Orleans Island by Alex Strohl in Quebec City, Canada

This was shot in Orleans Island on a spring day. It was one of our first ‘the snow is melting away’ excursions. With my roommates we used to go nearly every week-end on trips; this island was our outdoors ‘fix’. It is located literally 10 minutes from downtown Quebec and it is one of my favourite places on earth. Can you imagine living in a big city that has all the advantages of a busy city but being able to get here in 10 minutes? The island is 35km long and every bit of it is pure joy. Farms, wineries, sightseeing spots… It is a concentrated cocktail of many places conveniently located 10 minutes from your apartment.

Name:Alex Strohl

Place you live: Just moved to Vancouver, BC but leaved in Quebec City for 3 years

Place your photo was taken: Île (Island) d’Orléans (Quebec City)

Can you sum up Quebec City? Quebec City is a place full of contrasts. You have the Quebecers who are the only people (with some Acadians) in the whole American continent who still speak French. Then, you have the weather, it can be -40c (-40F) in the winter and in the summer temperatures climb up to 35c (95F). Contrasts also appear in Quebec’s lifestyle, in the winter the city is pretty quiet and when the springs starts, the streets get so crowded you don’t recognize them.

It is a small city compared to major world cities, but by Canadian standards it is pretty big. Quebec City is really appreciated by tourists because it is a fortified city and it has an old downtown called ‘Le vieux Qubec’ which is stunning. Full of colourful wooden houses and good restaurants. It really looks like a movie set from the 1800’s. People there are friendly and polite, if you can’t find your way there, just ask  a local – someone wearing a dark North Face jacket and intimidating winter boots- and he will help you out.

Occupation: Freelance photographer

Preoccupation: Curate music

A perfect day in Quebec City? A late brunch at the Concorde restaurant, some exploration on Quebec’s residential neighborhoods and catch the sunset on Orleans Island.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Go out to Boudoir Lounge, get smashed, and have the mandatory 3am poutine at Ashton. Trust them, they nearly invented it.

A perfect meal in the place you call home? A Tom Pouce burger with a poutine at les Trois Garçons.

What is the best thing about your spot? It is calm and quiet

What is the worst? It is calm and quiet

A little known fact about where you live? They hate people from France

Where is your favorite place in the world? My parent’s property located in southeast France. Wild place.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Raymond DepardonMike SinclairAlexander Gronsky