Château Madelinot

323, chemin Principal
Cap-aux-Meules (Quebec) Canada
G4T 2H6
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Take advantage of the cold season to enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience in the Îles de la Madeleine. Starting in late February, hundreds of thousands of harp seals migrate to the ice surrounding the archipelago to whelp their young. During a two- to three-week period, you can observe adult seals and their newborn pups in their natural habitat: a spectacular landscape of snow and ice brought to life by the presence of an immense herd of seals on a territory that extends as far as the eye can see!

Château Madelinot offers several different packages that include a stay in one of 118 comfortable rooms with a view of the sea and a helicopter excursion to the ice to observe the seals, a winter experience that is unique worldwide.

Recent climate change has led us to reconsider how to best continue offering this winter experience for which we have been known worldwide for the past 35 years. Our goal remains the same: to give visitors the opportunity to experience an unusual winter adventure in the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago.

Come and enjoy a unique winter experience in a helicopter in the Îles de la Madeleine!

If the ice is thick enough, our helicopters will land on it a few metres from the impressive herd of harp seals. Accompanied by a guide, you can observe these charming animals up close in their natural habitat.

In addition to seal watching, a stay at Château Madelinot in the winter is an opportunity to soak up beautiful scenery and enjoy a wide variety of other activities.

Winter Activities Available

Harp Seal Watching
Château Madelinot offers you a unique experience: a helicopter excursion to observe seals and their pups on the ice. You will be charmed by these animals and by the beauty of the pristine landscape.

How to get there

Fly to the Îles de la Madeleine or take the CTMA ferry.

Château Madelinot is less than 10 km (6 mi.) from the airport and the ferry terminal.

A shuttle bus is available to take you from the airport or ferry to the hotel if you stay during the winter to go seal watching.

Affiliations and distinctions


  • Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine

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