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5 Surprising Facts about the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Home to landscapes of red cliffs, green hills and golden beaches, the Îles de la Madeleine fascinate, intrigue and attract, summer after summer, numerous vacationers seeking a change of pace and scenery. Here are five facts about the archipelago that are may surprise you.

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What to See and Do on Vacation in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Nathalie Le Coz

Rising out of the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and at the mercy of the wind, the Îles de la Madeleine are a hilly, green archipelago surrounded by rugged red cliffs and white sand beaches. Even in the hollow of a small valley, it’s impossible to escape the sea air on the Islands (not that you’d want to!).

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The St. Lawrence in Cruise Mode

   |   By David Lang, Valérie Fortier

Do you have sea legs and would like to discover the maritime regions of Québec from a unique perspective? Two ships offer you the opportunity to enjoy a cruise on the St. Lawrence during your next vacation: the CTMA Vacancier, which sails from Montréal to the Îles de la Madeleine, and the Bella Desgagnés, which will take you to the Minganie and Lower North Shore regions. We asked two of our colleagues to tell us about their experiences aboard these ships.

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The Îles de la Madeleine in a Nutshell

   |   By Le Québec maritime, Marie-Julie Gagnon

The Îles de la Madeleine are an exotic destination right in the province of Québec: a complete change of pace and scenery less than four hours’ away by plane (depending on your departure point and whether you fly there directly). The Islands are a great place to unwind: you will immediately adjust to the Islanders’ slower rhythm of life. Here’s some information about this destination, for anyone who wants to visit.

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Working Aboard the CTMA Vacancier

   |   By Camilie Beaulieu

A few years ago, when I was studying in the tourism program at Cégep de Matane, I decided I wanted a summer job on a cruise ship. Gathering up my courage, I sent my application to CTMA Cruises and was very pleased to hear I’d landed a position as an entertainment officer aboard the CTMA Vacancier for the summer of 2007.

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