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Top Choice Québécois in Île du Havre Aubert

Vent du Large

Given the friendly owners who host frequent live-music nights, the free-flowing wine and beer, a terrace that overlooks the sea and a small-plates menu that jumps from scallops to seal sausage to fondue, it's hard n…
Cafe in Île du Havre Aubert

Café de la Grave

Located in a historic general store, this restaurant is more than a local institution – it's one of the islands' vital organs. Pot-en-pot (fish pie), croque monsieur, soups and cakes meet an appreciative crowd that …
Fusion in Île du Cap aux Meules

Pas Perdus

Munching on a burger or lobster salad on the terrace at Pas Perdus, or in the red interior among curvy mirrors and thoughtfully curated local art, is a sure way to feel the islands' bohemian pulse.
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…
Seafood in Île de la Grande Entrée

Bistro Plongée Alpha

It's not every day you find a restaurant run by a guy who happens to be an Arctic and Antarctic diver/filmmaker, but hey, that's the Magdalen Islands. This seafood spot doles out lobster rolls, clam pizzas and heart…
Cafe in Île du Cap aux Meules

Café la Côte

Near the fishers statue in L'Étang-du-Nord, this beach-hut-like place is perfect for breakfast or a quick lunch of seafood or pasta. The adjoining boîte à chanson puts on outdoor Acadian music shows on summer evenin…
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.
Cafe in Île du Cap aux Meules

Café d'Chez Nous

As cute, bohemian and cozy a cafe as you please, this is a great spot for a strong coffee and a fresh croissant, or whatever other light sandwich, salad or baked good you so desire.