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.
One of the best ways to experience the culture of a region is to immerse yourself in its culinary heritage. If you’re a food enthusiast and want to explore any of the regions of Québec maritime in this way, you’re in for a treat!
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.
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.
Every season has its own beauty, and fishing is ever-present in the Îles de la Madeleine: so much of island life revolves around this industry. Follow me as I give you a brief tour of the Islands over the course of a whole year…
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…
No matter the time of year, there’s always so much to discover in the Îles de la Madeleine. But in the fall, when golden light illuminates the landscape, a trip to this archipelago is all the more memorable… especially for bird watchers! Alain Richard tells us more and shares some of his favourite bird-watching sites with us.
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.
Instagram is full of photos of cute animals, but we must admit that we have a weakness for those that feature whitecoats (harp seal pups), which are born by the thousands every winter on the ice surrounding the Îles de la Madeleine.