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8 Souvenirs to Take Home from the Îles de la Madeleine
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    Mathieu Dupuis/Le Québec maritime

8 Souvenirs to Take Home from the Îles de la Madeleine

While on vacation in the Îles de la Madeleine, you will have the opportunity to meet many artists and artisans. Why not purchase some of their creations (whether artistic or food-related) as souvenirs for yourself or as gifts for friends and family? Here are some suggestions for items you could take home with you.

Arts and crafts

  • The archipelago’s fine-sand beaches are the stuff of dreams! To take a piece of paradise home with you, visit the Atelier Côtier studio and purchase one (or more!) of their sand sculptures!
  • Another way of taking the Islands home with you is by purchasing soap and other body care products from La Fille de la Mer. All their handcrafted products are made with local ingredients, including sand, algae, plants and wild berries.
  • Do you love blown glass? Visit La Méduse, a glass studio, gallery and gift shop, where you can watch the artisans at work and find amazing gifts!
  • Stop in Boutique d’Art Tendance for original and charming creations made of glass, driftwood, sand, recycled utensils and even walrus ivory!

Regional flavours

  • For those who like to cook, a stop at Gourmande de Nature is a must! This boutique offers a wide range of gourmet products made on site, including flavoured sugars and salts, coulis, jams and more.
  • Fish and seafood are obviously on the menu in the Islands! Visit the Fumoir d’Antan smokehouse for a wide selection of exquisite smoked and marinated products.
  • If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to visit the À l’Abri de la Tempête microbrewery and try their beers made with local wildflowers, algae and fresh herbs. To extend your vacation, take a few home to share with friends!
  • The Fromagerie du Pied-de-Vent cheese factory is renowned for its artisan cheeses made with milk from Canadienne cows (the only breed of dairy cattle developed in Canada). Go on a tour of the factory to learn more about the cheese-making process and purchase some of their delicious products!

This list is only a short selection of what awaits you in the Îles de la Madeleine. To find out more, visit the Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine website, specifically the sections on souvenirs and creation workshops, as well as the Arts Circuit and the Food Trail. Happy shopping!

Ask your airline about restrictions on what you can pack in your carry-on and checked luggage. If you purchase a fragile souvenir, make sure you pack it carefully to avoid breakage.

Author Marie-Eve Lagacé

Originally from Gaspésie, Marie-Eve Lagacé loves both writing and her corner of the world, so she’s delighted to be able to combine these passions as the person responsible for this blog! Her favourite subjects are people, local culture and our regions’ unexpected (and sometimes unusual) treasures. Although she loves relaxing with a coffee and a good book, she also enjoys exploring new vistas and swimming with the salmon in the Matapédia River!

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