What to do in St-François? *
Founded in 1679, the village of St-François is situated at the eastern tip of Orleans Island and offers breathtaking views on the St-Lawrence River. On the north shore, your eyes are drawn by Mount Ste-Anne and Cape Tourmente. On the south strands, you can take a walk and admire nearby Madame and Ruau islands. Take a few more minutes to gaze at the paintings done on the boulders by a local artist and let the cargos and liners impress you as they go right by you. At the end of the nearby dock, you'll feel you can touch them!
You can't stay in St-François without a stop at the «boutique» À l’ombre du vent. Located on the northern part of the village, the pleasant artists will welcome you behind their century old house, where the shop shelters magnificent pieces: popular art such as island bird or animal sculptures, textile creations, weaving and knitting. You will be charmed for sure!
du vent, 173, chemin Royal, (418-829-1103).
Depending on the season, watch the fruit and vegetable booths by the road. A few minutes away from the campground, on the north side, you can get all you want of farm products, fresh from the fields, or maple products. What's better for an outdoor meal back on your campsite? On your left hand side, turn on the Argentenay route and find some self-picking strawberry fields. An activity that cannot be ignored!
Mechanical problem? Solve it at the Garage Dallaire a little bit further. General mechanics and more.
Garage Dallaire, 637,
route d’Argentenay, (418-829-3234).
One feature of St-François is its very high observation tower, back on the Chemin Royal. Sixty feet from the ground, you'll be marveled by the beauty of the surrounding mountains and islands, by the view on the river that seems to draw you right to the Atlantic, and mostly by the particular geometry and colors of the fields and land of Île d’Orléans. At the foot of the tower, the car stop includes a snack bar. From there, enjoy a walk on the path that leads to the heart of the village. The countryside air and the magnificent view on the river will revive you!
The village of St-François includes two historical sites. First the church, dating back to 1734. Even if the 1988 fire destroyed part of the religious patrimony, a visit is still a must. The children's cemetery outside is touching. Second is the old school, at the left of the church, where you will find the Confiserie de la Vieille École. This candy shop, with fudges and home-made candies, will bring back your childhood days.
La Confiserie de la Vieille École, 339, chemin Royal, (418-203-0648).
On the left of the church, the Lemelin road brings you to Camp Saint-François. This summer camp, a few minutes from the campground, offers to youngsters a varied activity program, be it for one day or for longer periods. It provides camping for the parents and day camp for the kids. A memorable experience for both parties and a joyous reunion at the end of the day!
Saint-François, 383, rue Lemelin, (418-829-2453).
On the left of the entrance to the Lemelin road, the centre Le Sillon shelters a shop not to be missed. Fontaine-Negrin will seduce lovers of art: the uncommon Raku ceramics with its original pieces and its wood baking. You can watch the artists at work in this shop opened to all.
Fontaine-Negrin, 337, chemin Royal, suite 210, (418-829-1453).
Take a couple of steps back to your right and visit the old presbytery. That is where you'll discover th Chocolaterie de l'île d'Orléans. Enjoy a wide selection of homemade chocolates. You will want to go back for sure!
La Chocolaterie de l'île d'Orléans, 341, chemin Royal.
On your way back to the campground, discover the Brocante's treasures. Located in the gardens in the back of the house, this shop with a particular charm offers a great variety of antiques and collection pieces.
La Brocante, 360, chemin Royal, (418-829-2881).
From the campground going west, La Seigneurie de l’Île d’Orléans invites you to "arouse your senses". Walk through four hectares of lavender and Japanese or fruit gardens. Visit the magnificent vineyard and try local products. You'll be delighted!
Seigneurie de l’Île d’Orléans, 400, chemin Royal, (418-829-0476).
A little bit further on, the Resto du Sud keeps one of its 32 interior tables for you. In a family and countryside atmosphere, take a look at the Montmagny archipelago while enjoying family cooking : breakfast, paninis, pizzas, and more.
Resto du Sud, 413, chemin Royal, (418-829-0123).
Is the coming evening a romantic one? Two minutes away from the campground is the Auberge Chaumonot, with its dining hall offering a view on the river, or just watch for the full moon…
Chaumonot, 425, chemin Royal, (418-829-2735).
Quite evidently, your stay at our campground has to be longer than expected!
*This list is indicative only and the information may vary.