In 1996 a new project established between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Les Fraises de l' Île d'Orleans Inc. and McGill University to develop a new firm strawberry cultivars with long shelf life suitable for transportation. Five selections (FIO-9623-55, FIO-9524-74, FIO-968-1, FIO-9624-11, FIO-9623-40) were retained and entered into the advanced trials. FIO-9623-55 were reselected under the name ‘L’Authentique Orléans’ for its good shelf life, high yield and firm large fruit.