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Chenal de l'Île d'Orléans
Native name Old names: "Chenal Nord" and "Chenal Orléans"
Country Canada
Province Quebec
Region Capitale-Nationale
Regional County Municipality La Côte-de-Beaupré Regional County Municipality
Municipality Beaupré and Château-Richer
Physical characteristics
Main source St. Lawrence River
Quebec (city)
4 m
49°17′55″N 70°58′49″W / 49.298512°N 70.98038°W / 49.298512; -70.98038
River mouth St. Lawrence River
4 m
47°00′26″N 70°57′37″W / 47.00722°N 70.96027°W / 47.00722; -70.96027
Length 33.1 km (20.6 mi)
Basin features

The chenal de l'Île d'Orléans (English: Orléans Island Channel) is a channel of the St. Lawrence River, flowing in the administrative region of Capitale-Nationale, in the province of Quebec, in Canada.

This channel is formed by the Île d'Orléans (length: 33.1 kilometres (20.6 mi); width: 8.3 kilometres (5.2 mi)) which is bounded to the southeast by the St. Lawrence River and to the northeast by the channel of Île d'Orléans.

The surface of the Île d'Orléans channel is generally frozen from mid-December to the end of March.

The main access roads are route 138 which runs along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River and Chemin Royal which runs along the northwest shore of Île d'Orléans.


The Île d'Orléans channel begins opposite the crossroads where the Dufferin-Montmorency Expressway and the Félix-Leclerc Expressway meet, on the northwest shore of the St. Lawrence River. Opposite, the municipality of Sainte-Pétronille administers the southwestern tip of Île d'Orléans.

The width of the entrance to the channel measures 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi).

The course of the Île d'Orléans channel passes under the Île d'Orléans bridge.

The mouth of the Île d'Orléans channel, which merges with the St. Lawrence River, is located at Pointe aux Prêtres (north-west bank of the river) and Pointe Argentenay (end north of Île d'Orléans). The center of this confluence is located at:

The width of the mouth of the channel is 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi).


The toponym "Chenal de l'Île d'Orléans" was formalized on December 5, 1968 at the Commission de toponymie du Québec, that is when it was created.

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