Composed of elongated forms, this Gulf of St. Lawrence archipelago is garbed in long sandy beaches kissed by the waves. Pale dunes, rolling green hills, ochre cliffs and brightly coloured houses are set off to perfection by the backdrop of the deep blue sea. Unique in Québec, the ocean-dominated setting beckons you to a gentler lifestyle and the joys of leisure pursuits in the open air.
The region at a glance
The archipelago, whose administrative centre is Cap-aux-Meules, consists of around a dozen islands, many of which are interconnected. Its 13,000 residents are largely Acadian descendents. Fishing is the main commercial activity, so make the most of your stay to enjoy lobster, scallops, crab, the catch of the day, smoked fish and other local specialties.
Location and access
The islands are located 215 km southeast of the Gaspé peninsula. You can fly there from Québec City or take the ferry from Souris on Prince Edward Island, which links to mainland New Brunswick by way of the Confederation Bridge. Cruise ships to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine also depart from Montréal.
Grosse-Île and diminutive L'Île-d'Entrée are inhabited mainly by people of British—primarily Scottish—origin.