Top things to do

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…
Brewery in Île du Cap aux Meules

À l'Abri de la Tempête

Finish the day at this microbrewery on the beach.
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 chansons puts on outdoor Acadian music shows on summer eveni…
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.
Arts & Crafts in Île du Havre Aubert

Artisans du Sable

This gallery-shop sells chessboards, candlesticks and other souvenirs…all made of sand.
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…
Aquarium in Île du Havre Aubert

Aquarium des Îles

It's small and not particularly overwhelming, but this aquarium is run with love and care, and the 'petting pool' is a popular stop.
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 …
Museum in Grosse Île

Veteran's Museum & Memorial Park

Honoring island citizens who lost their lives in WWII, this museum displays relics including 19th-century sailors' tombstones from Île Brion, 16km north – now an ecological reserve with 140 species of birds and inte…
Seafood in Île de la Grande Entrée

Délices de la Mer

This seasonal diner-style joint offers fish sandwiches, grilled lobster and other riffs on hearty islander seafood fare.