Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Historic site of La Grave

Quebec's Îles-de-la-Madeleine (occasionally Magdalen Islands) are an island chain in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, off the coast of Prince Edward Island.

Region

Windswept chain of islands connected by sand dunes and beautiful beaches (cold water).

Cities

Cap aux Meules is the main small town where most services are located

Understand

Due to their isolation, these islands are relatively expensive to reach.

During the high tourist season (July-August) lodging can be expensive and booked out. Accommodation is often in rented cabins, bed and breakfasts are also available and often cheaper for 2 persons.

Camping is possible; however, exposure to wind (given the lack of trees and proximity to the ocean) can make this unpleasant.

Prices for excursions and various tourist activities are variable but generally expensive, something to consider for the budget traveller.

Early September would be a wonderful time to visit this region.

Talk

When visiting Îles-de-la-Madeleine if you speak even just a little bit of French everyone will be a lot more friendly and go out of their way to help you out more than they would if you spoke strictly English and no French at all.

Get in

View of the lighthouse of Cap-Alright and a neighbouring island

Get around

While each island is quite small, the distances between them along the connecting dunes are greater and these areas are isolated. Cycling is possible, scooters can be rented, as well as automobiles, bus tours are available, taxis are quite expensive.

See

One of the best things about Îles-de-la-Madeleine is the fact that it is known as one of, if not the best, places for wind sports (like windsurfing and kiteboarding). So if you're not the one riding it is always fun to be the one watching.

Do

Beach and cliffs

there are several to explore and walk on for hours

Winter activities

Eat

Local fare

Restaurants

Drink

There is a local brewery near Cap aux Meules which can be visited:

Their local beers are on tap at these establishments:

Sleep

Stay safe

All of Îles-de-la-Madeleine is pretty safe. Do not walk near the edges of cliffs as they are subject to erosion and collapse. Certain beaches can have strong and dangerous currents which may pull you away from shore.

Connect

There is no Rogers signal (and therefore no GSM); Bell mobile telephones will find a 3G (UMTS) signal in the area.

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