Museum in Île du Cap aux Meules

Ècomusée de la Mi-Carême

The Catholic tradition of Carnival – a period of masking and celebration before the austere fasting of Lent – has many incarnations around the world, such as Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Canadian A…
Beach in Grosse Île

Plage de la Grande Échouerie

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 beach, Plage de la Grande Échouerie. The 10km sweep of pale …
Notable Building in Île du Havre Aubert

Le Site d'Autrefois

Places like the Îles de la Madeleine tend to attract eccentric folks, and they don't get much more interesting than flamboyant fisher Claude, who preserves Madelinot traditions through storytelling and singing at th…
Beach in Île du Havre Aubert

Sandy Hook

This 12km stretch of windswept sand pretty much feels like the edge of the world (outside of a mid-August sand castle festival). Be careful swimming, as there are no lifeguards around.
Hill in Île du Havre aux Maisons

Butte Ronde

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.
Museum in Grosse Île

Little Red Schoolhouse

This is the main museum for CAMI (Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders). It's a repository of historical artifacts and antiques, curated and presented via interpretive exhibitions in, yes, a little one-room red…
Museum in Île de la Grande Entrée

Seal Interpretation Center

This museum delves into the biology and behavior of seals and explores their cultural significance to the islands, giving particular attention to the controversial act of seal clubbing.
Church in Grosse Île

Church of the Holy Trinity

Built in 1925, this Anglican church includes a stained-glass window that depicts Jesus clad in a woolen jumper and boots, saying, 'Come with me and I will make you fishers of men.'
Mine in Grosse Île

Centre d'Interprétation Mines Seleine

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

Musée de la Mer

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