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Orleans Island is a calm and peaceful place filled with nature, maple trees, agriculture, and history. Jacques Cartier discovered it in 1535. The land and its microclimate make the island ultra-fertile and a great place to cultivate. Situated right next to Quebec City, it is a great weekend getaway. It is famous for apple and pumpkin picking in the fall, berries in the summer, and brunch at the maple shacks on weekends in the early spring. Here are the best places to visit on Île d’Orléans, Québec, Canada The Seasons Since it’s quite a seasonal place, the island wakes up slowly in the early spring with the ‘Cabanes à sucre’ (sugar shacks) season. Join the earthy brunch of a sugar shack with its live music and maple syrup on everything! Finish always with a ‘tire sur neige,’ which is maple toffee made on snow. In the summertime, it’s berry season. In August, it’s sweet corn season;…

Bouilli or pot au feu québécois is a traditional beef stew from Québec, Canada. Inspired by the famous dish ‘pot au feu’ from France—a simple stew made of root vegetables, beef, and pork belly simmered until tender. As a kid, I visited my grandparents once or twice a year. They lived in a small and remote village far away in the forest called Lac-des-Aigles (Eagles Lake). We would always arrive in the late afternoon, and the cast iron pot would already be doing its magic on the stove for hours. A succulent and traditional meat stew called Bouilli was the typical welcome smell of my grandma’s place. Such a treat! A Winter Stew This recipe is a flashback to those pleasant visits to my grandparent’s place. My grandma would make this recipe from September, when the root veggies were fully grown, until the end of winter. As one knows, Quebec, my homeland, has inherited…