Silversea Luxury Cruises À ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (Quebec)

ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (Quebec)

The Îles-de-la-Madeleine, or 'Magdalen Islands', form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 79.36 square miles (205.53 square kilometres). Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec. Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine encompass eight major islands: Havre-Aubert, Grande Entrée, Cap aux Meules, Grosse-Île, Havre aux Maisons, Pointe-Aux-Loups, Île d'Entrée and Brion. All except Brion are inhabited. View more

Several other tiny islands are also considered part of the archipelago: Rocher aux Oiseaux; Île aux Loups-marins; Île Paquet; and Rocher du Corps Mort. Although Europeans first arrived on the islands in the mid-1600s, Mi'kmaq Indians had been visiting the islands for hundreds of years, and numerous archaeological sites have been excavated on the archipelago. By the mid-18th century, the islands were inhabited by French-speaking Acadians, and administered as part of the colony of Newfoundland from 1763-1774, when they were annexed to Quebec by the Quebec Act. A segment of the population are English descendants from survivors of the over 400 shipwrecks on the islands. The construction of lighthouses eventually reduced the number of shipwrecks, but many old hulks remain on the beaches and under the waters. Until the 20th century, the islands were completely isolated during the winter months due to the pack ice that made the trip to the mainland impassable by boat. However, a new wireless telegraph station provided Magdalens with year-round communication with the outside world. In recent years, the pristine natural beauty of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, along with the archipelago's strategic geographic location in the heart of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, has made tourism an important part of the local economy. The well-preserved natural heritage, extraordinarily beautiful marine landscapes and exceptional coastline of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore the area's natural splendour. The panoramic archipelago features dramatic red cliffs, rolling green hills, brightly-coloured houses, intimate inlets, hidden coves, and over 180 miles (290 kilometres) of honey-coloured and white-sand beaches; half of the archipelago's islands are linked by sand dunes. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine are also home to a wealth of diverse marine life, bird species, and flora and fauna to discover. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine offer a truly distinctive blend of Acadian, Madelinot, French and English cultures, traditions and communities that make this breath-taking archipelago a truly unforgettable destination. You can explore the people and history of the islands during visits to the many wonderful museums and interpretation centres, public areas and historical sites, art galleries, artisan workshops, archival centres, performing arts and theatres, industrial facilities, culinary and wine shops, charming boutiques, and cultural and gourmet festivals and events. The exquisite natural and coastal splendour of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine include a host of incredibly scenic and memorable sightseeing venues. Land-based excursions include picturesque nature hikes, walking trails, bicycling, bird-watching, horseback riding, golfing at the Club de golf des Iles, kite-flying, and flightseeing. The teeming coastal waters are ideally-suited for seal- and whale-watching, mariculture, canoeing, sea-kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, fishing, boating, sailing and Zodiac tours, snorkelling, scuba diving, and more. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Excursions depuis ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE (Quebec)

Acadian Culture and Heritage

The much-acclaimed scenic getaway from Cap-aux-Meules to Havre Aubert, is all yours on this half-day adventure. It includes a visit at the St Peter Lavernière church to learn about ship wrecks around the islands.


La Vernière

The first stop will be at La Vernière, a wooden church first built in 1876, is now classified as a historical monument. This is the second-largest wooden church in North America. It was struck several times by lightning: first in 1900, then in 1945, 1947 and 1980. The wood used in its construction was retrieved from shipwrecks and had to be blessed before the building could be rebuilt. It is an important part of the Madelinot heritage.


Musée de la Mer

Next a stop is made at the permanent exhibit at Musée de la Mer: Laboureurs du Golfe examines the history of the Islands through models of ships and lighthouses, photographs and maritime objects that demonstrate the development of navigation, stories about fishing, seal hunting and shipwrecks as well as collections of minerals, shells and rocks from the Islands.


La Grave

Next travel to Havre-Aubert is a natural fishing and yachting harbour with a modern fish-processing plant. Its most interesting attraction is without a doubt the Historical Site at La Grave. La Grave is a privileged heritage site where traditional architecture is showcased. The beach was a favourite spot for fishing and commerce and still maintains its maritime flavour. Designated as an historical site by the Minister of Cultural Affairs in 1983, La Grave still fulfills its original purpose as a favourite meeting place. Free time is given where you will find on the site several boutiques of art and craft as the Artisans du Sable, the famous café de la grave, jewellery and different souvenir shops.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 91.4 metres (100 yards) on sometimes uneven ground. Total walking distance at LaGrave is approximately 800 metres (.5 miles) however is at guests discretion. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing according to the weather is recommended. Gift shop at La Grave accepts CAD cash and Visa/MC only. Order of sites visited may vary. The tour might operate on a Yellow School Bus depending on availability of the coaches on the island.

Cap-aux-Meules Island Highlights

Enjoy the highlights of Cap aux Meules Island where you will learn about erosion of the north side of the islands, the sandy beach of dune du nord and have some time for shopping at la cote.


Chemin de Gros-Cap & La Vernière Church

Depart the pier for the for the short ride to La Vernière, the wooden church which was first built in 1876 is now classified as a historical monument and is the second-largest wooden church in North America. It was struck several times by lightning first in 1900, then in 1945, 1947 and 1980. The wood used in its construction was retrieved from shipwrecks and had to be blessed before the building could be rebuilt. It is an important element of the Madelinot heritage.


