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12 Photos To Inspire A Trip To The Magdalen Islands

12 Photos to Inspire a Trip to the Magdalen Islands

This weeks 12 photos, compliments of former CBC cameraman Gustave Pellerin, take you on a photo journey through the Magdalen Islands in Quebec. I think you’ll find it hard not to succumb to the charm of the Magdalen Islands.  

If you’ve never heard of the islands you’re probably not alone. There is a chance though you’ve heard their French name – Îles de la Madeleine. They are a small archipelago of sandy islands in the Gulf of St.Lawrence. You can fly directly to them from Montreal, Quebec City and the Gaspé. In summer you can also opt for the five hour ferry ride from Prince Edward Island.

Highlights of the Magdalen Islands

There are a lot of reasons to visit the Magdalen Islands and I hope these photos inspire your wanderlust. Some of the highlights include numerous beautiful beaches, red cliffs, a pretty coastline, great Acadian culture, excellent food, friendly locals and loads of adventurous activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing.

A gorgeous scene of yellow on yellow

A gorgeous scene of yellow on yellow

A house with a view

A house with a view

I wonder how quickly these cliffs are eroding

I wonder how quickly these cliffs are eroding

Typical rural scene on the Magdalen Islands

Typical rural scene on the Magdalen Islands

The red earth the Magdalen Islands are so famous for

The red earth the Magdalen Islands are so famous for

No fear of colour on these islands

No fear of colour on these islands

Multi-coloured homes looking out to sea

Multi-coloured homes looking out to sea

Lighthouse standing guard

Lighthouse standing guard

Local sculpture - reeling in the nets?

Local sculpture – reeling in the nets?

Close-up of stone fisherman

Close-up of stone fisherman

Fishing boats on the Magdalen Islands

Fishing boats on the Magdalen Islands

Walking one of the many beaches in the Magdalen Islands

Walking one of the many beaches in the Magdalen Islands

I can personally recommend a stay at the Domaine du Vieux Couvent – an old convent that’s been renovated and is now a first class hotel. If you can, time a visit in August to catch the world’s largest sand castle competition too.

Further reading on Quebec in summer

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 26 Comments
  1. I’ve never been to the Magdalen Islands, but they look pretty. The closest I’ve been is Gaspe. There’s so much to explore in that area. I also want to get to Cape Breton, Fundy, and St. Pierre + Miquelon.

  2. Oh my word what an amazing looking place. It looks like a whole bunch of people have just decided to create their own little world on these islands, sort of like starting from scratch…how inspirational, it looks like paradise to me.

    1. @JourneyScout They have a long history of sealing on these islands though I don’t actually know more than that. They are truly drop dead gorgeous beautiful in summer so between that and incredible seafood they are well worth visiting.

  3. Wonderful photos that capture the place exactly. We visited there by accident once, the Gaspe Peninsula, our intended destination, was fogged in and we were “stranded” in this paradise. We didn’t want to leave. Such an extraordinary place!

  4. Beautiful photos! The brightly colored houses on the cliffs look astonishing.. and for once Canada doesn’t look too cold to enjoy 🙂

  5. I first visited the Maggies in 1970 ,loved it ,again in 1976 loved it, again in 1996 loved it,then in 2000 something by myself .It sure is a place to go to get away from the fast hustle and bustle of the cities.Its has the most beautiful beaches and scenery in Canada.If you want to live in a tranquil place it sure is the place to go.

    1. @Janet I met a cast of interesting characters when I visited and I can well imagine it’s a tranquil place to live – especially in the off season. You’ve obviously fallen in love with the place. And I agree it does have some of Canada’s best beaches.

    1. @Greg Quebec is such a diverse province. It’s got a few other areas I want to explore – the Chic Chocs, the Gaspe, The Saguenay Fjord to name just a few. But the Magdalen Islands were a standout experience for me.

  6. Never been to the Magdalen Islands but if ever a set of photos was going to tempt us otherwise… 🙂 Love the colours.
    Julia

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