vendors which I could investigate. It was on!
We stayed at Camping Orleans, and were ridiculously spoiled as our late-season visit meant we had an entire section of the camp ground to ourselves — for three days! The site was quiet, boasted a couple pretty good play structures, and was also a two minute walk from the river. Two minutes.
St-Francois itself is on the easternmost edge of the island (and the windiest, it felt like!) so it’s a pretty quiet “town”. We did swing by the Confiserie de la Vieille Ecole (such good candy — by far the chocolatiest chocolate malt balls I’ve ever had, and their sponge toffee!) as well as the chocolaterie next door, but most of our time there was spent just kind of walking around. They had a nice wooded walk next to the school, and along the path near the depanneur we actually found some late-season wild raspberries!
On our way off the island, we drove along the north shore, pausing at the giant tower, before heading onto St-Famille.
It should go without saying, of course, that while we were there, we loaded up on ridiculously cheap, local fruit (tiny plums! red-red strawberries! and some wax beans, too!) which kept us in tasty snacking until the end of our roadtrip.