Centre d'Interprétation Mines Seleine

Îles de la Madeleine

At the end of a windswept sandbank, the island's industrial salt mine – one of the earliest economic engines of settlement – excavates at a depth of 300m below sea level.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Îles de la Madeleine attractions

1. Church of the Holy Trinity

2.51 MILES

Built in 1925, this Anglican church includes a stained-glass window that depicts Jesus clad in a woolen jumper and boots and saying, 'Come with me and I…

2. Seal Interpretation Center

4.24 MILES

This museum delves into the biology and behavior of seals and explores their cultural significance to the islands, giving particular attention to the…

3. Veterans Museum & Memorial Park

4.71 MILES

Honoring island citizens who lost their lives in WWII, this museum displays relics including 19th-century sailors' tombstones from Île Brion, 16km north –…

4. Little Red Schoolhouse

4.72 MILES

This is the main museum for CAMI (Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders). It's a repository of historical artifacts and antiques, curated and…

5. Plage de la Grande Échouerie

6.09 MILES

Between Pointe de la Grosse Île and Old Harry, the wetlands of the 684-hectare East Point National Wildlife Reserve have the archipelago's most impressive…

6. Butte Ronde

18.52 MILES

A short climb from the car park on Chemin des Échoueries near Cap Alright, the cross-topped Butte Ronde has wonderful views of the lumpy coastline.

7. Le Fumoir d'Antan

19.07 MILES

Three generations of the Arseneau family have smoked herring at this traditional smokehouse, where you can learn about the process and taste the goods…

8. Ècomusée de la Mi-Carême

21.86 MILES

The Catholic tradition of Carnival – a period of masking and celebration before the austere fasting of Lent – has many incarnations around the world, such…