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ghYHZ
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Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:54 am

What are those Islands down there?



Depending on the location of the North Atlantic Tracks of the day.....you might have flown over this half-moon shaped archipelago in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and wondered what those Islands were down there.

Map Here:
http://tinyurl.com/MadeleineMap

Well.....it’s the Magdalens....or Iles de la Madeleine. Six main islands linked by dunes and sandbars....stretching across 80 km of ocean. The islands are a part of Quebec but the inhabitants are mostly Acadian (same ancestry as Louisiana’s Cajuns) ......and the culture, food and scenery make for a great trip!

http://www.tourismeilesdelamadeleine.com/en/


Air Canada Express (Jazz) flies to YGR on Ile du Havre-aux- Maison from Montreal, Quebec City and Gaspe with Dash-8s. Pascan Aviation has a flight from Bonaventure and Quebec City on an ATR-42......and Nolinor was also there the day I visited with a Convair 580.





The Islands are a scenic gem with green fields against red sandstone cliffs of interesting shapes along with miles of white sand beaches stretching across the dunes. Water temperatures reach the 70s in late August.....especially in the lagoons along the sandbars.





The Islands are also link by car ferry to Prince Edward Island.....and in the summer by a cruise ferry to Montreal and the Gaspe Peninsula.




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lychemsa
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:36 pm

There are also islands that belong to France nearby.

Interesting.

Thanks.
 
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:48 pm

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
There are also islands that belong to France nearby.

That would be St. Pierre et Miquelon.....off the coast of Newfoundland and about 275 miles east of the Magdalens.
 
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:50 pm

Hi. Great trip report and excellent photos.

I must admit that I had never heard of the place but it sure looks pleasant.

Nice to see that Convair 580 still in service.

Regards, Weary
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:42 am

My country - but so far away from the west coast!

Thank you for your lovely post - it brought back to frame the beauty, vastness, diversity of Canada.
 
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:45 am

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 3):
Nice to see that Convair 580 still in service.

There are a couple of passenger C580s still in service in New Zealand with Air Chathams, mainly serving the Chatham Islands but they also have am daily service between Auckland and Whakatane.
 
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:06 am

Hey great TR

Looks like a beautiful island. Not much tourism i guess   ?
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ghYHZ
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:57 am

Quoting Lesfalls (Reply 6):
Hey great TR

Looks like a beautiful island. Not much tourism i guess ?

Thanks

Tourism is restricted by ferry capacity: 200 cars x 2 five hour crossings each way in the summer plus several Dash-8 flights per day.

There is also a summer cruise ferry from Montreal and several cruise ships dock for day excursions.
 
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RE: Magdalen Islands –Iles De La Madeleine

Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:46 am

Now this is an out of the way place to see a trip report from.

The size of the church is massive compared to all else on the island.

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