Must-see attractions in Îles de la Madeleine

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Le Fumoir d'Antan

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

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    Le Site d'Autrefois

    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…

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    Sandy Hook

    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…

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    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…

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    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.

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    Veterans 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 –…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 and saying, 'Come with me and I…

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    Centre d'Interprétation Mines Seleine

    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…