A Visit to the Beautiful Magdalen Islands, Quebec

I had been want­i­ng to vis­it Iles-de-la-Madeleine (Mag­dalen Islands) ever since I saw some beau­ti­ful pic­tures of it that some­one post­ed to Flickr about three years ago. We already made the deci­sion to go to Ice­land by then so the idea to vis­it the islands just stayed in the back of my mind, up until ear­li­er this year. You see, this year in May we cel­e­brat­ed the 10th year of us being togeth­er as a mar­ried cou­ple, so we were bound for a big road trip!

For our hon­ey­moon 10 years ago, we went for a two-week road trip all over the Cana­di­an Mar­itimes, which was amaz­ing. Except for a night we spent in Que­bec City at the end of the trip, we pret­ty much just skipped Que­bec. Deep down I knew we must’ve missed out a lot by skip­ping Que­bec, so, for our 10th anniver­sary road trip, I told my hus­band that I’d like to see more of Que­bec, includ­ing Mag­dalen Islands.

There are a few ways to get to Mag­dalen Islands, but the one that was the most con­ve­nient to us involved tak­ing a fer­ry from Souris in Prince Edward Island. We pret­ty much spent the first two days of our road trip dri­ving the Trans Cana­da High­way just to get to Prince Edward Island. It was long and tir­ing and at times bor­ing, but we knew it would be worth it in the end. And it was.

The day we were sched­uled to take the 5-hour fer­ry ride from Souris, PEI to Cap-aux-Meules in Mag­dalen Islands, the weath­er was a bit stormy, but I was too excit­ed to care. It wasn’t until the fourth hour of the voy­age that the sea start­ed to get a bit rough. It wasn’t too bad, though; we didn’t get sea­sick. We spent the last hour or so of the fer­ry ride out­side, just hav­ing fun with the strong wind. The wind was actu­al­ly strong enough that if I leaned back against it, I didn’t fall! It was pret­ty cool and kind of remind­ed me of Ice­land.

When we were not dri­ving from one island to anoth­er or chill­ing in the cozy house we had rent­ed for the dura­tion of our stay on Ile du Havre Aubert, we spent the time we had on the islands just walk­ing along beau­ti­ful beach­es or gaz­ing out at the ocean from the top of some beau­ti­ful sea cliffs. We were def­i­nite­ly liv­ing the dream. :-) On our last full day on the island, it was rain­ing all day so instead of doing out­doorsy thing, we went to a local muse­um, Musee de la Mer, to learn about the local his­to­ry and cul­ture, which we found very inter­est­ing.

The high­lights of our vis­it to Mag­dalen Islands include our lit­tle hike in Ile Boudreau in the north­east­ern part of the arch­i­pel­ago (it is actu­al­ly a penin­su­la but some­how they call it an island) with no one else around on the first day, the walk along Dune du Sud beach under its beau­ti­ful red cliffs and its lit­tle caves, the walk on top of the red cliffs in Belle Anse and the beau­ti­ful view of the arch­es, the very pho­to­genic Bor­got light­house, the mag­nif­i­cent panoram­ic view from the top of Butte des Demoi­selles, Boulan­gerie Made­lon and their to-die-for cia­bat­ta buns and creme brulee, and last but not least, the beau­ti­ful yel­low house we rent­ed with the hills and the cliffs in the back­yard and the love­ly view of the open sea, Corps-Mort rock, and the amaz­ing sun­sets.

All in all, we had a very good and mem­o­rable vis­it at Mag­dalen Islands, even if there wasn’t much for us to do since it was still ear­ly in the tourist sea­son. How­ev­er, we trav­el to find some peace and qui­et (one of the rea­sons we usu­al­ly trav­el in low or shoul­der sea­son), and Mag­dalen Islands in the spring­time is just the the place for that. I took a lot of pic­tures dur­ing our vis­it but the ones I post­ed below are my favourites. Just click one of the pic­tures to start a slideshow, and enjoy! Posts about the rest of our two-week adven­ture in Que­bec (and what an adven­ture it was!) will fol­low. I promise! :-)

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