Le Site d'Autrefois

Îles de la Madeleine

Places such as the Îles de la Madeleine tend to attract eccentric folks, and they don't get much more interesting than flamboyant fisher Claude F Bourgeois, who preserves Madelinot traditions through storytelling and singing at this self-built model village.

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Nearby Îles de la Madeleine attractions

1. Musée de la Mer

5.45 MILES

This thoughtful little museum covers Madelinot history, from Jacques Cartier's impressions of walruses to photographic exhibitions on the modern-day seal…

2. Sandy Hook

6.28 MILES

This huge, 12km stretch of windswept sand, accessible via Chemin du Sable, pretty much feels like the edge of the world. Be careful if you swim here, as…

3. St-Pierre-de-la-Vernière

8.82 MILES

Built in 1876, this handsome white church has a checkered history – it's been struck by lightning several times. Locals like to point out that most of the…

4. Ècomusée de la Mi-Carême

11.13 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…

5. Le Fumoir d'Antan

12.53 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…

6. Butte Ronde

13.1 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. Seal Interpretation Center

29.44 MILES

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