Flâneur Art Gallery

Your next stop is "le Flâneur" art gallery where you will relax by the sea and enjoy a break with scones, homemade jam and coffee or your choice of a selection of over 50 different teas. Afterwards, enjoy visiting the gallery and meet the artist who has expressed on large canvasses the many emotions typical of the island lifestyle. Arthure's work will help you appreciate what defines us and draws us together.


L'Étang-du-Nord Fishing Harbour

Guests have the choice to cross the street to l'Étang-du-Nord fishing harbour with its magnificent sculpture and Public Park for some free time, or continue to enjoy the art galleries hidden gems.


Cap-Hérissé Lighthouse

Your last stop takes you to the north coast of the island which boasts spectacular steep, jagged cliffs. The Cap-Hérissé lighthouse offers one of the most striking examples of cliffs sculpted by the sea. There are two types of cliffs on Les Îles de la Madeleine, gray sandstone is more resistant to erosion and is found in some of the highest landforms on Entry Island, Havre-Aubert, Cap-aux-Meules and Havre-aux-Maisons. These are often volcanic mounds with veins of clay, limestone and gypsum.


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 137 metres (150 yards) with a few steps to negotiate at the gallery. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a foldable wheelchair however guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle with minimal assistance or the assistance of their travelling companion. We recommend guests wear weather appropriate clothing, a light sweater or jacket and comfortable walking shoes. CAD and credit cards are accepted at the souvenir shop.

Cave and Cliffs by Boat

Discover the splendid cliffs and caves along Cap-aux-Meules during this picturesque boating excursion.

Marina, Boat-Ride, Coast of Cap-aux-Meules, Red Cliffs, Caves, Birds, Marine Life, Lobster Fishing

Depart the pier with your guide for the short walk to the marina. Upon arrival, embark a boat for your scenic, approximately 85-minute ride along the coastline, an ideal way to admire Cap-aux-Meules' fascinating red cliffs and caves sculpted by the sea. En route, your guide regales you with tales about the history of the island, and points out various bird and marine life species. In addition, learn about lobster fishing and assist in a demonstration by helping to raise a lobster trap.


At the conclusion of your boat-ride, return to the marina, disembark the boat and commence the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 400 yards (about 366 metres), at times over uneven and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship; a safety vest is provided. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife, bird and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Discover Havre Aux Maisons Islands

Havre-aux-Maisons Island is remarkable for its bare landscape; the scarcity of trees is due to extensive lumbering during the last century. The island's smooth landscape stands out sharply against its worn red cliffs. Havre-aux-Maisons, located on one of the most beautiful islands of the archipelago, has a sweet rural character with winding roads and houses scattered about the countryside. You will meet with local artist, learn about the Islands first alcohol "bagosse" and enjoyed the sandy beach with red sand stone cliff.


Verrerie La Méduse

The tour begins onboard a school bus. Travel to Verrerie La Méduse, a glass-blowing studio located in a heritage building called the old St-Joseph School where visitors may observe glass-blowers at work, transforming silica into magnificent works of art.


Dune-du-Sud

Next the roadside rest area at Dune-du-Sud gives access to a beautiful beach. Red cliffs sculpted by the sea shelter one side of the beach. There are lots of holes and caves to explore.


Cap-Alright Lighthouse

Continue onto Cap-Alright Lighthouse which offers a spectacular view over grey cliffs, all of Plaisance Bay and the outline of Entry Island. The lighthouse is the last one built on the Islands, and it has changed little since its construction in 1928.


Afterwards, continue back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves moderate amount of walking and it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dressing appropriate to the weather is recommended. The tour might operate on a Yellow School Bus depending on availability of the coaches on the island.

Taste of the Islands

The Îles de la Madeleine archipelago, an exotic miniature paradise where the warmth and generosity of the inhabitants are legendary, is a treasure trove of tasty, tempting locally-produced foods. During the Flavours Circuit you will meet with several local producer and discover from them the passion and love that they have for their work.


Pied-de-Vent Cheese Factory

Depart the ship for a short ride to the Pied-de-Vent Cheese Factory. It is a cottage-industry cheese factory that uses raw milk to produce the tasty Pied-de-Vent cheese and Tomme des Demoiselles, a semi-hard cow's milk cheese.


Chemin Pointe-Basse

Next travel to Chemin Pointe-Basse, a road peppered with many examples of traditional local architecture: houses and barns are quite simple and painted in a variety of bright colours. The Acadian and French origins of many of the Islanders, as well as some New England influences are reflected in the architecture of their homes. Several details are typical of the traditional home: the small enclosed porch, corbel, veranda, and painted or stained cedar shingles.

Fumoir d'Antan

The smoked herring economuseum, Fumoir d'Antan, a typical smokehouse, brings to life this last vestige of what was once a very important industry. This smokehouse has been used for three generations to smoke herring, mackerel, salmon and scallops.


Dune-du-Sud

Have a short stop at the roadside rest area at Dune-du-Sud which gives access to a beautiful beach. Red cliffs sculpted by the sea shelter one side of the beach. There are many holes and caves to explore.


Le Barbocheux

The Madelinots always say that "bagosse" is the beer of the Islands, but it is really a traditional home-brewed wine. Le Barbocheux is an artisanal winery whose products include bagosse, Enjoy a tasting of fortified wine (Porto style) before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves moderate amount of walking for approximately 1655 metres (1810 yards) over occasional uneven ground and dirt paths, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Dressing appropriate to the weather is recommended. The tour might operate on a Yellow School Bus depending on availability of the coaches on the island.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.