Paradise lost and found:
Îles de la Madeleine
As if magically suspended between sea and sky, the Îles de la
Madeleine are tiny patches of eye-popping colour — from the
mesmerizing shades of blue and the white sandy beaches to the steep
red cliffs, green valleys and candy-coloured houses.
It's possible to drive from Havre-Aubert to Grande-Entrée
in a day, but why would you want to? With some 300 kilometres
(185 miles) of sandy coastline as your playground, why not
revel in your newfound seclusion? Spend carefree days at the
beach, building your dream castle, or stroll for hours along
the shore… In the evening, relax with a glass of chilled
Chablis and savour a delectable seafood dinner.
The central commercial activity in the Îles de la Madeleine
is fishing, so be prepared to indulge yourself with such ocean
delicacies as lobster, crab and fish, served with fresh local
produce — all part of our renowned cuisine. Explore the
islands on bicycle, horseback or foot, or head out on the water
in a Zodiac, canoe or kayak. The shallow bays and spectacular
shoreline are a paddler's dream come true.
Home to talented musicians, the Îles de la Madeleine archipelago
also boasts artisans who create their signature works of art with
indigenous materials such as sand, alabaster, clay, glass and algae.
Enjoy the homegrown music and take away a distinctive handcrafted
souvenir of your memorable visit to this island paradise.
Discovery Cruise on the St. Lawrence River
Between May and October, explore the Îles de la Madeleine,
the Gaspé Peninsula and Québec City on a week-long cruise down the majestic St. Lawrence River.
Consult our website to find out about our theme cruises: www.ctma.ca