Quebec City: Not just a city, more a way of life; John Chambers; Independent

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

There is just one traffic light on the Ile d’Orleans, situated soon after you cross the bridge from the mainland.

As you pass, one after another, the beautiful French-style houses, the cider-makers, the chocolaterie, the theatre, and the music centre dedicated to the famous local poet and singer-songwriter Felix Leclerc, it is easy to think that the islanders have worked things out pretty well for themselves and that the traffic light is somehow to slow down the mainlanders and get them to take in the beauty that is all round them.

The map shows that basically there are four roads – one describing a leisurely circle round the island while three cross it – so it’s pretty difficult to get lost, at least physically. On one of those cross-island roads there is a grove of maple trees through which you can drive.

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