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About Iles de la Madeleine

Although the Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Island) archipelago is floating in the middle of the massive Gulf of St Lawrence, it belongs to the province of Quebec. It offers an intoxicating mix of rich, island culture and vast natural spaces.

This green archipelago has beautiful marine landscapes and an incredible coastline.
It's filled with red cliffs, coastal lagoons and miles of windswept beaches. And it's home to hundreds of bird species.

The Iles de la Madeleine offer a fascinating blend of Acadian, French and English cultures, formed in isolation over two centuries. The pace of life is slower and flows along. But the traditions are strong and apparent in the art galleries, museums and historic churches.

Brightly painted commercial fishing boats lining the docks are testament to their typical regional cuisine, which features the flavours of the sea. You won't find any fresher snow crab, lobster, northern shrimp or shellfish anywhere.

 

Shore excursions in Iles de la Madeleine

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cap Aux Meules Highlights

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Take in the highlights of the Cap Aux Meules region and enjoy tea and a scone.

Your tour begins at La Vernière, the second largest wooden church in North America. The wood used in its construction was retrieved from shipwrecks and had to be blessed before being used. The church was completed in 1876 and has since survived several lightning strikes.

Visit Le Flâneur, a charming art gallery that houses a large collection of works charting the history and culture of the island. Here, you can relax and enjoy a scone and coffee or a tea and explore the gallery and meet the artist. There will also be an opportunity to stroll across to the fishing harbour and admire its magnificent sculpture and park.

Drive along the spectacular north coast to Borgot Lighthouse. Perched on incredibly steep and jagged cliffs under constant barrage by the sea the observation deck affords wonderful coastal views and no visit to the island would be complete without seeing it.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by school bus and on foot. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Iles de la Madeleine’s charm and transportation is by school bus. There are 3 steps to enter the church and 8 steps to negotiate at the art gallery. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the bus. An interior visit of the church is subject to services on the day and may close without notice. The inside of Borgot Lighthouse cannot be accessed.

East Point Walk and Local Life

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

A walk through spectacular scenery and an insightful meeting with a local fisherman all paired with a delicious local lunch.

Take a drive to Grand Entrée at the north of the island, passing through beautiful scenery as your guide introduces you to the history of the island and the people who have made it their home. A stop will be made at the village of Grosse Ile, home to around 500 residents, before continuing to the East Point National Wildlife Reserve. Here, you’ll set off on a 3km walk through the Reserve’s unique eco system, admiring the rugged wilderness and the abundance of vegetation along the way.

Following your walk, you’ll drive to La Salicorne holiday centre, where a delicious 3-course lunch will be served.

Next, you’ll return to Grand Entrée and visit the fishing harbour, the largest lobster fishing wharf in the region. Meet with a local fisherman and discover stories of everyday life, the history of the area’s connection to the sea and the importance of conservation. You’ll also learn how to set a lobster trap!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by school bus and on foot. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Iles de la Madeleine’s charm and transportation is by school bus. Order of highlights may vary; some coach groups will split and visit the lobster wharf before walking at East Point. There is around 1½ to 2 hours of walking over varying terrain, including uneven ground. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. It is advisable to take a bottle of water and sun protection.

Flavours of the Island

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A must for foodies; learn from the experts with a brewery tour and culinary workshop.

The Îles de la Madeleine Archipelago is a miniature paradise famous for the warmth and generosity of its inhabitants and the treasure trove of tasty foods they produce. On your tour, you will discover some of the local flavours.

Visit À l'abri de La Tempête, a brewery that uses locally-grown ingredients to brew full-flavoured distinctive beers. See how the brewing process takes place, and of course sample some of the results.

Your next stop will be at Gourmande de Nature to meet chef Johanne Vigneau. At this professional culinary workshop you’ll learn how to mix scallops and other seafood with different wild flowers found on the islands for a unique Magdalen flavour.

On your return drive, a stop will be made at the spectacularly situated Borgot Lighthouse for views across the rugged coastline.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by school bus and on foot. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Iles de la Madeleine’s charm and transportation is by school bus. This tour involves some walking which includes uneven ground. There are 10 steps to negotiate at the brewery. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The culinary workshop is a demonstration only and is not a hands-on cooking experience. The inside of Borgot Lighthouse cannot be accessed.

Free Time in La Grave

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Explore La Grave on your own, home to art and craft boutiques, the Sea Museum and the unique Artisans du Sable.

Take a scenic drive along the Havre aux Basque road while your guide points out the sights and gives you a history of the islands. Cross to the Havre Aubert Islands via the Havre aux Basques - a 15km road which was built on a sand dune in 1956 with the sea on both sides, arriving in La Grave, where you’ll have around 2 hours to explore at your own leisure.

The first Acadians to arrive on the Islands settled on Havre Aubert Island and its most interesting attraction is without a doubt La Grave. Designated as a historic site by the Minister of Cultural Affairs in 1983, La Grave still showcases traditional architecture and is a favourite spot for fishing, commerce and meeting. The pretty little buildings house around fifteen boutiques selling local arts and crafts and a café where you can enjoy lunch or relax with a coffee. You may choose to visit the Sea Museum (your entrance fee is included), or drop by the Artisans du Sable, a unique studio, where sand from the islands is transformed into unique sculptures.

At the designated meeting point and time, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return drive.

Essential information

Essential information: Limited tourism infrastructure is part of This excursion ill operate by school bus and on foot. Iles de la Madeleine’s charm and transportation is by school bus. The drive to La Grave is around 30 minutes each way. The level of walking on this tour is at the direction of the guest. Please remember local currency for purchases. Please be punctual for the return drive as the bus cannot be held for latecomers. It is advisable to allow at least 30-45 minutes to visit the Sea Museum.

Havre aux Maisons Scenes and Glass Blowing

Activity low

Duration: 2¼ hours

Observe the art of glass blowing, and enjoy a scenic drive of Havre aux Maisons, notable for its charming landscape.

Your tour begins at Verrerie La Méduse, a glass blowing studio located in the old St Joseph School, where visitors may observe glass blowers at work, transforming silica into magnificent works of art. Your journey continues to Dune-du-Sud and a photo stop at the beautiful beach there. Red cliffs sculpted by the sea shelter one side of the beach and there will be time to take a walk and explore these beautiful natural formations.

Continue to Cap Alright Lighthouse for a photo stop of the spectacular view over grey cliffs, all of Plaisance Bay and the distant outline of Entry Island. Admire the exterior of the lighthouse, the last one built on the islands, which has changed little since its construction in 1928.

Your scenic drive continues along Chemin Pointe Basse, a road peppered with many examples of traditional local architecture. Look out for the simple houses and barns all painted in bright colours, and with architecture reflective of the Acadian and French origins of many of the islanders, as well as some New England influences.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by school bus and on foot. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Iles de la Madeleine’s charm and transportation is by school bus. To drive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required, which involves some uneven ground. There are 3 steps to enter the glass blowing studio. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the bus.

 

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