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Though closer to PEI and Nova Scotia, the Iles-de-la-Madeleine (also known as the Magdalen Islands) form part of the province of Quebec. Comprised of seven small islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, this maritime region offers cottage rentals scattered among red sea cliffs, long white sand beaches, and grassy dunes.
Fishing is the islands’ main commercial activity, so opportunities to feast on fresh seafood abound. Lobster, scallops, and crab can be enjoyed at restaurants or straight from the fishing wharves, and the Fumoir d'antan, an old-time smokehouse, welcomes visitors to learn about and snack on the region’s famous smoked herring.
The islands' location in the Gulf of St. Lawrence make the region an excellent spot for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sea kayaking and snorkeling, and come winter, wildlife enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to observe seal pups. On land, the islands’ coastal trails serve hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
Accessible by boat or ferry from Souris, PEI, or cruise from Montreal, the peaceful and colourful cottages of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine are popular among domestic and international travelers.