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Îles de la Madeleine

A green archipelago surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs, the windswept Îles de la Madeleine exert a magnetic attraction. Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Islands are ideal for wind and sea sports. Fish and seafood abound in local restaurants, including the renowned Island lobster.

The natural beauty of the archipelago also inspires the many talented local artisans who create unique works of art for you to take home.

The Islands offer a contrasting but just as lovely scene in the winter. Offering unusual activities such as paraskiing and seal pups observation, it is also possible to discover the archipelago while hiking or snowshoeing.

To plan your trip, check our Îles de la Madeleine section.

 

5 Confirmed Facts about the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

I was recently lucky enough to visit the Îles de la Madeleine for the first time. After hearing so much about this region, I must admit that my expectations were high… and I wasn’t disappointed! Here are 5 facts about the Islands that I can confirm are true now that I’ve been there.

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The Lighthouses of the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

What would island life be like without lighthouses, those majestic maritime guardians that dot the coast? In the Îles de la Madeleine, they have been part of the landscape since the 19th century and have prevented many shipwrecks off this archipelago in the middle of the perilous Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Top 3: Your Photos of National Parks and Natural Sites on Instagram

   |   By Marie-Eve Lagacé

Nature and wide-open spaces are featured in many travel photos taken in the maritime regions of Québec. This isn’t surprising, since our regions boast lots of beautiful scenery! We recently put out a call for your Instagram photos in our newsletter and on social media: here then is our selection of the top three photos of national parks and natural sites taken in our regions.

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The Îles de la Madeleine: A Colourful Archipelago

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago charms visitors from all over the world who soon fall under the spell of the Islands’ unique landscapes. As you explore the region, you will discover a range of colours that is both harmonious and surprising. Get ready for a rich and vivid adventure!

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Motorcycling in the Îles de la Madeleine: A Unique Road Trip!

   |   By Nancy Doucet

Born and raised in the Îles de la Madeleine and an avid rider from a young age, I enjoy exploring the Islands and their villages by motorcycle every summer. These trips are an opportunity to meet both locals and visitors who share my passion. It’s also a pleasure to tell you all about my Islands, which are so fun to discover while riding!

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3 Good Reasons to Visit the Îles de la Madeleine in the Winter

   |   By Anne-Josée Pineau

A popular summer destination, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago is as exciting a place to visit in the winter. Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the region is accessible by plane or by ferry (from Souris, Prince Edward Island). Here are three good reasons to experience the Islands during the cold season!

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Life in the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Le Québec maritime

In the eyes of visitors, the Îles de la Madeleine are a small corner of paradise… and this is true for residents as well! We were curious to learn more about living on the Islands. We chatted with Pauline-Gervaise Grégoire, owner and general director of Atelier Côtier, who was kind enough to answer all our questions. Here’s what she had to say about “her” Islands.

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