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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.


En Route to the Îles de la Madeleine

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Breathtaking landscapes, exquisite sea flavours, an endearing island culture… In the Îles de la Madeleine, you can expect beautiful scenery, a rich culinary tradition and warm island hospitality. A vacation in this fascinating archipelago is an opportunity to enjoy intoxicating moments as you discover the Islands’ many attractions.

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Discover the Îles de la Madeleine in the Fall!

   |   By Nathalie Katinakis

Milder temperatures and insular tranquility make for a pleasant fall in the Îles de la Madeleine. A trip to the Islands at this time of year means you can enjoy local attractions without the summer bustle. It’s a perfect time to meet the locals and explore the archipelago at your own pace.

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Explore the Îles de la Madeleine on Foot: Sentiers Entre Vents et Marées

   |   By Julie Soyez

In this era of speed and instant gratification, if there’s one place on Earth that resists this trend, it’s the Îles de la Madeleine! From gentle hills and bright red cliffs to endless beaches and bustling harbours, follow me to discover the famous Sentiers entre Vents et Marées trails, which were inspired by the Camino de Santiago.

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Explore the Îles de la Madeleine by Bus

   |   By Luc Montminy

Being assigned to the Islands is therefore pure pleasure! It feels like going on vacation instead of going to work. Tours of the archipelago focus on the region’s beautiful scenery, the warm hospitality of the locals as well as the delicious fish and seafood available throughout the Islands…

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Off the Coast of the Îles de la Madeleine… A Sea of Flavours!

   |   By Diane Drapeau

Located in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are a string of islands linked by sand dunes featuring red sandstone cliffs illuminated by the setting sun and colourful houses and fishing harbours that contrast with the blue of the sea and sky... Out at sea, fishermen haul in their catches, which are then transformed into culinary delights by local food artisans and chefs.

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