Montréal – Îles de la Madeleine Cruise

| 8 days |5 days on the ship and 3 days on the Islands | from Montréal to Montréal

Discover the Islands before you even set foot on them! This is what CTMA Cruises offers you during your next vacation in Québec. Aboard the CTMA Vacancier, enjoy the only cruise from Montréal to the Îles de la Madeleine and back, in a relaxed atmosphere with a friendly crew. Spend unforgettable moments on the St. Lawrence and the Îles de la Madeleine during this one-week all-inclusive trip!

The itinerary presented here corresponds to the Classic Cruise, which departs on a Friday and returns on the following Friday from late June to late August (consult the calendar here). Theme cruises with specific departure dates and exclusive onboard activities are also available in June and September.

Inspired by the CTMA Cruises website

Note: Due to Transports Canada’s recently modified regulation to protect right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, CTMA Cruises must inform its customers of certain itinerary changes for upcoming 2020 departures. For future departures during the 2020 season, all information concerning the status of the cruises will be updated on the CTMA Cruises website.

Travel Itinerary



Board the ship in the port of Montréal and get ready for departure at 3 p.m. The ship sails past Old Montréal, Trois-Rivières and eventually Québec City, which you should see around midnight.

St. Lawrence and Gaspésie coastline


The ship sails along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, past Tadoussac. Go out on the deck and you will likely see whales! The ship then heads towards the south shore, giving you a good view of the coastline of Gaspésie. Admire the wind turbines in Cap-Chat, the rugged hills of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Chic-Choc Mountains, the cliffs in Forillon National Park and Gaspé Bay.

Îles de la Madeleine


You will arrive in the Îles de la Madeleine on Sunday* and can enjoy three days of exploring this archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are many things to do on the Islands: you can sample regional flavours, discover local artists, visit museums, enjoy sea excursions and outdoor activities (sea kayaking, kitesurfing, etc.), go hiking and more!

CTMA Cruises also offers three exclusive packages that include specific theme activities on the Islands: the Arts & Culture Package, the Cycling Package and the Flavours Package.

The ship leaves the Îles de la Madeleine on Tuesday evening, at 8 p.m.

*The ship usually arrives on the Islands at around 9:30 a.m., but, due to speed restriction measures for the protection of the right whales, the arrival could be delayed until the afternoon.


Extend your stay by heading back on the next boat the following week! If you decide to do this, you will need to book accommodations for 9 nights on the Islands.

St. Lawrence and stop in Gaspésie


On the way back to Montréal, the ship sails by Percé, where you can admire Bonaventure Island and legendary Percé Rock. At 9 a.m., the ship stops at the port of Gaspé for a few hours. From there, you can go on a guided tour ($) that will take you to Percé, Gaspé or Forillon National Park, to discover the wonders of this region. The ship leaves Gaspé at 4 p.m.

St. Lawrence, Tadoussac, Charlevoix and Québec City


The ship crosses the St. Lawrence again, heading towards the north shore and Tadoussac. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spot marine mammals: many species are found in the waters of the St. Lawrence here. You can then admire the region of Charlevoix as well as Île d’Orléans and the Montmorency Falls, not to mention Québec City and the Château Frontenac.



Your cruise ends in the port of Montréal on Friday morning at 6 a.m. You will leave with wonderful memories!