Magdalen islands

OPTIONAL TOURS

Magdalen fishing boats

FRIDAY EASTERN END OF THE ISLANDS

This tour brings you to the villages of Havre aux Maisons, Pointe aux Loups, Grosse Ile and Grande Entrée and includes the following visits:

  • Visit the fromagerie pied de vent (cheese factory) an artisan factory of raw milk cheese. Produced here, among others, the «pied de vent”, the famous cheese with slightly washed crust and the “tome des demoiselles”, a dough of 6 months of refinement.
  • Visit the fumoir d’antan (smokehouse) a guided visit, as well as a tasting, will allow you to discover a traditional smokehouse. The Arseneau family have been smoking fish there now for three generations; herring, either marinated or natural, mackerel and salmon.
  • Visit the south dune beach this extraordinary beach spreads over more than 22 km in length. You will be able to go for a walk through its amazing red sandstone underground caves, sculpted naturally by the sea.
  • Lunch included at the auberge la salicorne you will have several menu choices and eat in a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors will enjoy the view on the lagoon and get a chance to chat with local people.
  • Visit the Grande Entrée fishing harbour with more than 125 lobster fishers, we uncover the largest fishing harbour in the archipelago. A free time will allow you to visit the harbour or again to discover the few boutiques located on the site.
  • Visit at Pottery Museum Hand-turned pottery, raku, decorative and useful objects with delicate motifs. Wide choice of articles of clothing decorated with original drawings by Island artist Martine Cyr and other artists. Member of the Visual Arts and Handicrafts Circuit.

Date/Time: Friday, September 13th at 8:45am

Duration: 7 hours

Cost: $209.00 CAD per person including tax

Cost Includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Any entrance fees mentioned above
  • Applicable taxes

Does not include gratuities.

magdalen islands

WESTERN END OF THE ISLANDS

This tour brings you to the villages of Fatima, Étang du Nord, Havre Aubert and Cap aux Meules and includes the following visits:

  • Visit of the church in Lavernière Constructed in 1876, it is the second-largest wooden church in North America. It constitutes a major element of the Madelinot heritage, being classified as a historical monument since 1992.
  • Visit of the belle anse with its steep cliffs, the belle anse is one of the most beautiful sightseeing points in the red sandstone cliffs. Situated on the north side of the islands, it shows us the effects of erosion in the archipelago, year after year.
  • Visit the site of La côte Here we will find several boutiques and craftsmen, the coffeehouse “la côte” holds a terrace with a magnificent view on the fishing harbour. You will be able to walk around and have a chat with the fishermen. Nearby you will find the art gallery le flâneur where you will find a display of painting
    and hand made dolls as well as a tearoom with a selection of over 50 different teas and fresh bread from the old times outdoor oven.
  • Lunch included this noon you will enjoy lunch at the Vieux Couvent a well-known institution. Freshly renovated. Impressive sight upon Havre-aux-Maisons landscapes and sunsets. A relaxed atmosphere. Comfortable cuisine that emerges from the best ingredients the Islands terroir has to propose. Several
    choices of meal will be offered to you.
  • Visit the apple orchard pomeloi, the only one located on the archipelago is characterized by is a variety of products, smallness and its ecological follow up. In 2008 he opened the Orchard and start to produce different cider, working in harmony with nature, we take advantage of the exceptional yeast produced by fruits grown in salty sea air. The juice is slowly cold fermented to bring out the finest flavours and aromas of our apples and honey. We then process our salt-misted fruits to create four elixirs: “l’Enchanteur de pommes,” “le Chouchen,” “l’Escarbille” and “le Pomeloi” (with an apple in the bottle).
  • Visit the atelier cotier A visit to the artisans’ boutique is like being welcomed into a haven of magic. Little ones have fun, adults marvel, and everyone discovers a whole new way to look at sand.
  • Visit of the historical site of la grave being classified as a historical site in 1983, la grave keeps even today its original function: a place for privileged meetings and exchanges. Here we find the aquarium, the museum of the sea and several boutiques. You will have free time to walk around and visit.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 14th at 8:45am

Duration: 7 hours

Cost:

$209.00 CAD per person including tax

Cost Includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Any entrance fees mentioned above
  • Applicable taxes

Does not include gratuities.