Since many of our European vacation dreams were crushed this year, Quebecers are spending the summer seeking out that Euro vibe without leaving the province. While almost nothing can compare to the manicured terraces of southern France, this one garden in Quebec comes pretty close to matching their beauty — and it's just a quick road trip away. Located a few hours away from Montreal, La Seigneurie de l'Île d'Orléans claims to be "the benchmark for lavender in Quebec City."

With a lavender grove that counts 75,000 plants, visitors can get lost in the seemingly endless landscape, taking in the views and the sweet smells.

And, in addition to its floral beauty, the site is home to a 40-tree apple orchard in its central "royal valley."

Keep exploring and you'll find statues, arched stone bridges, medieval towers, a porcelain podium from Italy, a vineyard, the remains of a sawmill, and even a 70-foot waterfall.

Visitors have several different realms to explore in this magical landscape, including "the garden of five senses," an immersive landscape complete with edible flowers.

With fruit rarely seen growing in Quebec (like pineapples!), the fruit garden is also full of surprises.

More soothing experience await in the Japanese-inspired Zen garden and bowery shade garden with its views of the river.

Turn the experience into a day-long adventure by setting up in the picnic area with your friends, family, or significant other.

You can even bring your dog along for the journey as long as they're on a leash.

 

And for those yearning for a weekend getaway, l'Île d'Orléans is famous for its quaint accommodations, restaurants, and cultural sites.

This picturesque escapade will be one you and your social media following won't soon forget.

Get all the details below.

La Seigneurie de l'Île d'Orléans

Price: $ 20 per adult for entry to the themed gardens

When: Every day, 9:30 a.m.  6:00 p.m.

Address: 3658, chemin Royal, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC

Why You Need To Go: To get a little piece of Europe right here in Quebec.

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