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Whitecoat watching

Nothing else like it in the world!

Called “whitecoats” because of the colour of their fur, baby seals born on the ice floes off the Magdalen Islands offer a unique sight. It is the only place in the world where they can be observed in their natural habitat, as the females migrate from the subarctic regions towards Greenland.

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© Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine/D.I. Jeske

With its winter package combining meals and activities, including a helicopter excursion, Château Madelinot provides access to this unique experience in early March.
Imagine between 300,000 and 600,000 whitecoats under the almost supernatural light created by the whiteness of the ice against the blueness of the sky. Once weather permits, the helicopter lands on the ice and the pups can be observed up close. There they will laze around for 25 days as they wait for their fur to become waterproof so they can go in the water. And because these cute creatures are quite easy to approach, travellers looking for new encounters and budding photographers can expect a rare experience, especially since this extraordinary spectacle is set against a backdrop of immaculate snow and ice in a calm atmosphere punctuated only by the singing of the seals and their offspring.

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